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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

Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee should Protect Clean Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee will mark up its spending bill. Last week, the House of Representatives Energy and Water Appropriations Committee rubberstamped a spending bill that threatens America’s waterways by blocking Clean Water Act protections. Today, the Senate subcommittee may consider adopting similar language.

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News Release | Environment America

Obama administration considers new offshore oil and gas leases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Americans around the country prepare to head for summer vacations at the beach, today the Obama administration announced the beginning of the planning process to develop the next set of potential offshore oil and gas leases for 2017 through 2022.

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News Release | Environment America

Energy and Water Appropriations Leadership Threatens Clean Water Act Protections

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee voted to move forward with a spending bill that threatens America’s waterways by blocking Clean Water Act protections.

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News Release | Environment America

EPA proposes first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first-ever, federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the largest single source of global warming pollution in America. 

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News Release | Environment America

States Charging Ahead toward Electric Cars & Trucks

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, 8 leading states unveiled an action plan to put more than 3 million electric cars on the road within a dozen years.  This partnership between California, Oregon, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, New York and Maryland outlines steps each state will take to build the infrastructure and develop the markets for zero-emission vehicles; including passenger cars, trucks and transit buses. These eight states are among the 10 states that have adopted strong policies to drive increasingly cleaner, advanced technology cars. Zero-emission vehicles include battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles which can travel increasingly longer distances on electricity alone. These technologies enable transportation without oil.

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