Climate Policy and Legislation
Scientists have made it clear: to avoid the worst impacts of global warming, we must quickly begin to reduce global warming pollution by at least 2% per year, or about 80% by 2050.
In 2008, the majority of the U.S. Senate stood up in support of this goal. However, the Climate Security Act fell short of the votes needed to keep it alive in Congress.
In the fight to protect wildlife from the devastating impacts of climate change, the National Wildlife Federation and NWF Action Fund are working to build support in Congress in 2009 for federal legislation that will help America reduce our emissions and jumpstart a clean energy future.
What is strong global warming legislation?
Strong global warming legislation provides for a mechanism to rapidly reduce global warming pollution, increase the use of clean and renewable energy sources, and make great improvements in energy efficiency. It will also use proceeds generated from the sale or auction of emissions allowances to help confront global warming by investing in clean energy technologies, protecting energy consumers and natural resources.
A cap-and-trade system is a market-based system where the government issues a fixed number of pollution “credits” (or allowances) each year, which polluters must buy in order to pollute (each pollution allowance entitles the polluter to emit one ton of pollution that year). By reducing the number of allowances available each year–also known as lowering the cap–we can attain our global warming pollution reduction goal while spurring innovation and investment in clean energy technology.