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Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act proves that bipartisanship can still work in Congress

Last month, Congress passed the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) with strong bipartisan support (310 to 107 in the House and 73 to 25 in the Senate). I am grateful to the Evangelical Environmental Network for helping to build this bipartisanship. By James R. Skillen, Ph.D. Evangelical Environmental Network The GAOA has two main components: […]

Hurricane Laura: Poverty and petrochemicals converge as devastation exposes entire Gulf Coast as ‘sacrificial zone’

With the full devastation caused by Hurricane Laura along the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana still coming into view Friday, climate justice activists and other progressives are calling the destruction—credited with claiming at least 6 lives and potentially billions of dollars in damages—just the latest painful example of willful neglect by political leaders and […]

August 29th

A burning chemical plant may be just the tip of Hurricane Laura’s damage in this area of oil fields and industry

Hurricane Laura plowed through the heart of Louisiana’s oil and chemical industries as a powerful Category 4 storm, leaving a chlorine plant on fire and the potential for more hazardous damage in its wake. A chemical fire erupted at a manufacturing plant in Westlake, Louisiana, in the wake of #HurricaneLaura. Officials warned residents to stay […]

August 28th

Army Corps of Engineers posts public notice for Delta Tunnel permit

On August 20, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District posted Public Notice SPK-2019-00899, a key permit required for the Gavin Newsom Administration to build the controversial Delta Tunnel under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. By Dan Bacher The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has applied for a permit to place dredged and […]

August 28th

Gwich’in & allied groups sue Trump agencies for illegal oil lease program in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Gwich’in Steering Committee and allied groups took Trump’s Secretary of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management to court today for finalizing an illegal leasing program that would hand over the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the oil and gas industry. By The Sierra Club “BLM’s decision to violate […]

August 25th

A rush is on to mine the deep seabed, with effects on ocean life that aren’t well understood

Mining the ocean floor for submerged minerals is a little-known, experimental industry. But soon it will take place on the deep seabed, which belongs to everyone, according to international law. Manganese nodules on the Atlantic Ocean floor off the southeastern United States, discovered in 2019 during the Deep Sea Ventures pilot test. National Oceanographic and […]

August 22nd

How much is YOUR life worth? Trump continues to degrade cost-benefit analysis of YOUR air and water

The Trump administration has been going after the cost-benefit analysis process for a while now, and a set of changes meant to devalue human lives for industry’s profit that were once on the backburner are getting some renewed (albeit last-minute) attention. A particular target for the lobbyists presently running our regulatory bodies has been co-benefits, the concurrent perks of reducing one type of pollution as […]

Trump Admin pushes forward with ‘Deeply Damaging’ plan for oil drilling in ANWR

Environmental advocates vowed to sue the U.S. Department of Interior following its announcement Monday that the Trump administration has finalized plans to auction off oil and gas leasing rights in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). “The door is being flung wide open for oil and gas drilling to impose irreversible harm to one of America’s […]

August 17th