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GOVERNOR SIGNS OUR PLASTIC BAG BILL

California is the first state to ban single-use plastic bags. When this law goes into effect in July 2015, we’ll take billions of plastic bags out of our environment. That means cleaner rivers and a safer future for sea turtles and other ocean wildlife.

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Gov. Jerry Brown signs bills to boost purchases of electric cars

"California has more electric vehicles on its roads than anywhere else, helping us fight pollution in our state and this legislation will further that effort," Jim Evans, a spokesman for Brown, said Sunday.

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News Release | Environment California

New California Law Speeds Transition to Electric Vehicles

As world leaders prepare to gather in New York for the UN Climate Summit, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. upped the stakes today in his state’s drive for a clean economy, putting his signature on a new initiative that will put clean cars within reach for hundreds of thousands of buyers and one million electric vehicles on the state’s roads in ten years.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

California leads on cutting carbon: Now Nation stands to follow

Oakland, CA- As international leaders prepare for the United Nations Climate Summit next week in New York, a new study shows that if the United States’ fleet of coal- and gas-burning power plants were a country, it would be the 3rd-largest carbon polluter globally, behind the US as a whole and China. Environmental advocates and Oakland City Councilmembers Dan Kalb, Libby Schaaf, and Rebecca Kaplan pointed to the data to support proposed limits on carbon pollution from power plants nationwide.

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News Release | Environment America

Report: U.S. power plants world’s 3rd largest carbon polluters, edging out India

As world leaders prepare to gather here for the United Nations Climate Summit next week, a new study shows that U.S. power plants alone produce more carbon pollution than the entire economies of India, Russia, Japan or any other nation besides China.

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News Release | Environment California

Congress to block protections for two thirds of California’s streams

Two thirds of streams across California could remain vulnerable to development and pollution under a bill expected to win approval today by the U.S. House of Representatives. The waters affected flow into the San Francisco Bay and provide drinking water for over 7.3 million Californians.

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