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House’s adoption of Senate budget sells environment short; opens Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling

Today, the House voted to adopt the Senate’s 2018 budget. In response, Jennie Olson at Environment America issued the following statement: "House members today approved a budget that puts our air, our water and the health of our families in danger. It also sets instructions to open the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling and exploration."

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"This proposal would re-open a pollution loophole big enough to drive a truck through.”

The Trump Administration is considering repealing a rule limiting pollution from refurbished heavy-duty trucks. The rule as it currently stands requires that  “gliders,” -- trucks reconstructed with old engines -- would have to meet more stringent emission standards for health-threatening and climate-changing pollution. Sales of these vehicles rose from approximately 1,000 in 2007 to 10,000 last year. EPA estimates that gliders are 20-40 times dirtier than a new truck with a modern emissions control system.

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Senate budget sells out our environment, health, and the treasured arctic national wildlife refuge

The Senate just passed their budget resolution for 2018. In response, Jennie Olson at Environment America, issued the following statement: “The Senate budget makes drastic cuts to some of our most vital programs that protect our air, water, and families’ health. In addition, the Senate budget attempts to sell out our public lands to polluters by including instructions to the Senate Natural Resources Committee that would ultimately allow drilling in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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Environment America Statement on the nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White by Executive Director, Margie Alt

Environment America Statement on the nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White by Executive Director, Margie Alt: “With fatal wildfires wracking California and other states in the west and record hurricanes wreaking havoc on Puerto Rico and Texas and other coastal areas -- both exacerbated by longterm trends linked to global warming --  the idea of a climate denier running the Council on Environmental Quality is beyond absurd.

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Trump Administration’s Clean Power Plan Repeal will Deliver Dirtier Air, More Global Warming

Today, the Trump administration will announce its plans to repeal  the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the nation’s program to limit carbon pollution from dirty power plants. If fully implemented, the Clean Power Plan would reduce U.S. power plant emissions 32% by 2030 with huge corresponding health and environmental benefits.

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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. 

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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.  

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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.”

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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.

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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: