Later this month Administrator Lisa Jackson will retire as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. During her term, the EPA took several important steps to encourage coal companies to do more to protect the water in Appalachia from destructive coal mining practices. Unfortunately it was not enough: a key guidance that EPA issued to protect Appalachian streams and communities is not legally binding.
Half-measures like these are unacceptable when the health of entire communities are on the line.
Mining companies and state agencies — who have made it clear that they will do everything they can to avoid these kinds of recommendations — need to be held accountable. We need real protections. The EPA must issue legally binding water quality standards for conductivity under the Clean Water Act to to protect streams and communities in Appalachia from mountaintop removal mining pollution.
Sign this petition to tell the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to issue strong rules for federal fracking leases on public lands.
Signing this petition sends an email to Mike Pool, acting director of the BLM, and the Department of Interior. The BLM’s draft rule on fracking is a start and long overdue, but as long as fracking is occurring on public, Indian or split estate lands, the oil and gas industry should be held to the highest standards. The BLM’s rules should be a model for the nation that protects communities and the environment.
This petition unites the voices of Americans who demand our leaders take seriously the threats posed by fracking by establishing rules that protect our communities, water, air, wildlife and biodiversity.
More than two years after the disastrous Gulf oil spill, BP still has not paid a single penny in Clean Water Act fines.
Instead, BP is using litigation to stall this process and abandon its obligations to clean up the Gulf.
While we wait, people in the gulf are breathing in toxic chemicals from the spill, and it's showing up in their blood.
TAKE ACTION: Tell BP to stop stalling, take responsibility, and pay the maximum Clean Water Act fines for which they are liable — now.
Today, national organizations Earthjustice and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council(IREC) commended the Hawaiian Electric (HECO) utilities’ path-breaking plans to enable more rooftop solar systems to connect to the grid. The utilities and clean energy stakeholders laid out a new and innovative “Proactive Approach” to planning for rooftop solar growth as part of a multi-party working group convened by the Hawaiʻi Public Utilities Commission (PUC), which just concluded its deliberations last week.
HECO will take the initiative to determine how continued growth in rooftop solar may affect the utility circuits, and how the grid needs to be upgraded to enable further expansion. This should ease the way for Hawaiʻi homes and businesses to install more rooftop solar. It also offers a model for other utilities across the country to follow as the levels of renewable energy increase on their grids.
“This proactive approach to distributed solar is the next evolutionary step toward transforming the grid to enable homes and businesses to produce their own clean power,” said Earthjustice attorney Isaac Moriwake, who represented the Hawaiʻi Solar Energy Association in working with HECO, Hawaiʻi PV Coalition, IREC and others to develop the recommendation. “This wave is already happening, and it’s in the utilities’ best interests proactively to move into the future.”
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Sign this petition to tell Congress to expedite renewable energy. We can transition to a cleaner, renewable energy future, but Congress needs to pass the legislation to get us there.
Signing this petition sends an email to U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), chair of the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and the House Energy & Commerce Committee.
This petition unites the voices of Americans who demand our leaders take seriously the energy and climate crisis and immediately work to implement the policies to move our country toward a sustainable future.
Sign this petition to tell the Obama administration to enact an immediate national moratorium on high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and independent scientific studies are completed on the impacts of fracking to the environment, climate and human health.
Signing this petition automatically sends an email calling for a moratorium on fracking to the U.S. EPA, Department of Energy and Bureau of Land Management.
This petition unites the voices of Americans who demand a moratorium on fracking until the risks to water and air quality, climate and human health can be be thoroughly evaluated, successfully mitigated or eliminated, or until it is determined that HVHF technology cannot be performed without unacceptable risk and is banned.
Right now, President Obama is considering who will step into Lisa Jackson's shoes as head of EPA. This choice is a big one, as the quality of leadership at EPA very much matters to all of us who want a healthier future.
We’re sending a letter to Mr. Obama urging him to keep in mind how important this position is, and outlining the qualities we’d like to see in the next person at the EPA helm.
EPA’s next leader will make decisions directly affecting the health and well-being of families across the country. From tackling pesticides in our air, water and food to what we do about today’s energy and climate change challenges, the President’s choice will matter. Hugely. Please sign on today.
Make strong EPA leadership a top priority
Clean Energy Continues to Grow
“Wind is the fastest growing source of not just clean power, but any power,” said Bruce Nilles, Deputy Conservation Director for the Sierra Club. “The clean energy future that we kept hearing about is here now, and it is putting Americans to work across the country every single day.”
I love Dan Nocera's assessment of the "energy crisis". Better still, I love this scientist's solution !
Email Your Senator Today!
The stimulus package passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is now in the Senate. You know how this deal works: Each of the two houses of Congress works on its own version of the bill, then they have to get together and work out the differences before it gets sent to President Obama.
I need you to contact your U.S. Senators and ask them to support the Pickens Plan components of the stimulus package. Click here to send them an email today.
Reports from the Senate indicate that getting our items into the bill will be an uphill battle – but it is still possible. We hope these will take the form of incentives such as tax credits or grants.
The House bill contained a lot of the items we have been pushing for in the Pickens Plan on the wind side of the plan. I need your help in telling your U.S. Senators to leave those in, but we need more attention on moving our national heavy truck fleet from imported diesel to domestic natural gas.
We want the Senate to allow trucking companies – large and small truckers who operate 18-wheelers – to get a tax break for buying trucks that run on natural gas.
If we can get just 350,000 of the 6.5 million 18-wheelers running on natural gas, we can cut our foreign oil dependence by over five percent!
Remember, in December – even with the economy coming to a halt – we still imported almost 380 million barrels of oil. About a quarter of that oil is used for diesel fuel to run 18-wheelers.
That will not only cut down on foreign oil, but it will add jobs as the heavy truck manufacturers hire (or retain) workers to build the new natural gas engines.
I need you to contact your U.S. Senators to tell them to support the Pickens Plan. Click here to send an email today.
The Australian Government will soon announce its greenhouse gas pollution reduction target for 2020. This critical decision will influence upcoming global climate change negotiations so you're voice needs to be heard.
The world's leading climate scientists believe that we must reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 25%-40% below 1990 levels if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
Australia has the skills, resources and technology to significantly reduce emissions over the next 10 years. As a wealthy developed country, with ample sources of low emission energy such as geothermal, solar and wind, Australia should be willing to reduce its greenhouse gas pollution by at least 25% below 1990 levels by 2020.