Today President Obama made good on the promise he made in his State of the Union address by issuing a bold plan to address climate change.
The President’s plan comes as a beacon of hope in light of climate change being the single greatest threat facing wildlife today.
Earlier this month, scientists reported puffins are just the most recent species revealing the dangers that global warming brings for our wildlife.
Let President Obama know that you support taking critical action to help protect puffins and many more wildlife from climate change.
As oceans warm in response to climate change, new fish species are entering into the Gulf of Maine, causing puffin parents to unknowingly feed their young a more southerly fish that is too large for their young to swallow. And as a result, puffin chicks are starving to death—beside piles of the fish that they simply cannot physically eat.
For the first time ever, the President’s plan directs the Environmental Protection Agency to cut carbon pollution from power plants—the nation’s largest source of climate change-inducing pollution.
There’s no doubt that the President’s words will catch the attention of Big Polluters and their allies in Congress.
That’s why in the next 72 hours, we need to send an overwhelming signal that Americans support climate action now.
Speak up for puffins suffering from warming oceans—tell President Obama you support strong action to address climate change now.
Puffins in the Gulf of Maine and other marine species are warning us that carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants is making our oceans dangerously warm. Elsewhere in the ocean, polar bears are going hungry from melting ice habitats, and sea turtles are losing their nesting beaches.
Right now, we still have time to listen to what puffins, polar bears and sea turtles are telling us. Let’s make sure that President Obama gets the message loud and clear that we support action on reducing carbon pollution from power plants this year.
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This is big. I mean, really big.
President Obama just threw down the gauntlet on climate change. Just minutes ago, I sat in the room with President Obama as he spoke to the nation and laid out a plan to address climate change, which includes directing the EPA to cut carbon pollution from all of our nation’s power plants — the nation’s largest source of climate change-inducing pollution — for the first time ever.
And what’s more? President Obama also said that the dirty and dangerous Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will not be built if it increases carbon pollution.
But even though this is fantastic news for our climate, our health, and our environment, not everybody sees it that way.
It’s already clear that big polluters will do everything in their power to try to poison the Congress, the public, and the media with lies to undermine the power of this bold climate action plan.
We can’t let Big Oil and Dirty Coal block the most important climate action we’ve seen in years. Help us win the message battle over the next 72 hours by showing your support for the President’s climate plan now!
How we respond over the next 72 hours will determine whether the nation rallies around President Obama’s call to climate action or whether your elected officials get fooled by Big Oil and Dirty Coal’s propaganda and high-paid lobbyists.
We’ve already heard some of their talking points from their congressional cronies. Last week, before the announcement was even made, Speaker of the House John Boehner was telling his base that any plan to act on climate change would be “absolutely crazy.”
Well, you know what I think is crazy? Looking at scientific evidence that shows how serious the consequences of climate change will be for our families and future generations, and choosing to reject any plans to do something about it.
I think it would be pretty insane to oppose a strategy like President Obama’s climate action plan, which will help increase energy efficiency in our homes and help us get more energy from cleaner sources. But I wouldn’t put it past Speaker Boehner and the dirty energy industry’s other congressional lackeys to try and smear this common-sense plan.
If you agree with me and President Obama, raise your hand in support of sane, bold action to address climate change here >>
Over the next 72 hours, we will be talking to reporters, running ads all over the internet, creating a big buzz on social media, and staging rallies to show the huge amount of support there is for the President’s plan.
But it won’t mean anything if all our elected officials — from Congress to the White House — don’t hear from thousands of concerned individuals like you.
Don, you’re the one who is going to make this plan into a reality.
So please take one moment to let your elected officials know that we have a moral obligation to future generations to leave them a planet that’s not polluted and damaged. Join President Obama in saying, “If Congress won’t act, I will.” Send your message here >>
We’ve got a lot of work ahead, but the future is looking cleaner and greener than ever.
President Obama heard us loud and clear.
After months of promising action on climate change, he stood and delivered today with a bold plan that will deeply cut carbon pollution for years to come.
First and foremost, it will set tough standards for new and existing power plants, America’s biggest global warming polluters.
Right now, those polluting behemoths have a free pass to spew 40 percent of the carbon dioxide that is driving climate chaos and extreme weather events. So cracking down on them is the single most important step President Obama could have taken; it shows he means business.
But it comes not a moment too soon. Just last month, the level of heat-trapping CO2 cracked the once-unthinkable barrier of 400 parts per million — for the first time in at least three million years. Without swift and effective action, 450 ppm is now within sight, and with it the likelihood of catastrophic, runaway global warming.
Today, President Obama made a terrific start. But it’s just the opening shot in what promises to be the mother of all regulatory battles. You can be sure that Big Coal, Big Oil and other fossil fuel dinosaurs will scream bloody murder and throw everything they’ve got at the President’s plan.
