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Sturgeon Rescue: Under Settlement, Federal Government Will Designate Critical Habitat For Imperiled Atlantic Sturgeon

Brad Sewell
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Just in time for Thanksgiving, Tuesday brought good news for Atlantic sturgeon. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has agreed to a settlement with NRDC that will result in critical habitat designation for Atlantic sturgeon, which is listed under the...continued

I'm Thankful for Quality Science: A Roadmap for Polar Bear Conservation

Zak Smith
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Last week, the Los Angeles Times published an article entitled “40% decline in polar bears in Alaska, western Canada heightens concerns,” detailing a population study of the southern Beaufort Sea polar bear population from 2001 to 2010. Why am...continued

Thanksgiving Water-Saving Tips

Tracy Quinn
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This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful that — despite the epic drought in California — we still have enough water for essential uses … like cooking up a delicious holiday feast. But as you prepare to brine that turkey (or Tofurky) and...continued

A Holiday Fracking Tale of Two Governors: Maryland vs. New York

Kate Sinding
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This Thanksgiving, what I am most grateful for (aside from my family, of course) is that I live in a state with a governor who has so far stood strong against the pressures from the oil and gas industry and...continued

Crain & Crain's anti-regulatory analysis earns a C-

Laurie Johnson
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As part of an ongoing effort to block the Environmental Protection Agency from keeping our air and climate safe, polluters and their allies in Congress are regularly hiring consulting firms to produce junk studies predicting disastrous economic effects of such...continued

Pennsylvania's Bob Casey Voices Support for EPA's Plan To Cut Carbon Pollution From Power Plants

Jackson Morris
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Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) deserves praise for his comments in general support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants.   In his formal comments supporting the EPA’s Clean Power Plan late last week, Senator...continued

Groups Sue Mendocino County for Illegal Contract with Wildlife Services

Elly Pepper
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In 2012*, California’s Mendocino County contracted with Wildlife Services — the rogue federal agency responsible for killing 4 million animals last year — to “control” their wildlife. The result? 459 animals dead in just 365 days, including coyotes, black...continued

Giving thanks for a bountiful, beautiful harvest season

Claire O'Connor
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Thanksgiving has a special place in the hearts of most farming families.  It’s a time for farmers to give thanks for the literal fruits of their labors at the end of harvest season.  This year, I had the opportunity to...continued

BLM Rejects a Poorly Sited Solar Project in the California Desert -- A Good Move for Smart from the Start Planning

Helen O'Shea
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Last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in California denied an application for a large scale solar project in the Mojave Desert’s Silurian Valley near Death Valley National Park — a decision that aids in the protection of thousands...continued

Leaked Internal Presentation Details the Oil Industry's Coordinated Multi-State Campaign to Stop Progress on Clean Energy

Merrian Borgeson
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The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) – whose members include Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, ConocoPhillips, BP, and others – was caught red-handed last week when a leaked internal presentation revealed a coordinated campaign to stomp out climate and clean energy progress...continued

Energy Efficiency and Renewables Are Lowest Risk/Cost Investments for Utilities

Sheryl Carter
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A new report by utility and finance experts contains positive news for the environment, our air and our (and our utilities’) pocketbooks — the economics of electric power resources have made zero-emissions energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies the most...continued

Holiday cheer shouldn't include toxic pesticides

Veena Singla
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I remember the ritual in our house every November — setting up the nice dining table for the grown-ups, and dusting off the rickety folding table where us kids would crowd in to share our holiday meal (though the sharing...continued

Three necessary steps for the Mexican energy reform to help boost clean power and fight climate change

Carolina Herrera
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Numerous countries in Latin America have pledged emission reductions to help fight the global climate crisis. This international leadership is commendable, but how well is it translating into concrete action on the ground? During and after the upcoming Lima COP,...continued

Big Step Taken Toward a More Coordinated Grid

Carl Zichella
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On November 1, 2014 the move toward a more coordinated Western U.S. grid took an extremely important step forward when the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and PacifiCorp (a utility in the Berkshire-Hathaway Energy family) launched a six-state Energy Imbalance...continued

House Votes to Weaken Renewable Fuel Standard, Job Creation and Energy Independence

Brian Siu
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Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would not finalize the 2014 biofuel volumes required under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Biofuel interests were quick to point out the uncertainty perpetuated by EPA’s delay- and for good...continued

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