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From protecting endangered species to restoring our ecosystems and investing in clean-energy solutions, the Obama administration and Democrats are committed to working to address our biggest environmental challenges.

Under the Obama administration, the Department of Transportation issued new fuel-economy standards, the first mandated increases in fuel economy for cars in decades. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken the first steps toward regulating carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. For the first time, the U.S. will catalogue greenhouse gas emissions from large emission sources-—an important initial step toward measurable and transparent reductions.

Recent Updates
  • Romney and the Koch brothers: Fighting for big oil

    As president, Barack Obama is working to decrease our dependence on foreign oil and increase renewable energy; last year, our reliance on foreign oil was at its lowest point in 16 years. And at a time when big oil companies are raking in record profits, the President is fighting to end the $4 billion in unnecessary taxpayer subsidies.

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  • Mitt Romney's web of influence

    Romney's Washington "policy meeting" today is a glimpse into the major web of influence in Romney's world: As millions of dollars flow into Romney's campaign fund from special-interest heavy hitters like these, Romney is taking positions that will directly benefit their industries.

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  • Tu Bishvat

    Tu Bishvat, the Jewish new year of trees, celebrates nature. But it also reminds us that we have a responsibility to be wise stewards of the planet.

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  • The President's decision on the Keystone XL pipeline

    In a statement, the President made it clear that the decision to deny an application for the Keystone XL pipeline was made to protect the health and safety of the American people—and protect our environment—in the face of a ''rushed and arbitrary'' deadline put forth by congressional Republicans.

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Recent Action
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing energy efficiency
President Obama signed an Executive Order directing the federal government to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2020, become more energy efficient, and decrease petroleum consumption.
Protecting public lands and natural habitats
Democrats passed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act, a sweeping conservation measure that will protect and preserve America’s forests, rivers, oceans, national parks, monuments, and public lands for future generations.
Milestones