Today, guided by science and public opinion, federal agencies charged with stewardship of taxpayer-owned public lands denied the renewal of two mineral leases adjacent to Minnesota’s iconic Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).
A federal limit on global warming pollution received a timely endorsement from two key House chairmen in October.
U.S. Reps. John D. Dingell, (D-Mich.) and Rick Boucher, (D-Va.), have vowed to tackle global warming. Their proposed cap-and-trade legislation, released Oct. 7, sets the stage for future discussion on preventing dangerous emissions.
Thank you, Congressmen. We needed that.
The Wilderness Society welcomes the progress but we remain wary of its modest near-term goals.
Three decades of oil industry public relations have drilled away at one familiar theme that belies the reality on the ground: that drilling can be done in an “environmentally responsible” fashion. The reality is that the sprawling industrial infrastructure and pollution associated with drilling on the North Slope continue to have pervasive, lasting, and serious environmental consequences.
Wilderness Society analysis names top ten national forest “carbon banks”
SEATTLE — The top ten carbon storing national forests in the U.S. are all found in the moist westside forests in Washington, Oregon and southeast Alaska, according to a new Wilderness Society analysis. The analysis, based on United States Forest Service data, ranks the forests among the Earth’s greatest “carbon banks.”
Today the White House will harmonize automobile emissions and mileage standards that California had been seeking with tough new national standards for the entire country. This move will accelerate by 4 years standards adopted by Congress in 2007 to get the nation’s vehicles at a target of 35.5 mpg and, for the first time, to impose limits on global warming pollution from cars and trucks. Today’s announcement means new standards will be in place between 2016 and 2020.
Today, in a decision based on a careful review of scientific evidence, the Environmental Protection Agency found that greenhouse gases endanger the public health and welfare under the Clean Air Act. This finding was expected, but long overdue because the previous administration respected neither the science nor the law. The consequence of this finding is that EPA will now begin the task of reducing these emissions through the permitting process provided by the Clean Air Act.