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CHICAGO (October 9, 2015) — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced he will oppose the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan today by joining a lawsuit challenging it in federal court. The historic carbon pollution protections, ordered by a conservative Supreme Court, have already beaten six legal challenges.
WASHINGTON (October 9, 2015) – A federal court decision handed down today temporarily delays enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Clean Water Rule, which guarantees pollution protections for tens of millions of acres of wetlands and thousands of streams all across the United States. The stay issued by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals is a preliminary ruling and will be followed by much more thorough review in later proceedings over the rules.
WASHINGTON (October 9, 2015) –The following is a statement by Franz Matzner, director of the Beyond Oil Initiative at the Natural Resources Defense Council, on a pending House bill—which faces a presidential veto—to remove the four-decade-old prohibition on U.S. exports of crude oil:
“Lifting the oil export ban is a giveaway to the oil industry that would undermine the progress our country is making to use more clean energy and fight climate change. It means more climate pollution, and more risk of pipeline blowouts, exploding oil trains and contamination of our precious aquifers. It’s time to reject Big Oil’s attempt to lock in dirty fuels of the past, and accelerate the transition to clean energy for tomorrow.”
SACRAMENTO (October 9, 2015) – By the end of the weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown will announce his decision on legislation by Sen. Jerry Hill that sets the strictest limits in the U.S. on the misuse and overuse of antibiotics in meat production. The bill will help protect the efficacy of antibiotics needed for human use. Antibiotics are a cornerstone of modern medicine.
NEW YORK, NY (October 8, 2015) — Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced four actions New York State will take to combat climate change, in a speech delivered alongside former Vice President Al Gore.
CHICAGO – In the wake of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s recommendation that the City of Flint reconnect to the Detroit water system to stem its lead-contamination woes, leaders from the ACLU of Michigan and the Natural Resources Defense Council today urged federal, state, and local governments to take additional steps to not only solve the current problem in Flint but to prevent future crises.
WASHINGTON (October 8, 2015) – America’s reliance on wind, solar and other renewable sources of energy has reached historic levels and is poised to make even greater gains in the near future, according to new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Electricity, coal, and oil consumption are all down.
SACRAMENTO (October 7, 2015) – California Governor Jerry Brown today signed a landmark law cementing California’s climate leadership into the next decade. Senate Bill 350 (de León and Leno) sets the most aggressive combined clean energy targets in the world.
ANN ARBOR, MICH. (October 5, 2015) – In a unanimous 3-0 decision that has ramifications for waters across the country—from Long Island Sound to the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico to San Francisco Bay—the U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit today ruled that the U.S. EPA failed its responsibility under the Clean Water Act to protect U.S. waters from aquatic invasive species introduced by ballast water discharge. Ballast water invaders cost citizens, businesses, industry, and municipalities billions of dollars per year annually due to damages and control costs.
NEW YORK (October 1, 2015)—India formally announced its long-term plan to curb its greenhouse gas emissions today as part of the global effort to limit Earth’s temperature rise to 2°C. At the core of India’s climate commitment is a 33-35% emissions intensity reduction based on 2005 levels—building on its Copenhagen pledge of a 20-25% intensity reduction by 2020.