The consequences: stronger storms and more

Global warming is the one of the most profound threats of our time — and we’re starting to feel the effects. In recent years we’ve seen stronger, more frequent storms like superstorm Sandy and Snowmaggedon on the East Coast. We’ve also seen devastating drought in the Midwest and destructive wildfires in the West, as well as historic flooding from Vermont to Iowa.

Extreme weather could become “the new normal” as global warming wreaks havoc on our climate. Read our report, In the Path of the Storm, to learn more. Global warming will also threaten our coastal communities with rising sea levels, drive many species to extinction, and threaten our health with dirtier air and the spread of infectious disease.

These dangers are cause for immediate action, but too often our elected officials have dragged their feet and given into the lobbying efforts of Big Oil, utilities and the coal companies. Still, there are clear opportunities to do what is necessary right now to protect future generations.

Cleaning up the largest polluters: power plants

Coal-fired power plants are the largest single source of carbon pollution, yet they lack any federal limits on their emissions. And while Congress has been unwilling to correct this problem, the Obama administration is developing standards that could finally hold power plants accountable for their carbon pollution.

In March 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first-ever carbon pollution standards for new power plants, and the agency is expected to finalize these standards in the near future. Since we can’t possibly solve global warming if we keep building polluting power plants, these standards alone will be a critical first step.

Looking forward, we’re urging the Obama administration to also develop carbon pollution standards for existing power plants as soon as possible. These facilities have been allowed to spew unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into our air for decades, so these standards are long overdue—and essential for our efforts to tackle global warming.

Join our campaign and urge the Obama administration to limit global warming-causing carbon pollution from power plants.

Clean air issue updates

News Release | Environment Ohio

House Subcommittee Guts Climate, Clean Water, and Park Protections

Yesterday the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies moved to slash the FY 2014 Interior and Environment Appropriations budget by 18 percent.

 

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Bad buckeye air

A recent study that ranks Ohio second among the states in the amount of mercury and other airborne toxic substances generated by coal-fired power plants is, sadly, no surprise. But the reality is not something to shrug off either.

If Ohio is to make the transition to a cleaner economy, the private sector will need more incentives. That includes strong enforcement of the state law that requires utilities to embrace more-renewable forms of energy, such as wind and solar power.

It also requires support of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that aims to curb mercury and other toxic releases. Such initiatives help improve Great Lakes water quality and the region's public health.

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News Release | Environment Ohio

NRDC Action Fund, Environment Ohio Identify 14 Ohio Members of Congress as ‘Dirty Air Villains’ Who Voted Against Clean Air Protections

COLUMBUS (September 12, 2012) – A total of 193 House members and 39 Senators are rated as “Dirty Air Villains” in a new analysis by the NRDC Action Fund published today on the website www.WhoVotesDirty.org and released with Environment Ohio.  In the House, 99 members are rated as “Clean Air Heroes” while in the Senate the 43 “Clean Air Heroes” outnumber the chamber’s villains.

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News Release | Environment Ohio

Senators Stand Up for Americans’ Health, Help Senate Reject Rollback of Mercury Standards

In a victory for Ohioans’ health and environment, the U.S. Senate today rejected a bill which would have allowed power plants to continue spewing toxic mercury pollution into our air.  The bill, introduced by Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), would have put up to 11,000 American lives at risk every year. The motion to proceed to the bill was rejected by a vote of 43-56.

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Obama Administration to Protect Americans’ Health by Setting Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants

Columbus, OH—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed historic new limits on carbon pollution from new power plants. Carbon pollution fuels global warming, which leads to poor air quality that triggers asthma attacks and other respiratory problems. Scientists also predict that global warming will lead to more devastating floods, more deadly heat waves and the spread of infectious diseases. Coal-fired power plants are the largest single source of carbon pollution in the U.S., yet there are currently no federal limits on this pollution from power plants. The proposed Carbon Pollution Standard will correct that for new power plants by limiting emissions to more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide pollution for each megawatt of electricity produced.

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