Global Warming Solutions

“We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do something about it.”

- Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee

The last generation

Years ago, many of us thought of global warming as something that would happen “someday.” As it turns out, “someday” is right now.

We’re fast approaching the point when scientists say climate change could tip toward catastrophe, with sea levels rising faster along our coasts, storms growing more powerful, and droughts and other forms of extreme weather more disruptive.

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Of course, nobody wants to leave the next generation a world where heat waves, floods, droughts and worse are everyday events in an increasingly dangerous world.

If we accept, as we must, the broad scientific consensus that human pollution is accelerating these changes, then this is our challenge: stop putting carbon into the atmosphere, increase our energy efficiency, and repower our society with clean, renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.

The good news is that solutions like solar, wind and energy efficiency not only reduce carbon pollution. They also clean up our air, reduce asthma attacks, and promote energy independence.

 

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The actions the United States has taken to date are necessary — but not yet sufficient — to prevent a catastrophic rise in global temperatures. In order to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5°C — the international consensus target for preventing the worst consequences of warming — the U.S. must reach net zero emissions economy-wide by 2050.

Leaders at all levels of government across the United States must follow through with existing commitments to reduce pollution. Leaders at all levels of government should identify and pursue new policies to cut pollution. And the U.S. must play a leadership role in the global movement to limit global warming.

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Protect our children's future

As Gov. Inslee pointed out, global warming is the challenge of our generation.

Protecting our children’s future requires us to stop dumping carbon into our atmosphere, and there’s no better place to start than with America’s No. 1 global warming polluters. 

Issue updates

News Release | Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center

New report shows Virginia lags behind in renewable energy development, despite nationwide growth

Virginia ranks 45th in the nation for wind and solar generation as percentage of electricity consumption and 29th in energy efficiency improvements since 2010, lagging behind the nation in a new report released today by Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center.

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News Release | Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center

Statement: Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s demise is a huge victory

Dominion Energy and Duke Energy announced on Sunday that they are pulling the plug on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. After numerous legal setbacks and delays, the companies will abandon the heavily opposed 600-mile pipeline, which would have been built through some of Virginia's most iconic landscapes, including our farmland, mountains and forests.

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News Release | Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center

New report provides roadmap for Virginia to achieve carbon-free transportation

The transportation sector is the largest source of global warming pollution in Virginia. But a new report from Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group describes how Virginia can build a zero-carbon transportation future - all while cleaning our air and creating safer, healthier communities.

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News Release | Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center

New report provides roadmap for Virginia to achieve carbon-free transportation

The transportation sector is the largest source of global warming pollution in Virginia. But a new report from Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group describes how Virginia can build a zero-carbon transportation future - all while cleaning our air and creating safer, healthier communities.

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Report | Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center

Destination: Zero Carbon

In the U.S., transportation is climate enemy number one. America’s transportation system produces more greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector of our economy and, on its own, is responsible for 4 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – more than the entire economies of France and the United Kingdom combined.

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