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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.

News Release | Environment Connecticut

Connecticut Legislature's Regulation Review Committee Extends Wind Power Ban

The Connecticut General Assembly's Regulation Review Committee for the fourth time since 2012 blocked CT Siting Council Regulations that would have ended the state's ban on new wind power projects.

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Report | Environment Connecticut Research and Policy Center

Fracking by the Numbers

Over the past decade, the oil and gas industry has fused two technologies—hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling—in a highly polluting effort to unlock oil and gas in underground rock formations across the United States.

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News Release | Environment Connecticut

Connecticut Legislative Committee Blocks Wind Power – Again

Today, the legislature's regulation review committee voted to extend Connecticut's wind power moratorium by blocking regulations governing siting of wind turbines. This same committee has voted to extend the wind power moratorium repeatedly over the past year, blocking renewable energy jobs, and a renewable energy future, for Connecticut.

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News Release | Environment Connecticut

Connecticut Poised To Strengthen Cap on Carbon Pollution

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection held a public hearing today on proposed amendments to the state's regulations implementing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) which caps carbon pollution from power plants. Environment Connecticut testified in support of the proposal and called for strengthening the carbon cap to ensure it requires pollution reductions from power plants of 2.5% per year.

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News Release | Environment Connecticut

Congratulations Gina McCarthy, Our New U.S. EPA Administrator

The U.S. Senate today confirmed Gina McCarthy as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The confirmation came just weeks after President Obama instructed EPA to cut carbon pollution from power plants as part of his plan to fight global warming.

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