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Carbon Pollution

Polluters' Last-Ditch Bid to Stay Clean Power Plan Faces Long Odds at Supreme Court

David Doniger | Posted 02.04.2016 | Green
David Doniger

Just days after the federal court of appeals in Washington rejected their bid to block President Obama's Clean Power Plan, the coal industry and its political allies are pleading for immediate relief from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Climate Action Picks Up Speed as Court Rejects Bid to Halt Clean Power Plan

David Doniger | Posted 01.26.2016 | Green
David Doniger

The Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of the Obama Administration's climate protection actions, got a big boost last week when the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington rejected bids by the coal industry and its political allies for a "stay" of implementation.

Clean Air and Climate Change: Two Books to Get You Going

David Doniger | Posted 01.04.2016 | Green
David Doniger

Progress brings a new burden: to tell the history of how the air got cleaned up. And to get across what it will take to meet future challenges -- like curbing climate change.

Turning Point: A Year of Action in the Fight Against Climate Change

David Doniger | Posted 12.22.2015 | Green
David Doniger

2015 was hot. 2015 was also the year the world decided to beat the heat. This year is on track to be the hottest on record world-wide. Temperatures will reach the 70s on Christmas day in the Nation's Capital.

President Obama's Crude Oil Exports Decision Is True Climate Test

Kassie Siegel | Posted 12.18.2015 | Green
Kassie Siegel

The president must understand a simple fact: Fossil fuels have to stay in the ground.

People Power Helped Make a Historic Paris Climate Agreement Possible

Frances Beinecke | Posted 12.12.2015 | Green
Frances Beinecke

This is a moment when the human community rose to the challenge of the times. On Saturday, more than 190 nations agreed to cut climate change pollution, transition to clean energy and put the world on a course toward ever-increasing climate action. As President Francois Hollande observed, this is the first universal climate agreement in history.

Republicans Need to Stop Being Afraid of Climate Change

Pierce Nahigyan | Posted 12.11.2015 | Green
Pierce Nahigyan

Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) trotted out his "there's-been-no-warming-for-18-years" schtick during a Senate hearing and Retired Rear Admiral David Titley (a meteorologist and oceanographer) very patiently explained to him why he's mistaken.

Paris Climate Talks Are a Way Station, Not the Destination

Frances Beinecke | Posted 11.23.2015 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The world continues to grieve those lost in the recent tragic attacks in Paris. More than ever, The City of Light is the right place to gather to accelerate clean energy, justice and resilience and to enable the world's people to achieve a sustainable future.

Fighting for Carbon Cuts in Court: Illinois and Chicago Step Up to Defend Clean Power Plan

Henry Henderson | Posted 11.04.2015 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Focused commitment to address climate change is a challenge and an opportunity for the people of Illinois. Failure to make the necessary commitments is an unambiguous danger to our property, our health and safety and quality of life.

Dear Senator Kirk: If Climate Is Too Big To Ignore Worldwide, It Is Too Big To Ignore Here Too

Henry Henderson | Posted 10.28.2015 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Encouraging other countries to deal with climate change while ignoring carbon emissions here is not really dealing with the problem at all. Dealing with climate starts by dealing with carbon pollution here at home.

What the VW Scandal Teaches Us About Climate Action

Frances Beinecke | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Frances Beinecke

This shocking way of doing business has revealed an important truth in the fight against climate change: the value of government safeguards and government oversight in protecting public health and reducing dangerous pollution.

Opinion The Clean Power Plan: An Industrial Nightmare

Forest Trends | Posted 08.05.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

The Obama administration is finally trying to deal with climate change in a comprehensive way. Distracted in his first term by the recession and health care the President did not have the capacity to push the Waxman-Markey bill through the Senate.

What's Actually Driving Opponents of the Clean Power Plan?

Keith Gaby | Posted 08.12.2015 | Green
Keith Gaby

Opponents of the Clean Power Plan seem united in their belief that solving climate change is either unnecessary or should be very low on the list of national priorities. Their ideology remains fixed in a world of polluting energy. Fortunately for our children and grandchildren, the rest of us are moving forward.

