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At 54.5 mpg, a big step forward.

In July 2011, President Obama announced plans for nationwide clean car standards that will require new cars and light trucks to meet an average of 54.5 miles per gallon through 2025. The work of Environment Connecticut’s staff, members and allies to adopt clean car standards here in Connecticut as far back as 2004 helped pave the way for this step — the single biggest step our nation has ever taken to end its addiction to oil. Nathan Willcox, our federal global warming program director, had the honor of thanking the president in person.

Report | Environment Connecticut Research & Policy Center

Building a Better America

We can save money and help solve global warming by reducing the amount of energy we use, including in the buildings where we live and work every day. More than 40 percent of our energy — and 10 percent of all the energy used in the world — goes toward powering America’s buildings.  But today’s high-efficiency homes and buildings prove that we have the technology and skills to drastically improve the efficiency of our buildings while simultaneously improving their comfort and affordability.

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News Release | Environment Connecticut

Energy Efficient Buildings Would Reduce Global Warming Pollution, Save Connecticut Families $670 Annually

Connecticut families could save $670 every year on their electricity bills by 2030 if the government invests in the energy efficiency of our buildings today, according to a new report by Environment Connecticut. Saving energy in our buildings would also help Connecticut’s fight against global warming, reducing global warming pollution from buildings by 28 percent—the equivalent of taking 3.9 million cars off the road.

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Report | Environment America

Courting Disaster: How the Supreme Court Has Broken the Clean Water Act and Why Congress Must Fix It

For decades, the Clean Water Act protected the Nation’s surface water bodies from unregulated pollution and rescued them from the crisis status they were in during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Now these vital protections are being lost. This report details the threat to our Nation’s waters by examining dozens of case studies, and highlights the urgent need for Congress to restore full Clean Water Act protections to our waters.

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News Release | Environment Connecticut

President Obama Ramps up Effort to Upgrade Buildings to Save Energy and Reduce Pollution

President Obama, joined by former President Clinton and business leaders, today announced the next steps in the Better Buildings Initiative to unleash private sector investments in energy efficiency improvements for our nation’s buildings.

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Report | Environment Connecticut Research & Policy Center

Too Close To Home: Nuclear Power and the Threat to Drinking Water

According to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1.5 million Connecticut residents drink water from sources within 50 miles of nuclear power plants. 

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