Environment

Maricopa County’s air quality is awful. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Maricopa County has some of the worst air quality in the nation and earned another “F” rating this year from the American Lung Association.

Voters must choose whether we fight or ignore climate change

Most Arizonans don’t need to be convinced that our climate is changing, especially after this summer. It was hot, dry and deadly. And we have the records to prove it.

Pendley’s BLM decisions in Western states targeted for rollback

A federal judge’s ruling that the acting head of the Bureau of Land Management was serving unlawfully in that position could have implications for dozens of decisions the agency made across the West during the past 15 months—including in Colorado, Arizona and Nevada.

Disappointing four-forest management project targeted for changes

A massive forest management project in Arizona has been hampered for a decade because there’s not enough of a market for the small trees and brush that must be cleared to reduce fire risk.

Judge orders BLM head Pendley removed for ‘unlawfully’ holding post

A federal judge in Montana has ordered that conservative firebrand William Perry Pendley should not lead the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, saying that Pendley has “served unlawfully” for more than a year.

Pendley nomination may be scrapped, but he’s still in charge at BLM

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Bureau of Land Management will continue leading the agency even after his nomination is withdrawn, leading the diverse conservation groups that opposed him to call for his removal from office.

Ruling sets up renewable energy fight between Corp Comm, lawmakers

The Arizona Supreme Court may have opened the door to allowing the legislature to overrule the Corporation Commission on renewable energy standards, a longtime goal of some conservative lawmakers who dislike the mandates imposed on electrical utilities.

Ariz. conservationists sound alarm over Trump pick to head public lands bureau

President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Bureau of Land Management has supported mining near the Grand Canyon, livestock grazing in federally protected areas, resource extraction at national monuments and generally opposed federal management of Western lands — all positions conservationists in Arizona say would hurt the state’s public lands.

House passes bipartisan public lands bill; next stop president’s desk

WASHINGTON — Major environmental legislation sailed through Congress Wednesday while the nation’s political leaders were stuck in intense negotiations over the contours of a fifth coronavirus relief package. The bill would provide $9.5 billion over...

Stronger clean energy standards will mean a stronger Arizona economy

Updating and improving the state’s energy policy for the utilities the ACC regulates could address two looming issues: COVID-19 job losses and the pollution that leads to climate change in Arizona.
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