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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.
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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 …


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 …


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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4 Things You Need to Know About the Clean Power Plan

8/14/2015 // By Jim Murphy

After hearing about the new Clean Power Plan – which sets the first ever controls on power plants, the largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions – you’re probably wondering: What should I know about this historic step to protect wildlife and people? To help, here …

One of my favorite places.  Photo by Jim Murphy

Climate Change Threatens Our Waterways

8/11/2015 // By Jim Murphy

Few resources are more vital to wildlife and our enjoyment of the outdoors than our waterways.  Like many people, my passion for the outdoors started with a relationship with a treasured waterway, spending summers boating, fishing, swimming and watching ducks …

The National Climate Assessment shows that wildlife and communities are already feeling the impacts of climate with rising seas, ocean acidification, heavier precipitation, changes in growing seasons, decreased cold and snow pack, increased incidence of pests, devastating wildfires and droughts, and other significant impacts.  Photo by Mary Harvey

Why Wildlife is Cheering for the Clean Power Plan

8/3/2015 // By Jim Murphy

President Obama has taken a historic and ambitious step in the fight against carbon pollution that threatens wildlife. With the announcement of the finalized Clean Power Plan, the President has enacted the first ever rules designed to reduce harmful greenhouse …

Moose depend on clean water in rivers, streams and ponds, where they feed on aquatic plants.
Photo by Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Leah Serna.

5 Reasons Why Oil and Water Don’t Mix for Wildlife

7/1/2015 // By Jim Murphy

We all know that oil and water don’t mix. But the stakes are especially high for wildlife when oil spills into the lakes, streams and rivers where wildlife live. If industry has its way, more tar sands oil – a …

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Thousands March in St. Paul to Protect Wildlife from Tar Sands

6/9/2015 // By Jim Murphy

As we were just beginning to understand what a momentous day we had ahead of us, a bald eagle swooped over the gathering crowd at Lamberts Landing in St. Paul, Minnesota and then out over the Mississippi River in search …