Global Warming Solutions
On June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a Clean Power Plan that sets targets for states to reduce carbon from their power plants by investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency, cleaning up existing power plants, and switching to cleaner fuels. We’ve launched a campaign to reach more than 1 million Americans about the local impacts of global warming and the impact President Obama’s Clean Power Plan will have on our children’s future.
Stronger storms, rising seas
The consequences of global warming are becoming apparent in Maryland and across the nation. Nobody wants our kids to inherit a world where severe 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.” That's why it's so important that we reduce the pollution that's fueling global warming. The less we pollute now, the safer the climate will be for our children and future generations.
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. But 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 Environment Maryland 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.
Support the Clean Power Plan
Maryland and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
- Maryland is one of 10 states that joined together to form the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initative (RGGI). The program provides a strong example for how states across the country can control carbon pollution.
- RGGI is first program in the United States to limit global warming emissions from power plants, sell permits to emit carbon and invest the revenues in energy efficiency and clean energy initiatives.
- RGGI has already contributed to nearly $1.6 billion in consumer savings, 1,309 new jobs, and $189 million in economic growth in our state.