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My Iowa Takeaway: A Case For Flint Debate

The election to succeed President Barack Obama officially commenced in Iowa last night, but the results of the Iowa Democratic Caucus had to wait until the morning. The Democratic side, in particular, showed us two things: 1. Secretary Hillary Clinton demonstrated once again that she is a veteran, professional campaigner; adroit at building and unleashing a well-oiled machine that includes an undeniable […]

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A Fracked Up Turn in Florida House

HB 191 Sails Through The House With 73-45 Vote,  Public Health Amendments Rejected This past Wednesday, the Florida House approved a controversial bill to expand fracking throughout the state and preempt local communities from implementing bans or moratoriums on the extreme practice. Eviscerating the right of local jurisdictions to block fracking is contentious and unprecedented in itself, but it was some […]

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Flint and the climate moderate

This has been a hard message to write. We’ve all watched in horror as the Flint water crisis played out. We’ve been horrified, outraged, and demanded action. Now we’re faced with a really gut-wrenching choice: Whether or not to back an amendment to a truly dirty Senate Energy bill that does a truly virtuous thing by fixing Flint’s Pipes. I’m forced […]

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Foiling The Florida Frack Attack

Florida is going to be one of the most important states to watch in 2016. There are a slew of bills being considered in the State Assembly that, depending on if they pass or not, could have major implications for Florida’s future climate, water quality and public health. House Bill (HB) 191 and Senate Bill (SB) 318 would not only expand fracking […]

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To Justice: My Week With The Delta 5

Click here to chip and support the Delta 5 and climate action! Last week in a small courtroom of a small county just north of Seattle, Washington, one of the most important court cases played out that may very well shape the future of civil disobedience in the climate movement. By now, many people know about the Delta 5: Abby Brockway, […]

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Putting a Nail in Coal’s Coffin

The White House just announced a halt to new coal mine leases on federal lands while they conduct a comprehensive review of how coal impacts our economy and climate. Since coal is in decline and a major source of global warming pollution, there’s every reason to believe this is another big step by the Obama team towards abandoning the “all of […]

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Talk and action in Obama’s last #SOTU

UPDATE: In a climate BFD: Obama put another nail in fossil fuel’s coffin by blocking all new coal leases on federal lands. Read all about this new decision and sign our thank you card to tell the Obama team that we’re counting on them to do MORE to keep fossil fuels in the ground. Last night, President Barack Obama delivered his last State of the […]

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Bomb Trains Seeing Red In WA

No matter how you feel about the agreement reached at the COP21 Global Climate Summit, one thing was made clear in Paris and worldwide: The People Of Earth Are Ready For A Fossil Free Future. But Big Oil has been fighting back. And last month they won a victory when Congress voted to lift the crude oil export ban last month. The worst […]

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Wishing Exxon, API and Big Oil A Crude Christmas

Dear ExxonMobil Corporation: Thanks to the amazing reporting of InsideClimate News, we know that you were not alone in one of the biggest cover-up scandals in human history. For almost 40 years, others in the ‪#‎BigOil‬ Syndicate were also aware that the burning and extraction of your products are a big contributor to climate change. Instead of sharing this knowledge with the […]

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D12 Red Lines at the Cop21 conference closing

The final agreement at #COP21 is out. It’s a victory simply because this is the first time the world has gotten together and said climate change is real, we all have to do something about it and that means reducing pollution. I’m also proud that a scrappy coalition of low lying island nations (who do not have a lot of power or […]