The Environment

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  Wilderness Proposal Tops List Of 2005 ID Environment StoriesDecember 30, 2005 00:00 This Idaho wilderness bill is an example of the partisan, Swiss-cheese legislation that is occurring in the current political climate.
  A Drier And Tainted Nevada May Be Legacy Of A Gold RushDecember 30, 2005 00:00 The history of gold mines in Nevada has been largely untouched by federal regulations. Mining activity has led to drained aquifers, mercury pollution in the air and water, and many huge uncovered open-face strip mines.
  Jeb Bush Endorses Increase In Gulf Oil ProductionDecember 29, 2005 00:00 Rather than promote better feul efficiency standards or conservation, officials such as Florida governor Jeb Bush are reversing position and endorsing drilling in areas such as the Florida Gulf Coast.
  Protecting ANWR, AgainDecember 29, 2005 00:00 The Senate vote to block ANWR oil drilling from passing with the defense appropriations bill was just good government.
  ESA-Killer Bill Creeps Closer to Consideration in SenateDecember 29, 2005 00:00 As Richard Pombo's changes to the ESA creep closer to consideration in the Senate, a constant stream of commentators voice their beliefs that the bill is fatally flawed. Fatal for wildlife, that is.
 
  Recent Votes on ANWR Could Mean Political Trouble for Some on the 'Wrong' SideDecember 28, 2005 00:00 Several congressional candidates could find themselves on the receiving end of big oil money next year after the incumbents voted against opening ANWR.
 
  American Company Causes Havoc OverseasDecember 27, 2005 00:00 The American mining company Freeport-McMoRan has flouted American law and bribed local governments to cover 90 square miles of lowland ecosystems with billions of tons of mining waste.
  Permafrost-Thawing Concern DeepensDecember 27, 2005 00:00 Warming Arctic temperatures could be disastrous for the Alaskan infrastructure and economy by the end of this century.
  Romney Continues Push for Controversial Pollution PlanDecember 22, 2005 00:00 Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney continues to buck the environmental trend by actually pushing for a controversial plan that would allow air polluters to pay fixed, capped fines for pollution. The problem with the plan is that it would actually allow polluters to plan for a fixed cost of doing business... assuming that dumping pollution into Massachusetts air is 'doing business.'
  Kennedy Slams Bush Administration s Corporate CronyismDecember 21, 2005 00:00 Robert F. Kennedy Jr. accused the Bush administration of putting industrial polluters in appointed positions of power, allowing them to guide regulation for environmental standards. This administration is definitely for sale.
  Senate Blocks Alaska Refuge DrillingDecember 21, 2005 00:00 Democrats and moderate Republicans blocked an effort to add a provision to the defense appropriations bill that would open up ANWR for petroleum drilling.
 
  Consumers Pay Too Much At the Pump Because of Bad PoliciesDecember 21, 2005 00:00 Consumers pay too much for gasoline at the pump because of the Bush administrations policies.
  Dems Vow To Keep Resisting Alaska DrillingDecember 20, 2005 00:00 The Senate is now battling over whether or not ANWR will be opened up for oil drilling. The drilling provision, attached to a huge defense appropriations bill, has angered many Senate Democrats.
 
  Critter CarolsDecember 19, 2005 00:00 The National Environmental Trust (NET) has created these funny critter carols with a serious message to highlight the plight of endangered species in our legal system.
  New Twist To Arctic Drilling Deal / Hurricane-Ravaged States Would Have Stake In Oil RevenuesDecember 19, 2005 00:00 Alaska's representatives will try anything to open up ANWR for drilling, including bribing southeastern states with a share in drilling revenues. I still want to know how oil drilling is related to defense appropriations.
  Legal Wyo. Wolf Kills Reach 37December 16, 2005 00:00 Although the wolf seems to be making a comeback, so do wolf kills. 37 have been killed so far this year in Wyoming.
  Agencies Coming Out Against Crapo's Endangered Species ReformDecember 16, 2005 00:00 A variety of agencies are coming out against Senator Crapo's reform of the Endangered Species Act which would essentially rewrite the Act to provide landowners with taxpayer money to obey the law.
 
