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VICTORY: MAINE NORTH WOODS PROTECTED

President Obama officially designated the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument -- protecting 87,500 acres of wilderness area and forest in Maine, home to moose, bear, migratory songbirds and more. The area also holds tremendous cultural, historical and ecological significance, in addition to myriad recreational opportunities for visitors. The new national monument sits east of Mount Katahdin, the most prominent mountain in the region. READ MORE.

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Arizona regulators throw shade on solar | Ross Sherman

After a year of deliberation about the value of rooftop solar energy, Arizona regulators voted 4-1 last week to substantially curtail the credits that solar customers receive for providing solar power. The Arizona Corporation Commission’s (ACC) decision slashed net-metering, which has played a major role in the expansion of rooftop solar in Arizona and nationwide.

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News Release | Environment America

WITH TWO MORE NATIONAL MONUMENTS, OBAMA CONSERVATION LEGACY GETS EVEN STRONGER

Washington DC -- Today President Obama designated two new national monuments in the Southwest, permanently protecting nearly two million acres.   Environment America’s Executive Director Margie Alt issued the following statement:

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News Release | Environment America

Arctic and Atlantic oceans protected!

Washington, D.C. – Our oceans are more protected today because President Obama permanently withdrew 115 million acres of the Arctic and 31 canyons in the Atlantic Ocean from all future oil and gas development, citing the dangers of offshore drilling and the need to move away from fossil fuels. Canada announced parallel actions, which included an indefinite freeze on oil and gas leasing in Arctic waters to be reviewed every five years.

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Solar Forges Ahead | Ross Sherman

With all that happened in 2016, solar isn’t showing many signs of slowing down -- at least not yet. According to recent data from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research, solar just had its best overall quarter ever.

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News Release | Environment America

1000 businesses, educators and environmental groups call for Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument

Washington, D.C. -- As the clock ticks down on the Obama administration, one thousand community leaders are joining the call to permanently protect the Grand Canyon and 1.7 million acres surrounding it from dirty and dangerous uranium mining. Representing nearly all 50 states, environmental organizations, business owners and academics, organized by Environment America, sent letters to President Obama, adding their voices to those of Native American tribes, local, state and federal elected officials, faith leaders and nearly one million Americans who have petitioned the president to create a new Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument. 

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