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EWG is working toward an energy future in which clean, safe and economical sources such as solar and wind power replace dirty, dangerous and expensive coal and nuclear power. We're also investigating the use and disposal of hazardous chemicals in oil and gas drilling, toxic gasoline additives such as corn ethanol and MTBE, uranium mining on public lands, and the transport of nuclear waste through American cities.  

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A major coal mining company in Indiana has hired former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt to lobby against plans to close several coal-fired power plants in the state.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

When Congress returns, the House will consider the Climate Action Now Act, which would direct the Trump administration to honor America’s commitments to reduce greenhouse gases.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Earlier this month, President Trump made a couple of unsubstantiated statements about wind power.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Here’s the real reason Trump is attacking wind power: It’s going to replace the electricity produced from burning coal. And soon.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

A House committee is expected to approve legislation today to require the Trump administration to produce a plan to meet America’s international commitments to fighting climate change. 

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

President Trump’s proposed budget for 2020 would eliminate the federal tax credit for buyers of electric vehicles. The oil industry is backing the proposal, as well as a bill to impose a “user fee” – that is, a tax – on drivers of electric vehicles and trucks.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The path toward a U.S. electricity grid powered entirely by renewable energy is right in front of us and can be achieved if Congress commits to investing in clean energy production and storage, said Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Advocates for 100 percent renewable energy often compare the effort needed to meet that goal to efforts to put a person on the moon.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Duke Energy, the largest investor-owned electric utility in the U.S., wants to charge customers in South Carolina more for using less energy. Duke is asking state regulators for permission to more than triple the flat monthly charge – what customers pay even before they flip a switch, just for being hooked up to the grid – from about $8 to $28.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

President Trump will seek dramatic cuts in funding for clean energy research and development, according to a report today by Bloomberg News. EWG said it is a scheme that is dead on arrival, because the clean energy revolution has wide support in even the most conservative parts of the nation.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

This week Capitol Hill was abuzz with talk of climate change. Along with the hotly anticipated unveiling of a framework for the Green New Deal, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on the environmental and economic effects of the climate crisis. Both centered on a crucial question: Can the U.S. transition quickly to 100 percent renewable energy sources?

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

The Green New Deal legislation coming before Congress should commit to transitioning the entire U.S. electricity grid to 100 percent renewable energy sources no later than 2035, said Environmental Working Group.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Senate committee with oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency today narrowly approved President Trump’s nominee, Andrew Wheeler, to be the next EPA administrator.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Each January, the Energy Department publishes a forecast of the nation’s energy use from different sources for the coming year and beyond. The 2019 Annual Energy Outlook from the department’s Energy Information Administration makes you wonder if the agency has missed the news of the renewable energy revolution.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Across America, devastating hurricanes, hellish wildfires, deadly heat waves and other disasters have brought the climate change crisis close to home. In response, more than 100 cities, counties and states – including the two largest, California and New York – have committed to use only renewable or zero-emissions sources for electricity by midcentury.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Andrew Wheeler, acting chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, told a Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday that he doesn’t consider climate change “the greatest crisis” facing the nation but rather “a huge issue that has to be addressed globally.”

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Under President Trump and Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, the Environmental Protection Agency has cut back criminal action against polluters to the lowest levels since the Reagan administration, according to an analysis of federal data.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Electric utilities often tout natural gas as a clean fuel – an essential weapon in the fight against global warming. Even if they admit the need to replace fossil fuels with solar and wind power eventually, they insist that natural gas is a bridge to the renewable energy future.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

President Trump today officially nominated Andrew Wheeler, a former top lobbyist for the coal and chemical industries, to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Last year the Trump administration’s Energy Department announced the launch of a media campaign to counter what an official called “misinformation” about nuclear power. We haven’t noticed an upsurge in pro-nuclear news – because there is none to report.

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