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At 54.5 mpg, 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.

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Moving toward a green economy.

Chicago now has the world’s largest urban solar plant, and dozens of wind farms are springing up across the state, thanks to a series of landmark clean energy bills we helped pass over the last few years. These laws will ensure Illinois gets 25% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025 — and create thousands of new green jobs in the process.

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The biggest clean water victory in a decade.

Lake Michigan, and all of our rivers, lakes 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 half of Illinois's streams vulnerable to pollution—the same streams that feed and filter Lake Michigan. Along with our allies, we delivered 100,000 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.

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President Obama Outlines Plan to Tackle Global Warming

"The President affirmed clear imperatives: we must protect our children, and preserve the climate we pass on to them."

-Environment Illinois' Bruce Ratain, State of the Union response.

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Stopping BP's toxic dumping scheme.

In 2007, BP announced plans to increase its dumping of toxic chemicals into Lake Michigan by hundreds of pounds a day. But through our advocacy and organizing, we gathered 80,000 petition signatures and forced BP to back down under what the Chicago Tribune called "firestorm" of criticism. Environment Illinois has since helped win numerous victories for Lake Michigan, including cleaning up mercury and other industrial toxins.

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