Solar power grew at a record-breaking pace in 2016. The United States now has 42 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy capacity, enough to power 8.3 million homes and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 52.3 million metric tons annually.1 Hundreds of thousands of Americans, especially in our cities, have invested in their own solar panels or solar projects in their communities and millions more are ready to join them.
Lead is highly toxic and especially damaging to children -- impairing their learning and development, lowering their intelligence and altering their behavior. Right now, regulations are too weak to protect our children from lead-laden water at school, testing is too haphazard and non-transparent, and remediation is left to chance. Because lead is so toxic, the most health-protective policy is to remove lead from our schools and pre-schools. States, including New Jersey, have been lagging in their response, and lead in our drinking water -- and in our childrens' blood -- should be treated like the crisis it is.
With clean water protections under attack in the courts, 79 local officials from across the country joined Environment America Research & Policy Center in amicus briefs supporting the Clean Water Rule.
America and the world must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases immediately and dramatically if we are to prevent the worst impacts of global warming. If the world is to meet the promises of the Paris Climate Agreement, and limit global warming no more than 2 degrees Celsius, the United States will have to virtually eliminate carbon pollution by mid-century. Our transportation system has emerged as Climate Enemy #1, with cars, trucks and other vehicles now representing the nation’s largest source of carbon pollution. We must reimagine our transportation policies and empower cities and state to implement effective solutions.