News Release | Environment America

Trump administration’s rollback of the Clean Car Standards drives America in reverse

The Energy & Commerce Committee, as well as the Consumer Protection & Commerce and Environment & Climate Change Subcommittees held a joint hearing today to examine the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back the Clean Car Standards, and oil companies’ potential involvement. The Clean Car Standards were set to double fuel economy, and would have cut global warming pollution in half for cars sold in 2025

News Release | Environment America

House Natural Resources Committee advances key measures to protect oceans and coasts and fund Land and Water Conservation Fund

Our gratitude goes out to the committee for backing a bill that protects both America’s East and West Coasts by banning oil drilling in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf planning area and the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf planning area. 

News Release | Environment America

Trump administration’s replacement to Clean Power Plan sends U.S. in the wrong direction on climate change

The Trump administration today announced its rule to replace the Clean Power Plan, which was put into place in 2015. The Clean Power Plan was on track to cut carbon pollution from the electric power sector by 32 percent by 2030. At a time when even steeper cuts are necessary to avert the worst impacts of climate change, this new replacement plan is expected to slow the power sector’s transition to clean, renewable energy and could lead to an increase in emissions from nearly 30 percent of coal plants.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Maine on the cusp of a clean energy future

The list of states committing to power themselves with 100 percent clean energy could soon include the Pine Tree State. The Maine Legislature passed a bill last night that would increase the state’s renewable energy standard to 80 percent by 2030, and 100 percent by 2050. Both the Senate and House votes were overwhelming and bipartisan with the Senate voting unanimously 34-0 for the bill. It now heads to Gov. Janet Mills’ desk for her expected signature.

News Release | Environment America and U.S. PIRG

Statement: Maine and Vermont pass statewide legislation targeting plastic pollution

Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill banning single-use plastic grocery bags yesterday, less than two months after signing a first-in-the-nation bill banning plastic foam containers. The bill, which goes into effect next year, requires large retailers and grocers to replace single-use plastic bags with either reusable or paper bags, and it also institutes a 5-cent fee on all shopping bags.

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