At The Nature Conservancy, we’re doing our part, too. We’re working with governments in all 50 states to lower emissions in ways that best fit each individual state.
To meet the commitment the United States made at the Paris climate talks in December—to reduce emissions from 26-28% below 2005 levels by the year 2025—we need federal policy that strengthens the Clean Power Plan and puts a price on carbon, either through a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade program.
These kinds of policies would accelerate our country’s transition to a low-carbon economy by bumping laggard states up to the level of those making rapid progress.
Until that happens, independent forces of change continue to fuel a revolution in the electric power sector. Although the delay in the Clean Power Plan creates a minor setback for that particular program, state governments, utilities, developers and citizens are making progress by taking advantage of other opportunities to generate more clean power, encourage more efficient energy use and create more choices for consumers.
The Supreme Court can’t stop this kind of energy revolution.