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Jim Murphy is Senior Counsel for National Wildlife Federation, where he coordinates NWF’s nationwide litigation efforts concerning the development of dirty fossil fuels.
Canada Lynx (photo credit: Flickr user Jeremiah John McBride

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

1/25/2016 // By Jim Murphy

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 and industry groups to stay the Clean Power Plan which …

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A Needed Step to Protect Public Lands for Wildlife

1/15/2016 // By Jim Murphy

Today, the Obama Administration issued a long overdue plan to reform the outdated leasing program for coal mining on federal lands. The current system, which is three decades old, is an outdated process that gives coal companies sweetheart deals that short …

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Protecting Wildlife from Climate Change in 2016 and Beyond

1/12/2016 // By Jim Murphy

2015: What a Year! It is not an overstatement to say that 2015 may be looked back upon as the year that we began winning the battle to protect wildlife from the immense harms of runaway climate change. The accomplishments of …

Rail lines that could carry tar sands run along Lake Champlain's shores.  Photo by Jim Murphy

Study Shows Tar Sands Oil Has No Place in the Northeast

12/10/2015 // By Jim Murphy

In the wake of two of the worst onshore oil spills in U.S. history, a newly issued report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) confirms what the tragic spills in Marshall, Michigan and Mayflower, Arkansas demonstrated: heavy tar sands oil …

Offshore wind turbines (photo: London Array)

Price on Carbon Needed to Protect Wildlife

12/9/2015 // By Jim Murphy

Paris Talks Call for Action As the Paris negotiations near their end, hopes for a groundbreaking deal remain high. While negotiators face challenges on issues such as finding an equitable and transparent mechanism for climate finance and India’s willingness to cut a …

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Another Step Towards Achieving a Wildlife-Friendly Clean Energy Future

11/18/2015 // By Jim Murphy

The path to clean, wildlife-friendly energy continues to be open wide. Instead of derailing the Clean Power Plan – the first ever restrictions on harmful carbon pollution from power plants – a futile Senate vote fell far short of the numbers …

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Keystone Rejected: A Huge Win for People and Wildlife

11/6/2015 // By Jim Murphy

President Obama took an historic step to help protect wildlife from destructive, climate disrupting tar sands oil and extreme fossil fuels. On November 6, he rejected the ill-conceived Keystone XL pipeline. KXL would have threatened wildlife every step of the way. …

Brook Trout and other cold water game fish are vulnerable to a warming climate (credit: USFWS)

Protecting Wildlife From Toxic Discharges

10/1/2015 // By Jim Murphy

Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency issued a final amended rule to protect waters from coal power plants’ discharges. These plants contribute about thirty percent of all toxic pollutants discharged to surface waters. NWF applauds the EPA’s action to further reduce pollution that harms and poisons fish, …

Pipeline giant Enbridge's web of pipelines in the Great Lakes region and beyond.  Enbridge is seeking to expand this system to allow for more climate disrupting tar sands and oil production.

Winning the Fight Against the Enbridge Octopus

9/16/2015 // By Jim Murphy

On Monday, September 14, 2015, a Minnesota state court issued an important decision in the fight against pipeline giant Enbridge’s plans to expand its dirty oil pipeline system in the Great Lakes region.  Judge Roger Klaphake of the Minnesota State …

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Improve the Stream Protection Rule and Protect Wildlife

9/1/2015 // By Jim Murphy

The federal Office of Surface Mining has proposed the Stream Protection Rule, the first major federal regulatory action in decades intended to protect waters from destructive mining practices. While strong laws were passed in the 1970s to protect streams and other …

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