Wind power: An American success story

American wind energy is a true environmental and economic success story. Wind energy now powers the equivalent of nearly 13 million homes across the country, reducing our dependence on coal and oil and creating a cleaner, healthier future for Americans.

Wind power already provides more than 10 percent of power generation in five states, including more than 20 percent in South Dakota and Iowa, and supports 75,000 Americans jobs.

Victory for our clean energy future

Critical federal tax credits for wind power were set to expire on December 31, 2012, putting our clean energy future at risk, but thanks in part to our organizing, President Obama and Congress extended the tax credits as part of the package to avert the “fiscal cliff.”

This victory will mean more clean wind power, less pollution, and a healthier future for all Americans. We can be sure that powerful polluting interests like the coal and oil industries will continue to lobby against clean energy incentives and work against our progress. But even though polluters have loud voices and deep pockets, there is no denying that wind power has broad public support and is a success nationwide—creating pollution-free energy, a cleaner and healthier future, and local jobs.

We need your support

We won this fight for wind power with the support of our members and activists across the country. Environment America brings citizens together to give our decision makers the support they need to ensure a future powered by clean, renewable energy. Join our campaign by becoming a member of Environment America today.

Issue updates

News Release | Environment America

Statement on President Obama's Budget

Anna Aurilio, director of Environment America’s Washington, D.C. office, issued the following statement in response to President Obama releasing his annual budget proposal.

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News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Largest offshore wind area in U.S. goes on sale today

Washington, DC -- Today the U.S. Department of the Interior will auction an area about the size of Rhode Island to offshore wind developers, the largest such competitive lease sale ever in the United States. The area off the south coast of Massachusetts could house enough wind turbines to power 700,000 homes, and its sale triples the total area available for commercial offshore wind development in the United States. 

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News Release | Environment America

Curbing methane emissions necessary band-aid, not a cure for global warming

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Oil and gas industry emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas with more than 80 times the potency of carbon dioxide, will get new limits under a plan announced today by the White House. 

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News Release | Environment America

Congress moves to approve Keystone XL pipeline, accelerate global warming

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate and House leaders are pressing forward with legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, with a vote out of a key committee scheduled this morning in the Senate and a vote in the full House expected tomorrow. The White House said Tuesday President Obama would veto the measure.

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Senators and advocates: Wind energy could slow global warming, but tax credits needed

Expanding wind power across the country could cut as much global warming pollution as 254 coal plants produce in a year, according to a new report, but Congressional action is needed to make that expansion a reality, clean energy advocates said today.

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