President Obama and the EPA have announced a first-ever federal carbon pollution standard for every new power plant built in America. This is a major step in the right direction: power plants are our single largest source of climate change pollution. The world needs this kind of climate action.
Without effective legislation, Earthjustice cannot fight for your right to a healthy environment. Call your elected officials to get your top issues on their radar, and make sure to let them know how you feel whenever there is a key vote.
Things always find a way to happen...A pen leaking. Your shoelace coming untied. Toxic chemicals in your drinking water. Watch our video on fracking then tell your representative to support the FRESHER and BREATHE Acts!
Learn about Earthjustice's work on climate and energy issues through these campaigns:
Fracking (a.k.a., hydraulic fracturing, or industrial gas drilling) is a dangerous way of getting oil and gas and a shortsighted energy strategy.
It's poisoning our air and water. We can find a better way—one that protects our health and gives us clean, safe energy sources that never run out.
Mountaintop removal coal mining, often described as "strip mining on steroids," is an extremely destructive form of mining that is devastating Appalachia.
Coal companies use explosives to blast as much as 800 to 1,000 feet off the tops of mountains in order to reach thin coal seams buried deep below.
Coal ash is the hazardous waste that remains after coal is burned. Dumped into unlined ponds or mines, the toxins readily leach into drinking water supplies.
Incredibly, ash and other coal combustion wastes are not subject to federal regulations.
Roughly half of the electricity generated in the United States comes from burning coal in power plants.
While touted as cheap energy, coal exacts a price far higher than what we pay in utility bills. Burning coal for electricity produces global warming pollution and releases harmful toxic pollution into our air and water.
Every time you blow out a candle. Every time you blow a bubble. You declare the right to breathe. Air pollution threatens that right.
Every year, many Americans young and old get sick because of air pollution. Thousands die. But our lungs don’t have to be the dumping ground for dirty industries. Clean air should be a fundamental right.
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