More than 800,000 of us called on the Environmental Protection Agency to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act. And in May, they answered by finalizing a rule to restore protections to the more than 20 million acres of wetlands, 60% of streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.
Cleaning up our air
By tapping the energy of the sun hitting the rooftops of America and the power of the wind blowing off our coasts and across the country, we can meet the energy needs of every household in the nation. On June 30, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro got us closer to this goal, when he announced that the city-owned utility will retire the polluting Deely power plant by the year 2018 and replace its power with clean energy investments.
Attacks on public health defeated—for now.
The coal lobby and their allies are 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.
Driving the climate change message home
We’ve helped educate thousands of people across the state about the threat global warming poses to our economy and public health, showing virtually all Texans live in counties that experienced federal weather disasters between 2006 and 2011, and that global warming loads the dice for more extreme weather events.
New limits on carbon pollution
In conjunction with our national federation, we helped convince the Environmental Protection Agency to set smart new limits on the amount of smog-forming carbon pollution that new coal-fired power plants can emit — an important victory for the countless adults and children in Texas who suffer from asthma, which is exacerbated by smog.