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We helped lead the charge on the first statewide bag ban.

Big victory! California is the first state to ban single-use plastic bags, thanks in large part to the work of our state affiliate in California. When this law goes into effect in July 2015, we’ll take billions of plastic bags out of our environment. That means cleaner rivers and a safer future for sea turtles and other Pacific wildlife. In 2013, the number of communities banning plastic disposable bags—the kind that  often wash into the sea and harm sea birds and other marine animals—surpassed 100, thanks in part to the advocacy and organizing of our state affiliates across the country.

News Release | Environment America

Americans’ Health and Environment Under Assault in Appropriations Committee Bill

Today the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee is expected to vote on a bill that attacks protections and funding for clean air, water and public lands, and puts Americans’ health at risk.  Additional amendments are expected to be offered which will further threaten environmental and public health safeguards.  

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News Release | Environment America

Visionary Solar Power Legislation Considered in Senate Committee

The Ten Million Solar Roofs Act of 2011 will be considered in the Energy and Natural Resources committee today. Senators Bernie Sanders (I - VT), John Boozman (R – AR) and Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D – NM) introduced the Act, which would establish a goal of powering 10 million homes and businesses with solar energy by 2020. The measure also would incorporate a Department of Energy initiative called SunShot to make solar power more competitive with conventional energy technologies. The bill would provide grants to communities to help them make their solar energy permitting process less costly and more efficient, and would recognize and reward communities that have adopted common policies on solar permits.

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News Release | Environment America

House Considers Step Backwards on Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

The House of Representatives will soon vote on Rep. Barton’s Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act. The bill would repeal energy efficiency standards for light bulbs that were originally passed with industry support and a large bipartisan majority in 2007. According to a study by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy the standards could lead to $11.9 billion per year in energy savings when fully instituted

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News Release | Environment America

United States can reduce oil dependence by 79 billion gallons

A comprehensive strategy to get off oil can reduce oil dependence by 79 billion gallons per year—more than all of our imports from OPEC nations, according to the new report, “Getting Off Oil: A 50 State Roadmap to Curbing Our Dependence on Petroleum,” released today by Environment America.

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News Release | Environment America

U.S. House Subcommittee Passes Dirty Air & Dirty Water Bill that Threatens Americans’ Health and Environment

Today the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies passed in a 7 to 4 vote a bill that attacks protections and funding for clean air, water and public lands, and puts Americans’ health at risk. 

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