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Holding Interior to Account on Gulf Oil and Gas Leasing

Expert BlogAlabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, TexasIrene Gutierrez
Continuing to extract oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico will have a steep price for the environment and coastal communities in the region. That's why NRDC and our partners took BOEM to court.

It’s Time to Make Offshore Energy Fossil Fuel-Free

Expert BlogUnited StatesIrene Gutierrez, Brad Sewell

A federal court yesterday halted the largest offshore oil and gas lease sale in U.S. history. This positions 2022 as the year the Biden administration can set us on a course for a fossil fuel-free ocean.

Holding Illegal Fishing Perpetrators Accountable

Expert BlogInternationalIrene Gutierrez

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) recent report—Improving International Fisheries Management: 2021 Report to Congress—promotes accountability for illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing by naming nations whose fleets engage in these harmful practices. 

Taking Stock of Fossil Fuel Reform Under Biden

Expert BlogUnited StatesIrene Gutierrez, Sarah Chasis

The Department of the Interior has the opportunity to reform a broken industry and protect our lands and waters for future generations.

Unethical Seafood: How the U.S. Import System Fails Consumers

Expert BlogUnited StatesSandy Aylesworth, Irene Gutierrez

A new NRDC report explains how one in three seafood meals comes from illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing—a dirty global industry that harms ecosystems, hurts fishermen who play by the rules, and relies on trafficked labor.

Let's Protect the West Coast from Offshore Drilling

Expert BlogIrene Gutierrez
President Biden’s bold executive order sets in motion a suite of actions to fight the climate crisis, including pausing new oil and gas leasing on federal lands and in offshore waters.

Defending Ocean Ecosystems from Fossil Fuel Exploitation

Expert BlogIrene Gutierrez
Offshore oil drilling has a host of negative effects on the environment, from the harms to marine life caused by oil exploration, pollution from drilling waste, to the devastating environmental consequences of oil spills.

California Keeps Rolling to a Clean Transportation Future

Expert BlogDr. Simon Mui, Irene Gutierrez
Continuing the momentum after the Global Climate Action Summit, California took the next steps to meeting its climate and clean air requirements by taking the next steps on its Low Carbon Fuels Standard, its Clean Car Standards, and proposing an…

Victory! Feds Ordered to Reinstate Updated CAFE Penalties

Expert BlogUnited StatesIrene Gutierrez

In a win for consumers and the environment, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of NRDC, Center for Biological Diversity, and Sierra Club, and overturned a Department of Transportation attempt to indefinitely delay penalties on automakers for…