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We banned the bag in 100 communities.

In 2013, more cities and counties stood up to protect Pacific wildlife and passed bans on single-use plastic grocery bags. Now, more than 90 communities in California, from Marin to Los Angeles, are living bag free. Thanks to citizen support, California now has a network of 124 underwater state parks that protect our coast and wildlife.

News Release | Environment California

South Lake Tahoe Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags

South Lake Tahoe—The South Lake Tahoe City Council voted this afternoon to ban single-use plastic shopping bags. Once confirmed, the ban will take effect in grocery stores and farmers markets three months after adoption and will apply to all retail establishments after one year. Pharmacies, restaurants, and non-profits are exempted. Councilmembers Laine, Swanson, and Cole voted for the ordinance. Per standard procedure, the council is expected to finalize the ordinance at a second reading later this month.

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News Release | Environment California

California’s National Parks: Sorry, We’re Closed

Sacramento – With Congress’ failure to reach an agreement on a budget before Tuesday’s midnight deadline, Nathan Weaver, Environment California’s Preservation Advocate released the following statement on the environmental impacts of the government shutdown:

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

New Report: Net Metering Key to Affordability of Solar Power for Homeowners

As California regulators decide the future of net metering, the state’s most successful solar energy policy, Environment California Research & Policy Center released a report today that finds that net energy metering is a vital part of a healthy residential solar energy market.

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Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Will Solar Power Have a Home in California?

California’s clean energy progress is due to forward-looking policies that are helping the state reduce its contribution to global warming, expand its use of local renewable energy sources, increase the reliability of electricity service, and control energy costs. In particular, net energy metering has been instrumental in the growth of California’s rooftop solar market. Net energy metering enables solar panel owners to earn fair compensation for benefits that they provide to other users of the electricity grid.

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News Release | Environment California

No New Dirty Power Plants under EPA Standard

Sacramento, CA – On the heels of the Rim fire, the third largest wildfire in California history and devastating, record-breaking floods in Colorado, the Obama administration proposed a major new rule today to curb the carbon pollution spewing from power plants that fuels global warming. Scientists warn that without major reductions in carbon pollution, extreme weather will become even more frequent and severe.

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