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Washington paved the way for federal clean cars standards

Nathan Willcox, Environment Washington's federal global warming program director, thanked President Obama for announcing a plan to double fuel-efficiency standards nationwide to an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Washington helped pave the way for this historic move with our own pioneering clean car standards. 

News Release | Environment Washington

House Transportation Bill Drives Us to Deeper Oil Dependence

This afternoon, Representative John Mica (R-FL), Chairman of the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, officially introduced a major transportation reauthorization bill. The overall plan for the bill includes proposals to open the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as well as the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, and to open landscapes in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming to oil shale extraction. At the same time, it cuts all funding for biking and walking safety and cripples environmental review for transportation projects. On top of this, Speaker of the House John Boehner has said that he would attach approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to this bill if it were not otherwise immediately approved.

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News Release | Environment Washington

President Obama Expected to Stand Up to Big Oil on Keystone XL Pipeline

President Obama stood up to Big Oil’s latest attack on our health and environment by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline. While Congressional Republicans work tirelessly for Big Oil, President Obama is taking concrete steps to reduce our dependence on oil and to build a cleaner, healthier future for American families. 

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News Release | Environment Washington

Legislator Resolves to Protect Puget Sound Wildlife

Representative Joe Fitzgibbon (D-34) held a press conference earlier today to announce legislation aimed at protecting Puget Sound wildlife and the environment from harmful plastic bag pollution.  The legislation is modeled on ordinances adopted recently in Bellingham, Mukilteo and Seattle, and would ban most disposable plastic bags at retailers. Representatives from Environment Washington and Fred Meyer expressed their strong support for the bill.

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City Council unanimously votes to ban plastic bags

Seattle City council today approved Council Bill 117345, intended to help clean up Puget Sound and protect marine wildlife by banning single-use plastic bags.

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City Council Votes On Plastic Bag Ban

The Seattle City Council will vote today on whether to ban plastic grocery bags. KUOW's Catherine Kovell has the story.

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