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Victory for the Grand Canyon

After Environment Arizona helped deliver more than 300,000 public comments, Interior Secretary Salazar put a million miles around Grand Canyon National Park off-limits to new toxic mining claims for 20 years — the maximum allowed by law. Advocate Bret Fanshaw also worked with Rep. Raul Grijalva to organize more than 60 members of Congress to sign a letter to the Obama administration, urging full protection.

News Release | Environment America

Report: U.S. power plants world’s 3rd largest carbon polluters, edging out India

As world leaders prepare to gather here for the United Nations Climate Summit next week, a new study shows that U.S. power plants alone produce more carbon pollution than the entire economies of India, Russia, Japan or any other nation besides China.

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Report | Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center

Lighting the Way

Solar energy is on the rise. Over the course of the last decade, the amount of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the United States has increased more than 120-fold, from 97 megawatts in 2003 to more than 12,000 megawatts at the end of 2013. In the first quarter of 2014, solar energy accounted for 74 percent of all the new electric generation capacity installed in the United States.

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News Release | Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center

New Report Ranks Arizona First in the Nation for Solar

Today, Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center released a new report: Lighting the Way, ranking Arizona first in the nation for solar installed per capita.

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News Release | Environment Arizona

Tempe Sets Sights on Solar with Clean Energy Goal

Thursday night, the Tempe City Council passed a clean energy goal for city government operations of 20 percent by 2025. The goal was put forward by a sustainability working group of the Tempe City Council, which includes Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, Vice Mayor Onnie Shekerjian and Councilmember Shana Ellis.

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News Release | Environment Arizona

Arizona Groups Applaud Plan to Limit Carbon Pollution

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first-ever national protections from dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants. Carbon pollution causes climate disruption and is already costing American communities billions of dollars from flooding, super-storms, wildfires, and extreme heat.

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