Tell him you’ve got his back! It’s crucial that the White House hears right away from millions of Americans who know this may be our last best chance to fend off catastrophic climate change — and are willing to stand strong with him against Big Coal and Big Oil.
NRDC will be leading the charge in Washington — in the media, on Capitol Hill and at the EPA — to make sure the President’s plan is turned into tough, enforceable action.
At the same time, we will be escalating our campaign to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which the State Department is still reviewing.
Today, President Obama proclaimed that that he would not approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline unless the State Department can prove that the pipeline will not increase global warming pollution. With that promise to the American people, the President has taken a giant step toward rejecting Keystone XL — because the evidence is clear that the pipeline will drive more carbon pollution and more climate damage.
With your support, we will hold him to that promise.
And we will stand with the President today against the fossil fuel polluters.
Tell him you’ll lock arms against them to stop climate change.
And thank you for all the action you’ve taken over the last months and years to get us to this pivotal moment.
I have just left the historic Old North building at Georgetown University where under a blazing hot sun President Obama delivered a rousing speech laying out his second-term plans for climate action.
Before the speech, I had the honor of meeting with the President. From what he told me and from what he told the nation, I am leaving campus more hopeful and energized about our chances to prevent climate catastrophe than I have been in a long while.
But even with President Obama’s vital leadership, we must heed his call to do our part to stand together and provide stalwart grassroots support. That’s the only way we are going to beat back the cynics and and the skeptics who oppose action at every turn.
Please take the first step by sending President Obama our thanks for his leadership. Let him know you’re part of the movement to secure a safer climate future.
The President had it exactly right when he said “We can figure this out… as long as we don’t fear the future and instead we seize it.”
The President’s plan offers a comprehensive approach to tackling the climate crisis. The centerpiece will be tough standards to slash climate pollution from America’s new and existing power plants — the largest source of carbon pollution in America.
This follows standards finalized in his first term to double America’s fuel economy standards for passenger cars and light trucks. The President is also proposing to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy and unlock energy efficiency innovation, among many other action items.
In the coming days, weeks, and months, I and the entire EDF team look forward to working with the Obama Administration to turn these proposals into concrete actions and secure the strongest possible carbon pollution standards for power plants.
We wouldn’t be here without you. Your continued engagement in our push for climate action is making a huge difference.
On this historic day, please share your voice and join me in sending our thanks to President Obama for providing the important leadership we need on this urgent environmental issue.
President Obama just finished his first major climate speech to the country — and he said things that NOBODY expected.
In his speech, the President drew a line in the sand on the Keystone XL pipeline: if it significantly increases climate pollution, he won’t approve it. And in a move that made me jump for joy, he gave a shout-out to the growing fossil fuel divestment movement.
The other policies he laid out were, for the most part, steps in the right direction. Ending the ability of power plants to emit unlimited carbon pollution, and reengagement in the international climate process – these are huge victories for grassroots climate organizers.
Right now is a critical time for us to up the ante — we’re aiming to raise over $100,000 in the next 24 hours to expand our campaign to stop Keystone XL and spark a huge push for bold climate action.
Click here to chip in: http://www.350.org/game-on
This was only possible because of the movement that we’ve all worked together to create. Our fossil fuel divestment campaign has caught fire. In February, we worked with our allies to hold the largest climate rally in US history to tell the President to move Forward on Climate — and now he really is.
Our fight just got bumped up to a whole new level. The fossil fuel industry is already taking to the airwaves to attack the President’s climate plan — and they’re going to fight even harder for the Keystone pipeline. The President said that the pipeline could only be approved if the project doesn’t “significantly exacerbate the climate problem.” We all know that Keystone would do exactly that, and the nation’s top climate scientists are unanimous in describing the pipeline as a major threat to our planet.
We don’t want to celebrate prematurely — the President did leave himself some wiggle room to approve Keystone. The State Department hired big oil contractors to write their report on the pipeline, and they said it wouldn’t ‘significantly’ increase emissions. Their arguments have been picked apart by journalists, scientists, even the Environmental Protection Agency — but there’s still a chance the administration could hide behind this weak analysis.
In the coming days and weeks, we’ll put your donation to work. We’ll expand our efforts to make sure Keystone protests greet the President at all his public events, work with allies like CREDO Action on the Keystone “Pledge of Resistance,” and continue to wage an online, media, and grassroots campaign against the project.
The speech wasn’t without its missteps. The President announced loan guarantees for so-called “advanced” fossil fuel projects, and gave shout-outs to natural gas from fracking. On the whole, the plans he laid out weren’t nearly ambitious enough. The truth is, the President alone can’t deliver the type of real climate action we need, like putting a price on carbon. Keystone XL, fossil fuel divestment, and our other campaigns are building a grassroots movement to end Big Oil’s stranglehold on Washington — and now is the time to ramp them up. Click here to support a bold grassroots climate movement.
