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Slideshow: Your Victories

  • <b>Toxic Chemicals:</b> Flame retardant standards, largely determined by an obscure California regulation, no longer require high levels of useless and toxic flame retardants in furniture. Thousands of Californians supported this change in a public comment period. <i>Photo by U.S. Fire Administration / FEMA.</i>
  • <b>Clean Energy:</b> A bill to double the renewable energy standard for rural utilities was passed by the Colorado legislature, but companies dependent on fossil fuels started a ferocious campaign to veto. The governor was ultimately swayed by the thousands of citizens who spoke out in favor of clean energy. <i>Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL
  • <b>Western Arctic:</b> Responding to the first comprehensive plan for the National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska, the largest single unit of public land in the U.S., Earthjustice supporters joined a national campaign to preserve the most ecologically-important areas from mineral development—and won! <i>Photo by Florian Schulz/visionsofthewild.com</i>
  • <b>Methyl Iodide:</b> Farm workers and food safety advocates rejoiced when the maker of a harmful pesticide pulled its product, methyl iodide, from the United States, bowing to pressure from Earthjustice activists and attorneys. Methyl iodide is commonly applied to strawberry fields and has been found to cause cancer. <i>Photo by Crisma/iStock.</i>
  • <b>Soot Pollution:</b> Compelled by Earthjustice legal action and more than 75,000 letters and comments from Earthjustice activists, the EPA announced an improved soot pollution standard on Dec. 14, 2012. The new rule will save thousands of lives every year. <i>Photo by Chris Jordan-Bloch.</i>
  • <b>Energy Efficiency:</b> Shopping online for an efficient appliance can be difficult, which is why Earthjustice and nearly 10,000 supporters petitioned the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for a change. The FTC agreed to update its Energy Labeling Rule and improve public disclosure of energy usage. <i>Photo by Max Bolotnikov/iStock.</i>
  • <b>Mountaintop Removal:</b> More than 13,500 passionate individuals uploaded their photo to our Mountain Heroes site, creating the largest photo petition to the president. Individuals rallied in front of the White House to present copies to administration officials. <i>Photo by Chris Jordan-Bloch.</i>
  • <b>Colorado Fracking:</b> In advance of a state meeting on proposed fracking regulations, Earthjustice supporters flooded the office of Governor Hickenlooper with calls promoting chemical disclosure. As a result, Colorado now contains some of the strongest language about fracking trade secrets. <i>Photo by BLM/Price Field Office.</i>

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Without effective legislation, Earthjustice cannot fight for your right to a healthy environment. Call your elected officials to get your top issues on their radar, and make sure to let them know how you feel whenever there is a key vote.

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Video: Fracking—Things Find a Way

Things always find a way to happen...A pen leaking. Your shoelace coming untied. Toxic chemicals in your drinking water. Watch our video on fracking then tell your representative to support the FRESHER and BREATHE Acts!

In-Depth Resources: Campaigns

Learn about Earthjustice's work on climate and energy issues through these campaigns:

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Fracking Gone Wrong: Finding a Better Way

Fracking (a.k.a., hydraulic fracturing, or industrial gas drilling) is a dangerous way of getting oil and gas and a shortsighted energy strategy.

It's poisoning our air and water. We can find a better way—one that protects our health and gives us clean, safe energy sources that never run out.

   Explore Fracking Campaign »   

Stop Mountaintop Removal Mining

Mountaintop removal coal mining, often described as "strip mining on steroids," is an extremely destructive form of mining that is devastating Appalachia.

Coal companies use explosives to blast as much as 800 to 1,000 feet off the tops of mountains in order to reach thin coal seams buried deep below.

   Explore MTR Campaign »   

Coal Ash Contaminates Our Lives

Coal ash is the hazardous waste that remains after coal is burned. Dumped into unlined ponds or mines, the toxins readily leach into drinking water supplies.

Incredibly, ash and other coal combustion wastes are not subject to federal regulations.

   Explore Coal Ash Campaign »   

Cleaning-up Coal-fired Power Plants

Roughly half of the electricity generated in the United States comes from burning coal in power plants.

While touted as cheap energy, coal exacts a price far higher than what we pay in utility bills. Burning coal for electricity produces global warming pollution and releases harmful toxic pollution into our air and water.

   Explore Coal Campaign »   

The Right To Breathe

Every time you blow out a candle. Every time you blow a bubble. You declare the right to breathe. Air pollution threatens that right.

Every year, many Americans young and old get sick because of air pollution. Thousands die. But our lungs don’t have to be the dumping ground for dirty industries. Clean air should be a fundamental right.

   Explore Clean Air Campaign»   

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Take Action! Despite the fact that Shell hasn't even started the riskiest part of its drilling operations, the company has made mistake after high-risk mistake. Tell President Obama: America can do better than risk environmental disaster by allowing the industry to explore for dirty oil from the Arctic Ocean.
Take Action! Too often, communities are bombarded by pollution coming from all directions. Yet the Environmental Protection Agency does not assess the full impact of toxic pollution on children or from combined sources--even though scientists have been calling for this for years.
Take Action! It's unbelievable. What do most coal plants do once they scrub down their smokestacks and collect all the coal ash toxic pollutants that didn't escape into the air? They dump it into open, unlined, and unmonitored pits.
Take Action! President Obama and the EPA have announced a first-ever federal carbon pollution standard for every new power plant built in America. Be a part of this change.
Take Action! Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is considered to be the crown jewel of the national forest system. But old-growth logging still takes place. Help transition the Tongass away from this destructive practice.
Take Action! There should be no more delay in cleaning up dirty industries and making polluters spend money on protecting public health rather than trying to win elections. Please take a moment to write President Obama and tell him that protecting clean air standards and moving toward a clean energy future are important to you!
Take Action! We are close to an end to this ruinous mining practice, but we need your help now to push our president to do the right thing. Mountaintop removal mining continues to devastate communities, destroy mountains, and harm public health across the region. Communities and families urgently need real protection.
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Take Action! No matter our political views, we all need clean water to live. And since 1972, the bipartisan Clean Water Act has protected our nation’s lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands from unregulated pollution and destruction. Please let the White House know you support efforts to make sure all "waters of the United States" remain protected by the Clean Water Act, as they have been for decades.
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Take Action! Why do you want to save the mountains? Share your story to help stop mountaintop removal mining. Join thousands of people around the world who want to save the mountains and waters of Appalachia. We'll send your images to the EPA as a public photo petition to stop mountaintop removal mining.
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