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Report | Environment America

Wasting Our Waterways: Toxic Industrial Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act

Industrial facilities continue to dump millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s rivers, streams, lakes and ocean waters each year – threatening both the environment and human health. According to the EPA, pollution from industrial facilities is responsible for threatening or fouling water quality in more than 10,000 miles of rivers and more than 200,000 acres of lakes, ponds and estuaries nationwide.

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Report | Environment America

Energy Efficiency in the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009: Impacts of Current Provisions and Opportunities to Enhance the Legislation

In June 2009, the House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES).  This climate and energy legislation included a number of provisions intended to help the U.S. reduce energy use through various energy efficiency measures.  Foremost, the bill requires utilities to obtain 20% of their energy through a combination of renewable energy and energy efficiency by 2020, with energy efficiency allowed to meet up to 8% of the 20% goal.

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News Release | Environment Montana

New Report: Strong Energy Efficiency Policies in Energy/Climate Legislation Would Save Montana Families $476 per Year, Create 2,100 Jobs

A new national report finds that Montanan households would save an average of $476 per year and 2,100 sustainable jobs would be created in the state over the next ten years if Congress acts now to include strong energy efficiency improvements in energy and climate legislation. The report, entitled Energy Efficiency in the American Clean Energy Security Act of 2009: Impacts of Current Provisions and Opportunities to Enhance the Legislation, was released by Environment Montana and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The efficiency provisions would prevent 3 million tons of carbon emissions; this is the equivalent of removing the pollution 545,454 cars from the road for a year.

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Report | Environment America

Building a Better Future: Moving Toward Zero Pollution with Highly Efficient Homes and Businesses

America is the largest consumer of energy in the world. The majority of this energy is derived from dirty, polluting sources such as coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear power. Our consumption of these fuels exacerbates global warming, keeps us dependent upon oil and other fossil fuels, and undermines our economy. 

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News Release | Environment Montana

America’s Biggest Untapped Energy Source Key to Cutting Global Warming Emissions

A comprehensive plan to make our nation’s buildings more efficient by 2030 could save enough energy to power all of our nation’s cars, homes and businesses for a year and a half while saving Americans more than $500 billion, according to a new report by our national federation, Environment America.  By renovating old buildings and ensuring that new ones use 50 percent less energy within ten years and generate as much energy as they use by 2030, we can cut U.S. global warming emissions by at least 34 percent by 2050.

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