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Can You Imagine?

February 21, 2014 | 10:29 am |

Let’s make carbon pollution history. Explore this photo album to learn what this pollution means for your health and how you can create a better future today. Then, speak up and support the EPA in limiting carbon pollution from new power plants. It’s our future. Let’s take a deep breath and make it a healthy one.

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Help Change Future Winter Olympics

February 12, 2014 | 9:30 am |

There’s just something special about the Olympics. Arriving in Sochi last week, I recognized it immediately from when I was competing with the U.S. Ski Team in the Torino and Vancouver games. The focused expressions of the athletes, the glimmer in the eyes of the crowds who’ve come to cheer them on, and above all, the electric sense of possibility that fills everyone and everything here. And it should, because after all, this is where we come not just to compete, but also to connect as a planet. To celebrate athletes that highlight what’s best in all of us. To … Read More

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Don’t Let the Polar Vortex Freeze the Climate Conversation

February 11, 2014 | 12:00 pm |

So, you’re going to meet your climate change-skeptic relative at a family lunch this weekend, and you already know they’re going to challenge you by pointing to the freezing temperatures outside, right? A chilling prospect, that. But take heart. The cold doesn’t threaten your accurate understanding of (and concern for) what’s happening to our planet’s climate system. In fact, it’s a weapon in your arsenal of climate facts. Here’s why. First things first: there is a difference between climate and weather. Weather always has—and always will—fluctuate. There are warm days, mild days, and cool days. There are dry periods and … Read More

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A Future Without Carbon Pollution

February 6, 2014 | 12:00 pm |

Carbon pollution is driving climate change, transforming our weather, disrupting our lives, and threatening our future. The culprit? Dirty power plants dumping unlimited carbon pollution into our air. A groundbreaking rule proposed by the EPA, if adopted, will change this picture. The rule will significantly limit the amount of carbon pollution new power plants are allowed to dump into our air and help ensure a safer, cleaner, and healthier future for us all. Tell the EPA why you want to make carbon pollution and climate change history: 

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Become One of Them

January 24, 2014 | 10:00 am |

There are some people who inspire us. Maybe it’s the way their speeches captivate you. Maybe it’s the breadth of work they’ve done to make the planet a better place. Or maybe it’s the chills you feel simply reading about their inspiring projects. There aren’t many people out there who can elicit these kinds of reactions. But when you attend a Climate Reality Leadership Corps training, you’ll be in the same room as some of the most inspiring leaders in the environmental movement. And you’ll learn to become one of them. We’re excited so many incredible speakers will be joining … Read More

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This is Where the Real Work Starts

January 22, 2014 | 2:00 pm | , Founder & Chairman, The Climate Reality Project

I spend a lot of time talking to people about the climate crisis these days. Almost without fail, the first words I hear are “What can I do?” The first step, I always tell people, is simple: become a Climate Reality Leader. The climate crisis is the defining issue of our time.  Yet many people still don’t understand how it’s changing our planet and our lives—some even choose to reject its existence. In the meantime, we keep seeing stronger storms, more intense droughts, and all kinds of climate impacts that are costing us in more ways than we can count. … Read More

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The People vs. Carbon: Social Cost of Carbon Q&A

January 21, 2014 | 12:30 pm |

Let’s face it – the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC), while an incredibly important policy tool, could be a little more straightforward. Last Wednesday, Maggie L. Fox, CEO and President of The Climate Reality Project explained what the SCC is all about and laid out the facts in the case of the People vs. Carbon during a live webinar. (Watch the recording on-demand here.) During the webinar, we spoke about the future we’re all working to create – one in which carbon pollution-fueled climate change is a thing of the past. To get there, we first have to understand why carbon … Read More

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Have You Added Your Name?

January 15, 2014 | 10:21 am | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

Last week, we launched a new campaign called the People vs. Carbon to gather comments in support of a strong Social Cost of Carbon, a tool the U.S. government uses to help guide climate policy and a key step towards a price on carbon pollution. And it’s working. Thousands have already sent their comments in to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in support of a strong Social Cost of Carbon, but the comment period officially closes on January 27. We need to make sure that we the people make our voices heard before then. Over the … Read More

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Stand Up and Count the Social Cost of Carbon

January 7, 2014 | 3:24 pm |

It’s just common sense. Each year, here in the U.S., we generate a certain amount of carbon pollution. And each year, climate change driven by carbon pollution impacts our lives in all kinds of ways from flooded homes to higher insurance rates, each of which has a very real price tag that we pay either as individuals or as a society. Several years ago, the federal government developed a tool to connect these monetary damages with the carbon behind them, effectively putting a dollar value on the effects of climate change. Known as the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC), this … Read More

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Top Climate Stories of 2013 – #1 Time to Get Coal Out of Our Stockings

December 31, 2013 | 8:30 am |

#1. Time to Get Coal Out of Our Stockings We all know we need a price on carbon pollution to accelerate a rapid decline in emissions and growth in clean energy. Just how badly was underscored by a new report indicating that global carbon pollution levels are on track to set a new world record of 36 billion metric tons in 2013, an increase of 2.1 percent from 2012. We’ve seen what carbon pollution means. But rather than let this news dampen the holidays, let’s make our New Year’s resolution to put a price on carbon in 2014 and solve the … Read More

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