The November issue of Environment & Climate News reports on a bipartisan effort in Wyoming, led by Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D), to challenge to secretive nature of Bureau of Land Management planning with respect to millions of acres of federal lands. In Montana, More than 2,000 citizens packed a school gym in September to protest BLM’s push to declare a new national monument.
Also in this issue:
- With time rapidly running out on the 111th Congress, proponents of wind, solar, and biomass energy mandates are desperately trying to round up Senate votes for a bill that would force utilities nationwide to increase their production of expensive renewable energy.
- Environmental activist groups suffered stinging defeats in California as the state legislature ended its 2010 session without passing two major environmental bills: a ban on plastic shopping bags and a 33 percent renewable power mandate.
- Seventeen Australian and Canadian scientists have published a study in the peer-reviewed journal Global Change Biology concluding global warming will benefit marine life.
- We’ve all heard the mantra: We must wean ourselves from foreign oil to save the nation from oil-revenue-fueled terrorism. But switching from gasoline-powered cars to electric ones might not improve the nation’s energy security. In fact, the switch might make it worse.
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