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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.

Report | Environment America

Danger in the Air: Unhealthy Air Days in 2010 and 2011

All Americans should be able to breathe clean air.  But pollution from power plants and vehicles puts the health of our nation’s children and families at risk.  Ground-level ozone, the main component of smog, is one of the most harmful and one of the most pervasive air pollutants.  According to the American Lung Association, nearly half of all Americans – 48 percent – still live in areas with unhealthy levels of smog pollution.

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News Release | Environment America

Santa Cruz County Votes Unanimously To Ban Single-Use Bags

Today Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban single-use bags from Santa Cruz County. The ordinance includes a fee on single-use paper bags of $0.10 in the first year and an option to increase it to $0.25 every year there after. Additionally, the ordinance includes restaurants in the ban on plastic bags, yet they will not be required to charge a fee on paper.

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News Release | Environment America

President Obama calls for ending $41 Billion in Big Oil Subsidies

President Obama’s deficit reduction plan includes ending $41 billion in subsidies to Big Oil, including their ability write off drilling costs or to claim domestic manufacturing deductions. 

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Blog Post

Christmas Mountains to be Transferred to Texas State University System | Luke Metzger

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced today intentions to transfer the Christmas Mountains to the Texas State University system. This would make the land an "outdoor classroom, open to all — including hunters — with conservation of the land guaranteed forever."

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News Release | Environment America

Clean Energy and Transportation Can and Will Create Jobs While Protecting Our Environment

In advance of President Obama’s address to the joint session of Congress today, Environment America released a fact sheet highlighting past achievements in clean energy and green transportation industries, as well as future policies and investments that could create more jobs in those industries.

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