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Statement: EPA makes right choice by enacting strong clean car rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule on Monday to limit global warming pollution from cars and trucks. In total, the EPA’s new rule will result in more than 3.1 billion tons of avoided greenhouse gas emissions through 2050, which is the equivalent to more than half of net U.S. carbon dioxide emissions in 2019.

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Statement: New York unveils important roadmap to significantly boost distributed solar by 2030

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new framework Friday that will get the state to more than10 gigawatts (GW) of distributed solar power by 2030, enough energy to power 700,000 average homes. 

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Biden administration reverses Trump-era rollback of showerhead efficiency standards

The Department of Energy (DOE) overturned a Trump administration rule Tuesday that had lowered federal efficiency standards for showerheads. The now-reversed rule, finalized in December 2020, effectively created a loophole for manufacturers to bypass energy- and water-saving requirements by redefining the word “showerhead.” The DOE’s decision restores standards that prevent wasteful energy and water use. 

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Statement: New White House plan to get the lead out marks key progress for safer drinking water

The White House unveiled a new plan Thursday to prevent the lead contamination of drinking water (and reduce other exposures to lead). The Biden-Harris Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan features unprecedented federal funding and a commitment by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “to propose requirements that, along with other actions, would replace all lead service lines as quickly as feasible.” More broadly, the White House plan includes 15 actions across 10 federal agencies, allocations of relevant federal funding, and a cabinet-level partnership to reduce lead in child care centers and schools.

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New York City votes to ban gas in new buildings

n a landmark decision, the New York City Council voted with an overwhelming majority Wednesday to pass legislation banning gas-powered heaters, stoves, and water boilers in new buildings, effectively requiring any new appliances to be electric. The ban will go into effect for buildings under seven stories in 2023, and for taller buildings, in 2027. 

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