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: President-elect Biden picks powerful advocate for the environment as EPA head

LOS ANGELES -- President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate Michael S. Regan to head the Environmental Protection Agency. As the leader of North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality and a former EPA employee, Secretary Regan is known for his strong focus on science. He has deep experience and expertise in protecting air and water quality, as well as cutting greenhouse gas emissions. 

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

New report: Opportunities to move America forward together despite widespread political polarization

In the throes of a pandemic and simmering civil unrest, at the end of a contentious presidency and in the wake of years of unrelenting partisan gridlock in Congress, Americans of differing political views can struggle just to have civil conversations. But a new report from U.S. PIRG, Environment America and Frontier Group, Moving Forward Together, finds more common ground among the American public than the partisan nature of modern politics suggests, and highlights the urgent need to bring Americans together to solve problems. 

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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