News Release | Environment America

Statement: By passing a Congressional Review Act resolution, Senate takes valuable step toward reversing catastrophic methane rule

WASHINGTON -- In a bipartisan vote, the Senate passed a Congressional Review Act resolution on Wednesday undoing a Trump-era rollback of methane emission controls. The resolution was introduced in March by Sens. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Angus King of Maine. Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Susan Collins of Maine joined Democrats in voting for resolution. A similar resolution is pending in the House, introduced by Reps. Diana DeGette of Colorado, Scott Peters of California and Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Biden moves toward allowing states to return to setting stricter vehicle emission standards

WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration announced Monday it would begin to undo the Trump administration’s attempt to block states such as California from setting stronger tailpipe emissions standards than the federal government. Specifically, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted a notice seeking public input for the purposes of rescinding the Trump’s administration's action. This is the first step toward reaffirming California’s clean cars waiver under the Clean Air Act and allowing other states to adopt California’s more stringent greenhouse gas emissions standards and zero emissions vehicle mandates. 

News Release | Environment Texas

House panel backs tougher fines against polluters

AUSTIN - A Texas House committee on Friday advanced legislation that, if passed, could increase penalties and establish new ones for illegal releases of air pollution for the first time in a decade. House Bill 1820 could help the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality hold corporate polluters accountable by increasing the maximum available fine from $25,000 per day to $50,000 per day. The bill also would triple the penalty if a chemical release injures an emergency responder

News Release | Environment Texas

Statement: Rep. Escobar’s bill to create new monument would protect more nature

Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas introduced the Castner Range National Monument Act (H.R. 2752) on Thursday. If it passes, the bill will designate the Castner Range as a national monument. This area is a 7,081-acre former Army artillery facility east of El Paso in the Franklin Mountains.

News Release | Environment America

Biden to commit to major emissions reductions in sweeping climate announcement

WASHINGTON -- According to reports ahead of a global climate summit in Washington, President Joe Biden will announce Thursday that the United States will reduce global warming emissions 50 percent by 2030 as part of America’s commitments under the newly rejoined Paris climate accords. This nearly doubles the target agreed to in 2015 by the Obama administration. The reductions will hinge on an accelerated transition to carbon-free electricity and the phase out of gas-powered vehicles.

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