Cutting Mercury, Protecting Children

The United States Environmental Protection Agency recently took an important step to safeguard the air we breathe and protect our kids from harm by finalizing the nation's first-ever Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for power plant emissions. Before MATS, there were no national standards to limit the amounts of mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gases power plants across the country could release into the air we breathe.  


Tougher fuel standards could save cash

New fuel efficiency standards proposed by the Obama adminstration will help reduce pollution and will save Rhode Islanders some money on gas. The administration proposed tougher new fuel economy standards: cars and trucks would have to get 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.  


'Too dirty to fail'?

Americans must once again stand up for their right to clean air and clean water. In 2011, Republicans in the House averaged roughly a vote every day the chamber was in session to undermine the Environmental Protection Agency and our nation's environmental laws. They have picked up the pace recently and it appears their campaign will continue for the foreseeable future.