I Will

"For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. If Congress won't act soon to protect future generations, I will."

State of the Union, February 12, 2013

President Obama and the EPA have announced a first-ever carbon pollution standard for every new power plant built in America.

Will you join others around the country in saying you believe we must protect our children and future generations from climate change?

Submit a public comment to the EPA in support of the carbon standard.

I strongly support the EPA’s effort to limit industrial carbon pollution from all power plants.

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President Obama has said repeatedly that we have an obligation to future generations to address climate change. But Congress has failed to act. Climate change won't wait, and neither can we.

Power plants are the largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S.

That's why the president has presented a national plan to meet our obligation to future generations. Key to his plan is first ever limits to industrial carbon pollution from power plants.

We spend more on climate change cleanup than on education

The effects of climate change are happening now, and being felt all across the country. 2012 was the hottest year on record; the worst drought in generations covered more than half the country; record wildfires swept across western states; and Super Storm Sandy devastated communities in the east.

That's why we need as many people as possible to stand up right now and say I WILL stand with the president to protect our air, our environment, and our future.

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Find a "Years of Living Dangerously" Watch Party Near You

April 08, 2014

This Sunday, you can be one of the first in your area to watch the premiere of "Years of Living Dangerously" – Showtime's new documentary series on climate change. Simply join a house party in your area for an advance screening of the premiere episode and an exclusive conference call with some of the people behind the series.

With Executive Producer James Cameron at the helm and correspondents like Matt Damon and Harrison Ford, this first-of-its-kind series takes an in depth look at how climate change is impacting people and communities across the globe. You simply can't afford to miss this.

RSVP now to a watch party in your area!

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Coalition of Clean Air Groups Says New IPCC Report a “Call to Action”

March 31, 2014

Washington (March 31, 2014) — The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report Monday showing the devastating impacts of climate change are already here and that a comprehensive response, including resiliency to the current impacts and addressing the causes, is required.

A coalition of organizations committed to clean air released the following statement:

“Climate change and its impacts are here and happening in every part of the world, including devastating extreme weather events affecting our communities and increased public health risks stemming from rising temperatures. Continued inaction puts our communities at higher risk, threatens agriculture and food supply, and hurts businesses here and around the world.

“The debate over climate change is no longer about IF we act, it’s about what action we will take to slow its impacts. In the U.S., the National Climate Action Plan is a major step toward fighting climate change and addressing its impacts, which have been confirmed by the vast majority of the world’s leading scientists. The carbon pollution standards for power plants are a critical step that would address the largest uncontrolled source of U.S. carbon pollution.

“We simply can no longer ignore the impact of climate change on this and future generations. We have a moral obligation to act. With steps such as carbon pollution standards for power plants, the United States can lead the globe in tackling climate change through essential pollution reductions.”

The following groups have signed onto the statement:
Center for American Progress
Earthjustice
Environment America
Environmental Defense Fund
League of Conservation Voters
Natural Resources Defense Council
Sierra Club

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Second Graders in Colorado Ask Senators to Protect Clean Air Second Graders in Colorado Ask Senators to Protect Clean Air

March 11, 2014

A group of 80 second grade students at Brown Elementary School in Denver recently created cards to send to Senators Udall and Bennet asking them to protect clean air after learning about the impacts of climate change and the importance of renewable energy in reducing carbon pollution.

The students learned about the impacts of climate change such as extreme weather, and the differences between renewable and non-renewable energy, as well as the importance of reducing our energy use and carbon pollution. Environment Colorado was invited by one of the second grade teachers to come to the school and provide the lesson.


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Polluter Protection Act Puts Our Health At Risk

March 06, 2014

A coalition of groups committed to clean air and public health protections released the following statement after the House of Representatives today passed H.R. 3826, sponsored by Rep. Ed Whitfield, that protects polluters by blocking sensible clean air safeguards against unlimited carbon pollution from power plants:

“Today’s action to block life-saving clean air safeguards and continue the unlimited dumping of car-bon pollution into our air is just the latest example of this House putting polluters’ profits before peo-ple. While the threats from climate change continue to mount, some in Washington are doing all they can to deny the problem and let the polluters off the hook.

