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New England's Ocean Treasures - Fact Sheet (PDF)

Fact Sheet
Two of the nation’s most spectacular ocean areas lie off New England shores: Cashes Ledge and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts. The two areas serve as vital refuges for a stunning diversity of ocean wildlife and habitats, including...

H.R. 2898: Summary of Key Environmental Threats - Fact Sheet (PDF)

Fact Sheet
On June 25, 2015, California's Representative Valadao introduced H.R. 2898. This controversial bill would undermine critical protections for our environment and other water users rather than provide actual “drought relief.” Further, this legislation would be a permanent change in law—it...

Proposed Tar Sands Transport Routes - Map (PDF)

Issue paper
Tar sands oil is one of the most carbon-intensive fuels in the world, and its production is especially destructive to the local environment in Northern Alberta, Canada. In 2015, President Obama rejected TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which...

The Road Ahead - Fact Sheet (PDF)

Fact Sheet
This fact sheet looks at the potential for saving oil and cutting global warming pollution by raising fuel efficiency standards for both passenger vehicles and heavy-duty trucks. It is intended to provide an overview of the opportunities facing the Obama...

Delivering the Goods - Fact Sheet (PDF)

Fact Sheet
This fact sheet looks specifically at the benefits of raising fuel efficiency and carbon pollution standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks. It includes potential oil savings and greenhouse gas reductions, information on potential job creation, and technical potential. The fact...

Re-Envisioning the Chicago River - Fact Sheet (PDF)

Fact Sheet
In response to a public health emergency more than 100 years ago, engineers reversed the Chicago River and built the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal to carry wastewater away from Lake Michigan, the city’s source of drinking water. The canal...