June 2, 2014
(Washington, DC) – American Rivers applauded the Obama Administration today for taking a major step in the fight against global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency released a draft proposal to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.
Power plants are responsible for 40 percent of U.S. carbon emissions, a major contributor to global warming. The EPA’s proposal would reduce carbon pollution from power plants 25 percent by 2025 and 30 percent by 2030.
The President of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, made the following statement:
“Global warming is one of the defining environmental challenges of our time, and we applaud the Obama Administration for championing real solutions. The EPA’s proposal will have major benefits for public health and the environment.”
“We are already seeing the impacts of climate disruption on our rivers and water resources. More frequent and severe floods and droughts are putting new stresses on communities nationwide. While it is imperative that we reduce carbon emissions, we must also prepare for these impacts. American Rivers will continue to work with the Administration and Congress to ensure a future in which healthy rivers support healthy, resilient communities.”
Learn more about rivers and climate disruption here.
About American Rivers
American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 250,000 members, supporters, and volunteers.