Weekly News Roundup – January 27, 2012

from Wildlife Promise

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s NWF news:

Coalition Grants Helping Groups Participate in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

January 26 – The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition today announced that $200,000 in grants it issued in 2010 to help local conservation groups participate in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has resulted in more than $1.6 million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds for restoration projects—an 8-to-1 return on investment.

The $200,000 in coalition grants also led to an additional $4.2 million in state, federal and private funds to support restoration work.

RESTORE Act critical to helping Gulf Coast in aftermath of Gulf oil disaster

January 26 – According to some estimates, BP could face as much as $20 billion in fines from the Clean Water Act for its responsibility in the Gulf oil disaster of 2010. Environmental advocates and organizations say the proposed RESTORE Act is essential to put fine money directly to work in restoring the Gulf Coast.

The RESTORE Act (Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunity and Revived Economics of the Gulf States Act of 2011) will invest 80 percent of fines by BP and other parties directly in areas affects by the disaster.

Energy Plays Major Role in President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union

January 25 – President Obama delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, asking Congress to extend tax credits for renewable energy and to end tax giveaways for oil companies that are already turning massive profits.

“The National Wildlife Federation’s 4 million supporters from across the political spectrum want clean energy and they want leaders who’ll face down special interests to deliver it,” said Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “Coming off a year in 2011 that saw global warming-fueled extreme weather cause record damage, action on clean energy is more critically needed than ever.”

And here are highlights from NWF in the News:

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