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March 15 2012


On Our Radar: The Dead Zone in the Gulf

Environmental groups say they want tougher wastewater rules to combat practices that have turned the Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico into a "sewer."

March 14 2012


Wisconsin Assembly Approves Wolf Hunting

The hunting of the formerly endangered animal is opposed by native tribes and by some Democratic lawmakers who cast it as "irresponsible" and "anti-science."
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February 14 2012


Unethical Oil: Why Is Canada Killing Wolves and Muzzling Scientists To Protect Tar Sands Interests?

In the latest and perhaps most astonishing display of the tar sands industry’s attacks on science and our democracy, the government of Alberta has made plans to initiate a large-scale wolf slaughter to provide cover for the destruction wrought by the industrialization of the boreal forest ecosystem.

In the coming years, an anticipated 6,000 wolves will be gunned down from helicopters above, or killed by poison strychnine bait planted deep in the forest. Biologists and other experts say the cull is misguided, and that their studies have been ignored or suppressed. Worse, they warn that although the government is framing the wolf cull as a temporary measure, it has no foreseeable end.

The Alberta government has already initiated the wolf cull in regions of Alberta heavily affected by industrial development. In the Little Smoky region, an area heavily affected by the forestry, oil and gas industries and just a few hundred kilometeres away from the tar sands region, a broad wolf cull has already begun, claiming the lives of more than 500 wolves.

Recently the Alberta government proposed a plan to open this brutal form of 'wildlife management' to other regions, suggesting an extensive and costly cull in place of more responsible industrial development.

This is clear evidence of the fact that Alberta’s tar sands oil is unquestionably conflict oil, despite the propaganda spouted by the “ethical oil” deception campaign. Aside from its desruptive affects on wildlife, tar sands oil is dirty, carbon intensive and energy inefficient from cradle to grave.

And that’s without mentioning the role the tar sands boom has played in Canada’s slide from climate leader to key villain on the international stage. Beyond its environmental consequences, tar sands extraction has negatively affected local tourism and recreation-based economies, impacted public health and torn at the rich fabric of cultural diversity and pride among Albertans and all Canadians. 

Behind the Harper administration’s unbounded drive to drown Canada’s reputation in tar sands oil pollution lies the political corruption characteristic of the classic petro-state. Free speech is being oppressed, while respected members of the scientific community claim they are being muzzled, ignored and intimidated.
Conservation and environmental groups are being falsely attacked as ‘radical ideologues' and 'saboteurs'. Neighbors are pitted against each other while important decisions about the future prosperity of all Canadians are rigged to favor the interests of multinational oil companies and foreign investors.
The wolf cull is ostensibly designed to protect northern Alberta’s woodland caribou, a species that in recent years has become critically threatened. But scientists have ridiculed the plan, saying this sort of ‘wildlife management’ turns the wolf into an innocent scapegoat, while the real culprit – the province’s aggressive timber, oil and gas development – is spared any real scrutiny or accountability.
According to this strategy, caribou and wolf alike fall prey to another kind of predator: multinational corporations.

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December 16 2011


Hunting Wolves Out West: More, Less?

Critics of wolf reductions say that state officials are allowing too many to be killed, bowing to pressure from hunters, who in turn complain that wolves have decimated elk populations.

November 23 2011


Appeals Court Keeps Yellowstone Grizzlies on Threatened List

Conservationists and their opponents have been watching the Yellowstone grizzly bear case in Montana, because it has many similarities to an earlier court battle to prevent the removing of the wolf from the endangered species list.

November 08 2011


How Is a Grizzly Bear Like a Wolf?

The Fish and Wildlife Service wants to take the grizzly bear off the endangered species list, but environmental groups are challenging the move in court.

July 07 2011


Wolves Lose Federal Protection in Wyoming

The interior secretary cuts a deal with the state's governor requiring Wyoming to maintain just 100 wolves and 10 breeding pairs outside Yellowstone Park.

February 24 2011


February 17 2011


House Spending Plan and Amendments Rife with Environmental Attacks

Earthjustice.org February 15, 2011 Washington, D.C. —  The U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering spending legislation that would slash not only billions of dollars from funding public health protections like clean water and clean air, but also allow polluters to undo or block programs containing key environmental protections. Earthjustice is calling on Congress to craft [...]

November 22 2010


For a Cat, a Payback in a Shadowy Existence

Leopards, less confrontational than lions or tigers, manage to survive in areas well populated by humans.

June 04 2010


On Our Radar: The Admiral and the C.E.O.

BP's Tony Hayward dines on gulf shrimp with Adm. Thad Allen of the Coast Guard -- and the Democratic strategist and oil spill gadfly James Carville joins them for a cocktail.

February 14 2010


Tongass Roadless Exemption

EARTHJUSTICE.ORG In Brief: This lawsuit challenges the Bush administration’s 2003 rule “temporarily” exempting southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest — the nation’s largest and wildest — from the landmark 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule. Tongass roadless areas are needed to maintain healthy populations of wolves, bears, goshawks, deer, marten, and five species of Pacific salmon, among other species. [...]
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