News Release | Environment America

Statement: Bold climate bill aims for zero carbon emissions by midcentury

WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee released the new CLEAN Future Act on Tuesday. This comes after a year of input from stakeholders nationwide, following the release of a version of this bill in 2020. The legislation lays out a path for the United States to reach economy-wide emissions reduction targets that would allow the country to hit net zero emissions by 2050. This new legislation also sets an interim goal for the country to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 50 percent below 2005 levels by no later than 2030. These science-based targets aim to keep global warming below 1.5 additional degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) in order to avert the worst impacts of climate change.

News Release | Environment Washington

Washington Senate passes bill addressing plastic pollution

Today the Washington State Senate passed, Senate Bill 5022 which would phase out polystyrene foam food service products, packing peanuts, and coolers, and require disposable plastic straws, utensils and condiments to be given upon request only, with a bipartisan vote of 31-17.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Major public lands package up for vote in House of Representatives

If passed, the legislation will designate 1.49 million acres of public land as wilderness.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: U.S. officially rejoins the international Paris Agreement

WASHINGTON -- The United States officially rejoined the international Paris Agreement on Friday. The act brings America back into a key accord aimed at reducing planet-warming emissions. 

Environment America had called on Biden to prioritize rejoining the Paris Agreement on his first day in office in the "First Things to Fix" report. The report presented 20 actions for the Biden administration to undertake in early days of office to undo the Trump administration’s rollbacks of environmental laws and protections.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Landmark Arctic National Wildlife Refuge protection bill introduced in Congress

Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Reps. Jared Huffman of California and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania introduced bi-partsian legislation Thursday to permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Arctic Refuge Protection Act featured 75 co-sponsors. If passed, the bicameral bill would grant wilderness designation to the coastal plain of the refuge. Wilderness designation is the strongest protection in the American public lands system, safeguarding areas from development and preserving them as truly wild places.

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