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Victory for the Grand Canyon

After Environment Arizona helped deliver more than 300,000 public comments, Interior Secretary Salazar put a million miles around Grand Canyon National Park off-limits to new toxic mining claims for 20 years — the maximum allowed by law. Advocate Bret Fanshaw also worked with Rep. Raul Grijalva to organize more than 60 members of Congress to sign a letter to the Obama administration, urging full protection.

Report | Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center

Shining Cities

The use of solar power is expanding rapidly across the United States. By the end of 2014, the United States had 20,500 megawatts (MW) of cumulative solar electric capacity, enough to power four million average U.S. homes. This success is the outcome of federal, state and local programs that are working in concert to make solar power accessible to more Americans, thereby cleaning our air, protecting our health, and hedging against volatile electricity prices.

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News Release | Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center

Phoenix earns berth in "solar sweet sixteen"

With more solar panels than most major American cities, Phoenix ranks 3rd among dozens of metropolitan areas analyzed in a new report. 

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News Release | Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center

Despite Outcry SRP Approves Solar Rate Hike

Today the Salt River Project (SRP) Board of Directors approved a rate plan that increases rates on new solar customers by an average of $50 per month. 

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Enviros “auction” Grand Canyon to illustrate threat to public lands

A conservation group held a mock “auction” of the Grand Canyon Wednesday to illustrate what they said could happen if Congress strips the president’s authority to identify and protect national monuments.

The event came one week after President Barack Obama designated three new national monuments in Colorado, Hawaii and Illinois. The president is also considering such a designation for the 1.7 million acre watershed surrounding the Grand Canyon.

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Report | Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center

More Wind, Less Warming

American wind power already produced enough energy in 2013 to power 15 million homes. Continued, rapid development of wind energy would allow the renewable resource to supply 30 percent of the nation’s electricity by 2030, providing more than enough carbon reductions to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

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