Clinton's Bold Clean Energy Plan Is Within Reach

Frances Beinecke | Posted 07.29.2015 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Clinton's leadership on clean energy and climate action stands in stark contrast to the entire field of GOP presidential candidates. Only two Republican hopefuls acknowledge the science of climate change.

Carbon Confederacy

Terry Tamminen | Posted 07.27.2015 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Just as common decency and subsequent events proved the Confederacy to be on the wrong side of history after the American Civil War, we have ample evidence that states today should not be flying their Carbon Confederacy battle flag either.

Small Islands, Big Impact: Marshall Islands Set Bold Carbon Targets

David Saddington | Posted 07.21.2015 | Green
David Saddington

"If one of the world's smallest, poorest and most geographically isolated countries can do it, so can you..." As the Republic of the Marshall Isl...

Steady as She Goes: Lessons for the Clean Power Plan From the Supreme Court's Mercury and Healthcare Decisions

David Doniger | Posted 07.20.2015 | Green
David Doniger

The two decisions, taken together, tell us that the Clean Power Plan's prospects are, in fact, pretty good. Here are three reasons why.

Senator Kirk, If You Are Not Addressing Climate Change, You Are Not Addressing the Health of the Great Lakes

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.26.2015 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Throughout his time in Congress, he has cast himself as a defender of the Great Lakes. But a decisive vote to prevent the EPA from enforcing efforts to cut carbon pollution puts Senator Kirk in the camp of folks trying to kill the most essential tool to safeguard the Lakes over the long-term.

A Senator's Turn Against Climate Action

Keith Gaby | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Keith Gaby

Conservatives candidates tend to stay conservative in office and progressives stick to their beliefs, too. Moderates pretty much stay moderate. But last week, we witnessed the exclamation point of a radical shift when U.S. Senator Mark Kirk cast the deciding vote to gut a critical climate measure.

Chicago River Runs Backwards: A Climate Change Reminder for Senator Kirk

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

A series of storms swept through Chicago, with violent monsoons hitting hard during the evening rush hour. By 6:40 p.m., the Chicago River had had enough. It was filled to the brim as the region's dilapidated combined sewer system funneled much of the rainy onslaught into its banks.

Clean Power Plan on Track: Court Dumps Bid to Block EPA from Curbing Power Plant Carbon Pollution

David Doniger | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
David Doniger

The federal court of appeals in Washington rejected a bid to snuff out the EPA's Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's historic plan to put the first-ever limits on dangerous carbon pollution from the nation's 1500 coal- and gas-fired power plants.

Capito Bill Brings Out the Knives for the Clean Power Plan - Frightening Remake of Murder on the Orient Express

David Doniger | Posted 05.15.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Sen. Capito's bill thrusts multiple knives into the Clean Air Act, seeking to kill the Clean Power Plan in as many ways as coal and power company lobbyists can think of.

Every Breath You Take: State of the Air 2015

Harold Wimmer | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Harold Wimmer

Think about this: more than 4 in 10 people in the United States live in counties that have unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution. Now think about this: in the time it took to read that, you probably took 4-5 breaths. Makes you want to know what was in that air, doesn't it?

A Call to Action on Climate for All Candidates for President of the United States

Rhea Suh | Posted 06.28.2015 | Green
Rhea Suh

Through rising seas, withering drought, catastrophic storms and other hallmarks of climate change, our world is telling us every way it knows how that it's time to cut the dangerous carbon pollution that's driving the climate crisis. Long before history judges our response, voters will decide which candidate best understands the threat we face.

My Best Friend Doesn't Believe in Climate Change

Anna Sabino | Posted 06.14.2015 | Green
Anna Sabino

Often, in my climate change conversations, I don't use controversial words. There's no point in me insisting on using "climate change," "global warming" or "deniers" if it makes anyone upset. Spreading the word about conservation and eliminating waste is more important than fighting over the usage of some controversial terms. Let's all be gentle to each other and our planet.