The Latest On: Climate and Energy
Last week, President Obama demanded that Congress take action on climate change, or else he would.
But, after years of political gridlock on the climate issue, coupled with rising seas and worsening droughts, one thing is clear: the nation simply cannot afford to wait any longer to take action. Though Congress may eventually pull together and pass a climate bill, the president must not wait on that uncertain prospect. He must act now.
New York state regulators wisely chose to delay a decision on fracking pending the completion of a complex environmental impact study. Health Commissioner Nirav Shah has explained that he and his team need more time to adequately examine the public health effects of fracking.
"We're glad to hear that they're not putting an artificial deadline on completion of the regulations, and giving the scientists time to do the science," said Earthjustice attorney Deborah Goldberg. "If they try to proceed without rules, we'll be suing them in court.”
Thanks to a recent federal court decision, visitors to Utah’s public wild lands can continue to raft the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument without seeing oil derricks around the river’s bends.
They can continue to enjoy the outlook from Canyonlands National Park’s Grand View Point without drill rigs littering the landscape.
And they won’t be forced to see the formations at Arches National Park as gateways to increased carbon emissions and environmental disruption.