Climate and the environment in tonight's State of the Union

By | Margie Alt
Executive Director, Environment America

President Obama has done more than any other president to tackle the threat of global warming, and during his administration we’ve seen huge leaps forward on clean energy.

News Release | Environment America

Historic climate agreement to lay foundation for 100 percent clean energy

Paris, France -- World leaders are voting today on a final agreement to limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, a benchmark scientists say is critical to avoid devastating impacts of global warming that could render the planet uninhabitable.

Why I'm optimistic world leaders will take bold action on climate

By | Margie Alt
Executive Director, Environment America

It’s been somewhat overwhelming to be in Paris for the U.N. climate change conference, both because so much is happening in support of strong action to slow global warming, and because so much has been laid bare about what’s at stake across the world if we fail to act. But it’s also been inspiring to see such a wide array of voices calling for climate solutions.

Perspectives from Paris

By | Margie Alt
Executive Director, Environment America

I'm in Paris right now, honored (and lucky, given how much I love croissants!) to be at the United Nation’s climate change summit, along with my longtime friend and colleague Anna Aurilio, the director of our DC office. Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing my perspective from this historic event, officially called the 21st Conference of Parties, or “COP21.”

News Release | Environment America

Report: Renewing tax credits could avert 100 M tons of carbon pollution

WASHINGTON, DC. –  Up to 104 million tons of carbon pollution, the same produced by 4.7 million cars each year, could be eliminated by 2020 if Congress renews renewable energy tax credits, a new report from Environment America Research & Policy Center said today.  

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U.S. House passes controversial energy measure that would speed global warming

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House has approved a controversial energy bill (H.R. 8) that would ease the approval process for oil and gas pipelines; increase the nation’s energy consumption; and, following the adoption last night of an amendment offered by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), lift the nation’s decades-old ban on oil exports.

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As Congress takes symbolic votes against climate action, greens push clean energy incentives

WASHINGTON, DC – With an end-of-year deadline looming, more than 200 leading environmental groups and local elected officials from across the country are calling on Congress to renew the wind and solar tax incentives that have spurred America’s exponential clean energy growth. A letter from the groups, delivered to all congressional offices this morning, came as the U.S. House planned symbolic votes to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of President Obama’s strategy to tackle global warming.

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U.S. mayors back bold climate action in Paris

Los Angeles, Calif. – The founders of the Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) -- L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and Houston Mayor Annise Parker -- joined more than 60 mayors in issuing a video and statement that backs “the strongest possible” international agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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Testimony: Clean Power Plan is chance to leapfrog gas, straight to renewable energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continues public hearings on the Federal Implementation Plan for the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of President Obama’s strategy to tackle climate change.

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U.S. Senate to vote for repeal of Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate is expected soon to adopt the first of two resolutions to reverse the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants and the centerpiece of President Obama’s plan to tackle climate change.

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