Rolling Back Climate Protections

October 23, 2017

AMC responds to the Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan

An environmental policy designed to greatly reduce carbon emissions in the US is now on the chopping block.

Finalized in 2015, the Clean Power Plan created targets for each state in the country to work towards for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from their power plants.

The Environmental Protection Agency is now proposing these reduction goals to be removed and for the Clean Power Plan to be withdrawn. Like pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, this move is a step in the wrong direction for our country and the planet.

The mountains, forests, waters, and trails that you love deserve better.

If kept in place, the Clean Power Plan will reduce air pollution. This includes ozone and fine particulates, ensuring cleaner air for outdoor recreation and reducing the rate of climate change. Learn more about how a changing climate is impacting the Northeastern United States.

Read the statement of AMC’s President and CEO, John Judge on the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan.

Speak up on behalf of the Outdoors

You can read more details about the Clean Power Plan and you can flex your conservation muscles by submitting your own comments to this important docket on

Join the Conservation Action Network today to stay in touch for additional guidance on commenting in support of the Clean Power Plan.

Learn more about the Clean Power Plan and Climate Change in the Northeast

The Clean Power Plan is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent below the levels of 2005 emissions by 2030.

The Clean Power Plan is not just an important opportunity, but a required step forward in our country’s efforts to fight climate change. The Supreme Court has ruled that greenhouse gas pollution falls under the Clean Air Act as a pollutant and public health hazard, and should be regulated. If the Clean Power Plan is withdrawn, it is unclear what actions will be taken, if any, to protect the public from the dangers of a changing climate and exacerbating air pollution. Even more troubling, the effort to repeal the Clean Power Plan is based on faulty logic that seeks to dismiss the public health benefits associated with pollution reduction.

The AMC has been working to address climate change through federal and regional policies for decades. Learn more about our more recent climate change research and advocacy:

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Georgia Murray

Conservation and Nature Notes blogger Georgia Murray has been AMC's Air Quality Staff Scientist since 2000. She has an M.S. degree in Earth Sciences from the University of New Hampshire and currently oversees the AMC's air quality and climate monitoring programs.