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We helped permanently protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as a national monument.

Big victory! The White House announced the Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks, a pristine wild landscape in New Mexico, will be permanently protected as a national monument. President Obama signed the declaration at the Interior Department on Wednesday, May 21. Protecting nearly a half million acres, this will be the largest monument the Obama administration has declared so far. Now, mountain lions, pronghorn antelope and peregrine falcon will have protected habitat, while New Mexicans and all Americans have beautiful places for hiking and other recreational adventures long into the future.

News Release | Environment America

Pennsylvania Environmental Groups Win Record Penalty Against PA Water Polluter

After more than four years of litigation, PennEnvironment, the Sierra Club, and several of their local members have succeeded in imposing the largest penalty in Pennsylvania history against a water polluter under the federal Clean Water Act’s citizen enforcement provision.

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News Release | Environment America

New Vehicle Labels Encourage Cleaner Cars

Today the Obama administration announced new fuel economy window labels for passenger vehicles that will help Americans shopping for a new car better identify each car’s projected pollution emissions and its gasoline costs. The new labels are expected to help car buyers more easily identify these cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars.

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News Release | Environment America

President Obama Announces Important Step to Save Oil

The Obama administration today announced a pilot program designed to put the government on the path to making the federal fleet powered entirely by alternative fueled vehicles by 2015. Environment America staff policy analyst Daniel Gatti issued this response.

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News Release | Environment America

U.S. Senate Votes to Protect Welfare for Big Oil

The U.S. Senate voted last night to protect billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for the five largest oil companies in the United States. Environment America Policy Analyst Daniel Gatti issued this statement in response.

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News Release | Environment America

Big Oil Hits a Gusher in the Senate on Subsidies, but Routed on Opening New Coasts to Drilling

Today, the Senate defeated a bill sponsored by Senator McConnell (S. 953) that would have forced destructive offshore oil leasing off the coast of Virginia and required that planned leases proceed without rigorous environmental analysis by deeming pre-Deepwater Horizon environmental impact statements adequate. The bill would also limit access to courts for those objecting to offshore drilling decisions anywhere in the U.S. and require hasty drilling permit decisions.

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