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The Latest On: Endangered Species Act

August 18, 2008 | Legal Document

State pika petition 81908

Petition in state court seeking protection of the pika under the California Endangered Species Act.

August 18, 2008 | Legal Document

Pika federal complaint 81908

Federal challenge for failure to make a timely finding on ESA protection for pika.

August 12, 2008 | Blog Post

The Return of the Wolves

The legal tussle over the wolves in the Northern Rockies, which took a turn for the better a week or so back, has overshadowed another uplifting wolf story: confirmation of a breeding pack of wolves in northeast Oregon for the first time since the animals were shot, trapped, and poisoned out of the state more than 50 years ago.

May 15, 2008 | Blog Post

Alaska Wants to Buy a Few Scientists

As everyone knows by now, the administration has moved to give Endangered Species Act protection to the polar bear—sort of. The bear goes on the list, but there a big footnote that says that energy development can proceed unhindered. Interior Secretary Kempthorne proclaimed that the Endangered Species Act must not be used to combat global warming.

Various forces, including the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation, pledged to contest the listing in court. To have any hope of success, they'll need some tame scientists on their side. Read on.

April 17, 2008 | Blog Post

The Weekly Outrage

"Some courts are taking laws written more than 30 years ago to primarily address local and regional environmental effects, and applying them to global climate change. The Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act were never meant to regulate global climate change." —George W. Bush, April 16, 2008

March 3, 2008 | Blog Post

Know Thine Enemy

I have a simple rule of thumb to decide how to vote on the ever-more-complicated, ever-more numerous propositions that infest the ballot here in California come election time. It is this: Anything that is supported by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is something that I will enthusiastically vote against. The late Mr. Jarvis and a co-conspirator named Paul Gann managed to get a property tax measure passed in 1978 that ruined the public schools in our fair state and caused much other mischief that we still suffer from.

February 27, 2008 | Legal Document

Wolf Delisting 60-Day Notice

Letter to the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Secretary of the Interior, notifying them that Earthjustice intends to file suit against the FWS for violating the Endangered Species Act by delisting wolves from the northern Rockies.

February 25, 2008 | Blog Post

Exploiters Rush into Melting Arctic

With late winter, sunlight returns to the North Pole, revealing an ice-bound ocean that looks deceptively like it always has—a frozen, pristine wilderness. Deceptive, because profound and rapid change is underway from the forces of climate change and our relentless quest for energy.

February 12, 2008 | Blog Post

A Bit of Good News

If the polar bears aren’t drowning it's flooding somewhere and drying to dust somewhere else. Or, as a folk group from my youth sang, "They're rioting in Africa. . .and Texas needs rain." Plus ça change.

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