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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

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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News Release | Environment America

Environmental Protections Under Attack in U.S. Senate

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators are poised to vote on a series of anti-environmental amendments to a federal budget resolution. The budget resolution—and any amendments attached to it—is not binding, yet literally dozens of amendments were filed that would weaken many of the nation’s cornerstone environmental protections. Anna Aurilio, director of Environment America’s Washington, D.C. office, issued the following statement:

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News Release | Environment America

Environment America Thanks President Obama for Protecting Treasured American Landscapes

Washington, D.C. – President Obama is expected to designate five national monuments on Monday including a pristine region known as Rio Grande del Norte near Taos, New Mexico and a thousand acres along the San Juan Islands in Washington State.  The designations will permanently protect these landscapes from development.  The President is also expected to designate a few historic sites including First State National Monument in Delaware, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland, and, Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio. 

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Sally Jewell Should Move Forward as Secretary of Interior

Washington, D.C. – Moments ago the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted to confirm Sally Jewell, President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of the Interior. Mary Rafferty, conservation program coordinator for Environment America, released the following statement:

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