News Release | Environment America

Arctic and Atlantic oceans protected!

Washington, D.C. – Our oceans are more protected today because President Obama permanently withdrew 115 million acres of the Arctic and 31 canyons in the Atlantic Ocean from all future oil and gas development, citing the dangers of offshore drilling and the need to move away from fossil fuels. Canada announced parallel actions, which included an indefinite freeze on oil and gas leasing in Arctic waters to be reviewed every five years.

News Release | Environment America

1000 businesses, educators and environmental groups call for Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument

Washington, D.C. -- As the clock ticks down on the Obama administration, one thousand community leaders are joining the call to permanently protect the Grand Canyon and 1.7 million acres surrounding it from dirty and dangerous uranium mining. Representing nearly all 50 states, environmental organizations, business owners and academics, organized by Environment America, sent letters to President Obama, adding their voices to those of Native American tribes, local, state and federal elected officials, faith leaders and nearly one million Americans who have petitioned the president to create a new Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument. 

News Release | Environment America

1100 Health professionals urge President-elect Trump to act on climate

Washington, D.C. - Today, 1100 doctors, nurses, medical students, and other health professionals joined Environment America to issue a letter to President-elect Trump calling on him to take climate action to protect public health.

News Release | Environment America

President Obama protects Boundary Waters from Toxic Mining

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is spectacular place made up of over a million acres of lakes and forests -- the only large lake-land wilderness in the National Wilderness Preservation System. With more than 150,000 visitors annually, it is treasured by Minnesotans and visitors from around the continent. Thanks to more than 24,000 Environment Minnesota members and supporters and others who made their voices heard, this special place will be safe for canoeing and other recreation for decades to come.

News Release | Environment America

Environment America Can't Support Exxon CEO for Secretary of State, Perry for Energy

Environment America can't support President-elect Trump’s choice of Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson to serve as secretary of state or former Gov. Rick Perry (Tex.) as secretary of energy. Environment America President Douglas Phelps issued the following statement:

"Environment America can't support either of these nominations. Both have obviously been successful in their respective careers, but their record on climate and energy policy do not demonstrate the commitment to a new renewable energy economy the world needs in the 21st century. They would be plausible and understandable nominees in 1916, but not 2016.”

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