Climate scientists agree that pouring more and more global warming pollution into our atmosphere is dangerously shifting climate patterns all around the world. Here in the U.S., the way we generate power is responsible for a huge part of the problem.
It is time for the Environmental Protection Agency to do its job. The EPA, after direction by the Supreme Court (Massachusetts v. EPA, 549 U.S. 497 (2007)), found in 2009 that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare, and it therefore has the authority to regulate these pollutants under the Clean Air Act. EPA’s actions since then have been promising, but they are not yet enough.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded in 2007 (in a consensus report from hundreds of scientists around the globe) that we need to reduce our greenhouse gas pollution by 80% by the year 2050 to avoid the worst effects of climate change. It’s time to get serious about hitting that target.
The EPA needs to set limits on the amount of greenhouse gas pollution we produce, and bring our national greenhouse gas pollution levels in line with what the scientific community agrees is necessary to protect our environmental legacy, national security, and economic future.