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 California

California Statewide Bag Ban Breezes Through Key Senate Committee

A bill to ban single use plastic bags passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee today and moved one step closer to the Governor’s desk. AB 298 (Brownley) would ban single use plastic bags and require a small fee on paper bags which would need to be made from recycled material. The vote was 4 to 2*. The bill is now scheduled to be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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News Release | PennEnvironment

Pennsylvania Budget a Mixed Bag on the Environment

As the dust settled on a sprint-like finish to state budget passage, citizen-based environmental group PennEnvironment judged the outcome as a mixed bag for the Commonwealth’s environment.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Gov. Perdue vetoes fracking bill

Raleigh—Governor Bev Perdue has vetoed the controversial fracking bill that would pave the way for gas drilling as soon as 2014.  Environment North Carolina praised the governor's move.

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News Release | Environment America

Transportation Bill Weakens Environmental Protections and Jeopardizes America’s Clean Transportation Future

Today, after drawn out negotiations on a transportation reauthorization bill, members of congress reported legislation out of the conference committee between the House and Senate. 

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News Release | Environment America

Drilling Plan Protects Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, Opens Arctic to New Risks

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar finalized the Department of Interior’s offshore leasing plan for 2012 to 2017. The plan codifies the Obama administration’s December 2010 proposal to protect the Atlantic and Pacific from offshore drilling and limit expansion of drilling leases in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. The plan additionally removed an area off the coast of Virginia from consideration for drilling, but will allow limited oil exploration in the Arctic.

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