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Offshore drilling, fossil fuels, federal lands, forest and monuments, clean air policy

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Midwestern regional issues

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Water, Canada

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Oceans, marine mammals, California advocacy and California climate change policy, natural climate solutions

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Energy efficiency and decarbonization

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Western regional issues

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Environmental justice and Chicago-based environmental issues

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China-based climate, energy and wildlife

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Industrial and emerging energy policy, hydrogen, energy transmission/RTOs

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NRDC Digital Tool Tracks Political Opposition to Offshore Drilling

Press ReleaseWashington, D.C.
WASHINGTON – NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is launching an updated digital tool today to help people track where their Members of Congress stand on offshore oil and gas drilling. The Biden administration is expected to release a final five-year plan for federal…

Minnesota Declares Sept. 14 “Clean Grid Day”

Press ReleaseMinneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS (September 14, 2023) – Today, as members of Minnesota’s grid operator Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) meet in Minneapolis to discuss the future of the Midwestern grid, Gov. Tim Walz declared September 14 “Clean Grid Day.” At the beginning…

Governor Newsom and CA Legislature Agree on Path to Clean, Reliable Energy

Press ReleaseSacramento
Governor Gavin Newsom and the California state legislature have announced an agreement to protect the reliability of California's energy grid amid the state's transition to clean energy. The bill centers the procurement of clean electricity, expedition of electric infrastructure projects, strengthening…

FERC Interconnection Efforts "Raise the Floor" on Grid Decarbonization Pathways

Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held a meeting on a forthcoming rule to improve interregional transmission. During their presentation, commissioners previewed efforts to standardize processes across different grid operators, increase accountability for action, and usher…

Feds Propose New Critical Habitat Designation for Endangered Whale 

Press ReleaseWashington, D.C.
The National Marine Fisheries Service has submitted a proposed rule designating critical habitat for the highly endangered Rice’s whale. With only approximately 50 whales remaining, Rice’s whales are among the most endangered whales in the world, making this habitat designation essential…

President Biden Declines to Embargo Products from Mexico for Vaquita Violation

Press ReleaseWashington, D.C.
President Biden announced yesterday that he will not embargo products from Mexico despite its failure to halt the illegal wildlife trade threatening the critically endangered vaquita porpoise. The decision responds to the Secretary of the Interior’s recent certification under the…

Groups Welcome New Denver Mayor

Press ReleaseDenver
Environmental, racial justice and health organizations today welcomed the upcoming inauguration of Denver Mayor Mike Johnston and urge him to work with City Council and regional experts to build on the city’s environmental successes with bold action addressing climate change…

NRDC Report: Building Batteries Better

Press ReleaseWashington, D.C.
WASHINGTON – A new report from NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) lays out key strategies so the transition away from fossil fuels and to electric vehicles can drive better mining practices.

Inflation Reduction Act to Drive Historic Clean Energy Transition

Press ReleaseWashington, D.C.
WASHINGTON – A new compilation of government, academic, industry and other analyses provides the strongest evidence yet that the Inflation Reduction Act is poised to drive a historic transformation of the U.S. economy toward cleaner, renewable energy.

Agencies Propose Rollbacks of Endangered Species Act Rollbacks

Press ReleaseUnited States
In response to a federal lawsuit, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service released draft revisions to regulations governing protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The updates address Trump Administration efforts in 2019 to undermine…

United States Finds Mexico Is Undermining Wildlife Treaty, May Impose Embargo

Press ReleaseWashington, D.C.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Mexico has failed to halt the illegal wildlife trade threatening the critically endangered vaquita porpoise, diminishing the effectiveness of an international wildlife treaty. Under U.S. law, President Biden must now decide…

PJM Rejects Member Plan to Rewrite Penalties

Press Release
Earthjustice, NRDC, Penn Future, Public Citizen, Sierra Club, the Sustainable FERC Project, and the Union of Concerned Scientists sent a letter to the PJM board calling on them to reject the May 11 PJM-member proposal to rollback penalties for failed…

Discharge Petition Offers Way to Avoid Default

Press ReleaseUnited States
House members may begin today to sign onto a discharge petition for a resolution that offers a path to averting a looming federal default and the disastrous consequences it would bring.