A November lame duck session could see action on a public lands bill that protects two million acres. For the past eight years progress on environmental protection has been blocked by the Bush Administration, which has assembled one of the poorest environmental records in history. Now, a single Senator (Tom Coburn, R-OK) has managed to grind environmental progress to a halt by stalling every conservation measure taken up in the Senate.
Quieter times will soon be upon the oldest national park in the country, thanks to a monumental decision last month by a federal court to throw out a Bush Administration decision to allow an excessive number of snowmobiles per day in the beloved park.
The Wilderness Society agrees with Former Bureau of Land Management Chief Jim Baca that a series of six resource management plans for Utah wild lands fall severely short. The plans would open up a whopping 80 percent of these lands to oil and gas development. Drilling, along with off-road vehicle abuse, would pose serious threats to the land and cultural resources.
A new poll conducted for TheCLEAN.org and the Civil Society Institute (CSI) found strong majorities of Colorado residents want to see a big shift away from fossil fuels solutions to our energy challenges. Sixty-two percent said they want the new president to promote green energy, while 86 percent said they want limits on oil-shale subsidies and 76 percent want a moratorium on new coal-fired power plants.
A coalition of more than 80 nonprofit conservation and other organizations, led by the Wilderness Society, is optimistic that Congress will soon pass bipartisan-backed legislation creating America’s newest conservation system — the National Landscape Conservation System.
The system of more than 26 million acres of mountains, streams, rivers, trails and historic sites could be approved as part of the The Omnibus Public Land Management Act that the Senate may consider during a lame duck session in November.
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is well known for protecting plants and animals. Yet as it defends wildlife and habitat from global warming it also helps humans. The ESA helps protect critical natural functions, including cleaning air and water, that directly impact human communities, not to mention recreational opportunities that support many local economies.
In mid-August the Bush Administration proposed dangerous changes that would undermine the act's protective powers.
While Congress and the Administration continue to disagree on a national plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions, more states have taken the historic step of doing it themselves.
Ten Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont) that are part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), took the unique first step forward by holding an online carbon auction.