With millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico and a billion dollars a day going overseas for imported oil, we can no longer afford to delay our transition to clean low-carbon energy.
Our dependence on carbon fuels has forced companies to search for shrinking oil reserves in increasingly remote and high-risk areas – including miles below the ocean floor. The greenhouse gasses released when we burn these fuels have already led to
These changes are weakening our natural resources across the country and around the world.
Now is the time to take action and enact comprehensive legislation that
This can all be done in a way that keeps costs low for businesses and consumers as the nation joins the new low-carbon world.
Enactment of such legislation would be one of the most important environmental actions ever taken in US history, putting the nation on track to combat the greatest threat ever to face our natural systems: climate change.
We are already seeing the devastating impacts of climate change today. Those impacts will only worsen if we do not act immediately.
The Nature Conservancy is a member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership USCAP), a coalition of major corporations and leading environmental organizations that is working with federal lawmakers to enact effective climate legislation.
In January 2009, USCAP unveiled a comprehensive blueprint for legislative action, outlining recommendations to the U.S. Congress and the Administration on how to fight climate change.