AMC responds to the Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan An environmental policy designed to greatly reduce carbon emissions in the US is now on the chopping block. Finalized in 2015, the Clean Power Plan created targets for each state in the country to work towards for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from their power plants….

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BOSTON, Mass.– The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) applauded nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic governors Aug. 23 for setting ambitious air pollution reduction goals in a plan to extend the successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  This regional action to address climate change is refreshing news in the face of eroding national protections for public health and…

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Aug. 2 withdrew its decision to delay the 2015 ozone standards amid legal challenges from environmental and public health groups and 16 states.  The move indicates there was no basis for the delay, according to Georgia Murray, staff scientist with the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). AMC was among the…

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AMC is calling on Governors in 9 Northeastern states to set the strongest emission reduction targets possible as they decide on key provisions in an update to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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AMC strongly disagrees with President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, retreating from our world leadership in addressing greenhouse gas contributions to human-caused global climate disruptions. The climate is changing across the AMC region with warmer temperatures, more intense rainfall, and shorter snow seasons. AMC maintains a robust scientific…

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking for public input on what environmental rules should be changed or scrapped. Yes, you read that correctly … the EPA is asking the public to weigh in on how the agency could roll back climate and clean air policies, public health safeguards, the Clean Power Plan,…

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President Trump issued an Executive Order on Tuesday that sets the stage to reverse the progress our country has made in addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution from fossil fuels, the main ingredient of human-caused climate change.  The AMC has been working to address climate change through federal and regional policies for decades, and we view…

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With his nomination of Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency, President-elect Trump has confirmed some of our worst fears. The EPA’s mission is to protect human health and the environment—work that is critical to hiker health and to the mountains, rivers, and forests central to AMC’s mission.  Scott Pruitt’s track record as a…

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There may be lots of changes coming our way when it comes to national clean air and climate policies. On the campaign trail president-elect Trump indicated he will take the U.S. out of the Paris Climate agreement and even repeal the Clean Power Plan that is slated to reduce our nation’s power plant greenhouse gas…

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There is no doubt the air is getting cleaner in the Appalachian Mountains.  This progress was highlighted by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on a visit to Shenandoah National Park earlier this fall.  The good news is that over the last few decades, from the Smokies to the…

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