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Phronghorn. Photo by Mark Gocke, USDA.

A Step to Stop Subsidizing Coal Mining and Protect Wildlife

5/7/2015 // By Jim Murphy

We have seen unprecedented steps towards meaningful carbon reduction and meet carbon reduction goals of 26-28% by 2025 set by the Obama Administration.  The Administration should be thanked for bold steps like the introduction of the first ever proposed rules …

Wood bison are threatened by tar sands extraction.  Photo Credit USFWS.

Canada Fails to Protect Wood Bison Herd from Tar Sands

4/14/2015 // By Jim Murphy

As we await the President’s anticipated rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, new information on iconic wood bison further demonstrates how tar sands oil harms wildlife every step of the way. In the productive habitat of Northern Alberta in Canada, the Athabasca …

NWF and West Virginia Rivers Coalition Act to Protect West Virginia’s Mountains and Streams

3/17/2015 // By Jim Murphy

National Wildlife Federation and its West Virginia affiliate West Virginia Rivers Coalition joined five other local, regional and national groups in filing a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Department of Interior because the Department’s Office of Surface Mining …

Caribou migrateur

President Delivers Tar Sands Wildlife Win, Keystone XL Rejection Next

2/25/2015 // By Jim Murphy

President Obama took a huge step to help protect wildlife from destructive, climate disrupting tar sands oil. On February 24, he vetoed a fossil fuel industry giveaway bill from Congress that would have forced approval of the ill-conceived Keystone XL pipeline. …


With Tar Sands Project in Mind, Pipeline Company Sues Maine Town

2/11/2015 // By Jim Murphy

In another attempt by an oil company to force a small community to accept a dirty energy future it does not want, the Portland Pipe Line Company (PPLC) filed an aggressive lawsuit to overturn a statute passed by South Portland …

Moose in the Snow

2015 State of Union Provides New Hope for Protecting Wildlife From Climate Change

1/21/2015 // By Jim Murphy

Last year, after the President’s State of the Union Address, I wrote a blog expressing cautious optimism about his agenda on climate change.  I talked about my two young kids, who I’ve been teaching to ski, with the hope that …

Whooping cranes roam fields and wetlands for food

Nebraska Court Decision Means Time to Reject Keystone XL Has Arrived

1/12/2015 // By Jim Murphy

The time to reject Keystone XL has arrived.  Last spring, the Administration put a decision on the pipeline on hold until a legal issue over the route in Nebraska was resolved. That hurdle has now been cleared, and the case for …

woodland caribou

Presidential Veto Promise Another Step Towards Keystone Rejection

1/8/2015 // By Jim Murphy

It’s been an important and game-changing week in the effort to keep climate disrupting tar sands in the ground. On Tuesday, December 6, the White House announced that President Obama would veto the latest ill-conceived Congressional attempt to force approval of …

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 …


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 …