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Trump Administration Aims to Carve Up National Monuments for Private Profit

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2017 – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke advised President Trump to shrink the boundaries of at least four national monuments, according to a leaked memo he submitted upon concluding an agency review.  Zinke also proposed subjecting several of the country’s most treasured public lands and waters to drilling, logging, commercial fishing and other destruction. Rhea […]

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Op-Ed: Doug Obegi: Goldman Sachs Underestimates WaterFix Costs for Westlands

July 19, 2017 – Doug Obegi is Senior Attorney, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council The Sacramento Bee reported this week that the Board of Directors of the Westlands Water District were skeptical of paying for the Delta tunnels project (WaterFix).  This shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that prior analyses have shown that the project is not cost-effective, […]

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Sharon Buccino: Why Monuments Matter

April 25, 2017 – Sharon Buccino is Director, Land & Wildlife Program On Wednesday, President Trump will unveil his latest effort to undermine our bedrock environmental protections. Trump will reportedly sign an executive order requiring Interior Secretary Zinke to carry out a review of every national monument created in the past 21 years – both […]

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NRDC: Year after year, California continues to use more water than is made available by nature

SACRAMENTO, CA, April 7, 2017 – After an unusually wet winter, Governor Jerry Brown today lifted the emergency drought order for most of California – exempting Tulare, Fresno, Kings and Tuolumne counties. Brown declared the drought state of emergency action in January 2014. While surface storage and snowpack are at near-record highs, California’s groundwater remains severely […]

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Court Upholds California’s Landmark Cap-and-Trade Program

SACRAMENTO, CA, April 6, 2017- In a major victory for California’s fight against climate change, the state’s Third District Court of Appeal today forcefully rejected a challenge to the carbon auctions in California’s ambitious cap-and-trade program, a key feature of the landmark program. The 2-1 majority decision in favor of the California Air Resources Board, […]

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Extreme Bills in Senate Threaten Public Health

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2017 — The Natural Resources Defense Council, Physicians for Social Responsibility, BlueGreen Alliance, GreenLatinos, NextGen Climate and a broad coalition representing more than 70 groups are urging the Senate to reject a multi-pronged attack on safeguards that protect Americans from dirty air, contaminated water, tainted food, and unsafe products. The Senate Committee […]

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Lawmakers Introduce California Environmental Defense Bill Package

SACRAMENTO, February 22, 2017 — California senators today introduced a trio of bills aimed at protecting the state’s greatest assets – its people and its natural resources – from potential threats from the Trump Administration. The California Environmental Defense Bill package includes protections for public lands, whistleblowers, data, clean air, climate, clean water, worker safety and […]

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NRDC Report: TransCanada’s “Reckless Plan B” Seeks Massive Tar Sands Oil Shipments via New Pipeline and Tankers

WASHINGTON, DC, July 26, 2016 – The threat of devastating tar sands spills did not end when President Obama rejected the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline last November, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is warning today in a report that lays out TransCanada’s reckless Plan B. That scheme calls for building a pipeline to […]