Enviros Use Ninth District Court To Overrule Trump’s EPA

Activists are using a district court widely believed to be the most liberal in the nation to force the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) into revealing how it processes public information requests.

The Sierra Club sued the EPA Thursday for not responding fast enough to a request filed last year under the Freedom of Information Act. The group’s request comes amid a deluge of requests from activists opposed to the agency’s regulatory rollback.

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Enviros Sue To Stop Construction of Road That Would Save Human Lives

Environmentalists are suing the Trump administration to stop a proposed road connecting an isolated Alaskan community from the area’s only all-weather airport, Anchorage Daily News reports.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke approved a land swap Jan. 22 trading 500 acres of federally protected wilderness for one acre from King Cove, Alaska. Friends of Alaska Wildlife Refuges and eight other environmental groups sued Zinke, the Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wednesday to kill the deal.

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Oops! Cities admit to bond fraud in global warming lawsuits against Big Oil

A libertarian think tank has notified the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) that California cities and counties may have inadvertently admitted to securities fraud in their global warming lawsuits against oil companies.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) attorneys pointed out that localities’ suing a group of oil companies for current and future damages allegedly caused by global warming may have misled municipal bond investors.

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Colorado cities jump on the climate bandwagon, sue energy companies

Backed by wealthy funders like the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, deep-pocketed enviro groups are using cities and people to test absurd legal theories.

A national trend of venue-shopping farfetched and meritless climate lawsuits is making its way to Colorado’s court system.

What first began as a taxpayer-wasting exercise in California and New York City is now being brought into Colorado by anti-fracking activists backed by deep-pocketed environmentalist groups.

The goal is to test drive frivolous and absurd legal theories in different jurisdictions, hoping one will stick—and Colorado is their latest testing ground of choice.

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Trump officials green-light road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge

King Cove, Alaska

The Trump administration’s move this week to green light a highly controversial one-lane road through Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge signals a dramatic shift in approach from the Obama era, with the White House no longer bowing to pressure to conservationists, environmentalists, and liberal Democrats.

Republicans say the Interior Department’s land-swap agreement with Alaska, which is a key step toward construction of a long-awaited road to the small, isolated community of King Cove, shows that the Trump administration is prioritizing the needs of the Alaskan people over the possible disruption of sensitive lands.

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SCOTUS will decide if Feds abused their powers choosing a frog’s habitat

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a Louisiana family’s case against the federal government’s decision to designate their land as critical habitat for an endangered frog species that hasn’t lived there for decades.

Justices will decide if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service erred in designating 1,500 acres of private land in St. Tammany Parish as critical habitat for the endangered dusky gopher frog. The high court, however, declined to hear a case on the bearded seal.

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Anti-Pipeline Activist Who Shot At Police Avoids Life Sentence

Attorneys for an anti-oil pipeline activist accused of shooting at police officers reached a deal with prosecutors that would allow the woman to avoid a lengthy prison sentence.

Red Fawn Fallis will plead guilty later this month to civil disorder and gun possession if a judge in the case agrees. Prosecutors are expected to drop more serious charges that carry a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and the possibility of life.

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This Bird Regulation Might Have Made You a Criminal. Not Anymore

If you live someplace with a window, own a cat, or drive a car, then a recent change to a federal regulatory policy should come as a welcome relief.

On Dec. 22, the Interior Department’s Office of the Solicitor published a memorandum (Memorandum M-37050) stating that it interprets a federal criminal law against “taking” or harming migratory birds to apply only to “direct and affirmative, purposeful actions.”

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