Climate/Racial Justice Makes An Appearance in Flint

Last week I delivered 100,000 petition signatures to the Democratic National Committee with friends from Color of Change, Daily Kos, Climate Hawks Vote, Friends of the Earth, Honor the Earth and the HBCU Climate Change Initiative. I must admit that I was skeptical. Even after we spoke with the DNC’s Deputy Communications Manager, who gave us assurances that Flint was not […]

Keeping Flint in Focus

Yesterday I had the honor and pleasure of delivering nearly 100,000 signatures to the National Headquarters of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Our demand was simple, but powerful: Focus the Flint Debate this Sunday on Racial and Environmental Injustice. The coalition, made up of a diverse group of organizations including Color of Change, Daily Kos, Presente Friends of the Earth, 350.org, Historically […]

New Ad says NO to Atlantic Drilling, Seismic testing off South Carolina Coast.

Charleston, SC – As local residents continue to await a final Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) plan for five-year oil and gas leasing off the coast of South Carolina and other Southeastern states, Environmental Action took out a full page ad today to show again their disapproval of drilling and seismic testing on the continental shelf.“South Carolina has abundant opportunities […]

Under Hillary’s Energy Plan, Communities of Color Would Be Fracked Over

Hillary Clinton has a new plan for fracked gas in America entitled, “Hillary Clinton’s Plan for Ensuring Safe and Responsible Natural Gas Production,” and it isn’t good. Increased extraction and use of a fossil fuel that’s known for it’s epic, months-long leaks and is 80 times more potent a global warming pollutant than Carbon Dioxide isn’t leadership, it’s a climate catastrophe. And it highlights the […]

Scalia’s Passing Opens National Can of Worms

When I received the news of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing this past Saturday, my mind went in a thousand different directions, accompanied by a thousand different questions. There can be no doubt that Justice Scalia’s sudden passing sent a shock wave throughout the nation, and the entire world. For the first time in over thirty years, the Supreme Court […]

Granite State Votes, Clean Power Plan Rocked

The presidential election to succeed President Obama kept rolling last night as New Hampshire held the nation’s first primary for both major parties. The results were profound with both winners commanding victory margins of 20 points or more. But underneath all of the excitement and fervor of the election was potentially more pressing news that the Supreme Court of the […]

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 […]

A Fracked Up Turn in Florida House

HB 191 Sails Through The House With 73-45 Vote,  Public Health Amendments RejectedThis 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]