News Release | Environment America

Statement: U.S. officially rejoins the international Paris Agreement

WASHINGTON -- The United States officially rejoined the international Paris Agreement on Friday. The act brings America back into a key accord aimed at reducing planet-warming emissions. 

Environment America had called on Biden to prioritize rejoining the Paris Agreement on his first day in office in the "First Things to Fix" report. The report presented 20 actions for the Biden administration to undertake in early days of office to undo the Trump administration’s rollbacks of environmental laws and protections.

News Release | Environment Virginia

Statement: Virginia State Senate passes vital clean cars rule

Key vote takes state one step closer to a clean car future. The Virginia Senate voted Friday to establish advanced clean car standards in the state. The bill, HB 1965, creates a low-emission vehicle (LEV) and zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) program. 

News Release | Environment Virginia

Statement: Virginia General Assembly votes to ban single use foam

Today, the Virginia Senate voted 21 to 16 to pass Del. Betsy Carr’s bill (HB1902) to ban polystyrene foam (what most of us call Styrofoam) cups and take-out containers in Virginia.

News Release | Environment Virginia

Statement: Virginia legislature passes vote to ban intentional balloon releases

 Today, the Virginia Senate voted 22 to 17 to pass Del. Nancy Guy’s bill (HB2159) to ban the intentional release of balloons.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Landmark Arctic National Wildlife Refuge protection bill introduced in Congress

Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Reps. Jared Huffman of California and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania introduced bi-partsian legislation Thursday to permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Arctic Refuge Protection Act featured 75 co-sponsors. If passed, the bicameral bill would grant wilderness designation to the coastal plain of the refuge. Wilderness designation is the strongest protection in the American public lands system, safeguarding areas from development and preserving them as truly wild places.

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