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Statement: Virgin plastic fee would encourage recycling but Congress should go further

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island introduced legislation on Wednesday that would enact a new per-pound fee on virgin plastic in single-use products. The bill, entitled "Rewarding Efforts to Decrease Unrecycled Contaminants in Ecosystems (REDUCE) Act," would direct revenue to a plastic waste reduction fund.

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Senate votes to revitalize American infrastructure

To solve social problems, we need leaders who don't always agree to set aside their differences and reach compromises on solutions. This bill reflects that bipartisan spirit and takes major steps toward a cleaner and healthier America.

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Statement: New IPCC report underscores need to act on climate

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its first global assessment of the science of global warming since 2013 on Monday. The report details the potential catastrophic impacts on the world's oceans, ice caps and land in the coming decades if we fail to rapidly reduce emissions and meet our climate goals.

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U.S. PIRG urges senators to support the bipartisan infrastructure bill

As the U.S. Senate approaches a final vote on the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, U.S. PIRG sent a letter to senators urging them to vote yes.

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Statement: Biden proposes partial restoration of Clean Car Standards

President Biden proposes a restoration of the Clean Car Standards, however, federal fuel economy and vehicle emission stanadards must do more to protect public health and the environment.

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