Environment America Blog

Now, more than ever, it appears 100% renewable energy generation is within our grasp. The numbers are piling up in our favor. In a report recently released by SNL energy, new energy capacity added in the United States in 2015 leaned heavily on clean sources. Overall in the US, wind and solar made up 61% of new energy capacity in 2015.

You may remember, a few months ago we asked you to send in your best photos for our solar photo contest. Many inspiring pictures were submitted.  It was difficult to pick a winner. But, I’m excited to announce today that we’ve chosen the winners of the contest. Please join me in congratulating the winners!

President Obama has done more than any other president to tackle the threat of global warming, and during his administration we’ve seen huge leaps forward on clean energy.

We know we can have healthier communities right now and a livable future for kids growing up today. But to get there, we must transform the way we produce and consume energy. That’s got to start with a commitment to 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

We all know that burning oil, gas, and coal has polluted our air, water, and land for decades – and now it’s changing the climate even faster than scientists feared it would.

Millions of Americans are taking part in the renewable energy “boom” not only because it is the smart environmental choice, but in a lot of cases, it has become the smart economic choice.

When the EPA released a report on fracking's impacts on water, the results were just what the industry ordered. But now, the EPA's own science advisory board has called into question these findings, supporting what those who live on fracking's frontlines have known for a long time: fracking threatens our water supply. 

It’s been somewhat overwhelming to be in Paris for the U.N. climate change conference, both because so much is happening in support of strong action to slow global warming, and because so much has been laid bare about what’s at stake across the world if we fail to act. But it’s also been inspiring to see such a wide array of voices calling for climate solutions.

I'm in Paris right now, honored (and lucky, given how much I love croissants!) to be at the United Nation’s climate change summit, along with my longtime friend and colleague Anna Aurilio, the director of our DC office. Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing my perspective from this historic event, officially called the 21st Conference of Parties, or “COP21.”

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John Rumpler
Senior Director, Clean Water for America Campaign and Senior Attorney

Why do we need federal protection under the Clean Water Act if there are also state laws designed to protect our rivers and streams? The answer is that, all too often, state officials fail to enforce their own laws or side with politically-powerful polluters.