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Obama Budget Sets Priorities to Continue Progress
WASHINGTON (February 9, 2016) – President Obama today submitted a budget proposal that would double funding for clean energy research, create a $1.65 billion fund for infrastructure projects to lessen the impacts wrought by climate change, impose a $10-per-barrel tax on oil to help develop clean vehicles, public transit and urban planning, and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Obama’s Plan to Increase Transportation Investments also is Good for Climate
WASHINGTON (February 4, 2016) -- President Obama in his budget proposal next week will propose increased  U.S. investments in public transit, high-speed rail and a new generation of energy-efficient cars, trucks and aircraft, to be paid for with a $10-per-barrel fee on oil that would be phased in over five years, the White House announced Thursday.

NRDC, Allies Urge Supreme Court to Deny Industry’s Bid to Block Carbon Pollution Limits
WASHINGTON (February 4, 2016) -- The Natural Resources Defense Council today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to deny a coal industry request to block President Obama's Clean Power Plan, saying the industry’s assertions of irreparable harm have no substance.

NRDC: Flint Hearing Most Notable for Key Absences
NEW YORK (February 3, 2016) – The U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing today to explore the Flint water crisis.

A Fix for Flint: Groups File Federal Lawsuit to Secure Safe Drinking Water in Flint
FLINT, Mich. (January 27, 2016)- A coalition of  local citizens and national groups filed suit today seeking federal court intervention to secure access to safe drinking water for the people of Flint, Michigan.

NRDC: U.S. Supreme Court Decision Great News for Consumers and the Environment
WASHINGTON (January 25, 2016) — The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) authority to design rules and incentives that allow electricity customers to get paid for reducing consumption during periods of high energy demand. The decision keeps the door open for important clean energy resources to compete with traditional fossil plants in regional energy markets and save customers money on their electricity bills.

NRDC Statement on Federal Standard for Methane Pollution on Public Lands
WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 22, 2016) – The federal Bureau of Land Management today released a standard to address methane pollution from oil and gas industry operations on public lands.

NRDC: EPA Action is Good but Flint's “Poisoned Pipes” Need Fixing
CHICAGO (January 21, 2016) – The Environmental Protection Agency just released an emergency Safe Drinking Water Act order to address the ongoing drinking water issues in Flint, Michigan, nearly  four months after the Natural Resources Defense Council, ACLU of Michigan and residents of Flint petitioned the EPA to take similar action. In addition, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced she had accepted the resignation of EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman. 

NRDC: Clean Power Plan Ruling a “Huge Win” for Clean Air and Climate Action
WASHINGTON (January 21, 2016) –The U.S. Court of Appeals today rejected a stay requested by opponents seeking to block implementation of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, which will cut dangerous carbon pollution from America’s power plants. 

Obama Vetoes GOP bid to Kill Clean Water Rule
WASHINGTON (January 20, 2016) — President Obama has acted promptly to veto a measure passed by the Republican-led Congress designed to kill the Clean Water Rule.

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