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The Great American Outdoors Act Passes The Senate, Reinvests In America’s Public Lands

The Great American Outdoors Act Passes The Senate, Reinvests In America’s Public Lands

In a big victory for our public lands, The Great American Outdoors Act (SB 3422) was passed by the U.S. Senate on June 17 with bipartisan support and a vote of 73 yeas to 25 nays. The bill will permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million per year and allocate $9.5 billion over the next five years to address the maintenance backlogs in America’s National Parks, National Forests, and other public lands.

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Protect Solar Energy Rights. Oppose The Attempt to End Net Metering By June 15

Protect Solar Energy Rights. Oppose The Attempt to End Net Metering By June 15

Solar net metering allows solar energy owners to sell excess solar energy produced by their systems back to the grid, making solar much more affordable and accessible than it would be otherwise. But a shady group called the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA) has filed a petition for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to take over regulation of rooftop solar systems from states – a move that would end net metering as we know it, and cut off an important source of financial savings for solar energy owners in the midst of an economic crisis.​ Take action to protect solar energy rights by June 15 here.

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MT Raleigh Report: Politics, Budget Policy and the Pandemic at the North Carolina General Assembly

MT Raleigh Report: Politics, Budget Policy and the Pandemic at the North Carolina General Assembly

The lack of a budget development process at the legislature is a mixed bag for the environment. For starters, it leaves organizations like MountainTrue with no way to engage lawmakers about much-needed investments to protect our natural resources. On the other hand, it avoids – or at least postpones – the steep cuts that the legislature would likely propose for regulatory agencies that protect our air and water if they attempted to draw up a new budget.

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Stand Up, Speak Out Against Asphalt Plant Proposed For East Flat Rock!

Stand Up, Speak Out Against Asphalt Plant Proposed For East Flat Rock!

The big takeaway from the Neighborhood Compatibility Meeting was that there is absolutely no way that this project is appropriate for the location and that the rezoning request should be denied. Thank you to the 115 community members that tuned in, to the over 160 community members that submitted questions in advance, and to more than 50 people that asked questions live during the meeting, none of which we believe were sufficiently answered by the developer.

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Trump Uses Crises to Attack The Environment — Take Action!

Trump Uses Crises to Attack The Environment — Take Action!

Our country is in the midst of two historic crises, the COVID-19 pandemic and a watershed moment in the fight against racist policing and the murder of George Floyd and other people of color. Instead of trying to bring people together, President Trump is exploiting a disease that has already killed more than 100,000 Americans and a moment of national grief to pursue his radical pro-pollution environmental agenda. Take action now and stand up to Donald Trump’s abuse of power.

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#MTRaleigh Report

Get the latest on environmental policy and politics from the capitol with the #MTRaleigh Report.
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