News Release | Environment America

Environment America and U.S. PIRG praise Starbucks’ decision to ditch plastic straws

Today, coffee giant Starbucks announced that it would eliminate single-use plastic straws from all of its locations globally by 2020. In a Tweet, the company said the move would eliminate more than one billion plastic straws per year from its stores.

News Release | Environment America

Environment America statement on the resignation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

President Donald Trump announced today via Twitter that he has accepted the resignation of embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. In response, Christy Leavitt, the senior director of Environment America’s Campaign to Defend Our Environment released this statement:

News Release | Environment California

Key Legislative Committee Passes Landmark 100% Clean Electricity Bill

The California Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy voted today to pass the landmark Senate Bill 100 (De León), which will ensure that California generates 100 percent of its electricity from renewable and zero-carbon sources by 2045.  

News Release | Environment America

Senate Passes Farm Bill Clean of Anti-Environmental Riders

This afternoon, the U.S. Senate passed a Farm Bill free of several anti-environmental provisions included in the House version by a vote of 86 to 11. Bart Johnsen-Harris, Clean Water Advocate for Environment America, issued the following statement:

News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Trouble in the Air: Americans’ health at risk

As the Trump administration considers weakening federal air quality and global warming emissions standards, air pollution remains a threat to public health. According to a new report by Environment America Research & Policy Center, Frontier Group and U.S. PIRG Education Fund, 73 million Americans experienced over 100 days -- or more than three months -- of degraded air quality in 2016, increasing the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

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