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Police Must Protect the Right to Peacefully Protest Pipeline Construction in North Dakota

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 11:29
Amnesty International - USA

As thousands of Indigenous activists gather in 90-degree heat at the construction site of the Dakota Access Pipeline at the border of North and South Dakota, North Dakota state officials have shut down highways leading to the site and removed state-owned water tanks that have served as the main supply of drinking water for the encampment, citing public safety concerns.

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Deadline This Thursday: Urge Your Representative to Block Saudi Arms Deal

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 08:43

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In light of the recent carnage in Yemen, some members of Congress are stepping up to stop a horrifying $1.15 billion sale of US weapons to Saudi Arabia that is about to happen. Representatives Conyers, Lieu, Mulvaney and Yoho are sending a letter to the Obama Administration on Thursday asking to “delay this proposed arms deal so that the people's representatives in Congress can give these issues the full deliberation that they deserve.”

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Lawsuit Launched to Speed Endangered Species Act Protection for 417 Species

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 08:12
Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to act on petitions to protect more than 417 animals and plants under the Endangered Species Act. The notice includes species from across the United States, including Florida sandhill cranes, coastal flatwood crayfish, eastern diamondback rattlesnakes and many others.

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Analysis: Burning Unleased Fossil Fuels in Gulf of Mexico Would Release 33 Billion Tons of Greenhouse Gas Pollution

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 08:10
Center for Biological Diversity

Burning the fossil fuels under unleased federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico would release the equivalent of up to 32.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere — the pollution equivalent of running 9,500 coal-fired power plants for a year, according to a new analysis by EcoShift Consulting and a coalition of conservation and community-based groups. 

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Gulf Residents Occupy BOEM office in Louisiana To Demand That President Obama Cancel Upcoming Fossil Fuel Lease Sale

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 08:07

This morning, a group of Gulf residents is risking arrest and occupying President Obama’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s office in New Orleans, demanding that he cancel the August 24th lease sale for offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Debris from flood-damaged homes in the Baton Rouge area was placed in front of the BOEM office doors with a banner reading “President Obama: More Drilling = More Floods,” underscoring the agency’s role in perpetuating the climate crisis. President Obama will arrive in Baton Rouge this morning to address those affected by flooding.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls for More International Election Monitors in U.S. Presidential Election

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 07:32
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

In advance of the first presidential election in 50 years without a fully operable Voting Rights Act (VRA), an American civil rights group is urging the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to expand its election monitoring mission in the United States and to target resources to states where voter discrimination and intimidation is most likely.

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FTC Should Ban Forced Arbitration Clauses in Solar Leases

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 13:15
Public Citizen

Statement of Tyson Slocum, Director, Public Citizen’s Energy Program

Note: Public Citizen today submitted comments (PDF) to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging the agency to ban mandatory arbitration clauses in solar leasing contracts.

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Legal Protest Filed Against Fossil Fuel Auction of Public Lands in Montana

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 11:26
Center for Biological Diversity

Conservation groups filed a formal administrative protest Friday challenging a Bureau of Land Management plan to auction off nearly 20,000 acres of publicly owned fossil fuels in northeast Montana.

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Group Asks Compromised Board Members to Step Down from NEB Panel Reviewing Energy East

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 10:24

National Energy Board (NEB) panel members must recuse themselves to ensure Energy East pipeline review is impartial, group says.

“The NEB is charged with conducting a fair and unbiased assessment process for TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline,” Charles Hatt, Ecojustice lawyer. “Canadians cannot trust in that mission when panel members hold closed-door meetings about Energy East with interested stakeholders, including with Jean Charest, a TransCanada consultant. The perception of bias here is real, and it is troubling.”

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Amidst Hottest Month in History, House Science Committee Ignores Request for Open Debate on Exxon's Climate Denial

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 10:22

Last Friday, the counsel of and Greenpeace USA sent a letter to Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House Science Committee, after he rejected the groups’ request to include Minority members in conversations around his overreaching subpoena concerning Exxon’s decades-long climate change deception campaign.

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District Court Issues Injunction Against Guidance Protecting Transgender Students

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 07:26

A U.S. District Court judge today issued a preliminary injunction against the federal government’s guidance to public school districts regarding their legal responsibility to allow transgender students to use the same restrooms as other students. The ruling came in the multi-state lawsuit, Texas v. United States.

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Government Secrecy in Renditions Prosecution Challenged

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 06:50

The UK government’s refusal to answer questions about political interference in a decision not to bring charges over British complicity in renditions has been challenged by international human rights group Reprieve.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced in June 2016 that it would not bring any charges in Operation Lydd, a police investigation into the UK Government’s role in the 2004 kidnap and rendition to torture of two families, including a pregnant woman and children aged 6 to 12.

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