Republicans have a new go to talking point when it comes to climate change, "Well I'm not a scientist", and there may be an upside to it.
Estrela Hernandez, simply put, is a living model for frontline communities all over the world who wish to develop the tools for climate resiliency. You can read about my conversations with her at Bioneers from a few weeks ago.
When NPR started airing pro-fracking messages, I was annoyed. But now that they've also announced plans to close down virtually all their environmental coverage — leaving just one part time reporter to cover fracking, the climate crisis, and more —now I'm frankly alarmed.
Last night's election was, as the President put it "a shellacking." Climate champions were replaced by climate deniers. GMO labeling was denied. Wildlife will continue being hunted in cruel and unnecessary ways.
Last night's election had several ballot initiatives designed to protect and conserve wildlife. Read about the results here.
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NPR has been accepting millions of dollars in "sponsorship" from the fracking front-group known as ANGA. In exchange for their support, NPR hosts like Steve Inskeep, Melissa Block and Audie Cornish routinely read messages that blatantly misrepresent the dangers of fracking to our planet and people.
We've delivered petitions, met with NPR's ombudsman and CEO, and cajoled their staff on Facebook and Twitter. But they have resolutely maintained that there's no connection between these pro-fracking messages and the news coverage. Well there is now: Last week NPR reduced their climate reporting team to one person saying they don't "feel like [the environment] necessarily requires dedicated reporters."
President Obama's Clean Power Plan is the first EPA regulation to cut global warming pollution from existing power plants, the largest source of carbon in the U.S. But King Coal is trying to block the regulations before they even take effect. In the coming weeks, we'll help collect tens of thousands of public comments to make the regulations even stronger, and make sure they go through.
I just got back from the 2014 Bioneers Conference in Marin County, California where I had the opportunity to meet and speak with author and activist Naomi Klie about her latest book, This Changes Everything.