News Release | Environment America

Green groups urge Department of Agriculture to review Trump-era forest decisions

A coalition of 39 environmental groups have asked the U.S.Department of Agriculture to reconsider Trump administration Forest Service decisions. The request calls for the department to follow the lead of the Department of the Interior by reviewing all decisions for 60 days in light of the Biden administration's new priorities, including “to improve public health and protect our environment; to ensure access to clean air and water” and “to reduce greenhouse gas emission.”

News Release | Environment America

Statement: General Motors pledges carbon neutrality by 2040

General Motors announced that it plans to minimize carbon emissions from its global products and operations enough by 2040 that it will be carbon neutral. To reach these lofty, yet necessary, goals, GM aspires to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035. 

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Biden administration will make historic commitments to protecting America’s natural heritage

WASHINGTON -- As part of an executive order, President Joe Biden is expected to announce Wednesday a stop on all new drilling in public lands and waters. The president will also set a goal of protecting 30 percent of U.S. lands and oceans by the year 2030.

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. 

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