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'Green News Report:' December 16, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 12.16.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Congress wraps up for the year with Republican anti-environment initiatives to be signed by the President; UN climate summit wraps up in Peru

Protecting the Lands We Swore to Defend

Garett Reppenhagen | Posted 12.12.2014 | Green
Garett Reppenhagen

As service members, we joined the military to ensure that our distinctive American identity remains robust. That identity includes the iconic landscapes that Americans can enjoy on our public lands, from sea to shining sea.

Transfer Public Lands? Why Would We Do That?

Ann Morgan | Posted 12.10.2014 | Green
Ann Morgan

Convincing Congress to forgo billions of dollars of annual revenue for the U.S. Treasury and to embark on a program to give away economically important national assets would surely be an uphill battle. Why would we do that?

10 Advances for the Environment I'm Grateful For This Thanksgiving

Margie Alt | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Margie Alt

There's a lot to be thankful for -- from historic progress on climate to groundbreaking environmental laws that can serve as a model for the rest of the nation. Behind each of these accomplishments was grassroots activism, engaged citizens, and committed individuals who just didn't give up; and it's that kind of people power that I'm most grateful for this holiday season.

This Land Is Our Land

Paul Allen | Posted 11.24.2014 | Green
Paul Allen

Our global climate is warming due to the unprecedented amounts of carbon dioxide we are emitting through the combustion of fossil fuels.

A Monument For Los Angeles

Steve Dunwoody | Posted 12.13.2014 | Los Angeles
Steve Dunwoody

Although the San Gabriel Mountains are an integral part of Los Angeles' economy and way of life, these public lands have been in dire need of attention. Graffiti and trash are abundant; restrooms, educational programming and community outreach are insufficient.

Obama Preserves San Gabriel Mountains in LA's Backyard

Frances Beinecke | Posted 12.10.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

We get to experience these wild places because previous generations had the wisdom to preserve them. Now it's our turn to do the same for our children and grandchildren.

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument -- The Wild Is Where You Find It

Dan Chu | Posted 12.09.2014 | Green
Dan Chu

In a wise move, President Obama recently designated about 350,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains, east of Los Angeles, as our country's newest national monument. It's a decision that came as the result of years of collaboration.

Wildlife Killing Contests and the Failure of Government

Travis Bruner | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green
Travis Bruner

This winter, wildlife in the northern Rocky Mountains will likely be terrorized by a swarm of armed humans elbowing and off-roading each other out of the way in a frenzied race to see who can kill the most animals in 72 hours during Idaho's "Predator Derby."

It Might Not Sound Sexy, But It's the Future of Our Public Lands

Ann Morgan | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Ann Morgan

These decisions are crucial to those who live in nearby communities, hunt and fish and camp on public lands, cherish and record the vast archeological resources hidden there, or make their living ranching or outfitting on public lands.

As Oil Booms In Wyoming, So Do Spills

AP | MEAD GRUVER | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — An oil boom in Wyoming has a filthy side effect: A string of accidents from a remote gulley in the Powder River Basin to a ref...

Latinos Love Hiking -- Here's Why

Rod Torrez | Posted 11.11.2014 | Latino Voices
Rod Torrez

Just over a year ago, The New Republic ran a story with a catchy, but slightly insulting title: "White People Love Hiking. Minorities Don't. Here's Why." Like many other Latinos in the Southwest, I come from a family who, among other things, enjoy hunting and hiking; all activities the sensational title claims minorities "don't" like.

Getting Outside to Heal Inside

Michael Cumming | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Michael Cumming

This is why I joined with more than 200 health and well-being professionals in Utah to send a letter to President Obama asking him to protect Greater Canyonlands to foster a healthy America.

Time for Congress to Join President Obama in Continuing America's Conservation Legacy

Gene Karpinski | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Gene Karpinski

In the end, we're still faced with a problem: the President can't do it all. He can't re-authorize the LWCF nor can he appropriate it the money it deserves. We need Congress to act on LWCF and pass the dozens of currently-stalled conservation bills.

Protecting Lousiana's Public Lands a Sure Path to Prosperity

John Arensmeyer | Posted 09.21.2014 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Small businesses are the lifeblood of Louisiana's workforce. They account for 97 percent of all businesses in the state and employ more than half of all private sector workers.

It Could Be Worse, It Could Be China

Ellis Richard | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Ellis Richard

There is an open window for smart planning that can go a long way in protecting the values of national parks from damage caused by unplanned or badly planned oil and gas development on neighboring BLM lands. But this window won't remain open long.

Public Lands On The Auction Block? Let's Skip That July 4th Sale

Ann Morgan | Posted 08.30.2014 | Green
Ann Morgan

We should expect more of our elected and appointed officials; we should expect reasoned discussion and an appreciation of our access to our great American legacy of natural resource wealth.

Open Letter to Obama: The Ages Have Been at Work

Taylor Brorby | Posted 08.06.2014 | Green
Taylor Brorby

This past November I sent you an invitation to visit North Dakota, and it seems you have taken up the offer. As I understand it, you will be visiting the Standing Rock Reservation on June 13. I hope you will consider visiting the Fort Berthold Reservation, what I would call Ground Zero of the Bakken oil boom.

Kate Sheppard

Obama Plans To Designate New Monument, Republicans Plan To Freak Out

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- President Barack Obama plans to announce a new national monument on Wednesday, protecting nearly half a million acres in southern New ...

Government Plans to Kill the Messenger

Travis Bruner | Posted 07.08.2014 | Green
Travis Bruner

Ravens aren't the problem, and killing them isn't the solution. It would be better to listen to the message ravens bear about unstable ecosystems, and work towards restoration, rather than destroy our wild heritage.

GOP Should Reclaim Its Conservation Roots

Ann Morgan | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Ann Morgan

The RNC is clearly on the wrong side of this issue. Surveys show it. Economic reports show it. Public sentiment shows it.

Liberty for Whom?

Garett Reppenhagen | Posted 06.28.2014 | Green
Garett Reppenhagen

Those public lands where Cliven Bundy has been illegally grazing his cattle are parks and public lands that belong to every American. And he's profiting while at it -- fattening his cattle for free on our public lands.

Historic Green Mountain Lookout Now Saved

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by Brian Turner, San Francisco Field Office Dawn in the Cascades from the summit of Green Mountain Amid the devastation following a landsli...

Kate Sheppard

Democratic Congressman Wants Federal Investigation Into ALEC-Backed Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The ranking member of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation wants the Department of Inte...

Latest Assault on Public Lands an Affront to the Public

Ann Morgan | Posted 05.28.2014 | Green
Ann Morgan

Citizens want to continue the proud American tradition of investing in the wildlife, open spaces, remote spots, clean air and fresh water that make this country stand out among other industrialized nations.