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We helped win the single biggest action our country has ever taken on climate

Under the newly announced Clean Power Plan, gas and coal power plants will pollute 32 percent less and clean energy sources such as wind and solar will meet much more of the nation’s electricity needs. Environment America is proud of the role we’ve played to galvanize public support for this historic plan. With continued commitment from President Obama and state leaders, and strong backing from the American people, this will mark a giant shift toward the 100 percent clean energy reality that the climate crisis demands and future generations deserve.

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In reckless move, Obama administration grants Arctic drilling permits to Shell

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of the Interior today granted conditional permits for Royal Dutch Shell PLC to begin drilling off the coast of Alaska in the Chukchi Sea. For the time being, the company is only permitted to drill the top sections of its wells because it lacks the equipment to cap the wells in case of emergency.

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U.S. Senators introduce bill to stop Arctic Ocean drilling

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) introduced legislation to stop offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean. His efforts come in the wake of a series of setbacks for Shell Oil, including damage to its sea vessels en route to the Chukchi Sea, and a penalty from the Obama administration for failing to comply with wildlife protections. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) joined Sen. Merkley as original cosponsors of the bill.

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Stream protection rule has good elements, but stronger stuff needed to blunt coal mining's toxic toll

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Interior today initiated a new rule-making to help protect streams from coal mining. The proposed rule, which will be subject to public comment, improves monitoring requirements and makes the coal industry more responsible for the damage they cause to streams, but weakens buffer-zone requirements.

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EPA, advocates: fracking wastewater too hazardous for sewage treatment plants

WASHINGTON, DC – Toxic fracking wastewater shouldn’t be treated at facilities that can’t handle its hazards, Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.), clean water and public health advocates, and more than 30,000 Americans said today, a day before the public comment period closes for a proposed federal rule to prohibit fracking waste shipments to sewage treatment plants.

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Northeastern states show fighting global warming helps the economy

BOSTON, MA – Nine northeastern states have boosted the regional economy by $1.3 billion through a regional program that caps global warming pollution from power plants, according to a report released today by the Analysis Group.

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