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In Latest Victory, Court of Appeal Upholds San Francisco Plastic Bag Ban

San Francisco – A unanimous California Court of Appeal upheld San Francisco’s expanded plastic bag ban, marking the latest in a string of victories for local laws phasing out single-use plastic bags. The lawsuit, brought by the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, had disputed the procedures San Francisco used to expand its plastic bag ban in 2012 and the legality of banning plastic bags in restaurants. This is the first appellate court to consider the restaurant issue. Today’s ruling sets the stage for more cities to adopt and strengthen local laws phasing out plastic bags.

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Online Campaign Asks President Obama: What Would Teddy Do?

Sacramento — Today, Environment California launched an online campaign calling on President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to continue President Teddy Roosevelt’s vision of protecting California’s public lands by asking, “what would Teddy do?”

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Breakthroughs Takes on Fracking

Sacramento—This week, Martin Sheen’s Breakthroughs program released an expose on fracking featuring Environment America, the national arm of Environment California, to public television stations across the country.  As the debate over dirty drilling continues to mount, the Breakthroughs piece could reach as many as 60 million viewers in all 50 states.

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Truckee Becomes 89th City to Ban Plastic Bags

Truckee— The Town Council fully enacted a citywide ban on single-use plastic bags in a unanimous consent vote. The ban, initially approved on November 18, had to be confirmed at a second reading to take effect per the city’s standard legislative procedure. Plastic shopping bags will be phased out in Truckee starting June 1, 2014. With Truckee, 89 California cities and counties have banned now plastic bags, only 11 away from 100. One in three Californians live somewhere with a plastic bag ban in effect or coming into effect.

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U.S. House Approves Reckless Fracking Bill

Sacramento, CA.  By a vote of 235-187, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved its latest giveaway to the oil and gas industry: a bill to boost ‘fracking,’ the dirty process of drilling that has contaminated water supplies from Pennsylvania to New Mexico and is making families near drilling sites sick from air pollution. At the same time, members of the Arts and Entertainment community banded together calling on Governor Brown and President Obama to ban fracking.

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