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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

Gov. Cuomo bans fracking, wins praise from clean water advocates

In a historic move, Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced his final decision to ban fracking in New York. The governor’s decision comes just days after new reports underscored the health threats of dirty drilling.

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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.

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News Release | Environment America

CRomnibus first volley in fight against environmental protections

Washington, DC -- Last night the U.S. House narrowly approved a must-pass spending bill that is expected to clear the Senate today. The measure erodes protections under the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act, and cuts the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's budget by $60 million, resulting in the lowest staffing levels for the agency since 1989, according to the Washington Post

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News Release | Environment America

Congress to erode water protections, but EPA clean water rule can move forward

Washington, DC  -- Congressional leaders are poised to weaken some Clean Water Act protections in its must-pass spending bill known as the “cromnibus,” but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to restore protections to the nation’s smaller streams and wetlands remains intact. 

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News Release | Environment America

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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