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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

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

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

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

EPA to Save As Many As 34,000 Lives With New Clean Air Protections

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a historic clean air standard to cut deadly smog- and soot-forming pollution from power plants in the eastern half of the country. EPA estimates that the rule will save as many as 34,000 lives in 2014.

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Report | Environment America

Getting Off Oil: A 50 State Roadmap for Curbing our Dependence on Petroleum

America’s dependence on oil inflicts a heavy toll on our environment – polluting our ocean waters, destroying natural landscapes and fouling our air. With oil companies taking greater and greater risks to satisfy the world’s demand for oil, the environmental toll of America’s oil dependence continues to rise. 

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