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We helped win the single biggest action our country has ever taken on climate

Under the newly announced Clean Power Plan, gas and coal power plants will pollute 32 percent less and clean energy sources such as wind and solar will meet much more of the nation’s electricity needs. Environment America is proud of the role we’ve played to galvanize public support for this historic plan. With continued commitment from President Obama and state leaders, and strong backing from the American people, this will mark a giant shift toward the 100 percent clean energy reality that the climate crisis demands and future generations deserve.

News Release | Environment America

Obama Administration Sets Major Milestone for Offshore Wind in America

Offshore wind companies will bid today in the first competitive auction in America for areas to develop offshore wind energy. The two areas being auctioned are about 10 miles off the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the two areas could generate enough wind energy to power more than 1 million homes. 

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News Release | Environment America

Rep. Cartwright’s CLEANER Bill a Critical Step to Protect Drinking Water from Toxic Fracking Waste

Washington, D.C.—Today, amid mounting evidence that fracking waste is threatening drinking water, Rep. Matt Cartwright (Pa.) introduced a bill to eliminate the longstanding loophole that exempts oil and gas waste from our nation’s hazardous waste law. Environment America lauded Rep. Cartwright and the 33 congressmen who joined him as co-sponsors of the CLEANER bill.

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Report | Environment America

Who Pays the Cost of Fracking?

Fracking operations pose a staggering array of threats to our environment and health – contaminating drinking water, harming the health of nearby residents, marring forests and landscapes, and contributing to global warming. Many of these damages from drilling have significant “dollars and cents” costs. To the extent that this dirty drilling is allowed to
continue, policymakers must require, among other things, that the oil and gas industry provide up front financial assurance commensurate with the potential for damage.

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News Release | Environment America

New Report Ranks Top 12 States Leading the U.S. in Solar Power

Washington, D.C. – Today, Environment America Research & Policy Center released Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States, a new report highlighting a solar energy boom across the country. The top 12 solar states ranked by per capita solar  are: Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii New Jersey, New Mexico, California, Delaware, Colorado, Vermont, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Maryland.

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Report | Environment America

Lighting the Way

Solar energy is on the rise. America has more than three times as much solar photovoltaic capacity today as in 2010, and more than 10 times as much as in 2007. In the first three months of 2013, solar power accounted for nearly half of the new electricity generating capacity in the United States. The price of solar energy is falling rapidly, and each year tens of thousands of additional Americans begin to reap the benefits of clean energy from the sun, generated right on the rooftops of their homes or places of business.

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