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imageLegislation to mandate setbacks from oil drilling sites becomes two-year bill
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by Dan Bacher
Most Californians, including many environmentalists, are unaware of how effectively Big Oil has captured California regulators. Photo: 17-year-old Nalleli Cobo, a Los Angeles resident who was sickened by toxic emissions from the oil drilling site, AllenCo., near her home, speaks at a Brown's Last Chance press conference at the State Capitol last year....
Posted: Sat May 25, 2019 1:10PM
imageDecision on Monarch Butterfly's Endangered Species Protection Extended to 2020
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by Center for Food Safety
Butterfly's Vulnerability to Climate Change Calls for Further Population Modeling...
Posted: Fri May 24, 2019 3:25PM
textFisheries Meeting Aims to Ensure Enough West Coast Salmon for Starving Orcas by Center for Biological Diversity
Lawsuit Prompts Consultation to Save Southern Resident Killer Whales...
Posted: Fri May 24, 2019 3:12PM
imageRallies in Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara to Oppose Trump's Oil-leasing Plan for California
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by Center for Biological Diversity
BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— Environmental and community groups joined by elected officials will hold rallies this week to blast the Trump administration’s draft plan to open more than a million acres of public land and mineral estate in central California to oil drilling and fracking. The rallies will precede each of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s public hearings in Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara....
Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 6:06PM
imageAttorney General Becerrra, fishing groups sue Westlands over Shasta Dam raise plan
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by Dan Bacher
“Californians decided to protect the McCloud River in 1989 because it’s valuable to all of us,” said Ron Stork of Friends of the River. “The ill-conceived dam raise would flood a free-flowing reach of the river, harm a prized fishery, and destroy sacred tribal sites. It’s time to end Westlands’ disrespect of the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.”...
Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 7:47PM
imageCA rescinds Delta Tunnels bond resolutions, feds withdraw permit
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by Dan Bacher
“Victory! This is a win for salmon! The other side folded and walked away from the table,” said John McManus, president of the Golden Gate Salmon Association regarding the withdrawal of the Delta Tunnels permit by the Trump administration....
Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 10:32AM
imageTrump's Oil Drilling Plan Includes Locations in the Santa Cruz Mountains
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by Alex Darocy
A variety of wooded areas in the Santa Cruz Mountains have been included in the Trump administration's latest plan for new oil drilling on public lands in California. On May 9, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management released the Environmental Impact Statement for the plan to open up oil and gas leasing and development in 725,500 acres of public lands and mineral estates in the Central Coast and the Bay Area. Included in the EIS is what is described as "12.55 acres of public land in the Ramsey Gul...
Posted: Sat May 11, 2019 1:26PM
imageTrump Finalizes Plan to Open 725,500 Acres of California's Central Coast to Drilling, Fracking
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by Center for Biological Diversity
MARINA, Calif., May 9, 2019 — The Trump administration today finalized a plan to open 725,500 acres of public lands and mineral estate across California’s Central Coast and the Bay Area to new oil and gas drilling. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plan is an increase of nearly 327,000 acres from the draft proposal prepared under the Obama administration....
Posted: Thu May 9, 2019 10:51AM
imageStudy Finds High Levels of Pesticide Exposure among Teenage Girls in California’s Salinas Valley
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by Beyond Pesticides
(Beyond Pesticides, April 26, 2019) Research by the youth participatory action team of the CHAMACOS of the Salinas Evaluating Chemicals in Homes and Agriculture (COSECHA) reveals that teenagers in the Salinas Valley, California are routinely exposed to concerning levels of multiple toxic pesticides, several of them known endocrine disruptors. In an interview with Kion News, COSECHA research director Kimberly Parra remarked that the study is especially important because teenagers are in a stag...
Posted: Wed May 8, 2019 3:16PM
textJohn Laird derides Santa Cruz environmentalists by Meta Self
Laird: business as usual; Democratic Party bullshit; Earth is dying and these arrogant bozos are in charge....
