News Release | Environment America

Governors representing more than half of the United States population stand up for clean cars

A bipartisan group of 24 governors representing more than half of the US population is calling on the Trump administration to stop the rollback of the Clean Car Standards. The Clean Car Standards were set to double fuel economy, and would have cut global warming pollution in half for cars sold in 2025. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s own estimates, their rollback would increase petroleum consumption by 500,000 barrels per day, exacerbating the effects of global warming.

News Release | Environment America

States of repair: governors, state legislatures find climate solutions

As the first half of 2019 comes to a close, it’s clear that the 2018 elections have had positive consequences at the state level when it comes to addressing climate change. Six months ago, as new governors and state legislators took office, Environment America Research & Policy Center released a report, Climate Solutions from Day One: 12 Ways Governors Can Lead on Climate Now, detailing a set of 12 actions governors could take immediately to significantly reduce planet-warming carbon pollution and ensure a more stable climate for their states and the nation.

News Release | Environment America

Climate change makes the short list at first Democratic debate

Climate change made the short list of issues highlighted on the first night of Democratic presidential debates, with many candidates putting forth proposals to reduce global warming emissions and transition to clean energy.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: New York commits to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

The New York Legislature has passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, putting the Empire State on a path to carbon-neutrality by 2050.

News Release | Environment America

Trump administration’s rollback of the Clean Car Standards drives America in reverse

The Energy & Commerce Committee, as well as the Consumer Protection & Commerce and Environment & Climate Change Subcommittees held a joint hearing today to examine the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back the Clean Car Standards, and oil companies’ potential involvement. The Clean Car Standards were set to double fuel economy, and would have cut global warming pollution in half for cars sold in 2025

News Release | Environment America

Trump administration’s replacement to Clean Power Plan sends U.S. in the wrong direction on climate change

The Trump administration today announced its rule to replace the Clean Power Plan, which was put into place in 2015. The Clean Power Plan was on track to cut carbon pollution from the electric power sector by 32 percent by 2030. At a time when even steeper cuts are necessary to avert the worst impacts of climate change, this new replacement plan is expected to slow the power sector’s transition to clean, renewable energy and could lead to an increase in emissions from nearly 30 percent of coal plants.

News Release | Environment America

Gov. Murphy gives green light to electric transportation future

In a move that will speed up New Jersey’s transition to electric vehicles (EVs), Gov. Phil Murphy announced today the New Jersey Partnership to Plug-In. The new initiatives include creating an EV rebate program and directing millions of dollars toward installing EV charging stations.

News Release | The Public Interest Network

Hurricane season coverage: Data, resources and interview opportunities

The 2019 hurricane season officially gets underway tomorrow (June 1) with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicting between 4 and 8 hurricanes this year. On the heels of the devastating Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael in 2018, The Public Interest Network (which includes U.S. PIRGEnvironment America, and state groups in often-impacted states such as Florida, Georgia, North CarolinaTexas and Virginia) is sharing information to help contextualize the major environmental, health and consumer concerns posed by the hurricanes that will inevitably come this season.

News Release | Environment America

Statement on Congress voting for Climate Action Now Act: First climate bill in a decade to pass the U.S. House of Representatives

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 9 “The Climate Action Now” Act today with a bipartisan vote of 231 to 190. This climate bill, the first to receive a vote by the body in a decade, would keep the United States in the Paris Agreement by defunding any effort to withdraw and requiring the Trump administration to submit a plan to meet the U.S. commitment to reduce carbon emissions below 2005 levels by 26 percent to 28 percent by 2032.

News Release | Environment America

Paris is Always a Good Idea: House committee votes on Climate Action Now Act

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted 29-19 today in favor of H.R. 9 “The Climate Action Now” Act.  This is the first step in moving this critical legislation, which boasts 180 co-sponsors, to the House floor.

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