2013 September Environment & Climate News

Issue Date: 
September, 2013
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The September issue of Environment & Climate News reports the Oregon Senate has rejected a bill that would have extended the state’s Clean Fuels Program beyond its scheduled 2015 expiration date. Oregon environmental activist groups made extending the transportation fuel restrictions their top priority during the 2013 legislative session, but the Democrat-controlled state Senate determined the Clean Fuels Program did not warrant an extension.

Also in this issue:

  • Under a directive from Republican Gov. Rick Scott to assess whether the public lands they manage are fulfilling their “core missions,” Florida state agencies are taking inventory of state-owned lands for possible sale back to the people.
  • Hawaiians are reaping the benefits of the state’s growing biotechnology industry, with the cultivation of genetically modified seeds and crops becoming an increasingly important component of Hawaii’s economy.
  • The Washington State Department of Agriculture rejected a request to ban a garden pesticide that environmental activist groups have attempted to link to declines in the honeybee population.
  • In the latest clash between renewable energy developers and environmental activists, a California appeals court approved plans to build one of the world’s largest solar power projects about 50 miles south of Silicon Valley.
  • Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed suit in federal district court claiming the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration violated federal law with newly imposed fish-catch restrictions.
  • Expert witnesses called by Sen. Barbara Boxer to testify during U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works hearings rejected a key assertion made by President Barack Obama on climate change.

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