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Japanese Whalers Making Big Money on Illegal Whale Meat

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 […]

July 6th

How Much Should BP Pay for the Gulf Oil Spill?

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 […]

May 21st

Schwarzenegger Removes Support for Offshore Drilling in Wake of Gulf Spill

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 […]

May 4th

Obama Pushes for Clean Water Restoration Act of 2009

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.  Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) has reintroduced […]

June 10th

Obama Pledges $279 million for Everglades Restoration

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).  Under this agreement, saving the Everglades would take 30 years, and the burden of cost (estimated at $10 billion) […]

May 20th

Obama's Stimulus Package Provides Tax Credits for Solar and High Efficiency Hot Water Heaters

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.  Home improvements must be made to primary residences beginning in 2009 to qualify.

March 16th