News Release | Environment Rhode Island

President Obama Expected to Stand Up to Big Oil on Keystone XL Pipeline

With President Obama and the State Department poised to reject an effort to force administration approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Environment Rhode Island's Channing Jones issues a statement of thanks and support.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

One Million Acres Around the Grand Canyon Protected from Toxic Mining

After more than 2 years of environmental analysis and receiving nearly 300,000 public comments from the American people, environmental and conservation groups, the outdoor recreation industry, mayors, and tribal leaders, Secretary Salazar withdrew more than 1 million acres of land around the canyon from new mining claims for the next twenty years.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

President Obama & EPA Protect Public Health, Announce Landmark Mercury Standard for Power Plants

President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first-ever nationwide standard for mercury and air toxics pollution from power plants. Exposure to mercury and other air toxics is linked to cancer, heart disease, neurological damage, birth defects, asthma attacks, and premature death.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Twenty-Two Rhode Island Businesses and Organizations Sign Letter to Oppose Dirty Water Legislation

Rhode Island small businesses and organizations signed a letter to the state's representatives in Washington, D.C. urging them to champion the protection of Narragansett Bay and other waters in the state and across the country by leading the fight against the unprecedented number of anti-environmental riders in recent House and Senate bills. Many of these amendments have threatened to ease or eliminate longstanding Clean Water Act protections and to undermine the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to enforce environmental regulations.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Cleaner Cars Would Cut Oil Use, Save Rhode Islanders $800 Thousand on Thanksgiving Travel

With roughly 52 thousand Rhode Island families taking to the road to visit family and friends this Thanksgiving, a new Environment Rhode Island report finds that more fuel efficient cars would make significant cuts in oil use and save Rhode Island travelers roughly $800 thousand at the gas pump this Thanksgiving holiday alone. The report comes on the heels of an Obama administration proposal of a 54.5 miles-per-gallon fuel efficiency standard for new cars and light trucks by model year 2025.