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15 January 2010, 10:54 AM
Clean Air Act, public lands drilling, efficiency standards, Pacific fisher

Some top stories from the last week at Earthjustice...

Sen. Lisa Murkowski seems determined to undermine the Clean Air Act, and has enlisted industry lobbyists in her quest. Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen discussed why it's critical to take action now to protect this important environmental law.

The days of rampant, indiscriminant oil and gas drilling on public lands are over, according to an announcement from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. The BLM will develop and extend the environmental review processes for public lands drilling plans, something Earthjustice attorneys have advocated for years. 

The DOE just released new efficiency standards for Laundromat washing machines, but unfortunately they won't do enough to weed the least efficient from the market. Next time you take a trip to the Laundromat, try to find a front-loading machine, as these tend to waste less water and energy than top-loaders.

If you haven't heard much about the rare Pacific fisher, it might be its rarity after centuries of fur-trapping and logging in the Pacific northwest. Now, an Earthjustice lawsuit has helped make sure it's still eligible for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Find out more about this mighty porcupine hunter in Monday Reads.

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Interesting Article. OK, I am a convert. I see the light. I will follow the example of our eco-leaders. I commit here and now not to use more than 80% of the energy every year that Al Gore uses, and no more than 70% of the amount that environmentalist John Travolta does. Mr. Gore maintains a modest $30,000 heating and cooling bill for his residence in Tennessee alone for 2008. And, Mr. Travolta is currently in possession of five high power jet planes, any one of which uses more fuel than my entire family would ever dream of using. Yet, for some reason, we look to both these men for eco-leadership. Are we insane? It will be a struggle, but with my 1700 square foot home, my heating and cooling bill will be about $3,000 this year. To get it up to 80% of Gore’s footprint will be extremely difficult. However, I can only try. With leaders like this, I know we will, working together, eventually win this battle. 

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