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Bakersfield, California, está rodeada por campos agrícolas industriales, excavadoras de petróleo y gas, y tiene casi la peor calidad de aire del país.

Según la Asociación Pulmonar Americana, Bakersfield es el lugar con mayor polución de partículas a corto plazo en Estados Unidos y con los peores niveles de polución de ozono. Ambas formas de contaminación están relacionadas con enfermedades pulmonares, como el asma, y enfermedades del corazón.

A train transports oil across California's Central Valley, headed towards the Bakersfield Crude Terminal in Kern County.

A California appellate court has rejected a permit critical to a crude-by-rail terminal in Bakersfield, a city that already suffers from some of the worst air quality in the country.

The case unmasked how the county agency that is tasked with protecting air quality and public health instead colludes with polluters and prioritizes corporate profits.

Earthjustice attorney Jenny Harbine

For Earthjustice attorney Jenny Harbine, three tense days in the battle against coal kicked off on a Monday morning, while she was in the middle of packing a suitcase. She was preparing to fly from Montana to New Orleans to attend a clean energy conference. Her two sons were eating breakfast in the kitchen as her husband prepared their lunches. Suddenly, Harbine overheard their 7-year-old, Ole, pipe up: “Dad, they’re talking about coal on the radio.” 

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon.

The oil-and-gas-hungry Trump administration is yet again attempting to hand over public areas to the fossil fuel industry. This time, it’s our oceans that are in peril.

In April, President Trump kicked off his assault by issuing an executive order undoing a permanent drilling ban in the vast majority of the Arctic Ocean and important parts of the Atlantic. On behalf of a coalition of conservation and Alaska Native groups, we and our co-counsel NRDC are in court challenging this unlawful rollback.

The bald eagle is just one of the species that the Endangered Species Act has saved from extinction.

A small yet vocal group of congressmen are gearing up this summer to dismantle the Endangered Species Act. Campaign finance records of these lawmakers reveal that they have all taken significant money from extractive industries frustrated by the law’s protection of critical habitat for endangered species.

A pair of Mexican gray wolves (Canis lupus baileyi) look out over a snowy ledge.

In his essay Thinking Like A Mountain, legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold describes a time in his youth when he “had never heard of passing up a chance to kill a wolf.” But as he watched the “fierce green fire” fade from a dying wolf’s eyes, he began to doubt the wisdom of that philosophy.

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