The Environmental Protection Agency is poised to take a bite out of carbon pollution through proposed standards for new coal-fired power plants. The draft rule, named New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), represents our best shot at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and slowing climate change. There are not a lot of new plants in the pipeline, so this is just a first step. But, if we can demonstrate strong public support for this rule, then EPA is more likely to take the much more difficult step of curbing carbon pollution from older, much dirtier power plants.
Leading scientists warn that climate change poses a grave threat to the world's biodiversity. With legislative climate solutions mired in bipartisan gridlock in Congress, this new draft standard offers a way to make progress on one of the biggest producers of carbon pollution—coal-fired power plants. If this rule goes well, dirty, older plants are next in line for pollution reductions.
Getting comments to EPA to support this standard is a top priority for Audubon. You can help by sending in the postcard you'll find in the March/April issue of Audubon Magazine. Look for the snowy owl—one of the many birds whose habitat is being impacted by our warming climate. Cards will also be available at our monthly programs.