News Release | Environment America

Natural Gas Drilling Poses Toxic Threat to America's Drinking Water

Toxic chemicals used in natural gas drilling could pose a threat to water quality near the nearly 500,000 gas wells nationwide according to a report released today by Environment America. The report, Toxic Chemicals on Tap: How Gas Drilling Threatens Drinking Water, details how the chemicals in gas drilling could endanger clean water in the United States.

News Release | Environment America

Over 230 Million Pounds of Toxics Discharged into American Waterways

Industrial facilities dumped 232 million pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s waterways, according to a report released today by Environment America: Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act. The report also finds that toxic chemicals were discharged in 1,900 waterways across all 50 states. 

News Release | Environment America

America Poised to Turn the Corner on Global Warming

Environment America today released “The Clean Energy Future Starts Here: Understanding the American Clean Energy and Security Act,” an analysis that puts the energy bill passed by the U.S. House in June in the perspective of its role in moving America toward clean energy, green jobs, and reduced global warming emissions.  The analysis comes as Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer and Foreign Relations Committee Chair John Kerry plan to release their energy bill on Wednesday, which will be the starting point for the Senate debate and is expected to follow the framework of the House bill. 

News Release | Environment America

National Transit Ridership Saved Fuel Equal to the Amount Used by 7.2 Million Cars Last Year

In 2008, people in America saved 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline by riding transit in record numbers – the amount consumed by 7.2 million cars in a year. Transportation is responsible for more than two-thirds of our dependence on oil, and about one-third of our carbon dioxide pollution as Environment America outlined in their new report “Getting On Track: Record Transit Ridership Increases Energy Independence.”

News Release | Environment America

Strong Energy Efficiency Provisions in Energy Bill Would Save American Families $832 per Year, Create 1 Million New Jobs, and Avoid Nearly 1 Billion Tons of Pollution by 2030

American households would save an average of $832 per year and over one million sustainable jobs would be created in the United States by 2030 if Congress acts now to include strong energy efficiency improvements in energy and climate legislation, according to a report released today by Environment America and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. The report, Energy Efficiency in the American Clean Energy Security Act of 2009: Impacts of Current Provisions and Opportunities to Enhance the Legislation,  analyzed the economic and environmental benefits of improving upon the energy efficiency provisions in the House-passed energy and climate bill. The energy efficiency policies analyzed in the report would also avoid more than 900 million tons of global warming emissions.    

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