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Water Exporters Want to End the Endangered Species Act

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 02/13/2009 - 12:54pm

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, campaign director of Restore the Delta, today issued an urgent action alert today in response to the introduction of legislation to temporarily suspend the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as it applies to the California Delta pumping facilities during times of drought.

The bill will also establish a Delta Smelt conservation hatchery, a bad idea that was defeated in the State Legislature last year, due to opposition by a coalition of environmental organizations, fishing groups and Delta residents.

Xenophobic Attempt to Put "English First" in Nashville Fails

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 02/02/2009 - 11:42am

Editor's Note: A proposal to make English the official language of Nashville, Tenn. was defeated on Jan. 22. While the coalition that came together to defeat the measure is celebrating, English-only proponents claim they are winning in state capitols around the country. NAM contributing editor Marcelo Ballvé reports on immigration. This is part of NAM's Reports from the Frontlines.

"No más." No more. Those were the words of surrender reportedly spoken by a Nashville councilman on January 22, after voters defeated his quest to make English the city's official language.

Serious Concerns About New Tranquillon Ridge Offshore Oil Development

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 02/02/2009 - 11:38am

While PXP and the Environmental Defense Center on behalf of their clients had reached an agreement for new offshore oil development of Tranquillon Ridge in exchange for an end date and other oil exploration curtailing offers, I had serious concerns about approving this deal

My first concern is that the details of the agreement between PXP and the Environmental Defense Center were never available for public review.

The fate of public lands cannot be decided in contracts negotiated behind closed doors. Our coastal economy contributes more than $50 billion to the State of California, and protecting our natural resources is an essential goal that I know we all share for not just ourselves, but future generations. Because Californians have a vested interest in protecting our coast and preserving our economy, the details of this agreement must be presented to the public.

Immigration Detention Reform Moves to Front Burner

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 02/02/2009 - 11:34am

Editor’s Note: The recent death of an immigrant in a detention center, and a flurry of upcoming reports about conditions in detention center will likely make detention reform one of the first immigration issues the Obama administration will have to contend with writes NAM contributor Roberto Lovato.

Guantanamo Bay isn’t the only prison crisis that President Barack Obama will have to deal with. There’s another crisis growing - in the many immigration detention centers carpeting the interior of the country. Long ignored by policymakers because they make up the politically lethal combination of immigration and prison reform, calls for major restructuring of the immigration detention system may soon become unavoidable. The death of German immigrant Guido Newbrough in a Virginia detention center has pushed the issue to the front burner, helped along by incessant calls for change from advocates like Gil Velazquez.

Expanding Medicare Could Reverse Job Losses, and Repair Our Broken Healthcare System

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 02/02/2009 - 11:24am

On a day in which Congress prepared to vote on the Obama administration's proposed $800 billion economic stimulus package, the nation's largest organization of registered nurses said expanding Medicare to cover all Americans would be one of the most effective economic recovery programs -- and could virtually end the nation's healthcare crisis overnight.

Farm Subsidies Overwhelmingly Support White Farmers

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 02/02/2009 - 11:17am


Speaking last November about his plans to address the economic crisis, President Barack Obama called out subsidy payments to “millionaire farmers” as a waste the U.S. federal budget could do without. He was reacting, in part, to a new report from the Government Accountability Office documenting tens of millions of dollars of payments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to almost three thousand multimillionaires who derive most of their income from activities other than farming.

Oil refinery and pipeline workers are poised to walk off job if contract talks falter

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 02/02/2009 - 11:00am

About 24,000 unionized refinery and pipeline workers across the United States are prepared to walk off the job at midnight Saturday if negotiations with major oil companies don't result in a new contract.

A strike by members of the United Steelworkers union would affect more than half of the nation's refining capacity. Strike jitters helped drive wholesale gasoline prices up by more than 4 cents a gallon Thursday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.


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