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 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 Nevada

Courts Side With Sage Grouse On Mining Protections

LAS VEGAS - A Trump era decision to open up 10 million acres in Nevada and Idaho to industrial mining was dealt a critical blow today after a judge ruled the Bureau of Land Management under President Trump failed to justify the arbitrary recension of its previous proposal that would have protected vital habitat for the threatened avian species. 

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.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: EPA head nominee Michael Regan deserves swift confirmation in Senate

A hearing will be held Wednesday for Michael Regan, President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Environment America fully supports Regan given his work on climate, clean water, and experience reaching across the aisle and engaging stakeholders.

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