Environment Rhode Island joined NRDC and U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) to release the annual beach water quality report. Sen. Whitehouse said, “Rhode Islanders know that a healthy Bay means clean beaches and a vibrant tourism economy. Sixteen million people visit Rhode Island each year to enjoy our beaches, seafood, and water sports – creating 55,000 jobs and injecting $6.8 billion into our economy. We’ve made great strides in reducing wastewater pollution into Narragansett Bay, but this report reminds us of the progress still to be made to protect our economy and our environment.”
The Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is helping states from Rhode Island to Maryland to Maine meet their energy challenges by providing investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy, cutting pollution and curbing dependence on fossil fuels, according to a report released today by Environment Rhode Island.
Rhode Island’s coastal tourism and fishing businesses generate just over $2 billion annually and provide 56,000 jobs, according to a new report released by Environment Rhode Island today. These businesses and jobs would not exist without clean beaches and a clean ocean, both of which would be threatened by risky offshore drilling.
Today the Obama administration announced that it was starting to develop new clean vehicle standards that could dramatically cut oil useand global warming pollution, as well as save billions for consumers at the gas pump.
Today, Senator Bingaman, the Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, was joined by Senators Brownback, Collins, Dorgan and Tom Udall to introduce a bill to encourage renewable energy growth.
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