I’m writing this letter from Istanbul, where our team is here with 500 youth climate activists from all over the world for Global Power Shift — the first ever convergence of its kind. We watched the speech huddled around laptops and jumped up and down when we heard the parts about Keystone and divesting.
350.org started in 2008, while President Obama was still just a candidate — and we all hoped that one day he might be a political leader who would rise to the climate challenge. Today that challenge is more urgent than ever, our movement is stronger than ever, and the President’s speech has given us a new glimmer of hope. Game on.
The Keystone XL fight is now, officially, on our terms.
In a surprise announcement, in his first major address on climate change in four-and-a-half years as President, Barack Obama said that he would not approve Keystone XL if it significantly increased carbon emissions.1
This is huge. It is a huge sign that the pressure we have put on the administration is working. More than 62,000 people have pledged to engage in civil disobedience if necessary to stop Keystone XL, precisely because it will lead to “game over for the climate” by lighting the fuse to detonate the carbon bomb of the Alberta tar sands into our atmosphere.
It is also a huge sign that we must keep our pressure on. After all, the State Department’s first sham environmental evaluation found that Keystone XL would not substantially increase climate emissions – flying in the face of the EPA,2 climate scientists,3 and the economists and oil industry executives who know that Keystone XL will speed development of the tar sands.
Deciding Keystone XL based on its climate impacts is a fight we can win – but only if we keep fighting.
Also in today’s speech was the President’s announcement that his administration was moving forward on a rule to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants. This too is huge news, and something that CREDO and our activists have been pushing the President to do since before the failure of the climate bill in 2009.
Taken together, setting the terms for rejecting Keystone XL and moving forward on limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants, were the two most important things President Obama could have done today. More than anything else, we are grateful for this leadership.
We know the President will be facing ferocious opposition and attacks from the fossil fuel industry, and the science-denying Republican obstructionists who serve them. So while we have a lot of work to do, today is an important day to thank the President for his leadership.
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Of course, the speech wasn’t perfect – far from it. In addition to disappointing calls to expand natural gas development, the steps laid out today simply weren’t enough to solve our climate change problem on their own.
But this is a significant step forward from an administration that for years was afraid to even say the word “climate,” and today gave a full-throated endorsement of the need for our action, and for global leadership to fulfill our moral obligation to protect people all around the world from the damage that has already begun.
This is a testament to your pressure and your activism. And it only affirms our commitment to redoubling all of our efforts, including the Pledge of Resistance, to oppose Keystone XL and fight climate change.
There’s a lot more to do, but mostly today, we are shocked by this surprise announcement, and grateful that the president is finally leading in the fight against climate change. Click the link below to sign the petition thanking President Obama:
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Jenny From 350.org just sat with 5 divestment activists around a tiny computer monitor in the 350.org office and listened to the President of the United States endorse divestment: “Broaden the circle of those who are willing to stand up for our future. Invest. Divest. Make yourself heard on this issue.”
It’s time for the Presidents of America’s institutions to join with President Obama on this one. It’s time to move forward on climate and clean energy — on campus, in our cities, towns, and states, and on the federal level.
This speech demonstrates that our divestment organizing is having a big impact, but we know that to really turn the ship on climate, we need more than a moving speech and a nod to our campaign. We need to see action — we’ll need to keep pushing our institutions to divest from coal, oil, and gas companies.
If you haven’t started or joined a divestment campaign in your city, state or religious institution, you can get involved here: campaigns.gofossilfree.org
But we’ll also need to seize the opportunity to act beyond portfolios and endowments. President Obama committed today to reject the Keystone XL pipeline — one of the dirtiest energy projects in history — if it is shown to increase greenhouse gas emissions. He also re-committed to an “all of the above” energy policy, including fracked natural gas and more oil. Clearly we still have work to do.
That’s why this summer, climate activists are coming together to take action at fracking wells, oil refineries, coal export sites, and up and down the Keystone XL pipeline route. Before each action, divestment campaigners will be gathering to learn from and support community leaders, and to lend the power of the national divestment movement to local fights. We’re calling these gatherings GROW (Gather, Rise, Organize, Win) Divestment Meetups — and we need you to join in! Learn more and sign up for a GROW Divestment Meetup here.
It’s going to be an important summer for climate action, and today’s presidential address made that even more apparent. Talk is good, but action is better.
June 25, 2013, will go down in the history books. It is the first time a President of the United States has committed this great nation to fighting climate change.
This is exactly what moms have been asking President Obama to do: give us a plan to fight global warming. On behalf of the 139,000 members of our vibrant community of moms, I thank the President for his leadership.
