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Call on Congress to Defend our Climate

Under the bold leadership of the Biden Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and every Member of Congress who led the fight to pass the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)—the largest climate investment in American history—we have made significant progress on climate. This includes stronger standards that will reduce harmful pollution driving climate change, from power plants, vehicles, and soot sources.

EPA releases final methane pollution rule 

On December 2nd, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final rule to cut methane pollution and other harmful air pollutants from the oil and gas sector. This rule will take an important step forward in providing safeguards from dangerous methane pollution that will help solve the climate crisis, protect public health, and create good careers in the clean economy. These new critical and enforceable safeguards will help protect the health of environmental justice communities and those living on the frontlines of oil and gas extraction as well as the health and safety of energy workers.

The EPA estimates that total resulting emission reductions from 2024 to 2038 are estimated to be 58 million tons of methane, a greenhouse gas responsible for over a quarter of the planet’s current warming.

Other Federal Updates

Defend our Health: Tell Your Governor that the EPA Must Set Strong Air Pollution Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is about to finalize air quality standards for fine particulate matter and your voice is desperately needed! While we have been fighting to strengthen the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for fine particle pollution, the fossil fuel industry has been spending millions to convince the EPA to adopt weaker standards.

Weaker standards will leave our communities and our patients exposed to this dangerous pollutant. Add your name in support of the strongest PM2.5 standards >

The nation urgently needs a suite of strong protections finalized that will clean up pollution from cars, trucks and power plants. Join the American Lung Association in thanking President Biden and EPA for strong methane limits and urging them to get the rest of their clean air to-do list across the finish line. Sign the letter >

The Fifth National Climate Assessment

To equip Americans with the best available science and understanding of climate change impacts in the United States, President Biden released the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) on November 14, 2023. NCA5 is a congressionally mandated interagency effort that provides the scientific foundation to support informed decision-making across the United States by assessing changes in the climate, its national and regional impacts, and options for reducing present and future risk. It indicates that not only is every region of the country already experiencing the impacts of climate change, but ambitious climate action is underway in every region as well.



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