Result

The biggest victory for clean water in a decade.

Montana's rivers and lakes will soon be better protected than they have been in a decade, thanks to new guidelines that we helped win. Over the last decade, Supreme Court decisions left more than half of Montana's streams vulnerable to pollution—the same streams that feed and filter our rivers and lakes. Along with our allies, we delivered more than 170,000 public comments in support of clean water. And thanks to our efforts, the Obama administration is moving to finalize guidelines that will restore Clean Water Act protections to many of our waterways.

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Defending Glacier National Park from drilling.

One of the most iconic natural wonders in America is better protected from oil and gas drilling after our successful campaign to prevent oil and gas drilling in the Flathead River Valley, just outside Glacier National Park. Thousands of Montanans joined our call, and oil and gas companies responded by voluntarily giving up more than 80 percent of the leases they hold surrounding the park. However, the threat still remains, and we're hard at work convincing Congress to place a permanent ban on gas and oil drilling in the area.
 

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At 54.5 mpg, a big step forward for clean cars.

Last year, after Environment Montana and our sister organizations delivered more than 10,000 public comments in support of cleaner cars, President Obama announced the outline of new clean car standards covering cars and light trucks through 2025. The new standards will require new cars to achieve a fleet average of 54.5 miles per galllon, which will amount to the single biggest step this country has ever taken to end our addiction to oil and tackle global warming.

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A brighter future for wind and solar.

Across Montana, workers are building wind turbines and installing solar systems that will supply clean electricity to homes, schools and offices. Our staff and members have helped win new laws to require that more of our energy comes from clean, renewable sources. Montana and 27 other states now have renewable energy standards, and we’re urging our leaders in Washington, D.C., to expand clean energy nationwide.

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Attacks on public health defeated—for now.

The coal lobby and their allies are trying to block the EPA from protecting public health, but we’ve held the line: In March 2011, the U.S. Senate rejected a bill that would have blocked standards for soot, mercury and carbon pollution. In April 2011, the Senate defeated four more bills to cut air pollution.

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