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California’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels could be approved in September

In 2007, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger revived a plan that big agriculture loved – to build a peripheral canal or tunnels around or under the Sacramento Delta. Since then, a coalition of fishermen, Tribal leaders, conservationists, environmental justice advocates and Delta residents have been fighting to stop this Delta tunnels plan pushed by corporate agribusiness interests and Southern California water agencies. Now, […]

June 15th

Trump picks lobbyist who funnelled cash to big ag as Deputy Sec of Interior. (What could go wrong?)

“Before confirming David Bernhardt as Deputy Secretary of Interior… it is critical to understand whether federal laws were broken, twisted or bent while Mr. Bernhardt was Solicitor and again while employed by Westlands.  Limited disclosures to date reveal that millions of taxpayer dollars have gone to benefit Westlands that should have been deposited in the Federal […]

June 6th

West Coast salmon fishery in state of disaster

California Governor Jerry Brown and Oregon Governor Kate Brown have sent a letter  to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross requesting declaration of a catastrophic regional fishery disaster and commercial fishery failure for salmon in their states. By Dan Bacher The declaration begins the process for requesting federal aid to assist commercial salmon trollers and […]

May 26th

California’s salmon and trout facing EXTINCTION

If present trends continue, almost half of California’s native salmon, steelhead and trout are likely be extinct in the next 50 years  — and 70 percent of these iconic fish will be gone in one hundred years. By Dan Bacher That was the alarming news unveiled by scientists and conservation group leaders in a press teleconference announcing the findings of a new […]

May 21st

900 miles of Great Barrier Reef is DYING

The Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching event that’s been occurring since the start of summer in the Southern Hemisphere has now spread to cover more than 900 miles of reef. By  James Ayre  As we reported previously, this is the second year in a row that the Great Barrier Reef has experienced an extreme coral […]

April 16th

The environmental injustice behind the Oroville Dam crisis

At a time when local, national and international mainstream media are focusing on the Oroville Dam crisis, it’s important for reporters to dig deeper and understand the context that the emergency, which spurred the evacuation of over 188,000 people in Butte, Yuba and Sutter counties, occurs within. One of the least discussed issues in California environmental […]

April 7th

GOP pushing for oil drilling in national parks

On Monday, Rep. Paul Gosar, the Republican who represents Arizona’s 4th Congressional District, launched Example #117 in the Trump-era category of No Big Surprise. By Meteor Blades (Originally appeared at DailyKos) He introduced a resolution to eliminate rules imposed in 2016 under the Obama administration that placed restrictions on existing oil and gas drilling operations on land governed […]

February 2nd

Save the salmon – Klamath River dams coming down

By Dan Bacher (How do we balance the health of an ecosystem with a healthy economy? Sometimes, it makes sense to build dams; sometimes, it makes more sense to take them down and restore the rivers to their natural state… ) The U.S. Departments of the Interior and Commerce, the States of Oregon and California, the […]

April 7th

FBI shutting down Malheur occupation holdouts — liveblog

By Jeremy Bloom The last four hold-outs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon have been refusing to leave for two weeks, since the FBI arrested the main ringleaders. It appears that the FBI has moved in and will attempt to remove them tonight. The four remaining anti-government militants — David Fry,  Sean Anderson, […]

February 10th

GOP plan Bundy-style public land giveaway to oil, mining and ranching millionaires

By Meteor Blades Two Republican Utah congressmen have introduced a deceptive public lands initiative designed to open a million acres of public land to private interests while pretending to protect other lands under a bogus “wilderness” designation where weakened environmental regulations would make that label a very unfunny joke. For 40 years, extremists have been eager to take over […]

January 21st

Malheur occupation: Natives say if the Federal Govt is giving back land, we’re first in line

By Meteor Blades As the media continue spotlighting the armed extremists occupying the federal headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, their complaints about federal government “over-reach,” and their demands that the feds “give the land back,” members of another group say that if there were to be any giveback, they ought to be first in line. They are the Burns […]

January 7th