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Drillers Eye Oil Reserves off California Coast
SAN FRANCISCO - The federal government is taking steps that may open California's fabled coast to oil drilling in as few as three years, an action that could place dozens of platforms off the Sonoma, Mendocino and Humboldt coasts, and raises the specter of spills, air pollution and increased ship...
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Rule Eases a Mandate Under a Law on Wildlife
The Interior Department on Thursday announced a rule that has largely freed federal agencies from their obligation to consult independent wildlife biologists before they build dams or highways or permit construction of transmission towers, housing developments or other projects that might harm...
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Obama's Potential Green Team
Obama's potential green team Meet the people who might fill top environmental jobs in a Barack Obama administration.
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Feds Rush To Ease Endangered Species Rules
15 reviewers, 200,000 comments, 32 hours to go through all of them
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Sarah and the Polar Bear
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. - George Orwell, Animal Farm Now that we've all gotten over our giddiness at the excitement of a former almost-beauty queen, mayor and short-term governor as John McCain's running mate we should put to rest any thought that this...
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Endangered Species Act Redux
Once again the Bush administration has set its sights on the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Rather than challenge this hallmark of environmental legislation outright, the Administration's preferred method of attack is executive rule change. The ESA is responsible for savings hundreds of species from...
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Rush to Arctic As Warming Opens Oil Deposits
It's a scramble for the spoils of global warming as the rapid melting of Arctic sea ice is opening access to previously unreachable deposits of oil and gas, setting off a race by northern nations - including the United States, Canada and Russia - to claim them. The pursuit of those resources will...
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Offshore Drilling Still Carries Risks Despite Industry Rhetoric
Washington - When a Union Oil Co. well 6 miles off the California coast blew out in January 1969, an estimated 80,000 barrels of crude spewed into the Santa Barbara Channel - fouling beaches and marring the offshore industry's reputation. With the nation now debating whether to open more areas...
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Border Fence Challenge Rebuffed by Supreme Court
The justices decline to hear a petition from environmentalists, allowing the Department of Homeland Security to continue construction.
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Oglala Sioux Could Regain Badlands National Parkland
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, S.D. - The southern half of this swath of grasslands and chiseled pink spires looks untouched from a distance. Closer up, the scars of history are easy to see. Unexploded bombs lie in ravines, a reminder of when the military confiscated the land from the Oglala Sioux tribe...
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