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Protect the Boundary Waters

Nearly 900 people packed a stuffy high school auditorium in northeastern Minnesota, Tuesday evening, to give emotional testimony both for and against the contentious issue of mining in and around the Boundary Waters. Polluter profiteers are pushing to conduct a toxic form of mineral extraction called sulfide mining next to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Runoff from this kind […]

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St. Louis Sum Up: Netroots Nation 16

Netroots Nation has become one of my favorite gathering of national progressives, activists and organizers. This work requires lots of travel and digital organizing, so one of the best parts of the Netroots conferences is the opportunity to meet people I’ve worked with online, in person. This year’s conference was particularly important as I was one of the keynote speakers, […]

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Ban the Bomb Trains Week of Action ends with a bang!

Don’t panic, It wasn’t that kind of bang: After an amazing week of action all over the country, we won a big victory in Baltimore MD (your author’s home town) when Houston Big Oil pusher Targa Resources withdrew plans to ship volatile crude oil on so-called “Bomb Trains” through to the port. It was a great way to wrap up the #StopOilTrains week of action so […]

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RNC platform goes off the deep end of Climate Denial

It’s no secret that of the two major political parties, the Republicans are the less climate hawkish. All through the early part of the primary process, we pressured candidates from both parties — but especially the Republicans — to face up to the facts that climate change is real, caused by humans and that we need a massive national response at all levels of […]

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DNC’s Climate Commitment, Closer, but Still No Cigar

Many eyes were on Orlando, Florida this weekend as they Democratic National Committee (DNC) converged to vote on the Party Platform. The platform is meant to serve as a navigator for Democratic candidates running for office at all levels of government, as well as a statement of party unity. But right from the start it was clear from the onset that […]

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All aboard the Bus to the Clean Energy Revolution!

Picture this: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are on their way to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Each of them is leading a delegation of thousands of elected officials, volunteers and delegates. And they’re setting the agenda for our climate and energy economy when they meet. But before they can get in the door to the convention, they have to […]

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Did the DNC Just Do a Number on the Climate?

After a blistering primary season (which is technically still going), both parties are settling down to write their party platforms – a unity document that’s supposed to express the nature of what it means to be a “Democrat” or a “Republican” in 2016. For the Democratic National Committee (DNC), that means that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders camps have each appointed members to […]

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COALiton Faces Off With BLM in Seattle

Yesterday a coalition of climate activists that included concerned teachers and parents, representatives from the Yakima Nation and other Native Tribes and elected officials attended a hearing hosted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to discuss the future of the federal coal program. It was clear that the majority of the people in attendance advocated for the shut down […]

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Direct Dialogue With The DNC: You Also Deny Climate Science

Last week I had the opportunity to address the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) platform committee in Phoenix, Arizona. Tens of thousands of us have been petitioning the DNC and their Republican counterparts to include a ban on fracking, and a move to #KeepItInTheGround in this year’s platforms. Phoenix was the second city in two weeks to hear testimony from invited guests and […]

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BOEM goes the dynamite – 1 million comments opposing offshore drilling delivered!

Last week was a watershed moment in the fight to stop offshore drilling and convince President Obama’s team to keep fossil fuels in the ground. It started, as it always does, with concerned activists and members like YOU – who signed on to petitions telling the President’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to scrap all new offshore oil drilling in […]