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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.

News Release | Environment America

President Obama, Congress Save Wind Power in Fiscal Cliff Agreement

Washington, D.C. – Today President Obama will sign into law a bill that extends key tax credits for wind power and averts the ‘fiscal cliff.’ The main federal incentives for wind power – the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the offshore wind Investment Tax Credit (ITC) – expired on December 31, 2012, but with today’s new law will now be available for wind power projects that start construction over the next year, allowing for continued growth of American wind power.

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News Release | Environment America

President Obama Says Good News for Clean Energy in 2013 is “Within Sight”

In a mid-day announcement, President Obama said an agreement on the fiscal cliff negotiations is “within sight” and includes extensions of tax credits for clean energy companies. Critical tax credits for wind energy – the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the offshore wind Investment Tax Credit (ITC) – which have enjoyed bipartisan support and are crucial for the continued growth of American wind power, are set to expire today unless Congress acts. President Obama’s statement implies that these tax credits would be extended as a part of an eleventh-hour deal. 

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News Release | Environment Washington

New Survey: Plastic Bag Bans Big Success

A new survey of consumers and business in Seattle Bellingham shows widespread support of the plastic bag ban adopted in 2012.  The survey was conducted by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center, a statewide citizen-based advocacy organization that has supported bag bans across the state. As Thurston County considers its own ban on plastic bags, this report offers insight as to what we can expect.

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News Release | Environment California

Capitola Bans Plastic Bags

The City Council voted unanimously tonight to bar retail stores from distributing single-use plastic bags within city limits. “This important step forward for Capitola shows once again that local communities can achieve lasting victories for ocean and environmental health,” said Nathan Weaver of Environment California.

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News Release | Environment America

New Obama Administration Pollution Standards Will Save Lives

Today the Obama administration is expected to strengthen air quality standards for particulate matter or “soot” pollution. Soot pollution is the deadliest of the common air pollutants, causing thousands of premature deaths every year across the country through a variety of cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses. It also contributes to haze that hangs over many of the country’s most scenic parks and wilderness areas. Sources of soot pollution include power plants and diesel trucks and buses. The strengthened standards, to be issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, better reflect the latest scientific research. The new standard will outline how much soot pollution can be in the air and still be safe to breathe.

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