Imagine a vibrant, innovative America powered by 100% clean energy.
Earthjustice, the nation’s leading environmental law organization, is driving that vision forward through the powerful concept of connection.
Our attorneys are connecting hard-hitting legal strategies with deep-seated expertise in the energy sector—key components to advancing clean energy on a massive scale. Partnering with diverse clients and allies, we outmaneuver the fossil fuel industry by breaking down legal barriers to clean power, delivering results that enable pioneering energy solutions to thrive. That’s the power of law.
That’s the power of Connect: Earthjustice’s ambitious multiyear capital campaign for 100% clean energy.
The Time Has Come.
Solar and wind energy have experienced rapid growth, with sustained momentum quarter after quarter.
Plunging prices now make clean energy cost competitive or cheaper than fossil fuels and nuclear.
2015 Levelized Cost of Utility Scale Power Generation ($/MWh)
The human toll of burning fossil fuels is staggering.
The impacts of burning fossil fuels are not borne equally. Children, the elderly, people of color and low-income families suffer the greatest harm.
Coal and gas-burning power plants are the single largest source of climate pollution in the U.S., accounting for 40% of all emissions. Targeting the power sector is the most effective way to curb climate change.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the ambitious goal of running America on 100% clean power is entirely feasible, so long as we embark on a concerted effort to wean our country off of fossil fuels. Faced with the daunting reality of climate change and the rapid rise in affordable clean technology, the question is no longer whether clean energy can power the country—it’s when.
And the answer is now.
To achieve that vision, Earthjustice attorneys are using a potent combination of legal tactics and partnerships to navigate through a complex web of energy law favoring the fossil fuel status quo. This is the mission of the Connect Capital Campaign for 100% Clean Energy. With our clients and allies, we will enforce existing law and secure crucial regulatory reforms to drive fossil fuels out of our power sector by 2030.
Over the next five years, we and our allies aim to:
Create a national roadmap for fossil-free electricity by securing essential reforms in at least 20 states.
Cut coal’s share of the power mix by half so that no more than 15% of U.S. electricity comes from burning coal.
Roughly triple grid penetration of wind and solar energy so that 20% of U.S. electricity comes from the wind and the sun.
Advance equitable access to clean energy by spurring adoption and expansion of programs that benefit low-income communities and communities of color.
Clean up coal’s legacy of pollution by forcing safe closure of toxic coal ash dumps.
Earthjustice partners with clean energy allies from every sector—technology innovators, entrepreneurs, public health experts and community leaders. By marrying the legal firepower of our attorneys with the knowledge and ingenuity of our on-the-ground allies, we are building a resilient network of clean energy champions nationwide to take on the fossil fuel industry.