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Court tosses out Trump Interior’s gutting of century-old protections for migratory birds

Conservation advocates and critics of the Trump administration’s subservience to corporate polluters celebrated a federal court’s Tuesday decision throwing out a December 2017 Interior Department opinion that effectively gutted nationwide protections for migratory birds by letting industry off the hook for “incidental” killings. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Like the clear crisp notes of the […]

August 13th

California State Water Board settles lawsuit with environmental groups – great news for water, fish, and all Californians!

Three California environmental nonprofits secured a landmark settlement agreement with the California State Water Resources Control Board to uphold the common law Public Trust Doctrine and other legal protections for imperiled fish species in the Sacramento River and San Francisco Bay/Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta Estuary, according to a press release from the groups. By […]

July 22nd

In blow to Trump, Federal appeals court upholds Endangered Species protection for Yellowstone grizzlies

Conservation and tribal groups scored a legal victory Wednesday after a federal appeals court rejected the Trump administration’s bid to remove endangered species protections for Yellowstone-region grizzly bears. The ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which upholds a Montana district court’s decision, means grizzlies in the national park and surrounding area won’t be subjected […]

Federal Judge orders Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) shut down!

A federal judge ruled today that owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), Dakota Access, LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, must halt operations while the government conducts a full-fledged analysis examining the risk DAPL poses to the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes. By Dan Bacher This order by James E. Boasberg, United States District […]

July 7th

Monsanto owner Bayer reaches $10 billion settlement over Roundup cancer lawsuits

Agribusiness giant Bayer announced Wednesday that it reached a more than $10 billion deal to settle thousands of lawsuits that claimed exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup caused cancer. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams A statement from Bayer, which acquired Monsanto in 2018—and thus inherited lawsuits targeting the widely used weedkiller—said the settlement affects “75% of the current Roundup litigation […]

Sierra Club: Este País Necesita Soñadores/This Country Needs Dreamers

La Corte Suprema otorgó el 18 de junio una gran dosis de alivio a los 700.000 beneficiarios de DACA. El tribunal dictó que las razones que la administración Trump usó para acabar con el programa son “arbitrarias y caprichosas”. (English translation follows) By Micheal Brune Executive Director, Sierra Club DACA permite que los jóvenes que […]

June 29th

DC Sues Fossil Fuel Giants for Decades of Spending Millions to ‘Mislead Consumers and Discredit Climate Science in Pursuit of Profits’

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine on Thursday sued fossil fuel giants BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Royal Dutch Shell for “systematically and intentionally” misleading D.C. consumers about the role their products play in causing the climate crisis—following in the footsteps of other communities and states across the country, including Minnesota on Wednesday. By Jessica Corbett […]

June 26th

California fires: PG&E pleads guilty to felony manslaughter of 84 people, only fined $3.5 million

The CEO of Pacific Gas & Electric pled guilty on behalf of the company Tuesday to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter in a dramatic hearing regarding the devastating Camp Fire of 2018, but advocates for corporate accountability argued the nation’s largest utility should face more concrete consequences for the crime. Yes, the CEO needed to stand in court […]

June 18th

“Our fight is not over” say green groups after SCOTUS clears way for fracked gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Environmental campaigners on Monday reiterated their opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline after a U.S. Supreme Court decision removing a hurdle for the “climate-wrecking” fracked gas infrastructure project. The high court’s Monday decision (pdf) was 7-2, with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer joining the court’s conservative majority. Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented. By Andrea Germanos […]

June 18th

SCOTUS greenlights another pipeline, WSJ celebrates (while dissing the Lorax)

On Monday night, the Wall Street Journal editorial board confirmed that it is, in fact, every bit the villain that children’s stories warn about. And what’s more, they know it. Because in addition to an editorial sarcastically congratulating Justice Elana Kagan for persuading Neil Gorsuch to ‘rewrite’ the Civil Rights Act and confirm that gay and transgender people […]

The environment has had a few successes in the courts (Enjoy them now – they won’t last)

It’s nice to hear that groups protecting vulnerable populations during the coronavirus pandemic could potentially build on legal tactics employed in climate litigation, and (conversely) for those bringing climate lawsuits to learn from coronavirus litigation. By Climate Denier Roundup Last week, Dawn Reeves at InsideEPA reported that ExxonMobil’s lawyers attempted to convince the 10th Circuit Court of […]