News Release | Environment Maryland

Statement: Plastic Bag Reduction Act passes Maryland House

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland House of Delegates voted to pass the Plastic Bag Reduction Act on Wednesday. The bill stops retailers from distributing single-use plastic bags starting in July 2022. HB314 is sponsored by Del. Brooke Lierman and it’s aligned with a companion Senate bill, SB223, from Sen. Malcolm Augustine. Now, the Senate will consider the bill.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Michael Regan’s confirmation as EPA secretary is the right decision for key agency

WASHINGTON -- The Senate confirmed Michael Regan as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday. With his strong environmental protection background as the leader of North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality, Regan is expected to place the agency’s focus back squarely on its mission: to protect the environment and public health. This will include safeguarding the nation’s waterways and air quality, as well as pushing forward with bold action to address climate change.

News Release | Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center

Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center launches campaign to get Walmart to go big on solar

Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center announced Tuesday that it has joined a new national campaign calling on Walmart to publicly commit to installing solar panels on the roofs of nearly all of its more than 5,000 locations across America -- and over the parking lots that surround them -- by 2035.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Bold climate bill aims for zero carbon emissions by midcentury

WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee released the new CLEAN Future Act on Tuesday. This comes after a year of input from stakeholders nationwide, following the release of a version of this bill in 2020. The legislation lays out a path for the United States to reach economy-wide emissions reduction targets that would allow the country to hit net zero emissions by 2050. This new legislation also sets an interim goal for the country to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 50 percent below 2005 levels by no later than 2030. These science-based targets aim to keep global warming below 1.5 additional degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) in order to avert the worst impacts of climate change.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: U.S. officially rejoins the international Paris Agreement

WASHINGTON -- The United States officially rejoined the international Paris Agreement on Friday. The act brings America back into a key accord aimed at reducing planet-warming emissions. 

Environment America had called on Biden to prioritize rejoining the Paris Agreement on his first day in office in the "First Things to Fix" report. The report presented 20 actions for the Biden administration to undertake in early days of office to undo the Trump administration’s rollbacks of environmental laws and protections.

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