Stronger storms, rising seas

The consequences of global warming are apparent across the nation. Nobody wants our kids to inherit a world where storms like Superstorm Sandy or worse are the new normal. The National Climate Assessment, released in May, highlights the immediacy of this issue: “Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present.”

Our best chance to tackle pollution

Global warming is primarily fueled by carbon pollution, and the largest single source of this global warming pollution is power plants — responsible for 40 percent of carbon emissions nationally. Pennsylvania ranks third in the nation for global warming pollution. Unbelievably, for years, there have been no limits on the carbon emissions of these major culprits. If we want to tackle global warming, it’s critical to take on this largest source of unbridled pollution. And now may be our best chance.

Biggest step yet

On June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a Clean Power Plan to finally limit carbon pollution from power plants. The Clean Power Plan sets targets for 49 states to reduce carbon from their power plants by investing renewable energy and energy efficiency, cleaning up existing power plants, and switching to cleaner fuels. Vermont has no fossil fuel power plants large enough to be covered. This is the largest action the U.S. has ever taken on climate, and exactly the leadership we need in order to influence other nations to reduce their own carbon emissions.

The fight ahead

Not surprisingly, this proposed plan was no easy win. King Coal, Big Oil, and the rest of the dirty power industry have vehemently opposed these rules for years. But PennEnvironment, together with our national federation, and our allies in the environmental and public health community stood up to this opposition by submitting more than 4 million public comments to the EPA and garnering support from more than 600 local elected officials and hundreds of small business owners.

Not more than a few hours after the long-awaited rule to curb carbon emissions from power plants was released however, did a curtain of fire from polluters begin. They vehemently and vocally opposed this critically important step for our climate and future generations, claiming it would destroy the economy. We’ve been hearing these tired arguments from polluters for decades. But they were wrong then, and they're wrong now.

We need your help

The single largest step to curb global warming pollution and give our children a better future has been proposed. It's a big deal. But it's not a done deal. Together with our national federation, we’ve launched a campaign to get information to more than 1 million Americans on the local impacts of global warming and ensure President Obama’s proposed Clean Power Plan gets over the finish line.

Global Warming Updates

News Release | PennEnvironment

Pennsylvania State Senate Passes Climate Action Roadblock

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), PennEnvironment, ConservationPA, Sierra Club, PennFuture, Clean Air Council and Moms Clean Air Force today slammed Pennsylvania State Senators for passing a bill that will hinder state efforts to reduce carbon pollution.

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News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

New Report: Global warming pollution from PA power plants equivalent to Chile

As international leaders prepare for the United Nations Climate Summit next week in New York, a new study shows Pennsylvania’s coal-fired power plants dump as much carbon pollution into the atmosphere as the entire country of Chile. 

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News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

New Report: Solar Capacity in Pennsylvania Grew by 16% in 2013

Today, PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center released Lighting the Way: The Top Ten States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Boom in 2013, highlighting strong solar growth across the nation including an 16% increase in Pennsylvania in 2013.   

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News Release | PennEnvironment

Legislature Attacks Clean Power Plan

Yesterday the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to undermine the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan – a reasonable and common-sense proposal to protect future generations from the worst impacts of global warming.

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Report

A Talk with Climatologist Michael Mann

PennEnvironment interviewed scientist Michael Mann to learn more about how Pennsylvania can tackle global warming.

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