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[1THING] Blog: Archive for June, 2016

[ Interior Department closes egregious loophole on coal, oil and gas royalty valuation ]

Anastasia Greene

Today the Department of Interior announced its final guidelines to ensure that the American public receives its fair share from oil, gas and coal


[ New campaign fights special interests that are trying to privatize America’s national parks, forests and natural heritage ]

Kate Mackay

Today, The Wilderness Society launched OurWild, a campaign to engage Americans in the effort to protect our national parks, forests, deserts and wildlife refuges. 


[ Wildlife refuges under attack: 3 examples of recent onslaught ]

National wildlife refuges are some of our most accessible public lands, and some of the least appreciated.


[ A bright spot amid Brexit? Growing momentum for global climate action. ]

The broad-based approach of the Paris Agreement has made the politics of climate change much more resilient than before.


[ US, Canada, and Mexico take bold actions to advance clean energy and meet climate goals ]

Stacy Miller
Chase Huntley, Director, Energy & Climate Program said: 

[ How to Offset Air Travel ]

If you care about our planet, and need to travel by air, an option for reducing your individual air travel carbon footprint is by purchasing carbon offsets.  But, what’s the best way to do that?  Marie in San Pedro, California, recently asked the Sierra Club’s Mr. Green that exact question-how to cancel out the carbon emissions from her air travel.  Find out what Mr. Green had to say here.


[ Study Shows Clean Power Plan Saves Money ]

Implementing a clean power plan could cut carbon emissions and save Pennsylvania consumers money, according to a new study by the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Opponents of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan maintain that enforcing mandatory reductions in emissions from power plants would bankrupt the nation.

But Marilyn Brown, the study’s author, says there are cost effective ways to go about it.

“What we’re showing is in fact if done wisely, we can save consumers money and also prevent fossil fuels from heating up the planet,” she states.

The report says if nothing is done, electric bills would go up in Pennsylvania by more than 22 percent over the next 15 years, but with the Clean Power Plan, the average household would save almost $1,900 in the same time period.

The U.S. Supreme Court put the plan on hold during a legal challenge by 27 states and a number of corporations.

But Joe Minott, executive director of the Clean Air Council, says Gov. Tom Wolf is still committed to developing a clean power plan for Pennsylvania.

“There are various attempts by the legislature to interfere with the governor’s right to come up with a plan that are slowing things down, but generally environmentalists are pretty optimistic that we’ll come up with a good plan,” Minott says.

Even if the courts strike down the EPA’s plan, states are free to implement plans of their own.

Some suggest phasing out coal-fired power plants by increasing reliance on natural gas, but gas also is a potent contributor to climate change.

Brown points out that increasing energy efficiency is a piece of the puzzle that’s often overlooked.

“If we cut back on our electricity requirements by investing in efficient equipment, then we can prevent the build-up of this expensive infrastructure that would not serve the next generation very well,” he explains.

Nationally, the goal of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan is a 32 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, slowing global climate change, saving billions of dollars in health care costs, and preventing up to 6,600 premature deaths.

-Andrea Sears, Keystone State News Connection


[ BLM policies favor oil and gas above all other uses of public lands ]

Anastasia Greene

The Bureau of Land Management’s current approach to managing our public lands is allowing companies to lease most of America’s public lands for oil and gas development – with ov


[ Sysco Goes Cage-Free ]

The world’s largest food supplier, Sysco Corporation, has committed to using 100 percent cage-free eggs in its entire U.S. supply chain by 2026. The company, which made $48.7 billion in sales last year, will be the first of its kind to go cage-free.

Get the full story from EcoWatch here.


[ No Exit: Fixing the BLM’s Indiscriminate Energy Leasing ]

Jun 28, 2016

This report describes how the U.S. government agency that oversees 700 million subsurface acres of oil and gas resources on nearly 250 million acres of public lands is saddled with outdated and unbalanced policies, often contradicting its own mandate to manage the land for multiple uses.