FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 10, 2017 Despite Reversal of Clean Power Plan, State Legislators Stand United to Fight Climate Change State Legislators Are More Committed Than Ever To Push Clean Energy Forward WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, October 10, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule withdrawing the Clean Power Plan. This is […]
Over 550 Legislators Representing 45 States Commit to State Action on the Paris Climate Agreement and Oppose Trump’s Withdrawal
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — June 21, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington State Senator Kevin Ranker, California State Senator Kevin de León, Massachusetts State Senator Michael Barrett, and over 550 state legislators from across the country issued a statement today committed to maintaining U.S. leadership on fighting climate change and adhering to the Paris Climate Agreement. […]
A new study has found that rolling back environmental regulations will have little effect on the coal industry. The research, from Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, analyzed 10 major Obama-era environmental regulations currently under scrutiny–only four of which are in effect–and found that these rules played a minor role in coal’s decline. According […]
State legislators from 44 states are calling for President Trump and Congress to maintain designations of national monuments, following the president’s recent executive order calling for a review of the Antiquities Act. The move could jeopardize national monuments designated by presidents in the past two decades. Three hundred twenty five members of the National Caucus […]
The last week has seen major national and international developments to address wildlife trafficking, and states are positioned to take even stronger action. On September 21, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the END Wildlife Trafficking Act (HR 2494). The bill addresses global poaching and illegal trafficking of elephant ivory by identifying nations that […]
NCEL Founder Leon Billings, a principal drafter of the 1970 Clean Air Act Amendments, filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding the Clean Power Plan. The full brief can be viewed here: http://ncel.net//wp-content/uploads/2016/04/4.1.16-Billings-and-Jorling-Amicus-Brief-for-EPA.pdf
Last week the EPA proposed new rules to reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas sites by preventing leaks and capturing lost gas. Benefits to the environment and human health are estimated up to $550 million, which outweighs the projected cost to industry of $320 to $420 million by 2025. Methane is a greenhouse […]
An exhaustive EPA report issued on June 23, 2015, “Climate Change in the U.S. – Benefits of Global Action,” finds that reducing greenhouse gas emissions could prevent the deaths of thousands of Americans and save hundreds of billions of dollars.
Washington, DC — State environmental leaders from legislatures across the nation have written to Congressional leadership and U.S. Senate and House members urging a “no” vote on Trade Promotion Authority legislation as voted out of committee.