News Release | Environment America

Statement: Major deal on federal energy bill moves U.S. forward on renewables and climate action

Congress struck a last-minute bipartisan deal on a major energy bill expected to pass on Monday as part of the omnibus package to fund the federal government. The energy bill includes increased funding for renewable and energy efficiency programs. It also includes a landmark deal to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are especially potent greenhouse gases. The legislation soon to be heading to the president’s desk requires an 85 percent phase out of HFCs over 15 years, meaning the U.S. would join more than 170 other countries that have already made this commitment. Global phase out on this scale could avoid a 0.5 degree Celsius of warming by the end of the century. 

News Release | Environment America

Statement: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service punts on decision to list monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act

"It’s horrifying that the monarch’s population has fallen so low; it’s great to hear that the Fish and Wildlife Service, after conducting an ‘intensive, thorough review,’ agrees that the monarch deserves new protections. And it’s absurd that the agency is punting on any sort of plan to protect this important species."

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Trump administration to finalize deeply harmful dirty soot rule

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce it has finalized its new soot rule on Monday. The regulation keeps the standards at 2012 levels, even though the agency’s own scientists have called for the need to strengthen the rule to protect American lives. Under this rule, particulate matter 2.5 (PM 2.5) -- which is harmful to human health -- will continue to be emitted into the air at dangerous levels. In contrast, a stronger standard would protect the health of countless Americans, according to peer-reviewed studies. An EPA analysis shows that 50,000 or more lives will be prematurely lost under the current standards.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Trump administration makes an unseemly attempt to jam through oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

“This move by the Trump administration is the latest outrage in its treatment of the Arctic Refuge. With an ‘everything must go’ mentality, they are attempting to jam through sales on some of our most iconic land. It’s flat out wrong."

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