Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy is Director of Legal Advocacy for National Wildlife Federation, where he coordinates NWF’s nationwide litigation efforts concerning the development of dirty fossil fuels.

Wildlife Awaits Issuance of Stream Protection Rule

In Appalachia, a practice called mountain top removal has caused the literal burial and destruction of approximately 2,000 miles of stream, while leveling 500 mountains. The practice has polluted many … Read more

Flawed Pipeline Review Process Puts Tribes and Waters at Risk

The Standing Rock Sioux tribes have a filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to halt construction of the pipeline due to inadequate review and tribal consultation under bedrock laws … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Progress Made in Addressing Climate Change

This ruling laid the foundation for meaningful federal actions under existing law that are achieving real pollution reductions and setting in motion forces that are rapidly cleaning up our energy … Read more

States Should Move Forward with Clean Power Plan Compliance

Why? Because building a responsible, renewable energy economy is good for wildlife and good for the economy. It’s also our energy future. The Clean Power Plan is a critical step to … Read more

Tar Sands Enbridge GXL Pipelines Threaten Wildlife

As we continue to celebrate the November rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, which prevented the pumping of over 800,000 barrels per day of carbon intensive, toxic tar sands oil through … Read more

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 … Read more