News Release | Environment California

Statement: President Biden to make important strides in climate action

WASHINGTON -- President Joseph Biden released a far-reaching plan Wednesday that outlined the actions his administration will take to tackle climate change both domestically and internationally. With the scientific target squarely in focus -- reaching net zero emissions by 2050 in order to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius -- the new administration laid out elements of a roadmap for the nation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in sectors across society, from agriculture to manufacturing.

News Release | Environment California Research and Policy Center

Statement: California building code not going electric fast enough.

Sacramento, CA-- Today the California Energy Commission held a workshop about the proposed updates to the building code for low-rise residential buildings. 

The commission is proposing to transition to a partial electric heating standard in buildings in 2022 and head toward all-electric heating in buildings in 2025. Although this is the right direction, the proposal moves too slowly, still allowing building new homes with fossil fuel powered heating and cooling systems for years to come. Given the speed of climate change and urgency for action to transition away from fossil fuel dependence in the newly built environment of the next decade, we need bolder leadership from California. 

News Release | Environment California

Statement: President Biden announces plans to set the U.S. on course toward a greener, healthier future

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden has wasted no time in following through on several campaign promises related to protecting the environment and addressing climate change.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: President Biden expected to cancel Keystone XL pipeline permit

President Joe Biden is expected to cancel the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline upon taking office, according to media reports. This order would override President Donald Trump’s attempts to speed up developmentof the pipeline, and it would put an end to construction efforts on the project. If completed, the pipeline would have disrupted sensitive ecosystems. Tar sands are one of the dirtiest polluting sources of oil on the planet. A spill in North Dakota in 2019 spread 400,000-gallons of tar sands oil onto a wetland. 

News Release | Environment California

Statement: Introduction of Roadless Area Conservation Act in Congress is a key step to safeguarding America’s wild spaces

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington and Reps. Ruben Gallego of Arizona and Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado introduced the Roadless Area Conservation Act of 2021 Tuesday with 15 Senate cosponsors and 60 House co-sponsors including Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Jared Huffman. This new act would reinforce the 2001 Roadless Rule, which was enacted as a federal regulation by the Clinton administration 20 years ago today. Specifically, this bill would protect almost 60 million acres of roadless areas from road building, road reconstruction and logging. America’s roadless areas are essential for safeguarding countless species’ habitats, drinking water for millions of Americans and recreation opportunities for hikers, fishers and climbers.

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