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At 54.5 mpg, a big step forward.

Americans will consume less oil, create less smog and cut our global warming emissions, thanks to Clean Cars rules we helped implement in 14 states. Those state victories paved the way for President Obama to announce new nationwide clean car standards in 2011, which amount to the single biggest step this country has taken to end our addiction to oil and tackle global warming. In this photo, Global Warming Advocate Nathan Willcox thanks President Obama.

News Release | Environment Virginia

Obama Administration Decision on Smog Standards Puts Thousands of Lives at Risk

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Obama administration announced that it will not update critical air quality standards for ozone pollution—commonly known as smog. This decision was made despite a unanimous recommendation by the independent board of air experts and scientists created under the Clean Air Act that the current standard be strengthened to protect public health. Exposure to smog triggers asthma attacks, causes permanent lung damage and can even lead to premature death. In fact, according the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 5,000 asthma-related deaths occur each year in the United States. In Virginia 96,084 adults and 276,155 children suffer from asthma according to the American Lung Association.

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Report | Environment Virginia

Grand Canyon At Risk

Uranium mining—which often requires vast open pits, spreads radioactive dust through the air, and leaks radioactivity and toxic chemicals into the environment—is among the riskiest industrial activities in the world.

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News Release | Environment Virginia

Senators Propose Comprehensive Bill To Get Off Oil

Washington, D.C. - The week before Americans celebrate Independence Day, Senators Jeff Merkley, Tom Carper, Michael Bennett and Tom Udall have introduced the Oil Independence for a Stronger America Act.

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Report | Environment Virginia

Dirty Energy's Assault on our Health: Ozone Pollution

Dirty energy pollutes the air we breathe, threatening our health and our environment. 

When power plants burn coal, oil or gas, they create the ingredients for ground-level ozone pollution, one of the main components of “smog” pollution. Especially on hot summer days, across wide areas of the United States, ozone pollution reaches levels that are unhealthy to breathe, putting our lives at risk. In 2009, U.S. power plants emitted more than 1.9 million tons of ozone-forming nitrogen oxide pollution into the air.

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Report | Environment Virginia

The Best of America Under Threat from Underfunding

America’s national parks are the nation’s most treasured places- where visitors can experience the best of America’s great outdoors, wildlife, history and culture. 

National parks are becoming increasingly popular.  In 2009, overall visitorship was up by 4%, the highest level in nearly a decade.23 Two-thirds of national parks, including parks in nearly every state, saw an increase in visitors in 2009.

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