News Release | Environment America

Local elected officials, fleet managers want cleaner trucks and buses

WASHINGTON, DC – More than a hundred mayors, city councilors, and fleet managers from across the country support tough new fuel efficiency standards for heavyweight vehicles, according to a letter submitted today to the Obama administration before the close of a public comment period.

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China announcement perfect capstone for an inspiring week of climate action

WASHINGTON, D.C. - China will place limits on global warming pollution from three major sectors of its economy by 2017, transforming its energy system and implementing the largest cap-and-trade system in the world, Obama administration officials said last night. The official announcement from the world’s largest global warming polluter, to be made today at the White House, is the latest in a string of victories, both tangible and symbolic, for climate action this week.

Why football stadiums can score on solar

By | Bret Fanshaw
Solar Program Coordinator

Sports teams are beginning to use clean energy – has your team gone solar yet?

Sports teams are beginning to use clean energy – has your team gone solar yet?

News Release | Environment America

Pope Francis begins to rally public in a way that politicians can no longer ignore

WASHINGTON, DC –  In an historic joint address to Congress this morning, Pope Francis quoted his June enyclical on climate change and the environment, reasserting his call for a "courageous and responsible effort" to avert climate catastrophe. "I am convinced that we can make a difference and I have no doubt that the United States – and this Congress – have an important role to play," he said.

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Senate Democrats release blueprint for clean energy future

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today nearly two dozen Senate Democrats unveiled a measure that sets ambitious goals for reducing global warming pollution, requires increased use of efficiency for utilities, and repeals tax subsidies for Big Oil while restructuring existing tax incentives for many energy sources. 

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Hillary Clinton opposes Keystone pipeline, increasing pressure on President Obama to reject it

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton today stated her opposition to building the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing it would be a "distraction" from combating climate change. According to the State Department, the pipeline's construction would add 26 million metric tons of carbon pollution to our atmosphere each year, the equivalent of putting another 5.7 million cars on the road.

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Lifting oil export ban would cost climate, benefit Big Oil

WASHINGTON, D.C. --  On the heels of the release of a new study showing that burning the world’s remaining fossil fuels would raise the level of the sea by more than 160 feet, a key U.S. House panel voted today to lift the longstanding ban on crude oil exports.

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Ten House Republicans acknowledge need to solve climate crisis, but need to walk their talk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In anticipation of Pope Francis’s visit to the United States next week, today ten House Republicans formally acknowledged the problem of climate change and called for action to solve it.

New technology makes a solar future even easier. What's getting in the way? 

Technological barriers to powering our life with solar energy are crumbling by the day. Coupled with the right mix of solar policies enacted by federal, state and local officials, clean energy technologies will continue to help us tap into the power of the sun.

Report | Environment America

Lighting the Way

Solar energy is booming. In just the last three years, America’s solar photovoltaic capacity tripled. In 2014, a third of the United States’ new installed electric capacity came from solar power. And in three states – California, Hawaii, and Arizona – solar power now generates more than 5 percent of total electricity consumption.