Even with attempts by the Trump administration to roll back national progress on climate and clean energy, Earthjustice and our partners can still make a big impact on the state and local levels. Our goal is to ensure that the benefits of clean, affordable energy are available to everyone, and to that end we recently reached a settlement with Gulf Power in Florida that will both save consumers money and incentivize them to save energy.
Earthjustice isn’t standing by as President Trump tries to block the rise of clean energy—we’re fighting back with the full force of the law. Last week, we notified Secretary of Energy Rick Perry that we’re prepared to take him to court if his department continues blocking a raft of commonsense energy efficiency measures.
The Trump administration just got a harsh reminder just how strongly Americans feel about protecting public lands. A few days ago, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which oversees millions acres of public land under the Department of the Interior, swapped its homepage image of a beautiful park to a massive pile of coal at a mine in Wyoming.
This looks to be a grim season for salmon fishermen in the Pacific Northwest, since fisheries managers have forecasted the lowest returns of steelhead in decades. However, fishermen have reason to hold out hope for future seasons.
UPDATE: On May 11, after receiving messages from thousands of supportive Marylanders (including hundreds of Earthjustice supporters), the Maryland Public Service Commission approved a pair of large scale offshore wind developments, in what will be the largest project of its kind in the nation.
When Congress created the renewable fuel standard in 2005 and expanded it in 2007, it was trying to boost the production of homegrown biofuel in an effort to help America wean itself off foreign oil and reduce climate changing pollution.
Squinting into the smog, California utilities have seen the future—and it’s not fossil fuels.
On the same day our nation inaugurated a president deeply entrenched with old fossil fuel interests, three California power companies catapulted their state into the future with a plan for a new clean energy paradigm. It’s one of many signs that California is not only holding the line, but also pushing into new territory to protect the environment and public health.
The new EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, has defied science and common knowledge by claiming that carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to climate change. This stance from President Trump’s appointee reflects an administration-wide disregard for climate change and caters to the bottom line of billionaire polluters, rather than protecting our public health.