Southwest (AZ NM OK TX)

Lawyer Who Helped Write Texas Env. Laws Now Helps Industry Skirt Them

"As a young state attorney in the early days of environmental regulation, [Pamela Giblin] built up the laws that regulate pollution of the state's water and air. Today, age 64 and still raven-haired and self-effacing, she is the senior attorney for some of the state's largest polluters — dedicated, some would say, to finding cracks in those same laws."

Source: Austin American-Statesman, 11/08/2010

"Economic Study Funded by Prop. 23 Backers Questioned"

A study claiming that California's Proposition 23 would create jobs failed to disclose that it was funded by big out-of-state oil companies and the Koch brothers, who have been anonymously funding political causes that boost profits of their oil business. Proposition 23 would delay California's climate change law, which environmentalists say would create green jobs.

Source: Sacramento Bee, 10/25/2010

Nonfederal Rangeland Often in Poor Shape

USDA and USGS researchers found about one of every five acres of rangelands in 17 western states, as well as portions of Louisiana and Florida, has some degree of degradation of at least one factor (soil and site stability, hydrologic integrity, and biotic integrity).

Lubbock, TX 2012

Check out multimedia conference coverage, session descriptions, speakers, exhibitors and more for SEJ's 22nd annual conference, October 17-21, hosted by Texas Tech University. Image: Bat Flight Amphitheater at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Photo © Marina Fisher-Phelps.

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