Federal Climate and Energy Policy
The Council advocates for passage of comprehensive federal climate and energy legislation that will address America's contribution to global climate change. Meaningful climate and energy legislation must achieve several fundamental goals: invest in the development and deployment of clean energy sources, like wind, solar and geothermal energy; make major greenhouse gas emitters pay while protecting the impact on consumers during the transition to a green economy; and protect vulnerable eco-systems and communities that are the most susceptible to the devastating impacts of climate change. Furthermore, the Council supports the preservation of greenhouse gas reduction programs that many states have already implemented, such as RGGI - the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The Council's federal climate and energy policy campaign also seeks to protect the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Supreme Court-mandated authority to regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants under the Clean Air Act.