News Release | Environment America

Federal purse strings can help reduce climate impact from transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation took the first steps to consider requiring state and regional organizations receiving federal funds to consider global warming pollution when planning transportation projects. At this stage, the administration is only seeking comment, not proposing a rule, on whether transportation planners should factor in pollution.

News Release | Environment America

President Obama's budget gets an A minus

WASHINGTON, DC -- Overall, President Obama’s budget gets an A minus," said Margie Alt, executive director of Environment America. "It's fantastic news for climate action, clean energy, and our national parks; but there is one piece of bad news that really stings: the proposal decreases clean water funding just as the Flint crisis makes clear that we can’t take safe drinking water for granted."

News Release | Environment America

House Subcommittee Bill Allows Automakers to Increase Pollution

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing to discuss a bill that will allow automakers to increase global warming pollution and oil consumption in exchange for adoption of unrelated technologies. 

News Release | Environment America

Lifting oil export ban would cost climate, benefit Big Oil

WASHINGTON, D.C. --  On the heels of the release of a new study showing that burning the world’s remaining fossil fuels would raise the level of the sea by more than 160 feet, a key U.S. House panel voted today to lift the longstanding ban on crude oil exports.

News Release | Environment America

Restricting methane pollution important band-aid, but not a cure for climate crisis

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today the Obama administration proposed first-ever limits on oil and gas emissions of methane - the greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide. Drilling and fracking operations are the single largest source of the pollutant, which accounts for about 9 percent of U.S. global warming pollution.

News Release | Environment America

Senate panel doubles down on dirty drilling, putting beaches & wildlife at risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Divided along party lines, today the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources approved a bill to allow oil exports and expand offshore drilling.

News Release | Environment America

Devastating spill in Calif. shows when you drill, you spill

Goleta, Calif. -- An oil pipeline burst yesterday on the Pacific shore, releasing about 21,000 gallons of crude into the ocean and covering a popular beach in Santa Barbara County in a slick four miles long. The pipeline is owned by Houston-based Plains All-American Pipeline, which has reportedly stopped the flow of oil. Environment America's Rachel Richardson issued the following statement in response:  

News Release | Environment America

Obama administration to put large stretches of Atlantic coastline, beaches at risk

Washington, D.C. -- Today the Obama administration proposed opening up huge swaths of the Atlantic Ocean to offshore drilling, putting large stretches of the nation’s coastline, including some of its most beloved beaches from Virginia to Georgia, at risk of a devastating spill. 

News Release | Environment America

President Obama steps forward to protect Bristol Bay from oil and gas exploration

On Tuesday, President Obama announced that he will protect a key part of America’s natural heritage and one of the world's largest salmon runs in Bristol Bay, Alaska from the devastating impacts of oil and gas drilling.  Aaron Weil, conservation advocate with Environment America, issued the following statement in response.

News Release | Environment America

Obama administration considers new offshore oil and gas leases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Americans around the country prepare to head for summer vacations at the beach, today the Obama administration announced the beginning of the planning process to develop the next set of potential offshore oil and gas leases for 2017 through 2022.

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