Result

A brighter future for wind and solar.

By tapping the energy of the sun hitting the rooftops of America and the power of the wind blowing off our coasts and across the country, we can meet the energy needs of every household in the nation. New policies we helped win will bring us closer to realizing that potential by making it easier to build wind farms on and offshore, and to put solar panels on our roofs.

Result

At 54.5, a big step forward for clean cars.

On July 29th, 2011, President Obama announced the outline of new clean car standards covering cars and light trucks through 2025. The new standards will require new cars to achieve a fleet average of 54.5 miles per galllon, which will amount to the single biggest step this country has ever taken to end our addiction to oil and tackle global warming. Thousands of our members helped seal the deal by emailing the White House and attending EPA hearings in support of the standards.

Result

The biggest clean water victory in a decade.

Iowa's rivers and streams will soon be cleaner and better protected than they have been in a decade, thanks to new guidelines that we helped win. Over the last decade, Supreme Court decisions left more than 62% of Iowa's streams vulnerable to pollution—the same streams that feed and filter our rivers and drinking water supplies. Along with our allies, we delivered more than 170,000 public comments in support of clean water. And thanks to our efforts, the Obama administration is moving to finalize guidelines that will restore Clean Water Act protections to many of our waterways.

Result

Mercury pollution from power plants cut by 90%.

Iowa's power plants will release 90 percent less mercury pollution into our air and water under new EPA standards we supported—great news for Iowa's families, given mercury's toxic effects on how our kids think, learn and behave. Together with our national coalition, we helped mobilize more than 800,000 people across America to contact the EPA in support of safer emissions standards—no other EPA rule has ever received so much support.

Result

Increased funding for our environment.

In 2010, Iowa voters approved the Environment Iowa-backed constitutional amendment that established a trust fund dedicated to environmental protection and outdoor recreation. This amendment will ensure that our water, wildlife and and open spaces are protected for generations to come.

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