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WildEarth Guardians
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WildEarth Guardians works to protect and restore wildlife, wild places and wild rivers in the American West.
WildEarth Guardians works to protect and restore wildlife, wild places and wild rivers in the American West.

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Across the West, wolves are being “mistaken” for coyotes, and grizzly bears for black bears, by trigger-happy hunters who escape legal consequences by simply claiming they didn’t “intend” to kill a protected species. We've had enough of hunters who claim to have accidentally killed endangered wolves. If you have too, and want to see this policy changed at the federal level then please join us with a donation to our Freedom to Roam fund: http://bit.ly/1XPWeK5
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Our National Forests have too many roads. Learn how the Forest Service is identifying roads to turn back over to wildlife, and how you can support these efforts along with WildEarth Guardians: http://wildearthguardians.blogspot.com/2015/09/rethinking-our-roads-less-really-is-more.html
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Get the latest successes, challenges, and actions from WildEarth Guardians with our August edition of the Frontline:

http://wg.convio.net/site/MessageViewer?em_id=22061.0&dlv_id=0

photo credit: Graeme Churchard
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Combating climate change doesn't mean more of the same. It means transitioning away from coal and the sooner the better. WildEarth Guardians calls on U.S. Interior Secretary (scheduled for a visit today) to be honest with miners in Craig, Colorado who are felling the direct effects of the nation powering past coal.

http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=11709&news_iv_ctrl=1194#.VakjDEU7TsA
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"Given the increasingly grim reality of the federal coal program, what’s needed from our leaders is not more climate denial and empty rhetoric in defense of a dying, financially stressed coal industry. Instead, we need an entirely new vision for the coal that you and I own that prioritizes the global climate imperative of keeping it in the ground." ~ John Horning, Executive Director, WildEarth Guardians

http://wg.convio.net/site/MessageViewer?em_id=21621.1&dlv_id=38764#.VaktwEU7TsA
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Go John Prine!

Peabody Coal is still so chaffed at his song, "Paradise," they asked a court to strike the lyrics. Talk about a timeless and powerful artist. And talk about an evil coal company. Here's to Muhlenberg County and the good old days! 

http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/peabody-energy-still-chafes-at-strip-mining-protest-song/article_7df537b5-6fa5-5cf3-9d56-cd98f5cbe23e.html
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It's like a cigarette smoker with lung problems: Doctors can treat the disease, but the first thing that has to be done is to get the patient to stop smoking, or in this case get off coal in the next five years, commission officials said in interviews.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/7645057cf40e444196b269af02fec021/top-doctors-prescription-feverish-planet-cut-out-coal

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Our Climate and Energy Program Director also swung through Craig this past weekend, checking out the Colowyo mine, Tri-State's Craig coal-fired power plant, and spending some quality time playing on the Yampa River (which still has quite the flow) and Duffy Mountain.
Look, there's no doubt that coal supports Craig, but it comes at a tremendous cost, especially when coal mining requires illegal government approvals. This serves nobody's interests. As we've said here before, it's time for an honest conversation about the future of coal. That also means the U.S. Interior Department needs to start being honest with all Americans about the future of coal. Surely folks will disagree and we welcome posts that take issue with our assessment, but we're not going to back down in our efforts to safeguard the climate and to ensure the Interior Department helps communities confront the reality that our nation is moving away from coal.
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Act now: Join the call to #SaveGrouse & other western wildlife! 

The Pew Charitable Trusts is leading a Thunderclap of social media next week in support of strong Bureau of Land Management (BLM) conservation plans to protect greater sage-grouse habitat. SIGN UP: http://thndr.it/1JQDylO
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As companies like Peabody plunge toward bankruptcy (just today, the company was again rejected by Standard and Poor's as an indicator of coal industry health, http://goo.gl/bypC4p), it's important to take note of how they've impacted the West and to ensure we get a fair return to clean up the messes they leave behind, especially as their ability to pay up is in question, http://www.reuters.com/…/usa-coal-bonding-idUSL1N0YC17N2015….
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