Will you send a message to your Congressional representative telling them to support President Obama’s plan to combat climate change?
The president has outlined several important goals: Cut carbon from coal-fired power plants. Tighten up on energy efficiency standards. Use federal lands to deploy renewable energy. Craft international teams to cut greenhouse gas pollutants globally–because we are all in this together. I’ll be writing to you more about how you can support each of these initiatives over the next few months.
The President’s plan is based on common sense, and grounded in science–as well as good old American values of ingenuity and stewardship.
- Energy efficiency means that we stop wasting precious resources–energy for which our sons and daughters have fought and died.
- Pollution is dirty–and deadly–and doesn’t belong in our air.
- The development of clean, renewable energy is good for the economy–it will maintain America leadership into the next century.
- America must take a leadership position globally–and that mean that everything we do to cut our emissions won’t be undone by other big polluters.
- We have a moral responsibility to fight climate change.
- We must protect our children’s futures.
Here’s the beauty: This plan is achievable. It is workable. It is doable. We can do what it takes to avoid climate catastrophe–and have a strong, vibrant economy. All over this country, Americans are showing the way. Just last week the mayor of Houston, Texas–the heart of oil country–announced that Houston, in buying 50% of its electricity from renewable power sources, was on the road to becoming “the alternative energy capital of the world.”
Now we must all join forces.
Make no mistake: the science on human-caused climate change is settled. Global warming is already changing our lives: massive, suffocating heat waves are affecting our health; extreme storms are tearing apart families and destroying neighborhoods; unrelenting droughts are scorching the earth, and threatening our food supply. Our children–and theirs–will face catastrophe if we do not stop the greenhouse gas emissions that are throwing off the balance of not only our atmosphere, but also changing the very chemistry of our oceans.
You can be sure that the climate deniers and corporate polluters will stop at nothing to protect their profits–even at the cost of our futures. Let the wild rumpus start!
Please join me in telling your Congressional representative to do everything in her or his power to support the president’s standards for power plants, which will cut carbon pollution and help deliver healthier air and a safer climate for our families.
We cannot afford to do too little, too late. The new carbon rules will not even be proposed until June 2014. We will watch this carefully. The stakes are too high. Stop global warming–before it stops us.
In a major address on climate change at Georgetown University, President Obama said what we’ve been waiting years to hear: “I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing.”
He went on to outline his plan to tackle the climate crisis. From calling out climate denier politicians, to increasing government support for renewable energy – even committing to consider the climate impacts of the Keystone XL Pipeline – this progress is unprecedented for his presidency.
And it happened because of Greenpeace supporters like you. You and millions of others in this movement refused to let corporate money and power silence your voices.
We proudly stand with the President in the fight against carbon pollution, but we know that this battle for our future won’t be won with words alone.
Industry lobbyists from Big Oil and King Coal will surely continue to fight the President tooth-and-nail to stop these solutions from being implemented. Even as you read this, oil companies like Shell are gearing up to drill in the Arctic and coal companies are mining publicly owned coal for pennies on the dollar.
It will be up to us to make sure the President does not allow these dangerous projects to move forward. But the good news is our efforts are paying off.
Thank you for everything that you have done to get us to this point. This is your moment, and the President is standing with you.
Hi, all –
The carbon pollution that causes climate change isn’t a distant threat, the risk to public health isn’t a hypothetical, and it’s clear we have a moral obligation to act.
The 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15 years, and 2012 was the hottest one we’ve ever recorded. When carbon pollutes the air, the risk of asthma attacks increases. When the Earth’s atmosphere fundamentally changes, we see more heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods.
These events also create an economic imperative to act. When farms wash away and crops wilt, food prices go up. Last year, we saw 11 different weather disasters that each cost the United States more than $1 billion.
And confronting this challenge isn’t just about preventing disaster — it’s also about moving America forward in a way that creates hundreds of thousands of good, new, clean energy jobs. It’s about wasting less energy, which saves money for every business and every family in America.
So the debate’s over. It’s time for action.
Here’s what President Obama is announcing today. Check it out, then help to spread the word.
First, he’s laying out a plan to cut carbon pollution in America — by working to cut pollution from power plants, protect the health of our kids, boost clean energy, and revamp our transportation sector for the 21st century. Second, he’s preparing the United States for the impacts of these changes — by building stronger, safer communities and developing resources to make our country more resilient. And finally, he’s leading international efforts to combat global climate change.
We’ve put together a graphic that breaks this all down — from the effects we’re already seeing to the specific actions we’re going to take to lead this fight.
No single step can reverse the effects of climate change, but that’s no excuse for inaction. We have a moral obligation to leave our kids a planet that’s not broken and polluted.
So here’s what we’re going to do:
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