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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
  • Obama Administration’s Fuel Economy Standards Creates Jobs

    On Tuesday, President Obama announced a historic fuel-efficiency program that will save American families $1.7 trillion in gas prices and reduce consumption by 12 billion barrels by 2025. But this announcement wasn’t just about efficiency and cost savings; it is part of the President’s effort to spur investment in innovation and technology to create jobs.

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  • President Obama Announces New Fuel Economy Standards to Save Businesses Billions

    Earlier today, President Obama announced new fuel efficiency standards that will save businesses roughly $50 billion between 2014 and 2018 by lowering fuel costs for commercial vehicles. Starting three years from now, work trucks, buses, and other medium- and heavy-duty vehicles will be required to meet these new standards for efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • Senate Democrats Act to End Tax Breaks for Oil Companies

    With gas prices exceeding $4 per gallon throughout the country, Senate Democrats are fighting to make sure that taxpayers trying to fill their tanks are getting a fairer shake -- instead of also subsidizing the oil companies raking in record profits from the high prices. This week, the Senate is poised to vote on a measure that would eliminate $21 billion in tax breaks over 10 years for major oil and gas companies.

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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.
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