Friday, March 20, 2015

Urge the Environmental Protection Agency to Prioritize Renewable Energy, Not Natural Gas

Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing limits on global warming emissions from power plants, the largest source of these emissions in the United States. The EPA's Clean Power Plan is our best opportunity to curb the growing consequences of climate change and accelerate the growth of clean energy—but it's not strong enough.

The draft plan relies heavily on a switch from coal to natural gas as one of the pathways for states to meet their carbon emission reduction goals. Natural gas is still a fossil fuel and dramatically expanding its use to generate electricity poses complex risks including persistent price volatility and more global warming emissions. New UCS analysis reveals that we can limit the dangers of an overreliance on natural gas by greatly expanding the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency in our power supply.

Sign our petition urging the EPA to issue a final Clean Power Plan that encourages a shift to truly low-carbon resources, such as wind and solar, and avoids the risks of an overreliance on natural gas. We'll hand deliver your message in a meeting with EPA officials.

Check out The Natural Gas Gamble report, and learn more about the risks of natural gas and the Clean Power Plan.