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California Legislature ends 2021-22 session passing key bills to address climate change

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In the waning hours of the 2021-22 legislative session Wednesday night into Thursday morning, California lawmakers passed several hotly debated bills that could mitigate climate change and protect public health. This significant new legislation includes setting a goal for 90% of the state’s electricity to come from clean sources by 2035; prohibiting […]

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Resource: The 100 most polluting power plants in the U.S.

PHILADELPHIA — Ahead of the Supreme Court’s decision on West Virginia vs Environmental Protection Agency, a case that will determine the EPA’s authority to regulate climate pollution, Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund are releasing a new factsheet ranking America’s dirtiest power plants. Though increased renewable energy generation has led to decreased emissions from the […]

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Congressional Field Hearing in Orange County Shines Light on Recent Oil Spill’s Devastating Impacts

Washington, October 18, 2021 – The Congressional Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a joint field oversight hearing Monday in response to the recent oil spill in Orange County that devastated both wildlife and local coastal communities. Just over two weeks ago, an oil pipeline off the coast […]

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Trump administration officially pulls the U.S. out of the international Paris Agreement setting back climate progress

WASHINGTON, November 4, 2020 – The Trump administration officially pulled the United States out of the international Paris Agreement on climate change Wednesday.  Although announced previously, the withdrawal could only be finalized as soon as the day after the presidential election. Andrea McGimsey, senior director for Environment America’s Global Warming Solutions campaign, issued the following statement: “This is […]

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166 members of Congress from across America call for swift action to update clean energy incentives

October 30, 2019 – A national cross-section of 166 Congressional members delivered a letter today to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urging them to act on important federal clean energy incentives before adjourning for the year. The letter calls for updates and extensions of programs to support wind power, solar power, […]

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Electric Cars are coming. Are we ready?

WASHINGTON, D.C. April 4, 2019 – In a few short years, there could be millions more electric vehicles (EVs) on America’s roads, with eight states collectively pledging to add 3.3 million EVs by 2025. But according to a new, California-focused report out today, in order to meet current and future demand for these climate-protecting vehicles, […]

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EPA “Dirty Water Rule” would drastically roll back pollution safeguards

Washington, DC December 11, 2018 – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveils its proposed replacement for the Clean Water Rule. The new rule would drastically roll back Clean Water Act protections from vast networks of streams and wetlands across the country. Bart Johnsen-Harris, clean water advocate for Environment America, issued the following statement: […]

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As Senate holds first hearing on PFAS, groups demand action to protect drinking water

Washington, DC September 26, 2018 – In the wake of widespread contamination of drinking water, today Environment America and its allies are urging the federal government to take strong action, as the U.S. Senate holds its first-ever hearing on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS. “These widely-used toxic chemicals are poisoning drinking water […]

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Environment America statement on the resignation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

Washington, DC July 5, 2018 – President Donald Trump announced today via Twitter that he has accepted the resignation of embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. In response, Christy Leavitt, the senior director of Environment America’s Campaign to Defend Our Environment released this statement: “It took an endless stream of ethical lapses for Scott […]

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Report: Coal Ash Ponds Put our Waterways at Risk

Washington, D.C. April 30, 2018 – Toxic ponds filled with billions of gallons of waste from coal plants across the United States pose a threat to hundreds of rivers and lakes, and millions of Americans who live near them. As the public comment period closes on the Trump administration’s proposal to weaken current rules protecting […]

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Environment America: President Trump Eliminates Protections for Treasured Public Lands

Washington, DC December 4, 2017 – President Donald Trump announced today that he is drastically cutting Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Not only is this decision environmentally irresponsible, it defies public opinion. Ninety-eight percent of the record-breaking 2.8 million public comments to the U.S. Interior Department asked the federal government to […]

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