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.

News Release | Environment America

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.

News Release | Environment America

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.

Hope, not complacency

By | Bret Fanshaw
Solar Program Coordinator

President Obama one thing clear to me and other attendees of the National Clean Energy Summit on Monday – he is ready to tap into the power of the sun. In his speech in Las Vegas, the president stressed the urgent need to implement clean energy solutions in order to cut global warming pollution and strengthen our economic future. 

A decade of recovery: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, extreme weather events are affecting us all

By | Katie Hammer
Digital Campaigner, Global Warming Solutions Campaign

10 years ago this week, our country was shocked by Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters ever to touch the U.S. In the following decade, too many people, including myself, have been affected by global warming-fueled extreme weather events. We touch upon the growing saga of how Americans are affected by climate change and ask you to contribute your story.

News Release | Environment America

Restricting methane pollution important band-aid, but not a cure for climate crisis

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today the Obama administration proposed first-ever limits on oil and gas emissions of methane - the greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide. Drilling and fracking operations are the single largest source of the pollutant, which accounts for about 9 percent of U.S. global warming pollution.