April 15, 2014
Today is tax day! And just in time for the Spring Congressional recess, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) has submitted a comprehensive tax reform proposal with a little something for everyone to dislike.
April 15, 2014
Today, I’m in London to thank the British mining giant, Rio Tinto, for its recent decision to pull out of the Pebble Mine.
In another major blow to what would be (if built) North America’s largest mine built on top of the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery, Rio Tinto announced last week it was divesting from the project and donating its shares to two Alaska charities. The company held 19.1% of Northern Dynasty - the sole owner of the Pebble Project.
By Jill Yordy
April 14, 2014
If Alaskan Governor Sean Parnell gets his way, an industrial road through Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is in our future. Parnell has called for “Roads to Resources” in his efforts to subsidize corporate development in Alaska. These mega-projects have recently been shown to be fiscally irresponsible in the third edition of Easy to Start: Impossible to Finish by Lois Epstein with The Wilderness Society. Rural villages in the region have spoken out against the road with six individual communities and the Tanana Chief’s Conference passing resolutions opposing the Road to Ambler over the past year.
April 11, 2014
Last week the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Minerals held a hearing entitled, “Energy Independence: Domestic Opportunities to Reverse California’s Growing Dependence on Foreign Oil”. This hearing was a thinly-veiled promotional exercise for increasing oil drilling and fracking in the Golden State.
April 9, 2014
Yesterday, SB1132, a bill introduced by Senators Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) to the California Legislature, advanced out of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. The bill, which calls for a moratorium on fracking and other types of unconventional well stimulation until the full effects of these techniques are studied, passed with strong support on a 5-2 vote, with 2 abstentions.