News Release | Environment New York

President Trump Eliminates Protections for Treasured Public Lands

New York, NY – President Donald Trump announced today that he is drastically cutting Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Not only is this decision environmentally irresponsible, it defies public opinion. Ninety-eight percent of the record-breaking 2.8 million public comments to the U.S. Interior Department asked the federal government to maintain or expand protections for these and the 25 other national monuments still under review by the Trump administration.

Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, made the following statement:

News Release | Environment New York

Senate Tax Bill Is a Bonanza for Big Oil and a Disaster for the Pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Today, the U.S. Senate is voting on a tax bill that would open America’s unspoiled Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling and maintains billion in tax breaks for Big Oil while stifling the growing solar energy sector. Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement in response:  

News Release | Environment New York

Bee-Thankful this Thanksgiving

We don’t see many bees flying around New York at the end of November, but we do see the fruits of their labor. Pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, green beans and more of the foods that make Thanksgiving dinner so special are possible through the work of bees. But bees are at risk. So this holiday season, chefs, restaurant owners and environmental advocates are speaking out to protect bees and help stop them from dying off at alarming rates.

“We’re thankful for bees this Thanksgiving,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “Without bees, Thanksgiving dinners around the country would look and taste different. No bees means having to do without many of our favorite holiday foods.”

News Release | Environment America

Just-Passed House Tax Bill would Doom America to a Dirty Energy Future

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed their tax bill that slashes incentives for clean energy sources such as wind and solar and electric vehicles, while maintaining most of the permanent oil incentives and extending nuclear tax breaks. Environment America's DC Office Director Anna Aurilio issued the following statement in response:

News Release | Environment New York

NE carbon transportation announcement

A coalition of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states today announced steps toward limiting dangerous carbon pollution from cars and trucks – the leading contributor to climate change in the region. Over the next year, the states will be gathering input from stakeholders about what an effective policy should accomplish.

The announcement was made at an international conference in Bonn, Germany, where the nations of the world gathered to discuss practical steps needed to implement the Paris Climate Agreement. With the Trump administration’s rejection of the agreement, a coalition of states, cities and businesses – including the states announcing the new transportation initiative today – are carrying the commitment to reduce pollution for the United States as a whole.

Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York issued the following statement in response:

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