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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

States Charging Ahead toward Electric Cars & Trucks

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, 8 leading states unveiled an action plan to put more than 3 million electric cars on the road within a dozen years.  This partnership between California, Oregon, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, New York and Maryland outlines steps each state will take to build the infrastructure and develop the markets for zero-emission vehicles; including passenger cars, trucks and transit buses. These eight states are among the 10 states that have adopted strong policies to drive increasingly cleaner, advanced technology cars. Zero-emission vehicles include battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles which can travel increasingly longer distances on electricity alone. These technologies enable transportation without oil.

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News Release | Environment America

300 Small Businesses Call for Restoring Clean Water Act Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business is set to hold a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to critical waterways across the country, including the drinking water for 117 million Americans. 

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News Release | Environment America

Environment America and Allies Announce Day of Action to #PutSolarOnIt

WASHINGTON, DC -- This June 21st, the longest day of the year, a coalition of groups will come together in a National Day of Action to show support for switching to clean energy, fighting climate change, and the power of bringing solar power to communities all across the country.

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News Release | Environment America

Gov. Christie Doubles Down to Block Partcipation in RGGI

Trenton—The Christie Administration has announced its intention to once again try to stop New Jersey from participating in a regional program that limits dangerous climate-changing pollution from power plants, despite the New Jersey legislature twice voting to keep them in place, a recent court ruling finding its previous attempt was illegal, and overwhelming bipartisan support for pollution limits from New Jersey residents.

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News Release | Environment America

More than 600 Local Elected Officials to President Obama: Act on Climate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama today received a letter signed by more than 600 local elected officials thanking him for his leadership addressing climate change and pledging their support as local partners in implementing carbon pollution standards for power plants and other key components of the president’s Climate Action Plan. 

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