- Reducing pollution that causes climate change by limiting emissions from electric utilities, oil refineries, and other major sources, and rewarding companies as they use cleaner technology. These limits are ambitious, achievable, and will be fairly enforced.
- Using what works, with the same market-based, American solution we put in place to successfully fight Acid Rain in the bipartisan Clean Air Act in 1990 – after which electricity rates fell 10 percent and the U.S. economy added 16 million new jobs.
LESS POLLUTION / FIGHTING GLOBAL WARMING
- The American Clean Energy and Security Act would reduce total global warming emissions 83 percent below 2005 levels by 2050.
- Heavy downpours in the last 50 years have increased 67 percent in the Northeast and 31 percent in the Midwest. Unsurprisingly, this time has been marked by record flooding in those regions. [U.S. Global Change Research Program]
- Average global temperatures could increase 11 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, with greater overall increases in the United States exceeding global averages. [USGCRP]
- The growing season now starts 2 weeks earlier, impacting farming and crops in rural America. [USGCRP]
- Sea-level rise would be 3-4 feet by 2100, completely flooding places like the Everglades and Cape Canaveral. [USGCRP]