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Obama Seeks Wilderness Designation for Coastal Plain of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
WASHINGTON (January 25, 2015) -- President Obama today recommended to Congress that it designate the coastal plain of the iconic Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska as a wilderness. The following is a statement by Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

New Bipartisan Poll: Americans Embrace Climate Action, Clean Energy & Health Protections
WASHINGTON (January 22, 2015) – With President Obama and the new GOP-controlled Congress facing showdowns over climate change, and health and environmental safeguards, new public opinion research shows that a strong majority of Americans in five key states support existing protections and many -- including many Republicans -- favor tougher environmental enforcement.

GOP Admits Climate Change is Real, Where’s Their Plan?
WASHINGTON (January 21, 2015) – The Senate today considered several amendments to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline bill addressing the question of whether climate change is occurring.

President Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Combat Dangerous Climate Change
WASHINGTON (January 20, 2015) – The following is a statement by Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, on President Obama’s State-of-the-Union address to Congress tonight.

President is Right to Focus on Infrastructure Jobs, Not Keystone XL Pipeline
WASHINGTON (January 20, 2015) – The following is a statement from Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, in response to President Obama’s State-of-the-Union address tonight:

Scientific Review Supports New Clean Water Protections
WASHINGTON (January 15, 2015)— A new scientific report showing that small streams and wetlands can affect downstream water quality and help supply drinking water to millions of Americans is further evidence that these water bodies need protection from pollution, the Natural Resources Defense Council said today. The long-awaited study released today by the Environmental Protection Agency provides the scientific underpinning for the proposed Clean Water Protection Rule due to be finalized by the agency this spring.

NRDC Statement on White House Methane Announcement
WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 14, 2015)—The White House today announced a new goal of cutting dangerous methane pollution from the oil and gas industry 40-45 percent by 2025, along with plans to reduce these emissions from some sectors of the industry.

Congressional Republicans Aiming to Undermine Health, Safety and Environmental Safeguards for the American People
WASHINGTON (January 13, 2015) – The Republican House is voting on a bill today that would make it difficult, if not impossible, to put in place new regulations to protect the public. The Regulatory Accountability Act represents the latest example of the chamber's brazen effort to do the bidding of Big Polluters and undermine clean air, drinking water and public health.

Supreme Court Allows Scientifically Sound Protections for California’s Bay-Delta Estuary to Stand
WASHINGTON (January 12, 2015) – The Supreme Court today let stand a federal plan to protect California’s vital Delta ecosystem. The Court refused to hear an appeal brought by agribusinesses trying to undermine protections for the Delta smelt under the Endangered Species Act.
Specifically, the businesses were trying to overturn a federal appeals court decision that had upheld the protections (known as a biological opinion or “biop”) – which limit pumping during certain times of the year to protect this imperiled native fish. The protections are crucial to help maintain the health of California’s Bay-Delta estuary and the thousands of fishing and farming jobs that depend on its health. 

NRDC Statement on Gov. Brown's Budget Proposal: Prioritizing Climate Change Solutions

SACRAMENTO (January 9, 2014) – Governor Brown’s proposed budget released today demonstrates his ongoing commitment to continuing California’s leadership in combating climate change.

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