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A Challenge for the Obama Team: Put Science and Federal Scientists to Better Use

Holly Doremus * [ jump to end/comments ][ download PDF ] Introduction It’s no secret that the outgoing George W. Bush administration has been hostile to environmental interests. By all accounts the Obama administration will be different on that score (as on many others). Before it can concentrate on its own new environmental priorities, though,

Stopping the Conversation: Amended ESA Section 7 Regulations Put Species At Risk

Eric Biber and Cynthia Drew * [ jump to end/comments ][ download PDF ] The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is the primary legal tool in the United States for the protection of biodiversity. Since its enactment in 1973, it has played a central role in efforts to halt the decline of native species throughout the

The First One Hundred Days: Ten Things President-Elect Obama Should Do to Confront the Climate Crisis

Patrick Parenteau * [ jump to end/comments ][ download PDF ] In a recent speech, former Vice President and Nobel laureate Al Gore challenged the nation to produce 100 percent of its electricity from non-carbon sources within ten years.[1] Linking the issues of climate, energy, economy and national security, Mr. Gore stated: “We’re borrowing money

Trains Deliver the Goods

Lawrence B. Landman * [ jump to end/comments ][ download PDF ] Trucks Pollute, Trains Don’t Trains carry goods 94 percent more efficiently than do trucks. California should therefore encourage firms to ship goods on trains, not trucks. Yet the California Air Resources Board (CARB), in its draft Scoping Plan, ignores the huge gains the state