Mondays public comment delivery marks the culmination of two years of grassroots work to put climate change at the forefront of the President and the EPA's agenda. It's a milestone moment that capped months of big actions by supporters at Environmental Action, and weeks of big action and talk from the White House.
"If the EPA doesn't un-frack the rules as written, nobody will remember President Obama as the president who liberated us from coal," said Director Drew Hudson. "They'll remember him as the President who sold us to the frackers."
There are only six days left to submit public comments on what some are calling the boldest stance taken by any president to protect the climate.
A few years ago, Walmart promised to get serious about fighting global warming. They even promised to get 100% of their power from clean, green sources. But Walmart is hiding a dirty secret: They're one of America's largest users of dirty coal electricity. Their U.S. stores use more than 4.2 million tons of coal each year. That's nearly six times as much electricity as the entire U.S. auto industry, at a cost of 8 million metric tonnes of global warming pollution each year.
I spent election week in Washington DC with the folks from the Beyond Extreme Energy actions. Many of these brave climate warriors walked thousands of miles across the country to deliver a message that it's time to end fracking and all other extreme forms of energy extraction that are damaging our climate.
When I woke up last Wednesday after the election, I immediately thought about how the new congressional leadership would effect the environment. That process was scary in itself, yet it needed to be done because if you don't embrace reality you cannot progress. Reality check: the new congress will see men and women chairing or joining important committees to whom the whole idea of climate change is anathema.
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.