In a year that scientists are predicting to be the warmest in history, this was a historic afternoon as President Obama took the biggest action any president has ever taken to tackle our climate crisis. His Clean Power Plan creates the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the biggest carbon polluters in the U.S. More profoundly, it lays the foundation for a transformational shift to clean energy and healthier communities.
In June 2013, President Obama delivered a landmark speech on climate change. He invited us to look at our history, to stop betting against American industry and American workers and to stand up to those who say we must choose between the health of our children and the health of our economy. Then he revealed his plan for decisive action on climate change.
Since that speech over 400,000 people marched the streets of New York City to demand climate action, 8.7 million comments were submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency in support of reducing carbon pollution, and Pope Francis released a historic call to the world on our moral obligation to act on climate change.
Our country now shows overwhelming support for meaningful climate action as recent polls confirmed that 78% of us believe the federal government should limit greenhouse gases from U.S businesses.
The Clean Power Plan now compels our power sector to look to the future at last, and start reducing its unsustainable carbon footprint. Essentially, it is a blueprint for states to lead the change already underway by embracing clean energy solutions like wind and solar power to replace dirty coal.
In appreciation of this announcement, Earthjustice issued the following statement from our President Trip Van Noppen:
“We can no longer ignore the gravest challenge facing humanity today. Our climate crisis is not just an environmental problem—it is a human rights issue that impacts all of us, here and now.
“Polluters are using billions in dirty energy profits to rig our democracy against public health protections and clean energy solutions to this climate crisis. We must break this stranglehold by putting people, not oil and coal companies, back in charge.
“Thanks to President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, every state in the country now has a platform to lead change, create local jobs, stronger communities and a safer climate.
“Earthjustice applauds President Obama and the EPA for their leadership in a climate fight that matters powerfully to every one of us.”
Resources and Multimedia
Learn about the Clean Power Plan and how Earthjustice wields the power of law at the state and federal levels to spur clean energy solutions, such as solar panels and windmills that are becoming commonplace across our country, at the special feature page: A Climate Solution Within Reach.
Additional links to the specific resources:
- Hear The Varying Views Of Our Climate Crisis: A Human Right For a Warming Planet
- See The Serious Threat Posed By Polluters And The Need For A Strong, Enforceable Plan: Getting a Clean Power Plan
- Engage With Our Interactive Map To See How Your State Stacks Up: Coming Clean: The State of U.S. Renewable Energy
- Read Real Stories From Real People To Give Hope For A Clean Energy Future: Hope For Our Future
Phillip Ellis, Earthjustice, (202) 745-5221
Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.