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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.
An oiled heron was among the wildlife victims of Enbridge's massive 2010 tar sands spill into the Kalamazoo River.  Image from howtobearesponsiblesteward.blogspot.com

New Report: Tar Sands Oil Too Risky for the Great Lakes Region

12/15/2014 // By Jim Murphy

A report issued by National Wildlife Federation, Minnesota Conservation Federation, and Prairie Rivers Network shows that industry plans to expand tar sands transport through the Great Lakes region pose too high a risk to the wildlife and communities of the […] Read more >

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Pipeline Safety Agency Says No to Public Request for Tar Sands Pipeline Safety Measures

12/9/2014 // By Jim Murphy

It would seem to follow that two of the most severe pipeline oil spill disasters in our nation’s history would garner the attention of a federal agency charged with protecting us from pipeline spills.  But in response to a coalition of landowners, former […] Read more >

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Historic U.S, China Climate Agreement Signals a Breakthrough for Wildlife

11/13/2014 // By Jim Murphy

A landmark achievement has occurred in efforts to move climate solutions for wildlife forward.  After years of fits and starts, China and the U.S. – the two countries that account for about 40 percent of the world’s carbon emissions – agreed […] Read more >

Transporting tar sands through Vermont would directly threaten the moose, fish and birds that rely on clean water to survive. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Marin Packer.

Scientists’ Report: Clean Power Plan Can Spur Wildlife-Friendly Renewable Energy

10/14/2014 // By Jim Murphy

An important new study put forth by the Union of Concerned Scientists further confirms that the U.S. can do even more to speed the transition to clean energy and reduce climate disrupting carbon pollution than the Environmental Protection Agency assumed […] Read more >

Great Blue Heron covered in oil from the Enbridge oil spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan

State Department Approves Illegal Scheme for Doubling Tar Sands Flowing through the Great Lakes

8/25/2014 // By Jim Murphy

Updated: Take action below to tell the State Department not to allow expansion of the Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline. On August 18, 2014, the State Department posted documents that show Enbridge has hatched a scheme to almost double the flow […] Read more >

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Wildlife Benefits of Clean Power Plan Go Way Beyond Climate Change

7/14/2014 // By Jim Murphy

There are many benefits to wildlife from reducing carbon emissions from power plants under the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.  Runaway climate change threatens at least half of all species on Earth with extinction.  And many species will […] Read more >

Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Jane Becker.

Scientists Call for Tar Sands Moratorium

6/26/2014 // By Jim Murphy

In a pointed article in the prestigious journal Nature, eight scientists and economists call for a moratorium on new tar sands projects “unless developments are consistent with national and international commitments to reducing carbon pollution.”  The scientists make clear that tar […] Read more >

The moose population is northeast Minnesota is being devastated by climate change.

EPA Can Do More to Spur Renewable Energy

6/23/2014 // By Jim Murphy

On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency took a bold step in putting forth the first-ever proposed standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, which account for about 40 percent of total U.S. emissions.  This historic step marks a […] Read more >

This polar bear was awaiting the return of sea ice near Churchill, Manitoba. Warmer temperatures have kept sea ice from forming as early as it used to, and polar bears are waiting on shore without food for longer periods of time. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Lara Ferraro.

Landmark EPA Rule Promises to Spur Renewable Energy for Wildlife

6/2/2014 // By Jim Murphy

Today is a momentous day for the future of the planet.  For the first time, rules have been proposed to put meaningful limits on the largest source of carbon pollution: our power sector, which accounts for about 40 percent of all […] Read more >

Mountain lion sharpening claws at the Wildlife Prairie State Park.

Pipeline Spill in Los Angeles Neighborhood Another Stark Reminder It’s Time to End Oil Addiction

5/15/2014 // By Jim Murphy

In what’s becoming all too common news, another oil pipeline burst last night, this time on the streets of Los Angeles, America’s second largest city.  Details are still emerging, but here’s what we know and it’s troubling: About 10,000 gallons […] Read more >