A report by Environment America Research & Policy Center, U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group Written by Brynn Furey and Johanna Neumann, Environment America Research & Policy Center and Bryn Huxley-Reicher, Frontier Group, with input from Matt Casale, U.S. PIRG Education Fund.
Transportation is now America’s number one source of global warming pollution, with greenhouse emissions from cars, trucks, buses and other vehicles surpassing every other source. We simply can’t solve global warming without changing how Americans get around.
The Delaware River is one of America's most treasured waterways. The river and its tributaries are a home for wildlife, scenic views, and opportunities for fishing, swimming and hiking. The watershed provides drinking water for more than 15 million people.
To realize the Clean Water Act’s promise to make all of our waters safe enough for swimming and fishing, we need to make it easier for people to see and understand the problems affecting our waters. That’s why we organized the Delaware Watershed Project.
We live in a world of incredible material abundance, but we’re running short on nature. We want more places where we can hike, bike and jog among trees and wildflowers. We want more mountaintops where we can see nothing but forest below, more rivers that flow wild and free, more shoreline where all we can hear are waves. We want more wildlife in our world, from the grizzly on the ridgeline to the bee in our garden, from the wolf in the forest to the butterfly in our backyard. We want and need more, to paraphrase Emerson, of a world so beautiful that we “can hardly believe it exists.”
In a greener, healthier world, we would conserve more, use the energy we have more wisely and efficiently, and rely only on sources of energy that are clean, renewable and tread lightly on the planet.
The question is, what concrete steps can we take to move closer to the world we want to live in? And given the current administration’s myopic preference for older, dirtier energy sources, where can we realistically take those steps right now?
In a greener, healthier world, all of us would treat our air and water as the precious life-giving resources they are, not as dumping grounds for our waste. Environment America Research and Policy Center takes concrete steps to move us closer to the world we want to live in, from holding illegal water and air polluters accountable to networking local citizens who serve as champions of the local waters they love.
To slow global warming, we need to change what we drive. We’re calling for all new cars and trucks to be electric by 2035. We know our leaders in Washington, D.C., are going the wrong way on this issue. That’s why our Clean Car Communities campaign is paving the way for cities and states to lead the way for cleaner transportation.
Americans are already experiencing the effects of climate change, from stronger storms, to more frequent floods, to worsening wildfires and more. And yet, Congress remains gridlocked when it comes to climate action.
There’s a tragic irony at the heart of that gridlock: Many of the elected representatives in Washington, D.C. who oppose climate action represent the very communities that lie in the paths of the hurricanes, floods and wildfires being turbocharged by climate change.
The 2020 edition of a report by Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group
Written by Emma Searson and Bronte Payne, Environment America Research & Policy Center; Linus Lu; Tony Dutzik, Frontier Group DOWNLOAD THE REPORT
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