Stand up to big oil and demand clean energy now

Celebrities, philanthropists and people from all walks of life are coming together with the National Resource Defense Council to work towards a future powered by 100% clean energy:

“Who gets to decide our energy future? Every president since Richard Nixon has promised to help end America’s addiction to oil. And every year, the oil lobby spends a fortune in Washington to make sure that day never comes. If millions of us organize and speak out, WE get to decide. Please join me in standing up to Big Oil by demanding clean energy right now.”

— Robert Redford, Actor and Philanthropist

In his first term, President Obama ordered a doubling of vehicle fuel efficiency standards, which will significantly reduce emissions contributing to climate change. In the State of the Union address, Obama promised to respond to the threat of climate change:

“For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change…if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will.”

—President Barack Obama

President Obama can continue to stay true to his promise by making big reductions in global warming pollution today. Under the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency can set standards to curb carbon pollution from its largest source—coal-fired power plants.

The U.S. could reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 21 to 31 percent by 2020 using cost-effective technology. That represents a major dent in US carbon emissions—equivalent to taking up to 130 million cars off the road. These reductions would yield up to $60 billion in avoided climate and medical costs in 2020 and reduce household electric bills.

“Millions of Americans expect the Obama administration to live up to its rhetoric on climate change, starting with cleaning up power plants, the biggest source of carbon pollution. The president can use the Clean Air Act to make real progress on one of our world’s and our future’s biggest challenges. That’s what the presidency is for—doing big things.”

Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council

Fossil fuels simply do not stand up to the climate test. They endanger our health, our environment and our future. It’s time to move beyond heavily-polluting oil, coal, dangerous drilling and fracking.

We’ve got better, clean energy choices  — like solar, wind and super-efficient technologies — that will help create a more livable planet. But it’s up to us to demand them!

Let’s take back our energy future. Sign the petition and tell President Obama to move America beyond all fossil fuels as rapidly as possible, towards a future powered by 100% clean energy.

 Sign the petition now >>

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