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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 Proposes Biggest Step for Clean Water in a Decade

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, in the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that leave more than half of America’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution and development. 

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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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