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In June, the Obama administration affirmed its commitment to developing energy storage resources that will support America’s clean energy future, but the administration’s energy storage target underestimates the growing power of the clean energy economy. Energy storage is a critical tool in states’ efforts to eliminate dependence on fossil fuels. It gives energy providers a ready supply of renewable energy to draw from, even when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining.

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In the Pacific Northwest, native coastal tribes have an adage rooted in age-old myths: no fish, no blackfish. The integral connection between orca whales and salmon has been understood since long before Europeans arrived to the region. Now, scientists are also highlighting this important link as they look to understand why whale species are in peril.

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African American churches have been on the frontlines of the most important social movements of the last century. The movements begin at the pulpit, with preachers stirring their congregation to action via Sunday sermons that link spirituality and faith to a greater calling.


“This Land is Your Land" is one of our country's most beloved folk songs, painting a picture of America as vast and brimming with natural beauty. Children learn it in elementary school and sometimes sing it after the morning Pledge of Allegiance. Woody Guthrie's song recalls the wonder he felt during strolls through redwood forests, golden valleys and the sparkling sands of diamond deserts. He ends each verse with the warm and inclusive refrain, “This land was made for you and me.”

fields in Hawaii

Last week, Hawai‛i counties were back in court to defend their right to protect themselves from genetically engineered (GE) crops and the harmful pesticides that they’re modified to withstand. At stake is whether communities have a say over what goes on in their own backyards. But the Big Ag industry would have you believe these cases are about protecting upstanding companies from hostile anti-GE activists and their senseless acts of vandalism.

On June 3, 2016, a Union Pacific oil train carrying crude oil to the Port of Tacoma, Washington derailed near the town of Mosier, Oregon along the Columbia River.

The latest wake-up call on the dangers of transporting explosive crude oil by train happened just 30 miles from where Earthjustice met for its June board meeting. The plume of black, acrid smoke marring the otherwise clear blue sky was a stark reminder of why our attorneys are fighting against crude-by-rail: This dangerous practice puts profits ahead of people, threatening the health and safety of communities along the rail lines.

Photo of Pågan Island ca. 1970.

This is a guest blog post by Jerome Kaipat Aldan. Aldan is mayor of the Northern Islands. 

Jerome Kaipat Aldan.I was eight years old when Mt. Pågan, one of two volcanoes that created Pågan Island, erupted. I have many precious childhood memories of that beautiful island. I remember going for swims in the ocean. Small houses made of wood and tin blended in with the natural beauty.


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