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We helped win the biggest step forward for clean water in a decade

Over half of the nation’s streams, which feed drinking water sources for one in three Americans, will regain federal protections under a final rule signed by the Obama administration. The measure restores Clean Water Act safeguards to small streams and headwaters that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly 10 years. Environment America and allies gathered more than 800,000 comments and held more than half a million face-to-face conversations about the need to close the loophole in the Clean Water Act. Learn about our Clean Water for America campaign here. 

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282,000 petitions to Obama administration: Clean up our cars!

Washington, D.C.–Environment America and a dozen other environmental, conservation and consumer  groups delivered more than 280,000 thousand petitions to Administrator McCarthy of the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today.  The petitions urged strengthening of vehicle efficiency and the corporate average fuel economy standards to cut carbon emissions and protect health.

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Senator Merkley Announces Plan for 100 percent Renewable Energy

Today, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) took to the Senate floor to tout his commitment to moving America to 100 percent renewable energy.  Driven by his profound concern about the impacts of global warming and the urgent need to rapidly shift to pollution-free energy sources, he announced plans to work with others on a bill to meet all the nation’s energy needs with renewable energy by 2050.  

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Environment America Pushes for Stronger Vehicle Standards

Washington, D.C. – One day after NOAA reported the earth had experience the hottest summer ever, the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade and the subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing to discuss vehicle efficiency and the corporate average fuel economy standards. According to the Energy Information Administration, transportation is now the top source of global warming pollution in the U.S. and these standards represent an important path to curbing climate change.  Further, EPA and NHTSA’s recent Technical Assessment Report said the standards are achievable and cost-effective.   Aminah Zaghab, Global Warming Solutions Advocate for Environment America, issued the following statement: 

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Environment America launches campaign for cities to go big on solar

Albuquerque, NM - On the heels of a major solar energy victory in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Environment America today announced the launch of a nationwide campaign to convince cities and local governments to generate much more of their power from the sun. The “Shining Cities” campaign will engage and mobilize thousands of Environment America members, volunteers and supporters to convince local governments to expand the use of pollution-free solar power.
 

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Los Angeles to Chart Path to 100% Renewable Energy

Los Angeles – Today, the Los Angeles City Council stepped up its climate leadership by directing the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to work with area academics and other stakeholders to determine how to move the city to 100% renewable energy.

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