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We helped win the single biggest action our country has ever taken on climate
Under the newly announced Clean Power Plan, gas and coal power plants will pollute 32 percent less and clean energy sources such as wind and solar will meet much more of the nation’s electricity needs. Environment America is proud of the role we’ve played to galvanize public support for this historic plan. With continued commitment from President Obama and state leaders, and strong backing from the American people, this will mark a giant shift toward the 100 percent clean energy reality that the climate crisis demands and future generations deserve.
“Today, the Mississippi and Des Moines Rivers don’t threaten to ignite. But we face a new set of problems. Thanks to two polluter-driven court cases, too many of our waterways are currently unprotected under the clean water act. In fact here in Iowa 62% of our streams may be unprotected from pollution under the Clean Water Act, risking the health of 667 thousand Iowans and hundreds of acres of our wetlands.”
Global warming is happening now and its effects are being felt in the United States and around the world. Among the expected consequences of global warming is an increase in the heaviest rain and snow storms, fueled by increased evaporation and the ability of a warmer atmosphere to hold more moisture.
Eleven months after a heavy rainstorm led to record flooding that devastated Council Bluffs, a new Environment Iowa report confirms that extreme rainstorms are happening 35 percent more frequently in Iowa since 1948.
DES MOINES – Environment groups that studied the federal government’s toxic release inventory issued a report Thursday indicating that industrial facilities discharged – both legally and illegally – more than 6.2 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Iowa’s waterways in 2010.
Industrial facilities dumped over 6.2 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Iowa’s waterways, according to a new report released today by Environment Iowa and coauthored by the Frontier Group. Iowa ranks 15th in the nation for this kind of dumping. The report -- Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act -- also discloses that 226 million pounds of toxic chemicals were discharged into 1,400 waterways across the country.