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We helped permanently protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as a national monument.

Big victory! The White House announced the Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks, a pristine wild landscape in New Mexico, will be permanently protected as a national monument. President Obama signed the declaration at the Interior Department on Wednesday, May 21. Protecting nearly a half million acres, this will be the largest monument the Obama administration has declared so far. Now, mountain lions, pronghorn antelope and peregrine falcon will have protected habitat, while New Mexicans and all Americans have beautiful places for hiking and other recreational adventures long into the future.

News Release | Environment America

DOD’s Energy Plan: National Security through Clean Energy

The Department of Defense released its first energy plan, “Energy for the Warfighter: Operational Energy Strategy,” which aims to ensure that the armed forces have the energy sources they need to compete in the 21st Century while reducing dependence on foreign oil and improving military resilience. The plan highlights three strategies that theDOD will useto obtainits goals: reduced energy demand, diversified energy sources, and incorporation of energy into strategic planning.

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News Release | Environment America

Senate Votes to Protect Dirty and Wasteful Ethanol Subsidies

The United States Senate today voted down an amendment by Tom Coburn to eliminate the blenders tax credit for ethanol, as well as the ethanol import tariff, by a final vote of 40-59. Environment America Staff Attorney Daniel Gatti issued this statement in response.

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News Release | Environment America

Reducing Military Oil Consumption Will Protect America

Representative Giffords and Senator Udall have proposed the Udall-Giffords Security Act, a bill to encourage the military to reduce their dependence on foreign oil through generating increased alternative energy, investing in electric and hybrid vehicles, strengthening renewable energy programs and smart grid technologies, and increasing fuel efficiency standards for military vehicles.

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News Release | Environment America

Pollution’s Effect on Children’s Health

This morning the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety and the Subcommittee on Children’s Health and Environmental Responsibility are holding a joint hearing to hear from a panel of experts about air pollution’s effects on the health of America’s children. Today has also been declared an “orange alert” unhealthy air day for ozone pollution – the primary component of smog.

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News Release | Environment America

Exxon Loses Bid to Halt Clean Air Act Suit

A federal court yesterday rejected a motion by ExxonMobil Corporation and two subsidiaries to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them by Sierra Club and Environment Texas. The lawsuit alleges thousands of violations of the Clean Air Act at the nation’s largest oil refinery and chemical plant complex, located in Baytown, Texas. According to the groups, millions of pounds of pollutants have been released in these violations.

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