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September 21, 2012 | Blog Post

House Passes Pro-Coal War On Health Bill

It's been a long two years with the 112th Congress. In that time, House leadership has often tried to "help the economy" by wiping away our basic public health and environmental protections—in the process putting thousands of Americans at risk of disease and death from exposure to toxic chemicals and carcinogens in our air and water.

September 19, 2012 | Feature

Protecting the Grand Canyon Against Uranium Mining

More than 4 million visitors each year seek out the sunset-colored vistas of the Grand Canyon National Park. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar protected one million acres of land around the Grand Canyon by putting a halt to uranium mining. Earthjustice is defending the decision in court.

September 15, 2012 | Blog Post

The Earth Needs YOU This Election Season

After the summer we have had, my mind is on climate change, what more Earthjustice can do about it, and what’s at stake in this election.

I experienced the effects of climate change this summer during a trip through Colorado. Heat, drought and fire set an almost apocalyptic tone for the trip. There was no snow on the peaks, stream flows were down, and smoke filled the air. Similar impacts afflicted 60 percent of our nation and spread over three continents; sea ice coverage in the Arctic was at a record low.

August 17, 2012 | Blog Post

Smokey Loves Coal, Not Forests

The Forest Service finally admitted it.

It took the agency two environmental assessment drafts and a draft and final environmental impact statement, but they admitted it.

June 29, 2012 | Feature

Re-Born to be Re-Wild

More than 100 years ago, bison were slaughtered by the millions. In the spring of 2012, the great herds were being re-born on the Great Plains—one baby at a time. In a video and Q&A feature, Tim Preso, managing attorney of the Earthjustice Northern Rockies office, explains the role of Earthjustice in restoring wild bison to open ranges where they once roamed in the millions.

June 27, 2012 | Blog Post

Valuing Colorado’s Roan Plateau

How much are oil and natural gas worth? I’m not asking how much a barrel of sweet crude is going for these days or what your gas bill from the utility company was last month. The real question isn’t how much fossil fuels cost in terms of dollars, but rather, what is worth sacrificing in their pursuit? Since the physical process of extracting oil and gas tends to severely despoil the surrounding environment, asking how much oil and gas are worth is akin to asking what nature is worth.

June 11, 2012 | Blog Post

Death Valley Wilderness Is Safe

A 6-year legal battle to save some of Death Valley National Park’s wilderness areas from development paid off this week.

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