ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A more than half-million-acre ranch that straddles the New Mexico-Colorado border and is owned by media mogul Ted Turner has asked for permission to import endangered black-footed ferrets.
The carnivores have struggled across the Great Plains, and the Vermejo Park Ranch wants to bolster their numbers as part of a recovery program spanning 12 Western states.
The Sierra Club says local environmental groups are joining it in a lawsuit to force the Environmental Protection Agency to use its powers under the Clean Water Act to regulate mountaintop removal mining in Kentucky and West Virginia, believing that state authorities are not doing what they should to protect waterways, The Hill reports.
Environmental groups like the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth have been taking steps on social media to show solidarity with the black community over the deaths of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York, National Journal reports, noting that the green movement is trying to diversify its base of supporters.
No matter the winners in significant battleground states in the 2014 elections, voters there support the fight against climate change, the Sierra Club said, citing statistics from a poll conducted by Hart Research Associates, The Hill reports.
The Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters and Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate have all lobbied supporters for donations following the Senate’s narrow vote to defeat a measure backing the Keystone XL pipeline, Bloomberg reports.
The Hip-Hop Caucus has joined with major environmental groups including 350.org, the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council in putting together the People's Climate Music -- featuring artists including Common, Ne-Yo and Choklate -- published in a four-song EP available free on iTunes this week and a full album due out Dec. 2, National Journal reports.
Despite Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts' unpopularity among environmentalists, major green groups are staying out of his state's Senate race as independent challenger Greg Orman has been ambiguous in his stance on energy and environment issues, E&E reports.
Under a settlement reached with Southern Co. subsidiary Mississippi Power – which still needs approval from the Mississippi Public Service Commission -- the Sierra Club has agreed to drop its opposition to the company's proposed coal-gasification project in Kemper County while the company agrees to convert four coal-fired units to natural gas elsewhere, Platts reports.
The Grain Belt Express, a $2.2 billion transmission line proposed by Clean Line Energy to bring wind power from Kansas to points east, through Missouri, has been rejected by the Missouri Public Service Commission, The Kansas City Star reports.
A $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to fund research into cutting particulate emissions from barbecues has attracted criticism from Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who declared his constituents “should be able to grill in peace,” The Hill reports.
Gains in oil prices following Wednesday’s slump were wiped out late Thursday by news of a jump in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. Light, sweet crude for August delivery settled down 3 cents to $56.93 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent finished up 6 cents to $62.07, Dow Jones reports.
The U.S. role in Copenhagen climate talks in 2009, and media coverage of it, had Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s attention, judging from the emails released by the State Department this week, E&E reports.
After last month’s pipeline leak near Santa Barbara, Calif., the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing a requirement that operators notify regulators within an hour of any problem, The Hill reports.