Sustainability

COMMENTARY

Rupert Murdoch is launching Fox Weather. What could possibly go wrong?

BY: - July 13, 2021

This is for real: Rupert Murdoch will soon launch a new platform, Fox Weather. Wrap your head around that one. Brian Wieser, a prominent media analyst, said it best the other day: “How do you address the fact that weather changes are caused to some degree by humans when you have a media property with […]

Over 100 fire scientists urge the West: Skip the fireworks this record-dry 4th of July

BY: , , and - July 2, 2021

The heat wave hitting the northwestern U.S. and Canada has been shattering records, with temperatures 30 degrees Fahrenheit or more above normal. With drought already gripping the West, the intense heat has helped suck even more moisture from millions of acres of forests and grasslands, bringing dead vegetation in many regions to record-dry levels and […]

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Biden to meet with Western governors about wildfires, vows to raise firefighter pay

BY: - June 22, 2021

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he will host a meeting next week of Western governors, Cabinet members and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials “to prepare for heat, drought and wildfires in the West.” “There’s an old expression: God made man. Then he made a few firefighters. They have a higher incidence of severe injuries than […]

Endangered species to get a reprieve under Biden administration plans

BY: - June 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The lesser prairie-chicken, a rare dancing grouse once abundant on the Great Plains, could benefit again soon from the protection of the U.S. government. So could the rusty patched bumblebee, a black-headed pollinator that at one time ranged from Georgia to Maine and across the Midwest. The Biden administration is rewriting how it […]

Biden public lands nominee opposed by GOP over link to 1989 tree-spiking in Idaho

BY: - June 18, 2021

Republicans in the U.S. Senate are ramping up opposition to President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Bureau of Land Management after a conservative news site and other news reports detailed her connection to an Idaho tree-spiking scheme three decades ago. Without GOP support, Montana’s Tracy Stone-Manning would need the votes of every Democrat in […]

Nevadans want national monument over wind farm

BY: - June 17, 2021

Spurred by the possible development of a wind farm, a coalition of Nevada lawmakers, tribes, conservationists and local residents are pushing for the creation of a national monument in Clark County.  In March, Crescent Peak Renewables, a subsidiary of Swedish-owned Eolus North America, submitted a Bureau of Land Management application for a 9,154-acre wind energy […]

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Federal judge halts Biden pause on new oil and gas leases across the U.S.

BY: - June 16, 2021

A federal judge in Louisiana has ordered the Biden administration to restart regular sales of oil and gas leases, forcing the administration to prematurely abandon a central piece of its climate change agenda. In a preliminary ruling issued Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty granted the request of Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and 12 other Republican-led […]

True impact of highly lauded clean energy bill unclear, say environmental groups

BY: - June 16, 2021

Nevada hopes to become a national leader in clean energy, but some activists are concerned about what might be sacrificed along the way. The problem of green policy being not-so-green, or not-so-just, has become a familiar one in Nevada. Lithium mining helps electric vehicles but might harm Indigenous communities nearby, creating “sacrifice zones.” The Clark […]

Opposition to lithium mine grows among tribes, conservationists

BY: - June 11, 2021

A planned lithium mine on an ancient collapsed volcano is facing growing pushback from tribal nations, ranchers and conservationists. In January, the Bureau of Land Management approved the Thacker Pass lithium mine five days before the end of Donald Trump’s presidency. It was one of several projects fast-tracked in the last days of the Trump […]

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Earmarks list for states in U.S. House infrastructure bill tops $5.7B, includes 11 NV projects

BY: - June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats’ highway funding bill is poised to include roughly three out of five transportation projects submitted by members, as legislators vie for their share of federal dollars through the resurrected congressional earmarks process. The 1,473 projects that made the cut were out of 2,383 that Democratic and Republican legislators requested for inclusion in […]

Public lands pick fends off objections from U.S. Senate Republicans

BY: - June 8, 2021

Republicans on the U.S. Senate Energy Committee on Tuesday grilled public lands nominee Tracy Stone-Manning of Montana about her past opposition to an “energy dominance” agenda, as well as her 2020 support for the Democratic challenger to a GOP senator from her home state who sits on the committee. The sometimes rancorous hearing previewed a […]

Biden’s public lands pick wins backing by environmental advocates ahead of hearing

BY: - June 7, 2021

Environmental groups are lining up behind President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management prior to her Tuesday confirmation hearing. More than 100 organizations wrote to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D-N.Y.), and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.), Monday asking that the Senate confirm Tracy Stone-Manning, a Montanan who led conservation and […]