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The BP oil spill may have killed a baby whale, but there are much bigger problems for endangered whales around the world. Japanese, Norwegian and Icelandic whalers have been whaling unsustainably and illegally for years despite an international moratorium on whaling. Rather than address this problem with stronger laws and enforcement, the International Whaling Commission […]
Money will not fix the problems facing the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the massive oil spill, but clean up is certainly expensive. As the magnitude of the oil spill is still being discovered and British Petroleum (BP) is being accused of falsifying blowout preventer safety tests, Congress is examining the amount of damages […]
If you have followed California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career, you will find he has flip flopped on the issue of offshore drilling several times. In 2008, Schwarzenegger refused to join the Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s call to lift a moratorium on offshore drilling; however, the state soon faced an insurmountable budget crisis that caused […]
Governor Schwarzenegger upset many gold miners this summer when he signed into law a ban on suction dredge mining in California rivers after a moratorium was put in place by the Alameda Superior Court.Â The short term ban on dredge mining is meant to protect threatened fish populations until the Department of Fish and Game […]
The 2010 Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund was not funded by the US House of Representatives in the Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill.Â President Obama had called for $50 million to aid restoring the species, but Congressman Doc Hastings’ (R-WA) amendment was rejected by House Democrats.Â Funding for salmon recovery was not eliminated entirely, but […]
The landmark Clean Water Act (CWA) was passed in 1972 intending to protect and clean up all of America’s waterways. Two relatively recent Supreme Court cases have rolled back protection of American waters by narrowing CWA definitions, and the Obama administration would like to restore the act’s original intentions.Â Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) has reintroduced […]
In 2000, legislation to restore the Everglades created a partnership between the US federal government and the state of Florida to undertake the largest environmental project in US history called the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP).Â Under this agreement, saving the Everglades would take 30 years, and the burden of cost (estimated at $10 billion) […]
Imagine if someone came into your neighborhood, blew up a few buildings, took what they wanted and dumped the toxic debris into your drinking water. What would you do?
In yet another in a series positive moves under the new Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency has awarded almost $236 million to Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
The economic stimulus package signed into law by President Obama includes tax credits for solar and high efficiency hot water heaters. The law revived and expanded tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements that expired in 2007, like hot water heaters.Â Home improvements must be made to primary residences beginning in 2009 to qualify.