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Good News! India says it now has almost a third more #tigers than it did four years ago.
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The House voted Tuesday 250-175 to approve H.R. 185, legislation that effectively roadblocks new environment and safety rules :: Here's the Roll Call Vote: http://ow.ly/Hhdtp :: Union of Concerned Scientists article http://ow.ly/Hhdtq :: +Earthjustice Statement http://ow.ly/HhhQI
WASHINGTON -- The House passed a measure Tuesday to dramatically restrict the government's ability to enact any significant new regulations or safety standards, potentially hamstringing the efforts of every federal agency, from financial regulators t...
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Professor: Rule-making process would be delayed by 10+ yrs under #HR185 http://ow.ly/HiPTz
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Join +Rainforest Action Network at rallies coast-to-coast to tell Obama it's time to reject #Keystone XL http://a.ran.org/q1A #NoKXL
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In a document written by the primary lobby group for the largest oil and gas producers on earth, including Shell Oil Company, BP America and ExxonMobil, the following is fairly remarkable:

“Few things threaten America’s future prosperity more than climate change,” begins the solar section, written by the #Solar #Energy  Industries Association (SEIA). “But there is growing hope. Every 2.5 minutes of every single day, the U.S. solar industry is helping to fight this battle by flipping the switch on another completed solar project.”

- American Petroleum Institute State of American Energy
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The Jane Effect http://is.gd/65pCvh New book celebrates Dr. Jane Goodall #books #conservation
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+University of Wisconsin-Madison #MOOC - The Land Ethic Reclaimed: Perceptive #Hunting, Aldo Leopold, and #Conservation via +Coursera begins Jan 26 ... Free!

"The rich history of wildlife management and recreational hunting plays an important role in the evolving face of conservation. This course will explore the ethics, science, and democracy of conservation, hunting, and The Land Ethic in North America."
The Land Ethic Reclaimed: Perceptive Hunting, Aldo Leopold, and Conservation is a free online class taught by Janet Silbernagel, Ph.D., Paul Robbins, Ph.D. & Tim Van Deelen, Ph.D. of University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Very insightful interview, great read with background on keystone too!

"We’ve read a lot of silly articles since oil prices started falling about how U.S. shale plays can break-even at whatever the latest, lowest price of oil happens to be. Doesn’t anyone realize that the investment banks that do the research behind these articles have a vested interest in making people believe that the companies they’ve put billions of dollars into won’t go broke because prices have fallen? This is total propaganda.
We’ve done real work to determine the EUR (estimated ultimate recovery) of all the wells in the core of the Bakken Shale play, for example. It’s about 450,000 barrels of oil equivalent per well counting gas. When we take the costs and realized oil and gas prices that the companies involved provide to the Securities and Exchange Commission in their 10-Qs, we get a break-even WTI price of $80-85/barrel. Bakken economics are at least as good or better than the Eagle Ford and Permian so this is a fairly representative price range for break-even oil prices."  http://oilprice.com/Interviews/The-Real-Cause-Of-Low-Oil-Prices-Interview-With-Arthur-Berman.html
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Researchers Propose Earth’s ‘Anthropocene’ Age of Humans Began With Fallout and Plastics

A research team assessing when a new geological epoch shaped by humans began has settled on the mid 20th century. Two markers are carbon isotopes from nuclear explosions and plastics, here seen in the remains of a dead albatross. http://ow.ly/HmOdz 
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Ten Democrats and an independent, Maine Sen. Angus King, joined 52 Republicans in voting to advance the bill Monday. The procedural vote required support of 60 of the 100 Senators, enough to overcome a Democratic filibuster, and is the farthest Keystone supporters have ever reached in the Senate. Next comes debate over amendments and expected final passage of the bill. Roll Call Vote: http://ow.ly/HdnFu #NoKXL  
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While rigs are sliding, the U.S. is still on track to yield the most oil this year in more than three decades. Production averaged 9.13 million barrels a day in the four weeks ended Jan. 2 and will increase to 9.5 million this year.
After six straight months of plunging oil prices, U.S. shale drillers have sent the clearest signal to date that they’re retreating.
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Join ‘Shout Out For Solar’ Day and Send a Powerful Message to Lawmakers

http://ecowatch.com/2015/01/08/shout-out-for-solar/
The Solar Energy Industries Association’s National “Shout Out For Solar” Day is Friday, Jan. 16, and taking place on Facebook, Twitter and other social media
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Two White House veto threats issued Wednesday -- on legislation that would authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and a bill changing the definition of a full-time worker under Obamacare -- set up a showdown with Republican leaders, who have laid out an agenda to roll back initiatives central to Obama’s legacy. In the past six years, the president has vetoed just two bills. #Congress  
Barack Obama has vetoed fewer bills than any U.S. president since James Garfield held the office for six months in 1881. With Republicans now in control of Congress, that’ll probably change.
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SierraActivist.org provides alerts and news on a wide variety of topics.

Formerly a NJ Sierra Club Conservation Director, I was awarded the National Sierra Club Special Service Award in 2000 & the Water Network Water Leadership Award in 2007.

I've been fortunate to have visited a number of Public Lands Hotspots: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, proposed Utah Wilderness areas, Northern Rockies; Everglades; Tongass & Chugach National Forests, California Redwoods, and Northern Forest. First hand experience has proven invaluable in Congressional lobbying efforts and citizen activist outreach.

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