Rising sea levels. Raging storms. Searing heat. Ferocious fires. Severe drought. Punishing floods. This is what climate change looks like. It threatens our health, our communities, our economy, and our security. And those threats are urgently growing. 2014 was the hottest year, globally, since record keeping began in 1880. And a stunning 14 of the 15 hottest years have occurred in this century.
In June 2014, in response to these dangers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first-ever limits on the more than 2 billion tons of carbon pollution spewed into the atmosphere each year by power plants—the single largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
The Clean Power Plan—the centerpiece of President Obama's climate action initiative—promises to be the most important action the United States can take to combat climate change to avoid the worst impacts. The plan is also critical to spurring an international agreement to slow the impacts of climate change at the U.N. climate change conference in Paris in December 2015.
Time may be running out but, as the Clean Power Plan illustrates, we are not running out of solutions. To help separate fact from fiction over the Clean Power Plan, we have prepared this well-referenced resource book to end the debate.