Posted: Wed May 8, 2019 12:43AM
image‘Climate Strike’ Students Demand Fossil Fuel Divestment from CalSTRS
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by Dan Bacher
“When you become a teacher, you sign up to not only care for children, but to educate the future leaders of society,” said 12 year-old Samantha of Youth vs Apocalypse. “To find out that the people I have spent most of my life with are funding to pour toxins into my future is a real slap to the face. It’s a message telling the youth that you don’t really care for our future, and it contradicts exactly what a teacher is.”...
Posted: Tue May 7, 2019 8:31PM
imagePsyops 101: How Big Oil Infiltrates Public Discourse to Manipulate & Deceive
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by Dan Bacher
This article is based on an Earth Day presentation that I made at the Events Center at Chabot College on April 25 at the invitation of physics professor Nick Alexander. Photo of Extinction Rebellion protest banner en route from the State Capitol in Sacramento to the Western States Petroleum Association Office on April 22 by Dan Bacher....
Posted: Sat May 4, 2019 1:01PM
imageNewsom Pulls Delta Tunnels Permits, Takes Steps for One Tunnel
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by Dan Bacher
“We are pleased that Gov. Newsom’s Administration has reaffirmed a strong commitment to modernize the state’s water delivery infrastructure with a single-tunnel project in the Delta,” said Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager of the Metropolitan Water District (MWD). “We will work with the administration to expeditiously advance a project that is long overdue to both meet the water reliability needs of the state and minimize impacts to the communities and ecology of the Delta.”...
Posted: Sat May 4, 2019 12:00PM
documentLawsuit Launched to Protect Sonoma County Residents From Airport Lead Pollution
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by Center for Biological Diversity
SANTA ROSA, Calif., April 30, 2019 — Environmental groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to protect northern Sonoma County residents from deadly airborne lead emitted by planes using local airports....
Posted: Wed May 1, 2019 2:28PM
imageJudge fines pipeline company $3.3 million for 2015 Santa Barbara oil spill
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by Dan Bacher
Missing from the press releases from the Santa Barbara County DA’s Office, Attorney General’s Office and environmental groups and the superficial press coverage of the spill, the investigation, the jury trial and sentencing is one of the biggest and most ironic stories regarding the Refugio Oil Spill. In a classic example of the deep regulatory capture that pervades what passes for “marine protection” in California, the head of the oil industry trade association, the Western States Petroleum ...
Posted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:34AM
imageExtinction Rebellion Stages “Die-In” in Downtown Santa Cruz
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by will parrish
About two dozen people lay down across a sidewalk in downtown Santa Cruz for an hour this past Monday, dramatizing the growing crisis of species extinctions fueled by the global climate crisis, and calling for drastic action to avert environmental collapse. Most participants dressed in black costumes and wore signs featuring a species, a region, flora, or fauna that have passed into extinction or suffered mass collective trauma due to extreme weather patterns....
Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:04PM
imageEarth Day Action to Save Redwoods on the Chopping Block
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by Forest Defense
On Earth Day, April 22, a rally under redwoods by forest defenders featured a giant sign announcing an important appeal to Menlo Park City Council to be held on May 7. Photos by Jack Owicki, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer....
Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:30PM
imageTrump Releases Plan to Reopen California Public Lands to Drilling, Fracking
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by Center for Biological Diversity
Proposal Targets More Than 1 Million Acres for Oil Leases...
Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:50PM
imageFor Extinction Rebellion, Every Day is Earth Day!
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by Rose Rosette
On April 15 in San Francisco, as a part of an international week of actions leading up to Earth Day, youth with Extinction Rebellion SF Bay Area led a powerful rally, shutting down 7th St for two hours. On April 22nd in Los Angeles, members of Extinction Rebellion LA scaled the iconic globe outside Universal Studios. Four people were charged with felonies....
Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:46AM
imageEarth Day 2019 in Fresno
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by Peter Maiden
Earth Day was held in Fresno on Saturday, April 20, 2019....
Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:59PM