News Release | Environment America

Senate approves 2023 ban on military’s toxic PFAS foams

The U.S. Senate passed its annual defense policy bill today with a host of provisions to address widespread drinking water contamination from toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). One key provision would phase out the military’s use of PFAS-containing firefighting foams — a major source of pollution — by 2023. By incorporating our request to adopt a 3-year timeline for phasing out military use of PFAS, the Senate bill prevents further contamination quickly — which is what communities and service members deserve.

News Release | Environment America

Senate bill requires states and utilities to increase renewable power

A new bill filed today by Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Angus King of Maine, and Tina Smith of Minnesota will put the United States on track for at least 50 percent renewable electricity nationwide by 2035. 

News Release | Environment America

Statement: New York commits to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

The New York Legislature has passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, putting the Empire State on a path to carbon-neutrality by 2050.

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

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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.

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