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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

Santa Cruz County Votes Unanimously To Ban Single-Use Bags

Today Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban single-use bags from Santa Cruz County. The ordinance includes a fee on single-use paper bags of $0.10 in the first year and an option to increase it to $0.25 every year there after. Additionally, the ordinance includes restaurants in the ban on plastic bags, yet they will not be required to charge a fee on paper.

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Christmas Mountains to be Transferred to Texas State University System | Luke Metzger

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced today intentions to transfer the Christmas Mountains to the Texas State University system. This would make the land an "outdoor classroom, open to all — including hunters — with conservation of the land guaranteed forever."

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News Release | Environment America

Clean Energy and Transportation Can and Will Create Jobs While Protecting Our Environment

In advance of President Obama’s address to the joint session of Congress today, Environment America released a fact sheet highlighting past achievements in clean energy and green transportation industries, as well as future policies and investments that could create more jobs in those industries.

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News Release | Environment America

A Healthy Environment is Key to a Healthy Economy

President Obama today addressed a joint session of Congress on the subject of job creation. While focused mostly on a job-creating agenda, the President reiterated his support for environmental and health protections including “rules that keep our kids from being exposed to mercury” and challenged the country to be in a “race to the top” when it comes to pollution standards.

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News Release | Environment America

Senate Must Craft Energy & Water Bill that Protects Health and the Environment

Today, the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations subcommittee will mark-up a bill to fund federal water and energy programs. In July, the House passed the Fiscal Year 2012 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill (HR 2354). The House bill made large cuts to the Department of Energy budget, especially to energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Additionally, the bill contained a rider that would block the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing new Clean Water Act protections for streams and wetlands across the country.

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