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WASHINGTON (March 26, 2015) – In response to the Administration’s National Action Plan For Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, which leaked today, Mae Wu, health attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), issued the following statement:
BEIJING (March 26, 2015) – China’s national policies to control coal consumption can lead to greater and better employment opportunities in China’s power sector and related industries, according to a new study released today by the China Coal Cap Project, a joint initiative of academic, governmental and non-profit researchers. The study analyzes the overall employment benefits of establishing a national coal cap policy starting in China’s 13th Five Year Plan, which begins next year.
WASHINGTON (March 25, 2015) – The Republican-led House today passed a 2016 federal budget resolution. David Goldston, director of government affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, made this comment:
WASHINGTON (March 24, 2015) – Congressional Republicans are proposing a bill and an amendment this week that would allow states to opt-out of the Obama Administration's pioneering plan to curb carbon pollution from our power plants. The budget amendment by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and bill by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) strike at the heart of the federal Clean Air Act by letting each state simply walk away from such national clean air requirements, giving big polluters free rein to foul the air.
WASHINGTON (March 24, 2015) – The Natural Resources Defense Council has launched a six-figure multi-state ad campaign taking to task two key senators for votes backing a big polluter agenda while praising three of their colleagues for voting to back health and clean energy and action on climate change.
WASHINGTON (March 19, 2015) -- President Obama today signed an executive order that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by the federal government by 40 percent from 2008 levels over the next 10 years.
CHICAGO (March 17, 2015) - Dwindling populations of monarch butterflies would get a boost from new legislation for a special Illinois state license plate featuring the state insect. Revenue from the sale of the monarch butterfly license plates would be used to expand acreage planted with milkweed, the plant monarchs need to survive. Senate Bill 1742 and House Bill 3465 will create a “Roadside Monarch Habitat Fund” for roadside monarch and other pollinator habitat development, enhancement, and restoration projects in Illinois.
WASHINGTON (March 17, 2015) – Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is holding a press conference today to discuss a bill she has introduced with Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) to reform the nation’s chemical safety law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. The Boxer-Markey bill is a counter to a bill released earlier by Sens. David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-NM).
CHICAGO (March 13, 2015) – In a highly-anticipated address, Governor Rick Snyder today laid out his vision for securing Michigan’s energy needs through a mix of renewables and energy savings, while dramatically reducing the state’s reliance on coal by 2015. The Governor’s plan would increase the percentage renewable energy to as much as 24 percent, but would not increase the renewables mandate beyond the 10 percent required under a 2008 law.