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We sent plastic bag ban and electric vehicle legislation to Gov. Brown

California lawmakers passed two groundbreaking bills to protect our water, air and beautiful places: a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags and a new program to put a million electric vehicles on California’s roads. Right now, we’re working to make sure Gov. signs both bills.

News Release | Environment California

Pres. Obama to Unveil Plan to Address Climate Change

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, record drought in many states, and wildfires in Colorado, Pres. Obama has announced he will unveil a climate action plan on Tuesday designed to cut the carbon pollution fueling global warming and advance clean energy solutions. Environment California and many other organizations applauded the announcement.  

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News Release | Environment California

Sonoma County, Richmond ban plastic bags

Richmond, CA – Richmond became the first city in Contra Costa County to ban plastic bags. Meanwhile, while the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved participation in a joint plastic bag ban with Sonoma’s incorporated cities.

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News Release | Environment California

Unanimous State Legislature Votes to Expand Yosemite National Park

Sacramento, CA – The California Assembly unanimously passed a resolution in support of expanding Yosemite National Park, joining a unanimous California Senate. The proposal would add nearly 1,600 acres of soaring, conifer-studded hillsides and alpine meadows to Yosemite. The land was originally part of Yosemite, but Congress stripped its protection in a 1906 concession to industrial interests. The state resolution calls on Congress to remove legal barriers to righting this historic wrong.

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News Release | Environment California

Los Angeles Enacts Plastic Bag Ban

“This important step forward for Los Angeles shows once again that we can achieve lasting victories for ocean and environmental health,” said Nathan Weaver with Environment California. “Banning plastic bags is the right choice to protect our rivers, beaches, and the Pacific Ocean. With one in three Californians living somewhere with a plastic bag ban, It’s only a matter of time until California bans plastic bags statewide. I applaud the Los Angeles City Council and Senator Padilla for their leadership on this issue.”

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California Nuclear Plant to Shut: A Case of Unforgiving Nuclear Economics

Environmental groups that had opposed restart were quick to applaud the decision. “Shutting down San Onofre is the right thing to do,” said Michelle Kinman, with Environment California, in a prepared statement. “Shutting down this nuclear plant will best protect public safety and the environment.”

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