By Dan Bacher I wrote the below article about the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative for the Sacramento News and Review in 2009. Unfortunately, none of the fundamental problems with the process pinpointed in this and other articles have ever been resolved. First, the marine protected areas created under the MLPA Initiative still fail […]
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By Dan Bacher The Environmental Water Caucus, a coalition including the California Sportfishing Protection Aliance (CSPA) and other fishing groups, environmental organizations, businesses and the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, recently submitted a letter to Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior, urging her to reject the Delta Water Tunnels. “By the end of 2015, state and federal […]
By Dan Bacher As Governor Jerry Brown continues to push his Delta Tunnels plan, considered by many to be the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history, opposition by the public to the multi-billion dollar plan continues to mushroom. In the latest action by Delta advocates, Restore the Delta (RTD) on August 13 […]
By Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, NRDC The scientific evidence against the neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) is stacking up like so many dead and dying bees. And, not just bees – turns out that our little aquaticinvertebrate buddies are also harmed, other beneficial insects are harmed, and birds that eat insects are harmed.(see MotherJones story here and American Bird Conservancy report here) […]
The Delta Protection Commission voted 9-2 on May 24 to oppose the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels as currently drafted. This is a huge victory for Delta advocates, fish, the environment and the people of California. The construction of the twin tunnels would hasten the extinction of Sacramento River chinook […]
We live on a giant molten rock hurtling through space. At this time, we do not have any control over the speed or direction of this rock, nor do we even have any significant degree of control over the rock’s inherent characteristics. We are able to live because the outer edge of the rock […]
Will Southern Californians learn from the costly mistakes of their neighbors, or will they be pushed into a massive, costly water project that will do more harm than any possible good? An LA Times editorial, Give the Bay Delta Conservation Plan a chance, uses a typical straw-man argument, accusing critics of the proposed tunnel of over-the-top […]
In Ayn Rand’s philosophical masterwork, the bad guys are a conspiracy of old-money plutocrats who gather in conniving secrecy, exert undue political influence on the political process and misuse government power to line their own pockets. Gee, who does that sound like? By David Brin (Originally posted at Contrary Brin) Now and then we had a […]
Congress has started debating a number of bills that would allow oil companies, the timber and mining industries, and other special interests to destroy the lands YOU own – as a citizen of the US – by turning them into profit centers.
With the USDA expected to approve genetically modified (GMO) salmon in the near future – without any serious safety research – it may devolve on the states to try to minimize the potential negative impact.
The California Assembly Health Committee in Sacramento on May 3 approved a bill requiring that all GMO salmon sold in California contain clear and prominent labeling.
(From Working Assets’ Credo Action) Developers are trying to put the nation’s largest garbage dump right next to Joshua Tree National Park. The proposed Eagle Mountain landfill would cover 3,500 acres of federal land, bordered on three sides by Joshua Tree’s unique beauty, and fragile ecosystem. The proposal by developers Kaiser Ventures has been struck […]
This is an updated version of an article that I did about John Laird when his appointment as California Natural Resources Secretary was not yet confirmed by the Brown administration. Below the article is my open letter to John Laird. Governor Jerry Brown on January 4 appointed John Laird, a former Assemblyman from Santa Cruz, […]
Only in the Bush administration could you get a rule that basically says “The agency in charge of protecting wilderness… is NOT ALLOWED to protect wilderness.” And only in the Obama administration would it take two full years for that rule to get scrubbed. But the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finally did it today. […]
The Department of the Interior is proposing to cut the number of snowmobiles allowed per day into Yellowstone National Park by more than half.
Ontario is planning on updating its 136 year old mining law to reflect current values and conditions. Preventing wildcat staking of personal and aboriginal property is one of its highest priorities.