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Last week President Trump signed a historic bipartisan bill to protect the environment. With the stroke of a pen the Natural Resources Management Act has been passed! The bill passed in the Senate, 92-8, and then in the House, 363-62, before landing on the President's desk. This bipartisan action permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

LD 797 requies that by January 1, 2050 the State must reduce net annual greenhouse gas emissions to at least 80% below the 1990 net annual greenhouse gas emissions level. It directs the Department of Environmental Protection to establish interim net annual emissions levels and to monitor and report on gross and net annual greenhouse gas emissions. It also directs the department to update the State's climate action plan and evaluate the State's progress toward meeting the reduction levels.

The debate over whether and when Americans will drive cars that pollute far less, or not at all, has intensified.

We're backing legislation to restore protections to the heart of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

At the urging of lawmakers and our national network, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took a small step toward cleaning up our drinking water.

More than 10,000 Americans said "no" to plastic straws in February.

The North Woods, North America’s largest temperate forest, is once again at risk.

The Trump administration aims to roll back critical protections for America’s waterways. Doing so would put Maine’s iconic lakes and rivers at risk. The Clean Water Rule of 2015 defined the federal protection of streams and wetlands that are vital to traditional navigable waters, and now those waterways may lose their federal protection.

On February 20th, a group of 45 city and state decision makers and clean energy advocates joined us for our webinar, “What a Solar Homes Policy Could do for Your Community.” Environment America’s Go Solar Campaign Director Bret Fanshaw summarized the findings of our recent report, Solar Homes: The Next Step for Clean Energy. Representatives from the California Solar and Storage Association and the City of South Miami, Florida, then spoke to their communities’ successes in making solar the default on new construction through statewide and municipal Solar Homes policies, respectively.