The change received widespread industry support. But it is raising concerns that it could create an unwarranted incentive for producing an unproven fuel and contribute to the kind of speculative behavior that led to the last oil shale boom and bust in western Colorado in the 1980s.
“There is a potential of cooking of books for a fuel that already has a pretty checkered past,” said Chase Huntley, energy policy adviser for the Wilderness Society.
At a news conference on the Nike campus Tuesday, representatives from businesses, unions and youth groups, joined by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., announced a "Race for American Jobs" campaign that they hope will persuade the Senate to pass legislation similar to that passed in the House.
WASHINGTON – The following are statements from Defenders of Wildlife, National Wildlife Federation, The Wilderness Society, Outdoor Alliance, Earthjustice, American Rivers, National Parks Conservation Association and the Wildlife Conservation Society in response to the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force reporta report to President Obama affirming the need to develop a national strategy for helping wildlife and natural resources adapt to the harmful impacts of climate change:
A new report from the Obama administration calls for more protection for our forests, peaks, and valleys from the ravages of climate change, steps that The Wilderness Society has been calling for to protect our wild places and create jobs.
A tiny Northwestern seabird got some great news on Jan 20. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service declared that the marbled murrelet is still in need of federal protection and declined petitions to remove the bird from the list of threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
The Fish and Wildlife Service cited declining populations in Oregon, Washington, and California as proof that the marbled murrelet was not ready to be removed from the protective measures that have been in place since the early 1990s.