“This ‘Polluter Protection Act’ would guarantee power plants remain free to dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into our air, without regard to the health impacts on our children, seniors and families.

“Our leaders should be focused on a plan to reduce the carbon pollution responsible for climate change. The Senate should ignore this bill since it threatens our public health. The House should end its obstruction of commonsense public health protections.”

Power plants are responsible for 40 percent of the carbon pollution in the U.S. that contributes to cli-mate change. Currently, there are no federal limits on carbon pollution from them. Unlimited carbon pollution from power plants puts our health at risk and fuels deadly and costly extreme weather events that are devastating our communities.

Earthjustice
Natural Resources Defense Council
Environment America
Sierra Club
Environmental Defense Fund
Center for American Progress
League of Conservation Voters

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Faith Leaders Submit Comments In Favor Of Carbon Pollution Standards

February 25, 2014

In February, faith leaders who have been active on climate change were invited to the White House for a luncheon and briefing with top Administration officials.

Federal Policy Director for PennFuture and U.S. Climate Action Network Board Member Joy Bergey took the opportunity to further demonstrate the support growing within the faith community to address climate change. She presented a stack of 125 comment cards directly to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy from people of faith in support of the proposed carbon pollution standard for new power plants.


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Honoring Our Past Presidents’ Commitment To Clean Air

February 17, 2014

On President’s Day, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell joined State Rep. Winnie Brinks and City Commissioner Ruth Kelly at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich., to honor past presidents who have worked to protect public health with clean air legislation. They were also joined by two local business owners who spoke about their efforts to become more resilient to climate change, as well as increase their energy efficiency and use of renewables.

President Eisenhower made history when he signed into law the Air Pollution Control Act of 1955, paving the way for Presidents Johnson, Nixon and the first President Bush to follow his lead with life-saving revisions to what is now the Clean Air Act.

Our current president is thankfully forging his own clean air legacy with the National Climate Action Plan, including the first-ever federal standards for carbon pollution from power plants, the leading cause of climate change and extreme weather events. Now is the time for the President to build upon the past and the momentum growing from communities across the country to tackle climate change.

Read more about the event in Grand Rapids here: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140217/METRO06/302170040

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Skating on Thin Ice

February 14, 2014

Earlier this week, Environment America marked the start of the Sochi Olympic Games by releasing a report outlining the threat climate change poses to the future of winter sports and calling for swift action to reduce the carbon pollution fueling climate change.

“Skating On Thin Ice” points out that over the past two decades, winters have become an average of 10 days shorter -- drawing money from communities that rely on ski season and leaving winter athletes with less time to train. The report also notes that according to recent studies, eight former Olympic host cities might not be reliably cold enough to host the games by 2050.

Read the full report.

While the threat of climate change is great, we can still take decisive action to address it. Last year, President Obama unveiled his Climate Plan which calls for the EPA to set strong emissions standards for power plants, the nation’s largest source of carbon pollution. It’s time to speak out in support of a strong carbon standard and take meaningful action to reduce the carbon pollution that’s threatening our winter sports and putting the health and safety of our communities at risk.

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Coalition of Clean Air Organizations Releases Statement on New Industry Front Group

January 30, 2014

A coalition of organizations dedicated to commonsense carbon pollution standards for power plants released the following statement regarding the new industry front group announced at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today:

“Today, industry groups backed by many of the nation's biggest polluters are announcing a new front group dedicated to blocking the first ever federal standards designed to stop the unlimited dumping of carbon pollution from power plants into our air. Despite their claims, their goal is to prevent any action whatsoever on the carbon pollution that causes climate change and instead guarantee the health of our communities remains at risk and the threats from extreme weather and other impacts of climate change grow worse.

“While many businesses have left groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over their policies on climate change, many continuing members have also recognized that climate change is real and is a threat, which is why they are supporting limits on carbon pollution and setting their own internal prices on it. It is time to end the obstruction and make 2014 a year of action on carbon pollution, to protect public health and our communities.”

The following groups have signed onto the statement:
Earthjustice
Environment America
Environmental Defense Fund
Natural Resources Defense Council
Sierra Club

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