What the president’s Clean Power Plan means for wildlife

Today, energy sector leaders and visionaries are meeting in Nevada for the eighth annual national Clean Energy Summit. Public officials, policy experts, investors, industry executives, students and eager citizens will gather to listen to and discuss America’s most pressing and compelling energy and climate issues with panels of experts and innovators, teed up by President Obama himself.

You see, right now, clean energy discussions are taking center stage not just in western states like Nevada where the renewable energy sector is rapidly growing, but across the country, and for good reason. Earlier this month President Obama and the EPA unveiled a Clean Power Plan (CPP) for America, a critical part of the president’s overarching Climate Action Plan. In our country’s most ambitious action yet taken to combat the impacts of climate change, the CPP sets the first-ever limits on dangerous carbon emissions from power plants, gives states the opportunity to craft implementation plans tailored to their needs and provides opportunities for new jobs and lower energy costs across America.

We know that fossil-fuel generated power plants are the leading source of the carbon pollution that causes climate change and has devastating effects on human and environmental health. We also know that climate change is compounding the effects of pollution, development and habitat loss on our nation’s – and world’s – imperiled wildlife, from Arctic species like polar bears and walruses to amphibians around the world, as well as the songbirds that visit my backyard each spring. If we do not work now to curb the impacts of climate change on species, one in six wildlife species could face extinction in the next 75 years.

This is an outcome that is simply unacceptable. Fortunately, the CPP gives us an opportunity to come together —> Read More