News Release | Environment America

Biden to commit to major emissions reductions in sweeping climate announcement

WASHINGTON -- According to reports ahead of a global climate summit in Washington, President Joe Biden will announce Thursday that the United States will reduce global warming emissions 50 percent by 2030 as part of America’s commitments under the newly rejoined Paris climate accords. This nearly doubles the target agreed to in 2015 by the Obama administration. The reductions will hinge on an accelerated transition to carbon-free electricity and the phase out of gas-powered vehicles.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Recovering America’s Wildlife Act a key step in combating extinction crisis

Reps. Jeff Fortenberry, a Republican from Nebraska, and Debbie Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan, introduced the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act on Thursday. The bill earmarks $1.397 billion annually for state fish and wildlife agencies, as well as $97.5 million to tribes, to carry out wildlife conservation efforts such as protecting nesting habitat for the red-cockaded woodpecker.

News Release | Environment America

Report: Pricing carbon key to taking on climate change

BOSTON -- Last month, President Joe Biden released a massive infrastructure spending plan designed to build a cleaner and healthier America. This week, on Earth Day, the president is hosting world leaders for a global climate summit, and is discussing ways in which the U.S. will meet its goals under the Paris climate accords. According to a new report, putting a price on carbon can be key to the success of both. In Carbon Pricing 101: Strategies for putting a price on global warming pollution, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group recommend that the federal government and U.S. states pursue carbon pricing programs, along with other policies, to cut pollution, as the best way to achieve the emissions reductions necessary to stave off the worst of global warming.

News Release | Environment Maryland

Statement: Maryland legislature kicks the can on resetting climate goals down the road

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland legislature wrapped up it’s 2021 session Monday without passing the Climate Solutions Now Act. The bill would have bolstered Maryland’s goals for global warming emissions reductions and create a set of mandates on building efficiency, tree planting and transportation, among other things. After the State Senate passed the bill in March, the House passed a stripped down version in the last week of session, and the two chambers could not reach an agreement during the final day of session.

News Release | Environment Maryland

Statement: Maryland legislature drops ball by failing to pass Plastic Bag Reduction Act

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland legislature wrapped up it’s 2021 session on Monday without passing the Plastic Bag Reduction Act. The bill would have stopped retailers from distributing single-use plastic bags starting in July 2022. The House version of the legislation, HB314, was sponsored by Del. Brooke Lierman and moved through the  Maryland House of Delegates in March. But the act never received a vote in the state Senate. The companion Senate bill, SB223, was sponsored by Sen. Malcolm Augustine. 

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