In conjunction with our national federation, we helped convince the Environmental Protection Agency to set smart new limits on the amount of smog-forming carbon pollution that new coal-fired power plants can emit. It's an important victory for our air quality and for the thousands of Washingtonians who suffer from asthma, which is exacerbated by smog.
We debunked a chemical industry myth
The petrochemical industy, which profits from making plastic bags, often claims that its unnecessary to ban the bags when we can recycle them instead. Our report, “A solution not in the bag,” showed the fallacy of this argument, noting that plastic bags are notoriously difficult to recycle and than 70 percent of Washington recycling companies want plastic bags out of the waste stream.
Report drew leaders' attention to plastic pollution.
Our report, “Keeping Plastic Out of Puget Sound,” detailed the damage caused by plastic pollution and noted that local and national governments worldwide are taking action to ban the bags. We had the lead quote in a front page Seattle Times article on this issue, grabbing the attention of city and state leaders. We need your help to turn a statewide bag ban from great idea into reality.
More than 800,000 of us called on the Environmental Protection Agency to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act. And in May, they answered by finalizing a rule to restore protections to the more than 20 million acres of wetlands, 60% of streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.
At 54.5 mpg, a big step forward for clean cars.
On July 29th, President Obama announced the outline of new clean car standards covering cars and light trucks through 2025, which will amount to the single biggest step this country has ever taken to end our addiction to oil and tackle global warming.