Confronting the greatest environmental crisis in our history will take commitment, dedication, and even sacrifice - but nothing less than the future is at stake. Audubon members and supporters have a unique opportunity to play a critical role in this new Congress. You can participate by signing up for the Audubon Advisory. Learn more by visiting Issues & Action.
Reduce Global Warming Pollution
The United States should set mandatory limits on global warming pollution and establish a cap and trade program that is consistent with preventing average global temperature from rising another 2° Fahrenheit. Any such program should require pollution permits to be auctioned, use the revenue to ensure a rapid transition to a clean energy economy, and provide the necessary assistance for helping people, wildlife, and ecosystems adapt to climate changes caused by global warming.
Repower America with Clean and Efficient Electricity
The United States should strive toward achieving a 100 percent clean energy future by maximizing energy efficiency, vastly expanding our use of renewable energy, and developing the needed infrastructure to deliver clean energy to America-all in an environmentally-responsible manner that will help reduce our global warming emissions while minimizing the impacts on birds and habitat. In order to achieve this clean energy vision, Audubon recommends the following first steps:
- Adopt a suite of state and federal policies designed to increase energy efficiency by at least 15 percent by 2020.
- Adopt a national renewable electricity standard that will require 25 percent of all electricity to be proved by renewable resources by 2025.
- Accelerate the development of properly sited transmission to serve new renewable energy and a "Smart Grid" to transmit that energy more efficiently.
Reduce Our Dependence on Oil
In order to put America on a path toward meeting our goals for reducing global warming pollution, the United States should start by cutting our dependence on oil by half. This can be achieved by significantly increasing fuel efficiency for cars and trucks, expanding the use of more fuel efficient and less polluting vehicles, using cleaner and environmentally sustainable fuel alternatives, investing in clean transportation infrastructure, public transportation, and sustainable communities, and providing Americans with more transportation alternatives.
Invest in the Clean Energy Economy of Tomorrow
The United States should make major new investments in clean energy technologies and infrastructure that will allow us to reduce global warming pollution while also creating the clean energy economy of the future. By limiting global warming pollution and requiring polluters to pay for their pollution, we can fund the necessary investments in energy efficiency, clean energy, and technology research and development.