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Arctic Refuge

Anyone who has ever stood in awe of a beautiful place, anyone who has ever felt humbled by the magnificence of nature, anyone who has ever been moved by the sight of an animal in the wild, and anyone who has ever wanted to save something precious -- anything precious -- should celebrate today. This is because yesterday, aboard Air Force One, the President announced a proposal to designate more than 12 million acres of the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness.

Oil wells near La Habra, 1920s

This week, residents of La Habra Heights, California, rang in the New Year with a victory that ensures the small town will have a fair chance at banning new oil and gas drilling come election time in March. 

La Habra Heights, located in Los Angeles County, is known for its scenic beauty and canyon living. The area is also at the center of major expansion plans for oil and gas operations and the potential proliferation of new, unconventional techniques like fracking and acidization in the region.

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Sometimes hope is all we have. We can plan, organize, research and prepare all we want. Then comes the moment of truth we have to reckon with. 

My wife, Jen, and I live in Hepburn Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. We have been active on the issue of gas drilling since October,  2010, when Jen found survey stakes on one of her favorite trails in a local park. We’ve been speaking up for our communities and special places ever since. We joined the Responsible Drilling Alliance (RDA) in the nearby town of Williamsport and now serve on the its Board of Directors.  

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There has been no shortage of hot topics to address this year on our unEARTHED Blog. From coal ash to honeybees, Earthjustice has been hard at work fighting for a healthy planet—and we’re blogging about it every step of the way. In case you missed any of them, here is your chance to catch up!

Presenting the most popular Earthjustice blogs of 2014:

The UN climate talks in Lima, Peru.

After a long slog in overtime, the gavel came down at the UN climate talks in Lima in the wee hours last Sunday. Reviews are wildly mixed, with some heralding a major step toward a new global regime and others despairing that governments, beholden to fossil fuel interests, are committing us to a calamitous future. 

The National Wind Technology Center in Colorado.

It’s almost that time of year again, when people resolve to begin the year anew with ambitious goals to improve upon their lives. This year, Earthjustice’s resolution is to push our country to take a hard turn away from fossil fuels—and toward clean and innovative renewable energy sources—and we’re asking you to join us.

Our mutual resolve could not come at a more important time.

The Kulluk, one of Shell's oil drilling rigs  for the Arctic.

Last week, the top Federal prosecutor in Alaska announced that Shell’s primary Arctic offshore oil drilling contractor, Noble Drilling, had pled guilty to committing eight felony offenses in connection with Shell’s botched attempts to drill in the Arctic Ocean in 2012.  As its operator pleads guilty for the 2012 drilling mess, Shell is already gearing up to drill again with the same operator and an even bigger and dirtier drilling plan.

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