Yesterday environmental activists, Indigenous youth, and other concerned citizens disrupted a Politico event sponsored the American Petroleum Institute (API), the leading American trade group of the fossil fuel industry. The event, “Energy and the Election at the DNC”, featured prominent Democratic lawmakers and energy advisors including, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA), Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Ed Rendell, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

With both the presidential primaries winding down, both the DNC and GOP are developing their party platforms ahead of their respective conventions in July. The platforms are supposed to define a sort of consensus positions for each party’s candidates during the general election season. A sort of short list of what it means to be a Democrat or Republican in […]
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This summer, all eyes will be on Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention July 25-28. But before the press and delegates show up, there’s something important the nation (and all those politicians) need to talk about: Fracking and fossil fuels. More specifically, the fact that America’s boom in fracked gas and extreme energy is endangering our health and climate, and […]

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 […]