Protecting our health, our communities, and our planet from dangerous air pollution is the no. 1 goal of NRDC’s Climate & Clean Air program. We are working to curb the carbon pollution that is driving dangerous climate change by shifting our electricity generation, industry, and transportation to clean energy. And we are working to clear the air of soot, smog, and toxic pollutants that take thousands of Americans’ lives each year.

We fight to enforce the Clean Air Act, the landmark law adopted in 1970 to protect our health and our environment from dangerous air pollution. Since that time, NRDC has won huge battles to cut lung-destroying smog in our cities; clean up our power plants, cars, and factories; stop acid rain; and save the ozone layer.

Advocating for strong pollution standards and clean energy policies, we bring scientific, economic, and legal expertise to bear on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies. We press Congress to protect and strengthen our clean air laws, and we shine the spotlight on legislators who try to undercut the laws that protect our health and our climate. When our government sets new pollution standards, we help defend them in the courts from the inevitable legal attacks by polluters. And when our government fails to do its job, we go to court to enforce the law.

Now we’re in the biggest battle of all: to prevent catastrophic climate change by transforming the way we produce electricity, make the things we need, and move people and goods around. We lead here in the United States, and we can catalyze action around the world.

OUR PRIORITIES

  • Cleaning up carbon pollution and other dangerous pollutants from America’s power plants, the nation’s largest source of air pollution
  • Protecting children, the elderly, and others from dangerous soot and smog by ensuring that health standards reflect the latest scientific findings and by curbing the emissions that create this pollution
  • Cutting leakage of methane—a powerful climate pollutant—from the oil and gas system, the nation’s second-largest industrial climate polluter
  • Replacing the chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons, used in air conditioners and other products, with new alternatives that are safe for both the ozone layer and the climate

Portfolio

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Rising sea levels. Raging storms. Searing heat. Ferocious fires. Severe drought. Punishing floods. This is why we need to limit carbon pollution.

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The Trump administration is determined to undo the vital safeguards for clean air, clean water, and a safe climate that Americans depend on.

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You can tell your story of how you rely on EPA to protect your health, your community, and your planet.

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Future geologists will define the Trumpocene as the period of official climate denial and presidential attempts to roll back climate action, prop up declining energy firms, stop scientific and economic research on the health of our home planet, and destroy the institutions we counted on to protect public health and welfare.

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More from the Pruitt emails. See how the oil refiners and petrochemical industry enlisted the Oklahoma attorney general—now the head of EPA—to fight the agency's standards.

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The Trump administration is continuing its war on health with an executive order that aims to claw back climate protections.