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President Obama Expands California Coastal National Monument

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, attended the dedication event.

News Release | Environment America

President Obama Announces Important Step to Save Oil

The Obama administration today announced a pilot program designed to put the government on the path to making the federal fleet powered entirely by alternative fueled vehicles by 2015. Environment America staff policy analyst Daniel Gatti issued this response.

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News Release | Environment America

U.S. Senate Votes to Protect Welfare for Big Oil

The U.S. Senate voted last night to protect billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for the five largest oil companies in the United States. Environment America Policy Analyst Daniel Gatti issued this statement in response.

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News Release | Environment America

Big Oil Hits a Gusher in the Senate on Subsidies, but Routed on Opening New Coasts to Drilling

Today, the Senate defeated a bill sponsored by Senator McConnell (S. 953) that would have forced destructive offshore oil leasing off the coast of Virginia and required that planned leases proceed without rigorous environmental analysis by deeming pre-Deepwater Horizon environmental impact statements adequate. The bill would also limit access to courts for those objecting to offshore drilling decisions anywhere in the U.S. and require hasty drilling permit decisions.

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News Release | Environment America

As Memorial Day Approaches, New Jersey Group Calls on Gov. Christie to Clean Up Shore Pollution

Environment New Jersey launched a major public education and grassroots mobilization effort today to build support for a plan to clean up water pollution at the Shore and Barnegat Bay. Pollution from overdevelopment threatens all the state’s coastal waters.

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News Release | Environment America

Testing off the Atlantic Coast for Oil and Gas Sends Us Down a Blind Path

In today's weekly radio address, President Obama discussed the solutions his administration is pursuing to address high gas prices.  He talked about cracking down on price gouging and ending special tax breaks for Big Oil. He also talked about expediting seismic testing off the Atlantic coast, looking to see how much oil and gas lies offshore.

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