News Release | Environment America

Interior Secretary Recommends Eliminating Protections for Ten of America’s National Monuments

Ten national monuments could soon lose some protections and be spoiled by mining, drilling, logging and overfishing, according to a U.S. Interior Department document leaked last night. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that President Donald Trump eliminate parts of four national monuments, including Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, and open six other national monuments to commercial industry that threatens the land, water and wildlife. Not only is this recommendation environmentally irresponsible, it defies public opinion. Ninety-eight percent of the record-breaking 2.8 million public comments to the Interior Department asked the federal government to maintain or expand protections for the national monuments under review. 

News Release | Environment America

Senate Budget Package Bypasses Harmful Riders

Today the U.S.  Senate passed a package of bills to provide emergency assistance to Hurricane Harvey victims, extend the debt ceiling and continue to fund government operations for the next three months.  The legislation is free of harmful, anti-environmental riders that have been inserted into spending legislation in the past and are pending on the House floor.  

News Release | Environment America

Interior Secretary Zinke Recommends Eliminating Portions of America’s National Monuments

“The unwise and unpopular choice to stop protecting these lands and waters will ravage pristine places, put wildlife in danger and jeopardize scientific and archeological history, including sacred Native American sites.”

News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Neighbors call on Interior Secretary to keep public lands in public hands

The battle to save our public lands has come to the gardens of Capitol Hill. More than 130 neighbors of U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have put up signs in their front yards calling on the secretary to protect America’s national monuments.

News Release | Environment America

Clean Car Standards should be Strengthened, Not Reopened

The Trump administration reopened the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s midterm evaluation on clean car standards. The process withdraws the previously released final determination on EPA’s vehicle emission standards for 2022-2025 and expands the time period under consideration to 2021-2025. In response Environment America’s global warming solutions advocate, Aminah Zaghab issued the following statement:

News Release | Environment America

Clean Water Rule - Comment Period Begins but Loophole Could Make Irrelevant

Today, the House of Representatives is considering a “minibus” spending package that would allow the Trump administration to ignore the law as it rolls back clean water protections.  The bill also contains other anti-environmental provisions and would drastically cut federal funding for clean energy.  John Rumpler, Environment America’s senior attorney and clean water program director, issued the following statement:

News Release | Environment America

FY18 Budget Would Allow Drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Today, the House of Representatives leadership unveiled its FY' 2018 budget which fails to protect our families health and our natural resources including language that would instruct the Natural Resources Committee to allow, for the first time ever, drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and a cut of $528 Million compared to FY'17.

News Release | Environment America

House Votes to Affirm Climate as a Threat to Security

As the country grapples with the increasing impacts of climate change, today the House voted 234-185  to retain a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act that would require the Department of Defense to study the impacts of climate change on their operations. Environment America, DC Director Anna Aurilio issued the following statement in response:

News Release | Environment America

Dirty Water Appropriations Rider

Today, the House appropriations committee considered the energy and water appropriations bill that would allow the Trump administration to ignore several federal laws as it moves to undercut protections for clean water.  The bill also contains other anti-environmental provisions and would drastically cut federal funding for clean energy.  John Rumpler, Environment America’s senior attorney and clean water program director, issued the following statement:

News Release | Environment America

EPA Can’t Protect Our Families and Environment Without Full Funding

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to testify today on the Trump Administration’s proposed 2018 EPA budget, which slashes funding for the agency by 31%. Environment America urges Administrator Pruitt and the Appropriations Subcommittee to fully fund EPA.

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