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Biden Makes Everyone Mad with Offshore Drilling Plan

The Biden administration’s plan to slash offshore oil and gas leasing drew fire from both the fossil fuel industry and environmentalists on Friday, with energy companies saying it will raise fuel prices and greens saying it undermines efforts to stop global warming. The criticism from both sides reflects the difficulty Biden’s White House has had […]

AZ Rancher Sues To Stop Biden Administration Abuse of Antiquities Act

From our friends at the Pacific Legal Foundation: Chris Heaton, a sixth-generation rancher, is suing the Biden administration for abusing the Antiquities Act to designate a million acres of land in Arizona as a national monument.  “The Antiquities Act exists to protect Native American archeological sites, not to give presidents unlimited power to declare vast […]

US Chamber of Commerce calls California’s new climate legislation ‘compelled speech’

From our friends at Courthouse News: LOS ANGELES (CN) — The U.S. Chamber of Commerced claims that two recent California laws requiring large businesses to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and to report their climate-related financial risk amount to “compelled speech” in violation of the First Amendment. On Tuesday the chamber, joined by several other […]

USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program Pays More Than $1.77 Billion to America’s Producers in Support of Conservation and Climate-Smart Agriculture

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2023 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued more than $1.77 billion this year to agricultural producers and landowners through its Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), a critical piece of the Department’s efforts to support climate-smart agriculture and forestry on working lands. Right now, CRP’s more than 667,000 participants received payments from […]

EPA’s New WOTUS Definition: Ripe for Litigaiton?

Does the EPA’s revised definition of “Waters of the United States” conform with the U.S. Supreme Court’s May 25, 2023, decision in the case of Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency? Background Leading to EPA’s Revised Definition of Waters of the United States “WOTUS” Prior to the May 25, 2023, Sackett decision, the 2023 WOTUS Rule was finalized by […]

Common Sense Breaks Out: Wildfire Control Outweighs NPDES Permit

From January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2022, wildfires in the United States destroyed approximately 25 million acres of land. During this same period, 26,400 wildfires destroyed roughly 7.2 million acres of land in California. As the climate changes, wildfires in California will become more unexpected and uncontrollable. As a result, state and federal agencies […]

Interior Department Initiates Process to Develop Future Guidelines and Strategies for Protecting the Colorado River

From the Department of Interior: The Department of the Interior today announced that it is initiating the formal process to develop future operating guidelines and strategies to protect the stability and sustainability of the Colorado River. The new guidelines will replace the 2007 Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages and the Coordinated Operations for Lake […]

Biden Administration’s New Power Plant Regulation: Third Time’s the Charm?

The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) is making yet another attempt (its third) to regulate carbon emissions from power plants with a new proposal, looking to target the electric power sector that is responsible for 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Previous attempts by prior administrations failed, but the Biden administration is […]

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