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Conservation Did Not Cause, Will Not Fix Budget Deficit

Written by Robert Bendick on . Posted in Act, Learn, The Wonk Room

This was previously published by the National Journal. All of the conservation and environmental activities of the Federal government amount to just 1.26% of the budget. In real dollars, total funding for the environment and conservation has been almost flat for 30 years. Conservation did not cause the budget deficit and cutting conservation cannot fix the deficit. Yet the Interior Appropriations Bill now going before the full House contains jus…

Two Rivers

Written by Robert Bendick on . Posted in Learn

In the fall of 2010, I was part of a Nature Conservancy team evaluating the potential for a new conservation project in the Magdalena River Basin in Colombia, South America. On a portion of the trip, we traveled by small boat along the river. One evening our boat broke down just at dusk and we did not arrive at our destination, the City of Mompox, until well after dark. Founded in 1537, Mompox was eventually isolated by a change in the river’s c…

Jobs, Cleaner Air, National Security Key to Obama’s State of the Union Energy Goals

Written by Robert Bendick on . Posted in Learn, The Wonk Room

This article was originally published by the National Journal. Before coming to The Nature Conservancy, I worked in local and, then, state government for many years, almost always directly for elected officials. The circumstances were often difficult. There were fiscal problems, unfavorable politics, corruption, and unexpected events. What separated success from failure was the ability of a politician to find a way to somehow move forward despit…

A New Year’s Tree

Written by Robert Bendick on . Posted in Learn

(Editor’s note: A longer version of this article was originally published by Cool Green Science on January 1, 2010. It was so good that Planet Change is republishing it for this New Year. Sadly, it doesn’t appear that the tree is still there. But the sentiment still holds.) The other day I was walking to work at The Nature Conservancy’s headquarters in Arlington, Va., when I noticed that a small tree was sticking up from part of the…

US Fish and Wildlife Service Plans for Climate Change

Written by Lisa Hayden on . Posted in Learn

Collaboration, science and conservation that spans landscapes and crosses borders are key elements as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service forges a climate response plan, according to Scientific American. The new plan outlines how the agency charged with protecting plants, fish, wildlife and birds will itself adapt to climate change. “At a time when there’s a lot of indecision about climate — questions about who should do what, what&…

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