News Release | Environment America

Groups and public health professionals urge EPA to enact strict clean car standards

Environment America, along with numerous medical and public health experts, sent a letter Wednesday to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling on the EPA to adopt a stricter automotive emission standard, known as Alternative #2, than what is currently under consideration. This request comes as the Biden administration considers revisions to existing national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions regulations for passenger cars and light trucks.

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Statement: Biden administration’s new electric vehicle charging action plan a key step toward a zero-carbon transportation future

The Biden administration released the federal government’s plan for developing a national electric vehicle (EV) charging network. The recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act allocates $7.5 billion to electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. This action plan outlines how federal agencies will ensure that the bill’s investment creates a national network of 500,000 EV chargers that is convenient, accessible and reliable for communities all across the country. 

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Statement: California Public Utility Commission fails Californians by gutting bedrock solar program

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proposed Monday to drastically cut the state’s solar energy incentive program, net energy metering. This program decides the way that solar customers are billed and how they are compensated for the extra electricity they provide back to the grid.

News Release | Environment America Research and Policy Center

New report: Reinstated ‘polluter pays’ taxes should speed up lagging toxic waste cleanup

WASHINGTON -- For more than 20 years, the federal government’s “Superfund” program aimed at cleaning up toxic waste sites has languished for lack of funding. The program was originally funded by a tax on the chemical and petroleum industries, but those “polluter pays” taxes expired in 1995. When President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan infrastructure package (BIF) into law last month, a polluter pays tax was finally reinstated on chemical industries.

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Environment America launches clean energy storage campaign

BOSTON – Environment America launched a campaign Thursday calling for state commitments on energy storage. Through public education, coalition building and legislative pressure, the organization plans to partner with its state offices to introduce and pass legislation that will commit states to adding a set amount of energy storage by a certain date. Initial target states for the campaign include Missouri, Texas, Illinois, California and Massachusetts.