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Lawsuit challenges Federal water contracts that imperil the fish, wildlife and people of California’s Sacramento Delta

In the latest lawsuit to contest Trump administration water policies, three environmental groups have sued the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation over the granting of permanent federal water contracts to water users supplied by the Central Valley Project (CVP). By Dan Bacher The lawsuit, brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, Restore the Delta and Planning and Conservation League, […]

May 21st

Labor and green groups ask California to protect people, not polluters

A coalition of 100 labor and environmental groups has  sent a letter asking California Governor Gavin Newsom and California State Legislators to “protect people and not polluters” during this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. By Dan Bacher The letter was issued at time when Newsom has showed increasing signs of caving to the fossil fuel industry. As oil prices crashed to below zero at one point […]

May 19th

The Coronavirus pandemic has forced a budget hit on California’s climate mandates

Democratic Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed funding cuts to deal with what has been projected as a revenue deficit of $54 billion as a consequence of the economic response to the coronavirus. The state’s carbon cap-and-trade program pays for climate programs, which includes incentives for buying clean cars, electric buses, and off-road freight equipment, but as with […]

May 19th

AquAlliance sues over long-term water transfers that threaten fish, farms, and communities

On May 11, AquAlliance sued the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) and San Luis Delta Mendota Water Authority (SLDMWA) in federal District Court over their long term water transfer transfer program that threatens Northern California farms, fish and communities. An environmental group that exists to defend northern California waters and to challenge threats to the hydrologic health of […]

May 16th

Why is California expanding fracking even as oil prices collapse?

Despite the collapse in U.S. oil prices, the Gavin Newsom Administration continues to expand oil and gas drilling, including fracking, in California. On April 20, US oil prices plunged, falling below $0 to $-37.63 a barrel, the lowest since NYMEX opened oil futures trading in 1983, according to Julia Horowitz, a reporter for CNN Business. By Dan Bacher The […]

April 22nd

In major victory for salmon and California native tribes, Klamath River dam removal permits issued

California today reached a major milestone in the long campaign by Tribes, fishermen and conservationists to remove four Klamath River dams. The Water Resources Control Board issued key documents that move the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) “significantly closer” to removing four dams and re-opening 360 miles of the Klamath River and its tributaries to imperiled salmon […]

April 10th

GOP reps pushing Trump’s water-stealing plan for California

Corporate agribusiness interests and the Congressional allies are taking advantage of the current Coronavirus pandemic to promote the Trump administration plan to take more water from Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Six Congressional Representatives sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday, April 7 expressing their “disappointment and serious concerns with the new Incidental Take Permit (ITP) for the Long-Term […]

April 9th

Building a new clean energy bridge to the future (solar and wind, not dirty gas)

According to Gizmodo reporter Brian Kahn, “The notion that natural gas is a bridge to a renewable future was first put in writing in 1979 by environmentalist Barry Commoner in his book The Politics of Energy. He called it a ‘bridge between the present, unsatisfactory reality and the still abstract, hoped-for future.’” By Michael Brune The Sierra Club […]

March 3rd

California’s Westlands Water District signs permanent water contract with Bureau of Reclamation

Thomas Birmingham, General Manager of Westlands Water District, today issued a statement celebrating the Execution of the District’s Repayment Contract that the Bureau of Reclamation and the district signed today. The document converts “temporary” water service contracts to “permanent” repayment contracts, a major goal of Trump’s Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, a former Westlands and oil industry lobbyist, and […]

February 29th

Big oil in California suffers another big court loss

Environmental justice and conservation groups and local farmers won a significant victory yesterday when a California appeals court ruled that a Kern County oil and gas ordinance — written by oil industry consultants — violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). By Dan Bacher California’s Fifth District Court of Appeals found that a key county analysis failed to disclose the full […]

February 27th