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WASHINGTON (February 9, 2016) -- The Supreme Court today blocked implementation of President Obama's Clean Power Plan, pending litigation in the lower courts over a challenge by the coal industry.
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.
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.
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.
NEW YORK (February 3, 2016) – The U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing today to explore the Flint water crisis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.