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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

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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News Release | Environment America

It's time to cut welfare for Big Oil

With gas prices nearing $4 per gallon nationwide and oil industry profits nearing record highs, Senators Reid, McCaskill and Menendez today proposed legislation that will repeal $21 billion dollars in corporate welfare for oil companies. Environment America policy analyst Daniel Gatti issued this statement in response.

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News Release | Environment America

Environmental Leaders Call on President Obama to Deliver Real Gas Saving Solutions

The leaders of the nation’s largest environmental groups today asked President Obama to create long-term relief for drivers at the pump by delivering the strongest fuel-efficiency and auto pollution standards for new vehicles currently under consideration. The administration will propose new fuel efficiency and auto pollution standards this September, with key decisions being made this summer. The request came in a letter signed by 33 environmental, science, and public health organizations, including the Union of Concerned Scientists, Environment America, Sierra Club and Republicans for Environmental Protection.

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News Release | Environment America

Hastings’ OCS Bill Passes; House Opens Mid-Atlantic to Drilling

Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1230, the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Act. Reversing President Obama’s decision to cancel drilling off the coast Virginia, this bill requires leasing in a 3 million acre area at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, speeds up leasing in the Gulf of Mexico, and bases those leases on the flawed environmental analysis that was done prior to the BP oil spill last summer.

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