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From Pollution to Solutions

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), created more than a decade ago by Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, has been a clear success. The program has contributed to the 60 percent reduction in carbon pollution from power plants in those states since 2005, while fueling the transition to a clean energy future.

The Regional
Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), created more than a decade ago by
Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, has been a clear success. The program has
contributed to the 60 percent reduction in carbon pollution from power plants
in those states since 2005, while fueling the transition to a clean energy
future.

 

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From Pollution to Solutions

While the United States is reeling from worsening wildfires and extreme weather, the success of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is helping counter the climate change-denying policies emanating from inside the Beltway. Today, RGGI, Inc. Chairman Ben Grumbles, Maryland’s Secretary of the Environment, headlined a webinar promoting the release of a new report, From Pollution to Solutions: Maximizing Clean Energy Progress from State Carbon-Pricing Investments, from Environment America Policy and Research Center. The webinar panelists discussed case studies of how to successfully invest RGGI revenues.

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America’s top scientists say climate change’s impacts are getting worse

The just-released 2018 update to the National Climate Assessment, “NCA4 Vol. II,” offers more proof that we as a nation need to develop strategies right away to mitigate the effects of climate change, or face increasingly dire consequences.

We need to make our outdated, dirty transportation system go the way of the Razr

By | Morgan Folger
Director, Clean Car Communities

The window of opportunity is quickly shrinking to take bold action to slow global warming. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s most recent report, we have 12 years -- at most -- to drastically reduce pollution that is warming our atmosphere, and avoid the worst impacts of climate change. In other words, we have until today’s first graders graduate high school to ensure a livable climate for future generations.

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Trump administration’s Clean Power Plan replacement -- a treat for coal companies, a trick on the rest of America

Today is the last day that Americans can officially comment on the Trump administration’s proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan. The original Plan was designed to cut air pollution and help prevent the worsening impacts of climate change. However, the suggested replacement would do just the opposite. Environment America delivered 17,317 comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opposing the proposed rule.

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Paying for Electric Buses

Most of America’s school and transit buses run on diesel, a highly-polluting fuel, but there is a better option. All-electric buses are here, and they’re cleaner, healthier and save money for transit agencies, school districts and bus contractors to run in the long-term. 

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Ditching diesel isn’t just good for public health and the environment -- it’s affordable

Getting rid of that black cloud of exhaust behind our buses, and the negative health and environmental effects that come along with it, is easier than it may seem. According to a new report from U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Environment America Research and Policy Center, electric buses are not only cleaner and healthier than diesel buses, but transit agencies and school districts have many affordable options at their disposal to adopt them.

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Environment America members submit 20,000 comments standing up for Clean Car Standards

Today marks the last day of the comment period to weigh in on the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of the federal Clean Car Standards. Environment America submitted over 20,000 public comments from members in all 50 states and Puerto Rico defending stronger fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards.

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State Street turns into Electric Avenue, as advocates celebrate New Jersey Senate Environment Committee passing bill to electrify transportation

Today, electric cars, buses and trucks blocked off West State Street outside the New Jersey State House, turning it into “Electric Avenue.” Elected officials, advocates and Trenton residents gathered there to celebrate clean transportation and test drive electric vehicles. Earlier in the morning, the state Senate Environment Committee passed S2252, a bill that would make the state a national leader in clean, electric transportation.

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Hurricane Michael coverage: Data, resources and interview opportunities

With Hurricane Michael expected to make landfall Wednesday in western Florida as a major, Category 3 hurricane, then continue through the Southeast, The Public Interest Network (which includes U.S. PIRG, Environment America, Environment Florida, Environment Georgia, Environment North Carolina and Environment Virginia, among other organizations) is sharing information to help your readers and viewers contextualize the major environmental, health and consumer concerns posed by Michael.

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