Environment America Blog

Americans care about clean water for a whole host of reasons – fishing and swimming, protecting wildlife, and safe drinking water. But as I was reminded last week by Jenn Vervier at New Belgium Brewing, clean water is also vital for excellent beer.  Understanding that great beer takes great water, many of America’s breweries have come out in support of the proposed clean water rule. Noticeably absent from the list of the rule’s supporters, however, is America’s biggest brewery: Anheuser-Busch. 

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

More than 40 years ago, Congress passed the Clean Water Act with a clear goal of making all of our rivers, lakes, streams, and other waters clean. Most Americans would be appalled to learn that a set of Supreme Court decisions created an open question as to whether thousands of our streams and wetlands across the country remain protected by the Act.

Last Tuesday the city of Santa Cruz became the 50th city in California to live plastic bag free. I am really excited about local bans for 3 reasons.

Across the country, 60 percent of our streams, 117 million Americans’ drinking water, and 20 million acres of wetlands lack adequate protection from pollution. President Obama took a step toward fixing this last year by proposing new guidelines to restore these protections, and we have played a huge role in making this happened. But the protections have not been finalized yet.

From the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes to the Colorado River and all the smaller rivers, lakes and streams in between, America’s waterways are incredibly popular, irreplaceable treasures. Furthermore, protecting our water from pollution consistently polls as one of the most important environmental issues in America.

The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power is embarking on a planning process that will set the course for the utility’s energy development over the next several decades. Environment California is urging the utility to develop and implement a comprehensive clean energy plan.

Great news for the ocean: McDonald's, arguably America's most iconic fastfood chain, is launching a pilot program to phase out Styrofoam coffee cups.

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Dan Jacobson
State Director

Gov. Jerry Brown will be making an appearance tonight as electric-car maker Tesla Motors unveils a new vehicle in Los Angeles County -- its Model X.

On Monday, presidential candidate Rick Santorum made the case that rising gas prices were among the causes of the 2008 financial collapse and resulting recession.  Since, various liberal commentators ranging from ThinkProgress to Ed Kilgore of the Washington Monthly have ridiculed Senator Santorum’s position. The critics are wrong.  

With so many aspects of Marcellus Shale gas drilling for Pennsylvanians to focus on - impact fees and severance taxes, reports of air and water quality hazards, health hazards of Marcellus Shale gas extraction, the passage of HB1950 and how it affects local government control over drilling activities, it’s sometimes difficult to turn our attention to yet another concern.