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Threatened Sucker Fish, Strangles Water Supplies

The Santa Ana sucker, a small, bottom-feeding fish residing in California’s Santa Ana River, is playing havoc with the region’s water supply, resulting in a group of cities and water districts asking the United States Supreme Court to require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to conduct a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis when it takes regulatory actions under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  In 2010, the FWS expanded the threatened fish’s critical habitat by 1,000...

California’s Carbon Restrictions Hurt Poor, Minorities

A new paper shows California’s policies to promote renewable energy and mandate restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions are having and will continue to have a disparate, harmful impact on the poor and minorities. California has long been a leader in enacting progressive environmental policies. For instance, by the year 2020, the state has required one-third of the electricity delivered by utilities be generated from renewable sources. The state has also committed to reduce its greenhouse gas...

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