  CBD Sues to Protect Polar BearsDecember 15, 2005 00:00 Three leading conservation groups filed a lawsuit under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) today, to protect the world s polar bears from extinction as a result of the disappearing Arctic sea ice that they depend on for hunting, mating and travel. The lawsuit points to extensive scientific evidence showing that the unprecedented polar meltdown is the result of global warming.
 
  New Senate Bill Aims to End Protections for Endangered SpeciesDecember 15, 2005 00:00 Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced a bill today aimed at undermining protections for endangered species. The Senate bill, cynically titled the "Collaboration and Recovery of Endangered Species Act," would create arbitrary roadblocks to protecting endangered species and habitat, greatly increase delays and political manipulation in conservation decisions, and cut federal oversight of projects that threaten endangered species.
  Defense Appropriations Bill Contains Drilling in ANWR LanguageDecember 15, 2005 00:00 Senate Democrats said on Thursday said they will fight an effort by Republicans to use a must-pass Defense Department budget bill to open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
 
  Epa Seeks To Ease Factory Emissions ReportsDecember 14, 2005 00:00 The Bush administration is trying to change the rules so that some factories would not have to publish toxic emissions reports. That way, they can't be tracked or held accountable. Let's call this one the 'All Factories Left Behind' law.
 
  Cooperative Conservation Espoused But Not Necessarily WorkingDecember 12, 2005 00:00 The Bush administration's concept of 'cooperative conservation' recognizes that environmental conservation requires the involvement from many parts of society, but fails to recognize that conservation must be backed by firm regulation and adequate budget.
 
  Florida Environment to be Sacrificed for Cheaper OilDecember 12, 2005 00:00 Business groups in Florida are pushing to expand oil drilling off the coast in an effort to drive for cheaper oil. Well... developers are already turning it into a wasteland, so what the heck...
  Map Pinpoints Endangered Species Hot SpotsDecember 12, 2005 00:00 "A map prepared by researchers from the Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) pinpoints 595 clearly defined sites that provide either the only or major remaining habitat for an endangered or seriously endangered species."
  White House Pushes Congress On Alaska DrillingDecember 12, 2005 00:00 The Bush administration is pushing congress to open up drilling in ANWR by attaching provisions to drill there in a budget bill that is going through the reconciliation process.
 
  The Price of ANWR: US$10BDecember 08, 2005 00:00 The government estimates that oil companies could pay the fed as much as $10 billion for rights to drill in ANWR. I'm sure that the caribou and polar bears are happy about that.
  Brosnan Slams BushDecember 08, 2005 00:00 Pierce Brosnan has joined the list of celebrities who bash Bush. Brosnan's two issues of choice are the environment and the Iraq war. I think I'm starting to detect a theme here...
  Us Inflexible At Environment SummitDecember 07, 2005 00:00 The US has avoided making any commitments at this weeks Climate Change meeting in Montreal. The US, the largest contributor to artificial greenhouse gasses in the Western Hemisphere, has refused to participated in emissions reducing treaties.
  Romney Is Said To Plan Limits On Polluter FundsDecember 07, 2005 00:00 The Massachusetts Republican governor is about to essentially convert fines for heavy polluting power plants to fixed costs from proportional costs. This will, in effect, allow power plants to plan ahead in terms of how much power they have to produce to pay for anticipated fines.
  Pombo's Pretext For PlunderDecember 07, 2005 00:00 Rep. Pombo (R-CA) is at it again, attempting to allow existing mining claims holders to expand their claims on public land even if the mining claims are played out. This opens up the lands to development and exploitation and could close up to 300 million acres of public land to the public.
  Bypassing Bush, Americans Take Local Road To KyotoDecember 06, 2005 00:00 Cities are bypassing the federal government to agree to the Kyoto climate change protocols. Amazing... perhaps the Republicans are right about decentralization... or perhaps it just plain makes good sense.
  SE Asian Wildlife InterpolDecember 02, 2005 00:00 US conservation group WildAid is participating with southeast Asian governments to set up an Interpol-like watchdog agency to help combat the endangered species trade.
  Declawing Endangered Species Act A Bad IdeaDecember 01, 2005 00:00 Grizzly bears should serve as a testament to the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act. Instead, they are threatened with delisting at the same time as the Act is under fire by the lawmakers who should be protecting our natural resources.