Jim Murphy’s Archive

The new guidance asks agencies to look at the direct and indirect climate impacts of federal projects.

Accounting for Climate Change

The guidance tells agencies to quantify both the direct and indirect, such as the burning of coal or oil, carbon pollution emissions impacts of federal actions. It also asks federal …

Federal coal leasing reforms are critical for a just transition to cleaner, more responsible energy sources.  Photo: Jim Murphy

Reforms Needed to Protect Wildlife from Coal Leasing on Public Lands

We stand at a pivotal moment for coal development and public lands.  As our energy sector rapidly shifts from dirty fuel sources to cleaner, safer ones, we have a chance …

In 2007, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision to mitigate carbon pollution. Photo by 
Davis Staedtler, Flickr

Full Court Review of the Clean Power Plan: What Does it Mean?

On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Circuit Court for the D.C. Circuit took the rare step of announcing that the full eleven judge court will hear West Virginia v. Environmental …

The proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal would have put endangered orcas at risk. Photo by Dave Ellifrit, NOAA

Victory for Wildlife Over Costly Coal

Opposition to the high costs of coal to wildlife, fragile habitat, and tribes were heard again on May 9th, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied the Gateway Pacific coal export …

Climate change will cause wildlife like river otters to lose major food sources such as fish. Photo by NPS

Progress Made in Addressing Climate Change

A rooftop solar installation. Flickr photo by Intel Free Press.

States Should Move Forward with Clean Power Plan Compliance

Photo by Ian Matchett|Flickr

Tar Sands Enbridge GXL Pipelines Threaten Wildlife

Moose are already suffering significant declines likely due to climate change in several northern states. Photo by Daniel D'Auria.

What the Clean Power Plan Stay Means

Recent news from the Supreme Court that it was staying the current Administration’s Clean Power Plan was certainly a disappointment. However, it is important to realize what the stay order does …

Canada Lynx (photo credit: Flickr user Jeremiah John McBride

Another Win for Wildlife: Request to Stay the Clean Power Plan Rejected

The good news for wildlife keeps coming. On January 21, a three judge panel on the United State Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected requests from states …

mule deer

A Needed Step to Protect Public Lands for Wildlife

Today, the Obama Administration issued a long overdue plan to reform the outdated leasing program for coal mining on federal lands. The current system, which is three decades old, is an …

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