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We helped lead the charge on the first statewide bag ban.

Big victory! California is the first state to ban single-use plastic bags, thanks in large part to the work of our state affiliate in California. When this law goes into effect in July 2015, we’ll take billions of plastic bags out of our environment. That means cleaner rivers and a safer future for sea turtles and other Pacific wildlife. In 2013, the number of communities banning plastic disposable bags—the kind that  often wash into the sea and harm sea birds and other marine animals—surpassed 100, thanks in part to the advocacy and organizing of our state affiliates across the country.

News Release | Environment America

144 Members of Congress Urge Investment in Clean Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of Congress from both parties – representing more than a quarter of each chamber – called for an extension of federal tax credits for wind energy today. In the Senate, Mark Udall (D-CO) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) were joined by 24 of their peers on a letter to Senate Finance Committee leadership calling for a renewal of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for wind energy. 118 members of the House joined a companion letter led by Iowa Representatives Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Steve King (R-IA).

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News Release | Environment America

Clean Energy Policies are Cutting Carbon Pollution

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the authoritative international body of climate scientists prepares to release the latest, and by all accounts most alarming, assessment of climate impacts, evidence is growing that the U.S. already has the tools in place to tackle global warming. Clean energy policies, such as standards for renewable energy and energy efficiency, are leading to big reductions of carbon pollution – the leading cause of global warming – according to a new report by Environment America Research & Policy Center. 

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News Release | Environment California

President Obama Expands California Coastal Monument

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today President Barack Obama signed a proclamation to permanently protect California’s Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument. The move saves 1,600 acres of beach, wetlands, dunes, and waterways along Northern California’s scenic coastline. Nathan Weaver, Preservation Advocate with Environment California, issued the following statement.

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Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Moving America Forward

American leadership in the fight against global warming is crucial. America is the world’s largest economy, the second-largest emitter of global warming pollution, and the nation responsible for more of the human-caused carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere than any other. Without prompt action by the United States and others to reduce global warming pollution, catastrophic impacts – from coastal flooding to food system disruptions – could become unavoidable. 

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News Release | Environment America

President Obama’s Budget Good News for Our Parks, Climate Action, Shortchanges Clean Water Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Anna Aurilio, director of Environment America’s Washington, D.C. office, issued the following statement in response to President Obama releasing his annual budget proposal:

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