The Senate will soon debate a companion bill to the American Clean Energy and Security Act, passed by the House of Representatives on June 26. The weak climate bill passed in the House must be strengthened in the Senate. If implemented, the current bill would give all of us less than a 50/50 chance of avoiding catastrophic runaway global warming. And it repeals the power of the Clean Air Act to act as a global warming backstop, effectively putting all our eggs in one precarious basket.
Please send a letter to your senators today and ask them to introduce a strong climate bill that contains scientifically-based greenhouse gas reduction targets and retains the Clean Air Act’s successful protections.
Leading scientists warn that the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere must be reduced to no more than 350 parts per million to combat the climate crisis. But the American Clean Energy and Security Act would allow total greenhouse gas concentrations to increase to more than 450 parts per million. At that level, we have less than even chances of averting catastrophic impacts to humans and other species.
The current bill also cripples the Clean Air Act, our nation's best tool for curbing air pollution. Under the American Clean Energy and Security Act, the Clean Air Act's ability to regulate critical polluters would be repealed, and dozens of additional dirty coal-fired power plants could be built without any additional emissions-reduction requirements.
Please, send your letters today. We don’t have much time left to improve this bill.