News Release | Environment Virginia

Environment Virginia laments feds’ decision to repeal Clean Car Standards

Today, the Trump administration announced new vehicle emission guidelines which roll back the existing Clean Car Standards. This regressive move will get rid of our nation’s best climate change mitigation program, which is cutting future carbon emissions more effectively than any other current federal policy.

News Release | Environment Virginia

Virginians Show Robust Support for Strong Climate Action

Two crucial developments bode well for Virginia’s efforts to thwart global warming. Last night, the Commonwealth wrapped up its 90-day public comment period on a recently proposed climate rule. Environment Virginia delivered hundreds of public comments from its members and supporters, urging the Department of Environmental Quality to adopt the strongest possible plan to cut carbon pollution.

News Release | Environment Virginia

EPA heads in the wrong direction on clean car standards

This week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to announce a move to significantly weaken America’s clean car standards. Elly Boehmer, Environment Virginia Campaign Organizer, issued the following statement in response:

News Release | Environment Virginia

Virginia Could Gain Billions For Clean Energy By Joining Bipartisan Regional Climate Program

Today, Environment Virginia showcased its new report outlining the benefits that Virginia could reap by joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the nation’s most effective regional climate and clean energy program. The report, Cooler Together: The Benefits of Cooperative Action Against Global Warming in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Beyond, concludes that Virginia could gain as much as $2.8 billion in revenue if it formally joins the region’s cooperative climate action program -- and more than $2 billion of that revenue could be used to help Virginia homeowners and businesses finance clean energy and energy efficiency projects by 2030.

News Release | Environment Virginia

Tax Bill Threatens America’s Environment

Today, the House of Representatives is voting on a tax bill that would open America’s unspoiled Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling and maintain billions in tax breaks for fossil fuel producers.

News Release | Environment Virginia

Trump’s Budget Delivers More Pollution, Not More Power, to States Including Virginia; $245,341,000 Eliminated for Grants to State/Local Agencies

Based on a briefing by the Trump Administration, President Trump’s proposed FY’18 budget would cut important environmental and health programs. Below is a statement from Madeline Page, Environment Virginia Outreach Director, on the president’s FY’18 budget proposal.

Report | Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center

Our Health at Risk

Despite decades of progress under the Clean Air Act, Americans across the country continue to breathe unhealthy air, leading to increased risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

News Release | Environment Virginia Research and Policy Center

Richmond's health at risk with 56 dirty air days in 2015

Air pollution remains a major threat to our health, according to a new report from Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center, Our Health at Risk: Why Are Millions of Americans Still Breathing Unhealthy Air? In 2015, people here in Richmond experienced 56 unhealthy air pollution days, increasing the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts. The DC, Arlington, and Alexandria metro area had an alarming 99 such days.

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Sheer Reckless Folly

Today, President Trump signed an executive order rolling back climate progress. The executive order instructs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to rewrite the Clean Power Plan, the single largest step the U.S. has taken to limit climate change.

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