Global Warming


Global warming is a public health threat. As global temperatures rise, so do heat-related deaths and diseases. In addition to increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events, unchecked global warming pollution will also lead to increases in the intensity and range of transmission of vector-borne and infectious diseases. Furthermore, global warming pollution will also contribute to more cases of respiratory and cardiovascular disease associated with increased air pollution and higher ambient temperatures.

The Clean Air Council’s Global Warming Program works to implement strong state and federal policies that address global warming. America’s addiction to fossil fuels threatens its national security, economic recovery and public health. Continued reliance on coal and oil is costly, as these “cheap,” dirty and environmentally-destructive fuels do not internalize the true cost to health and the environment. The Council supports strong federal legislation that caps carbon emissions; makes large emitters of greenhouse gases pay for the cost of their emissions; and promotes energy efficiency and the expansion of renewable energy sources, such as solar, geothermal and wind. Federal legislation must also complement existing state efforts tackling climate change.
Clean Air Council's work on global warming began in earnest in 2000 when it convened a Mid-Atlantic States Conference on Climate Change.  The Council approaches climate change from a public health perspective. In 2006, the Council partnered with to promote carbon reductions and carbon offsets. The Council also hosted a workshop to explore the economic opportunities available to the Pennsylvania agricultural community and others by offsetting carbon emissions through terrestrial carbon sequestration.  In 2008, the Council partnered with Natural Resources Defense Council, the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership and Mercyhurst College to hold a forum on the emerging green economy with local business, environmental and union leaders in Northwest Pennsylvania.  In recent years the Council has worked with Northwest PA stakeholders to found the Northwest Pennsylvania Green Economy task force (NWPAGE). The Council also successfully advocated for the passage of  the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 in the U.S. House of Representatives, and more recently, the Council organized a rally for the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, where activists from the first Earth Day in 1970 joined with present day activists at Independence Mall in Philadelphia calling for Congressional action on global warming.
  •    Advocate for meaningful global warming legislation.
  •    Protect EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
  •    Make the Mid-Atlantic Region as close to carbon-neutral as possible 
  •    Support economic growth by promoting technologies and policies that reduce greenhouse gases 
  •    Help each state in the Mid-Atlantic Region to develop programs to address global warming’s direct impact on the region