The Environment

  Otters Win Battle in SoCalNovember 29, 2005 00:00 The federal government is ending a wasteful otter relocation program designed for saving otters while protecting fishermen. Fishermen are upset, but the program is wasteful and not working. The FWS is taking comments on the issue and you can submit them here.
  Hunting Hurting Rocky Mountain Elk Herds, Not WolvesNovember 28, 2005 00:00 Although hunters and farmers love to blame wolves for harming 'wildlife,' research shows that hunters contribute to declining species numbers more than wolves. Surprise, surprise.
  Carbon Dioxide Levels Highest in 650,000 YearsNovember 25, 2005 00:00 Antarctic ice core studies have shown that global atmospheric CO2 is the highest that it has been in 650,000 years. That can't bode well for brain function.
  Despite Ban, Farmers Still Use PesticideNovember 25, 2005 00:00 The U.S. is at risk of agriculture exports further decreasing. The International community looks on as the U.S. government relaxes and delays enforcement of restrictions on the use of dangerous pesticides. Pesticides such as Methyl bromide are being permitted for use in farming by the U.S. government even though it causes neurological disorders. The chemical reduces the cost of maintenance of a crop significantly. The current administration is working on policies that will ensure the use of such dangerous chemicals beyond 2008.
  Rocky Mountain Animal Sanctuary Struggling for ExistenceNovember 21, 2005 00:00 The Rocky Mountain Animal Sanctuary, home to discarded pet wildlife for 25 years, is struggling to survive. The owners attribute the lack of donations to donor fatigue after a long year of big-ticket donations.
  Largest, Unprotected Ancient Redwood Grove on Pacific Lumber landNovember 18, 2005 00:00 Pacific Lumber is set to cut down 250 acres of old growth redwood forest that is the prime nesting habitat for another endangered bird species. PL plans to cut down trees that are up to 42 feet in circumference.
  Puget Orcas on Endangered Species ListNovember 15, 2005 00:00 Puget Sound Orcas, currently only 89 in number, have been listed on the Endangered Species List. Environmentalists hope that the listing may help to improve the environment and fish stocks that are necessary to help the orcas survive.
  Public Needs to Voice Worth of Endangered SpeciesNovember 15, 2005 00:00 The perceived value of natural resources has changed dramatically with the political landscape in the last several decades. Unless the public speaks up to protect its investment in the species and land around us, we risk devaluing them to nothing.
  Moderate Republicans Protecting the EnvironmentNovember 11, 2005 00:00 Moderate Florida Republican congressmen have helped stem the anti-environment tide in Washington. They helped block a provision to drill off the coast of Florida and another to drill in ANWR.
  Grizzlies to Come Off Endangered Species List?November 08, 2005 00:00 Although there are only 600 grizzlies in Yellowstone National Park, the Bush administration is pushing a bill through Congress that will remove them from the endangered species list. The aim is to free up the vast stretches of land that they inhabit to recreational, mining, and oil and gas exploitation.
  Animals Don't VoteNovember 07, 2005 00:00 This columnist tells it like it is... George Bush does not care about the environment, nor does he have any sense of responsible stewardship.
  Senate Allows Drilling in ANWRNovember 04, 2005 00:00 The Senate has passed a budget bill that includes massive cuts to federal programs whil allowing drilling in ANWR. The House has yet to pass a bill that allows the same. The budget cuts to social and education programs are coming despite $70 billion in proposed tax cuts by the President this year.
  Florida Drilling Good for the Environment?November 01, 2005 00:00 The Right is now claiming that oil drilling will be a good thing for Florida, and probably Alaska, because the oil will bring in money that will be used to clean up the environment after it is ruined. How silly that these folks don't seem to account for the tax breaks and incentives given to companies that are never accounted for when the crude actually starts to flow.