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Holding the line for clean air

The coal lobby is trying to block the EPA from protecting public health, but we’ve held the line against some of their worst attacks: In March 2011, the U.S. Senate rejected a bill that would have blocked standards for soot, mercury and carbon pollution. In April, the Senate defeated four more bills that would have blocked the EPA from cutting air pollution.

Report | Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center

Shining Cities

Solar power is on the rise across America—increasing 200-fold in the United States since 2002—and major cities are helping to lead this clean energy revolution. Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution shows that cities from every region of the U.S. are driving solar development with strong public policies – reaping important benefits for the environment, public health, and the economy. By building local solar power, cities can keep more of their energy budget at home and create good local jobs.

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News Release | Environment Georgia

EPA Proposes Biggest Step for Clean Water in a Decade

Atlanta, GA- Today, in the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that leave 57% of Georgia’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution and development.

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News Release | Environment Georgia

Georgia Solar Jobs Grew 225% in 2013

Georgia has roughly 2,600 people employed manufacturing and installing pollution-free solar energy, according to a national Solar Jobs Census released today by The Solar Foundation.   According to the analysis, Georgia ranks 16th in nation.

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News Release | Environment Georgia

Congressional Budget Helps Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Restores Parks Funding

Atlanta – This week, U.S. House and Senate appropriators set funding levels for agencies like the National Park Service and finalized a comprehensive budget agreement.

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Report | Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center

Death by 1,000 Cuts

2013 represented the third consecutive year of funding cuts to the National Park Service operating budget, resulting in a 13 percent reduction in today’s dollars over those years. When combined with the March sequester, this represents nearly $350 million in funding cuts for our National Park Service from where it was just three years ago.

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