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VICTORY: ATLANTIC COAST PROTECTED FROM OFFSHORE DRILLING

The Atlantic Coast won a major victory when the Obama administration abandoned its plans to open the southern Atlantic to offshore oil and gas drilling for the first time in decades. Leading up to the announcement, Environment America and colleagues presented Obama officials with letters signed by more than 1,000 East Coast businesses opposed to the drilling proposal.

News Release | Environment America

Report: Keystone Pipeline Fails to Meet Obama’s ‘National Interest’ Standard on Global Warming

Washington, D.C. – This week, as one of the largest fires in Northern California continues to devastate more than 180,000 acres and is threatening beloved Yosemite National Park, Environment America joined Oil Change International, the Sierra Club, and 350.org to release a new report, “Responding to the President's Climate Challenge: A Failing Grade for Keystone XL.”

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Report | Environment America

FAIL: How the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Flunks the Climate Test

"Allowing the Keystone pipeline to be built requires a finding that doing so would be in our nation’s interest. And our national interest will be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution."
- President Obama, June 25, 2013

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News Release | Environment America

Americans Submit more than 1 Million Comments to President Obama to Protect National Forests, National Parks from Fracking

Washington, D.C.—Today, Americans Submitted more than 1 Million comments to President Obama to protect our national forests, our national parks and the drinking water they provide from fracking. The public outcry comes as the comment period on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed rule for fracking on public lands draws to a close this Friday.

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News Release | Environment America

Bill to Expand Yosemite Heard in Senate

The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on National Parks’ hearing today included a bill to expand Yosemite National Park. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and co-sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer, would permit adding nearly 1,600 acres to the park. This proposal enjoys both local and statewide support in California.

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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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