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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 America

Cleaner Gasoline will lead to Cleaner Air, Lives Saved

Washington, D.C. – Today the Obama administration released their “Tier 3” standard, which will reduce the sulfur content of gasoline from 30 parts per million to 10 parts per million. Environment America’s Get Off Oil Program Director Daniel Gatti issued this statement in response:

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News Release | Environment America

New Report: Northeast States Can Make Huge Dent in Climate-Altering Pollution

Boston, MA. -- If the ten Northeast states from Maryland to Maine were a country, they would be the 10th largest emitter of climate-altering carbon pollution in the world, according to a report released today by Environment America. In 2010, the region emitted 533 million metric tons of carbon pollution, more than the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Brazil and France.

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Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

A Double Success

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a central strategy in the Northeastern states’ efforts to protect the region from global warming. The program, which took effect in 2009, has succeeded in cutting carbon dioxide emissions and demonstrating the effectiveness of cap-and-trade as a global warming solution while helping to sustain a growing regional economy.

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News Release | Environment America

America’s Parks, Global Warming Solutions, Mercury Pollution Limits Withstand Assaults in U.S. Senate

Washington, D.C. – Early this morning, the U.S. Senate voted for increased resources for our parks and full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund which protects the best of our natural heritage from overdevelopment and pollution. The Senate also rejected polluter-friendly measures to block the clean-up of global warming (amendment #359) and mercury pollution (amendment #514), but voted to advance the dirty Keystone XL tar sands pipeline (amendment #494). All of these measures, offered as amendments to the Senate budget resolution, were non-binding, as was the underlying budget resolution itself. 

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News Release | Environment America

Senate Votes In Favor of Dirty Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Washington, D.C. —Tonight the U.S. Senate voted in support of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would deepen our dependence on tar sands oil from Canada. Full production of all the oil from tar sands would add 240 billion tons of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere, severely hampering any efforts to tackle global warming.

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