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It is well known that the burning of fossil fuels releases carbon and other pollutants into the air when burned, which directly contribute to climate change and pose a dire threat to wildlife, communities, and public health. Luckily, nonpolluting sources of energy can displace dirty fossil fuel use while offering a range of environmental and economic advantages. To avoid increasingly devastating impacts on wildlife and communities, we must take action through the support of clean energy tax credits and a strong Clean Power Plan to speed the transition to zero-carbon sources of energy.

Climate change poses an unprecedented threat to the wildlife and wild places we cherish. If we don’t take decisive action now to reduce carbon pollution, one-third of all wildlife species will face increased risk of extinction within the next century. Changes to our climate are destroying critical wildlife habitat, causing habitat ranges to shift, increasing incidence of pests and invasive species, and decreasing availability of food and water. Just as important as how our climate is changing, is that it is changing so fast that species may not be able to adapt or relocate fast enough to more suitable areas. Unless we and our leaders take significant action now, climate change will become the greatest threat to wildlife this century.

The benefits of clean energy go beyond protecting wildlife from climate change. A movement towards clean energy will reduce numerous additional pollutants and harmful byproducts of fossil fuel power that are damaging to wildlife, their habitats, and our health. By moving away from dirty fuels like coal, clean energy sources will also help protect wildlife from coal mining practices that destroy habitat, toxic air and water pollution that poison fish and wildlife, and destructive water intake systems at power plants that pose a direct threat to numerous aquatic species. Additionally, oil and gas exploration and drilling are seriously affecting species like pronghorn, sage grouse, and mule deer who depend on sagebrush habitat.The good news is, we can take action today to advance clean energy solutions that will protect wildlife and reduce pollution. While there is much positive momentum in wind development, this growing industry faces tough challenges in competing with heavily subsidized fossil fuels.

Changes in climate and extreme weather events have already begun to affect biodiversity across the globe. And climate change also worsens other threats like habitat destruction, overexploitation, and disease. From the shrinking habitat of the polar bear to increased water scarcity driving human-wildlife conflict, these changes will become more pronounced in years to come.

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