News Release | Environment Missouri

Op-Ed: Time to Take Out the Plastic Trash Bags

Missouri is one of several states across the country that have a preemption law in place around plastic bags. These laws prevent local governments from enacting any regulation on plastic bag reduction. Environment Missouri is working to repeal this legislation so local governments can decide how best to reduce their plastic waste. 

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Trump administration makes an unseemly attempt to jam through oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

“This move by the Trump administration is the latest outrage in its treatment of the Arctic Refuge. With an ‘everything must go’ mentality, they are attempting to jam through sales on some of our most iconic land. It’s flat out wrong."

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Bank of America makes right choice by announcing they will not finance drilling in the Arctic

"The coastal plain of this iconic natural jewel is an irreplaceable area. It is home to endangered polar bears and the calving ground of the porcupine caribou herd. Considering the refuge’s unique role in the natural world, it would be a blundering error to finance the destruction of this precious habitat."

News Release | Environment Missouri

Statement: Environment Missouri supports promising effort to end plastic pre-emption laws

State Rep. Ingrid Burnett filed a bill (HB 227) Tuesday that would repeal Missouri’s plastic pre-emption law. This regulation prohibits local governments from regulating the use of single-use plastic bags. By rescinding it, counties and municipalities would be allowed to ban these pollution-causing plastic containers and replace them with more environmentally friendly options, such as reusable bags or paper.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: U.S. set to retake global leadership on climate with choice of John Kerry as Biden’s “climate czar

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden on Monday named former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from Massachusetts John Kerry the “climate czar” for the incoming administration. Biden has cited “the battle to save the climate” among his top five priorities. As the special presidential envoy for climate, Kerry will lead the administration’s efforts on global warming from a seat on the National Security Council. Although Kerry will not be our nation’s first climate czar (the position was held by former EPA Administrator Carol Browner in the Obama administration), it is the first time the National Security Council will include an official dedicated to climate change. 

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