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We're restoring Clean Water Act protections.

More than 800,000 Americans called on the Environmental Protection Agency to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act. And in May, they answered by finalizing a rule to restore protections to the more than 20 million acres of wetlands, 60% of streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans. 

Report | Environment America

Preserving America's Natural Heritage: Lessons From States' Efforts to Fund Open Space Protection

America’s open spaces are an integral part of our national identity. Our natural landscapes not only provide us with places of great beauty, but they also play a critical role in providing habitat for wildlife along with clean water, fresh air and recreational opportunities for Americans. 

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News Release | Environment America

Western Governors Urged to Put the Public Ahead of Polluters in Global Warming Plan

With Western governors poised to announce details of a program to cap global warming emissions in seven Western states, environmental organizations are urging officials to make sure polluters pay for pollution permits, rather than receive what amounts to billions of dollars in trade-able assets for free. Economists agree that capping emissions and making polluters pay for permits at an auction is the most cost-effective and fair approach to cutting global warming pollution, without increasing the cost to consumers, according to a new report released today by environmental organizations that have been monitoring the Western Climate Initiative and other such “cap and trade” programs.

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Report | Environment America

Fair Deal for Consumers or Free Ride for Polluters?

The governors of Oregon, California, Washington, New Mexico and Arizona established the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) in February 2007 with the goal of reducing region-wide emissions by at least 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. In order to achieve this goal, WCI is planning to cap global warming pollution from industrial sectors representing most of the major pollution sources.

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News Release | Environment America

Stronger Building Energy Codes and Incentives Could Lead to Dramatic Energy Savings in Buildings

According to a new white paper released today by Environment America the country's energy consumption could be cut by 11 percent by 2020 through simple building efficiency measures. “Building an Energy-Efficient America: Zero Energy and High Efficiency Buildings” describes the many opportunities for increasing energy efficiency in buildings and makes recommendations for what local, state and federal officials can do to secure huge energy savings in new and existing buildings.

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Report | Environment America

Building An Energy-Efficient America: Zero Energy And High Efficiency Buildings

America is the largest consumer of energy in the world. Almost half of the energy we use—10 percent of the energy in the world—powers our buildings. Most of this energy comes from burning fossil fuels. Our reliance on these fuels makes us vulnerable to supply disruptions, contributes to global warming and other environmental problems, and is becoming increasingly expensive.

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