In the Toolkit --

Introduction

  • Guide to the Toolkit
  • Leagues in Action
  • I. Choosing a Role for Your League

    II. Grassroots Action Priorities

  • Climate Action
  • Price on Carbon
  • Our Children's Trust
  • Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Renewable Energy
  • Adapting to Climate Change
  • III. Basics of Climate Change

    IV. Engaging Individuals

  • Communicating About Climate Change
  • Preparing for a Meeting on Climate Change
  • Engaging Groups in Your Community
  • V. Promoting Public Policy

  • Community Action Models
  • Organizing For Community Action
  • Tips for Building Grassroots Support
  • League Action on Climate Change
  • International Action
  • VI. Resources

    LEAGUE ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

    The League believes that global climate change is one of the most serious threats to the environment, health, and economy of this nation. To meet this challenge, the U.S. Congress must enact meaningful, comprehensive climate and energy legislation that includes an enforceable, economy-wide limit on carbon pollution and accelerates this country's transition to a clean energy economy.

    For the latest information about opportunities for action on national climate change policy, please visit the League's Global Climate Change webpages.

    Key League Statements on Climate Policy

    The League has called for prompt and aggressive action to cut U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and has detailed a set of objectives to guide the development of comprehensive climate legislation. The League has also gone on record supporting EPA regulation of GHG emissions.

    Federal Climate Policy

    Policymakers evaluating strategies for reducing GHG emissions have two general approaches to consider: a cap-and-trade system and a carbon tax. Both are market-based policy instruments that create incentives to reduce carbon emissions. Each approach has advantages and disadvantages, and a well-designed system of either type will be more effective than a poorly designed system of the other type.

    Coal-Fired Power Plants

    Coal is the single largest source of global warming pollution in the United States. Restricting emissions from coal-fired power plants, therefore, is essential to achieving the emissions reductions required to stabilize atmospheric concentrations of GHGs and avoid dangerous climate change.

    Last updated: 1/24/2015