Environmentalists Challenge More Bush Administration Political Interference in Endangered Species Decisions


The Center for Biological Diversity today filed five separate lawsuits concerning Bush Administration political interference in designation of critical habitat for six western species, including the western snowy plover, California tiger salamander, southwestern willow flycatcher, Buena Vista Lake shrew and two California plants. The lawsuits represent the latest action in a campaign by the Center to reverse politically tainted decisions concerning dozens of endangered species.

Ensuring the Public's Right to Know - Pesticide Reform

In a long campaign with Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides the Western Environmental Law Center has sought full disclosure of active and inert ingredients in pesticides to the public under the Freedom of Information Act.

Challenge to Bush Administration Foot-Dragging on Species Protection

The Bush administration has been using a legal loophole in the Endangered Species Act (the “warranted but precluded” clause) to delay listing of hundreds of species which it has acknowledged need protection, effectively allowing these species and their habitat to spiral downhill towards extinction.  In a case lead by Meyer & Glitzenstein, the Western Environmental Law Center is helping to represent a coalition of conservation groups trying to undue this bureaucratic logjam to allow these species and their habitats to get the protections they deserve.

VICTORY! Wilderness Protected from Damaging Commercial Packstock Operations

The John Muir and Ansel Adams Wildernesses in the Sierra Nevada of California are a rugged, wild paradise that  include high alpine lakes, streams, and meadows that are popular for backpackers and climbers, and also provide habitat for species such as the Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep and the Yosemite toad.

Protecting Valuable Post-Fire Ecosystems in California

Researchers agree that post-fire salvage logging is a “tax” on the environment, and that unlogged recently burned forests are the rarest ecosystem in the West.

Participating in the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition

WELC is a member of the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition (RVCC), a group of more than 70 western and national non-profit, public, and private organizations. RVCC includes rural community advocates, environmentalists, business owners, federal and state land managers, and researchers working to address common issues surrounding public forest management.

An Energy Policy That Incentivizes Emission Reductions

By subsidizing low-carbon electricity generation: A practical and more efficient alternative to cap-and-trade?

Santa Clara, CA - A novel approach to greenhouse gas regulation is described in a paper recently published in Energy Policy, titled “A decarbonization strategy for the electricity sector: New-source subsidies”.

Does it make sense to limit emission reductions to a predetermined, politically comprised target?

Oregon, others lead way on auto emission rules


Pushed by Oregon, California and a dozen other states, the federal government set tough new national tailpipe emission standards Thursday for passenger cars and trucks.

By 2016, automakers are required to achieve a fleet average of 35.5 miles a gallon, which is about 10 mpg higher than current regulations allow.

The new rules essentially duplicate the tailpipe standards that Oregon, California and the other states had been trying to get federal permission to enforce since the mid-2000s.

EPA Allows States to Enforce Stricter GHG Tailpipe Emissions Limits

A hard-fought victory for Environmental Groups

In a critical step to combat global warming, the U.S. EPA today granted to California a long-delayed waiver for California's greenhouse gas reduction law for new vehicles.  Today’s action reverses President Bush’s denials of the waiver request in 2007 and 2008.

Conservationists’ Win Upheld in Nat’l Cotton Council v. EPA

6th Circuit denies pesticide industry’s request for rehearing

The 6th Circuit today issued an order denying the pesticide industry’s petition for rehearing in National Cotton Council v. EPA, No. 06-4630. The order effectively upholds the Court’s earlier finding that pesticide residuals and biological pesticides constitute pollutants under the Clean Water Act.

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