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Recovery Plan for California Tiger Salamander Calls for Protection of 34,000 Acres - by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES— In accordance with a settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a draft recovery plan (see PDF) for the endangered Santa Barbara County population of the California tiger salamander. The plan calls for purchase and permanent protection of up to 34,000 acres of the salamander’s breeding ponds and adjacent uplands.
Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:35PM
President Obama’s Earth Day Climate Message Inconsistent With His Support for Fracking - by via Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C. – As President Obama prepares to travel to South Florida’s Everglades tomorrow to deliver an Earth Day speech on climate change, the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch is highlighting the disconnect between the President’s statements on climate and his administration’s promotion of fracking on “protected” federal lands – including some in the Everglades region. In March, the Obama administration released toothless regulations that encourage new fracking ...
Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 6:48PM
10th Circuit Court Rejects Navajo Coal Mine Emergency Motion - by Center for Biological Diversity
DENVER— Two days after a federal district court halted coal mining within a newly expanded area of New Mexico’s Navajo Mine, mine operators filed an emergency motion asking the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to allow that coal mining to resume. The appeals court on Thursday denied that motion, saying that the Navajo Mine’s owner, the Navajo Transitional Energy Company, “failed to make the requisite showing” justifying their request to restart coal mining.
Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:49PM
Sesquicentennial Celebration of Freedom ~ US Colored Troops during the US Civil War - by Katrina Koerting ~ Reprint
7 U.S. Colored Troops regiments at Appomattox had close to 5,000 men, many including President Abraham Lincoln suggest that the US Colored Troops had a profound impact on the US Civil War, Why is it a secret?
Posted: Thu Apr 9, 2015 7:43AM
Republicans to Shift 2016 Convention to Las Vegas - by Don Monkerud
A plan to move the Republican Convention from Cleveland to Las Vegas brought cheer to the hearts of lobbyists when announced this week.
Posted: Mon Apr 6, 2015 10:30AM
Death Sentences and Executions 2014 - by Amnesty International
An alarming number of countries used the death penalty to tackle real or perceived threats to state security linked to terrorism, crime or internal instability in 2014, Amnesty International found in its annual review of the death penalty worldwide.
Posted: Wed Apr 1, 2015 5:00PM
Court Rules Navy War Games Violate Law Protecting Whales and Dolphins - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
LOS ANGELES (March 31, 2015) —A federal court today announced that the U.S. Navy’s training and testing activities off the coast of Southern California and Hawaii illegally harm more than 60 whale, dolphin, seal, and sea lion populations. The U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii, found that the National Marine Fisheries Service – the agency charged with protecting marine mammals – violated multiple requirements of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act when...
Posted: Wed Apr 1, 2015 4:44PM
Court Rules Navy Training in Pacific Violates Laws Meant to Protect Whales, Sea Turtles - by Center for Biological Diversity
HONOLULU— A federal judge ruled on Tuesday (see PDF) that the National Marine Fisheries Service acted illegally in approving U.S. Navy testing and training activities in the Pacific Ocean that threaten widespread harm to whales, dolphins, other marine mammals and imperiled sea turtles.
Posted: Wed Apr 1, 2015 2:04PM
Nuclear Shutdown News, March Edition - by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the continuing decline of the US nuclear industry, and highlights efforts of those who are democratically working to bring about a renewable energy future. As nuclear plants in the US are approaching or surpassing their 40 year operating life, their ability to operate properly and safely lessens, creating more and more problems across the nation.
Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:22PM
California Must Support 'No New Offshore Drilling' From Alaska, to North Carolina - by Tomas DiFiore
China (SINOPEC) and Malaysia (Petronas) both state owned companies, under repressive regimes, own leases and drilling rights from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. America's Resources are being exploited for the sake of foreign countries. As Americans look towards renewables and clean energy, corporate international trade policies are selling the dirty polluting resources and drilling rights, to willing buyers – Asia, which have to commit to leaving their own hydrocarbon reserves in the ground.
Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 7:54AM
Proposed Bill Major Step Forward for Preventing Fiery Oil Train Derailments - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— In response to the recent spate of fiery derailments that have highlighted the dangers posed by oil trains, Senators Maria Cantwell, (D-Wash.), Dianne Feinstein, (D-Calif.), Tammy Baldwin, (D-Wis.), and Patricia Murray, (D-Wash.), have proposed a bill that would remove the most dangerous tank cars from service, increase track inspections, and help to ensure that first responders have the equipment needed to respond to derailments.
Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:51PM
New Report Links World's Most Commonly Used Herbicide to Cancer - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— A new report by the World Health Organization has linked the world’s most commonly used herbicides to cancer. Glyphosate — widely known as Roundup and marketed by Monsanto — has also been linked to the decline of many wildlife species, including the monarch butterfly. The WHO determined that glyphosate and two other insecticides, malathion and diazinon, are “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:49PM
Study: Big Plastic Has Spent More Than $7 Million Trying To Stop California’s Bag Ban - by Steven Maviglio
Record shattering in campaigning, lobbying, and contributions. Referendum may cost $40 million +
Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 1:30PM
Obama Administration's Weak New Fracking Rule Endangers Public Lands, Climate - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— Interior Secretary Sally Jewell today released a weak new rule for hydraulic fracturing on public lands that does little to reduce fracking pollution’s dangerous contribution to global warming and damage to America’s air, water and wildlife.
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:44AM
PG&E and CPUC Colluded to Hide Smart Meter Overcharging & Conflict of Interest - by Josh Hart
EMF Safety Network has reported on new e-mails that have been discovered between the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) regarding the study that was conducted by the Structure Group in 2010 purporting to prove the accuracy of smart meters. The study was used to reassure thousands of Californians that their new smart meter and new, inflated bills, were accurate, and not overcharging them.
Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:14PM
Another Oil Train Derails and Catches Fire in Ontario - by Center for Biological Diversity
GOGAMA, Ont.— An oil train derailed and caught fire early this morning in Ontario near the town of Gogama, the second such incident in Ontario in three weeks, and the fourth oil train wreck in North America in the same time period. Since Feb. 14, there have also been fiery oil train derailments in West Virginia and Illinois. The Illinois wreck occurred just two days ago, and the fire from that incident is still burning.
Posted: Sat Mar 7, 2015 10:32PM
Where Does California’s Foie Gras Law Stand After Faulty Federal Ruling Overturned Ban? - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
January 9, 2015
Posted: Sat Mar 7, 2015 8:26PM
Hermosa Beach Voters Win Limits to Harmful Oil Development - by Californians Against Fracking
In La Habra Heights, residents remain committed to stopping extreme oil extraction and vote against Measure O, which would have overturned a longtime ban on oil drilling.
Posted: Fri Mar 6, 2015 4:50PM
Hermosa Beach Voters Defeat Measure to Overturn Oil Drilling Ban - by Dan Bacher
“Despite the oil industry’s aggressive efforts, the people of Hermosa Beach voted to protect their communities, their air, their water and their health from further exposure to the risks of dangerous oil drilling,” said Adam Scow of Californians Against Fracking and California Director of Food & Water Watch. “The victory is yet another example of how Californians are standing up in growing numbers to protect their homes, schools and our state’s vulnerable water supplies."
Posted: Fri Mar 6, 2015 2:20PM
NPR Report Blasts CA Labor Officials For Selling Out And Betraying Injured Workers And WC - by repost
In an NPR report California labor officials are blasted for supporting so called "reforms" of worker compensation that have seriously harmed injured workers. CA Fed Secretary Treasurer Art Purlaski and Angie Wei who is legislative director of the California Federation of Labor colluded with the insurance industry to deregulate workers compensation and allowed insurance companies to harm seriously injured California workers.
Posted: Thu Mar 5, 2015 8:36AM