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[ Cerros del Norte Conservation Act Heads for Full Senate Vote ]

Michael Reinemer

“The Wilderness Society applauds the actions by Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall to introduce and guide the Cerros del Norte Conservation Act forward,“ said Michael Casaus, New Mexico Director with The Wilderness Society in Albuquerque.

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[ Proposed legislation could reduce wasted energy resources on public lands ]

Led by Congressmen Raul Grijalva of Arizona and Alan Lowenthal of California, this legislation would stop the practice of venting and flar

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[ Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness Will Become a Reality ]

Michael Reinemer

This bill protects a wild area of Idaho called Boulder-White Clouds.  The House of Representatives passed an identical bill so all that’s left to enact the legislation into law is President Obama’s signature.

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[ Plumber’s paradise? ]

The bad news about the dasparkhotel in Austria?  The rooms are very small with just enough room for one bed, a lamp, and a small mural.  They are also made out of old sewer pipes!

The good news is you only pay what you can afford!  Not that bad of a deal.  You can tell all your friends that you slept in a sewer pipe, too.

You can check out photos of the dasparkhotel over at Curbed.

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[ Financial investment in power line studies for the southwest could protect wildlands and advance clean energy ]

Though the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has made progress in improving transmission corridors, the lack of money for studies and public outreach has been a barrier.

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[ Coal Listening Session Kickoff in DC Validates the Need for Reform ]

On Wednesday, July 29, the Bureau of Land Management kicked off their listening sessions to hear local community input about reforming the federal coal leasing program – marking an opportunity for modernizing an outdated program.

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[ Celebs Take to Social Media to Express Outrage Over Death of Cecil the Lion ]

Dr. Walter J. Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who admitted to killing Cecil the lion during a hunting trip to Zimbabwe, has become a hot topic of conversation on social media.

On Tuesday, Palmer issued a statement saying he regrets killing Cecil and that he blames his guides for allowing the lion’s death to occur.

“I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”

That statement did little to quiet the debate around the incident, however. At this point, most readers have probably seen more than one person using social media to weigh in on the ethics of Cecil’s death or game hunting in general. Animal rights-minded celebs are sharing their thoughts on the matter as well.

You can see what they are saying via People here.

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[ American Dentist Identified As Killer Of Famed Lion In Zimbabwe ]

Cecil the lion was shot with a bow and arrow, then stalked for 40 hours before he was finally killed with a rifle.

An American dentist with an affinity for killing rare wildlife using a bow and arrow has been identified as the man who shot and killed Zimbabwe’s most famous lion earlier this month, local officials claim.

Dr. Walter Palmer, a dentist working in Bloomington, Minnesota, is said to have paid $55,000 to hunt the 13-year-old lion, named Cecil, according to a report from The Telegraph. The animal was allegedly lured with meat out of Hwange National Park — a protected area that bans hunting — into an adjacent hunting zone where he was shot with an arrow. The lion was then followed for 40 hours before he was ultimately killed with a rifle.

The Zimbabwe tourism department also sent out a tweet early Tuesday identifying Palmer as the man who killed Cecil, using the hashtag #illegalhunt.

The page for his practice has been removed from Facebook. The phone at his dental office has remained off the hook since the hunter’s name was first published, and a Yelp profile associated with the practice has been flooded with hundreds of negative reviews.

A spokesman for the hunter told the Guardian that Palmer was “obviously quite upset over everything.”
“As far as I understand, Walter believes that he might have shot that lion that has been referred to as Cecil,” the spokesman said. “What he’ll tell you is that he had the proper legal permits and he had hired several professional guides, so he’s not denying that he may be the person who shot this lion. He is a big-game hunter; he hunts the world over.”
The Facebook page for the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association posted a statement noting the hunter who led the campaign against Cecil was a member of its group, and has since been suspended indefinitely. The hunter, identified as Theo Bronkhorst, was placed under arrest earlier this month after reporting the “mistake,” along with the landowner of the hunting area. Both are due in court on Aug. 6 for poaching charges.

“It was a magnificent, mature lion. We did not know it was well-known lion. I had a license for my client to shoot a lion with a bow and arrow in the area where it was shot,” Bronkhorst said.

The African lion is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and classified as moderately protected under CITES — an international wildlife protection agreement — but is allowed to be hunted in some countries. Trophies can be easily imported into the U.S. as long as a CITES export document is obtained from the country the animal was killed in.

Read the full story from The Huffington Post here.

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[ DC Coal Session press statement_7 29 2015 FINAL ]

Jul 29, 2015

  

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[ Lower PA Electric Bills Possible Under EPA Clean Power Plan ]

An Environmental Protection Agency plan to cut carbon pollution should actually save Pennsylvania families money, if meeting the plan includes energy efficiency, according to two separate analyses.

Critics of the Clean Power Plan charge it will sharply raise the cost of electricity.

But research by Georgia Institute of Technology and Synapse Energy Economics finds it would actually cut utility bills by using conservation and renewable energy.

Professor Marilyn Brown from the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy says efficiency and shifting to wind, solar and biomass should make a typical utility bill somewhat smaller.

“We see a reduction of, depending on the state, anywhere from 5 to 10 percent rather than an increase,” she relates.

She says business as usual would mean bills 9 percent higher by 2030.

The EPA is expected to announce exact details of the plan in the next month or two.

The plan would reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants as part of the agency’s strategy to help address global climate change.

Brown says families in Pennsylvania would save nearly $400 a year.

“Pennsylvania households in the year 2030 would pay $390 less for their electricity consumption for a year with the clean power pathway,” she points out.

Synapse Energy Economics, an environmental consulting firm, projects that Pennsylvania families would actually save a little more than what Georgia Tech found, according to Elizabeth Stanton, an economist with Synapse.

“Pennsylvania households taking advantage of energy efficiency programs under the proposed Clean Power Plan would save $38 dollars a month on average in 2030,” she states.

The big coal and oil corporations, and their allies in Congress, are waging an all out fight against the Clean Power Plan. Still, several opinion polls find popular support for EPA plans to cut carbon emissions.

-Dan Heyman, Keystone State News Connection

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