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We helped permanently protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as a national monument.

Big victory! The White House announced the Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks, a pristine wild landscape in New Mexico, will be permanently protected as a national monument. President Obama signed the declaration at the Interior Department on Wednesday, May 21. Protecting nearly a half million acres, this will be the largest monument the Obama administration has declared so far. Now, mountain lions, pronghorn antelope and peregrine falcon will have protected habitat, while New Mexicans and all Americans have beautiful places for hiking and other recreational adventures long into the future.

News Release | Environment America

EPA Opens Comment Period for Historic Carbon Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Environmental Protection Agency officially opened a comment period today for its proposed rule to limit carbon pollution from power plants. Scientists warn that extreme weather will continue to worsen without dramatic cuts in the carbon pollution fueling global warming.

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News Release | Environment America

Court Hears Argument NJ Gov. Christie Illegally Repealed Rules to Clean Up Climate Change Pollution

Trenton—Environmental groups argued their case before a New Jersey court this morning in a lawsuit against the Christie Administration that contends it illegally repealed rules limiting power plant pollution in the state, a move that effectively ended New Jersey’s participation in a regional program that is combating climate change. 

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News Release | Environment America

Clean Energy Tax Incentives Set to Expire, Extension Should Be New Year Priority

Washington, D.C. – With federal clean energy tax credits for wind power (the Production Tax Credit for onshore wind and the Investment Tax Credit for offshore wind) set to expire on Dec. 31, Environment America Federal Global Warming Program Director Julian Boggs issued the following statement:

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News Release | Environment America

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Restores Local Control over Fracking

(Pittsburgh) – “PennEnvironment applauds today’s decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that overturned sections of Pennsylvania’s controversial gas drilling law, known as Act 13. With this ruling, municipal governments will once again have the ability to determine when, and where fracking occurs in their locality. This is crucial for protecting public health, our environment and our communities.

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News Release | Environment America

107 Farmers, 87 Academics, 89 Members of Congress to EPA: Protect America’s Waterways

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Environment America released letters signed by 107 farmers, 87 academics and 89 members of the House of Representatives,  all calling on the Obama administration to protect America’s waterways by closing loopholes in the Clean Water Act. The loopholes leave 20 million acres of wetlands and more than half the nation’s streams at risk of unchecked pollution. 

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