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.
Update: On July 24, 2017, a group of 11 state prosecutors sued the EPA to force it to implement rules designed to prevent chemical spills and other industrial accidents at facilities such as refineries and fertilizer plants, according to a federal court filing.
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.”
Editor's note: This article first appeared in The Big Smoke, an Australian publication. The author, Earthjustice attorney Noni Austin, attended the recent meeting of the United Nations’ World Heritage Committee in Krakow, Poland.
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.
Memphis residents now have another reason to sing the blues. Last week, the nation’s largest public utility, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), admitted that the groundwater beneath its Allen coal-burning power plant is poisoned with astronomically high amounts of arsenic.
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.
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.