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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

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

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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News Release | Environment America

Merkley-Alexander Electric Vehicles Bill Can Help America Get Off Oil

Senators Merkley (D-OR) and Alexander (R-TN) have proposed legislation that would provide billions in funding for the development and deployment of plug-in vehicles. Environment America Policy Analyst Daniel Gatti issued this statement in response.

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News Release | Environment America

Key Officials in Three States Reject Industry Efforts to Roll Back Regional Program to Reduce Carbon Pollution

On Wednesday May 10th, key legislative committees in Delaware and Maine and the New Hampshire Senate voted to reject efforts by fossil fuel interests to pull the states out of a landmark program adopted by ten Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce global warming emissions from power plants.

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