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Rainforest Protection: The last step is the hardest and most important.

You’ve probably heard the phrase “the first step is the hardest” plenty of times. And, indeed, it often is. Think of the courage it took for civil rights marchers to take the first step onto Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge. Or for Neil Armstrong to take his first small step. But, in many cases, it’s the last step that’s the most difficult, […]

Me, Edward Abbey, and the Making and Unmaking of Utah’s National Monuments

   Edward Abbey, the iconoclastic defender of places like the Valley of the Gods, part of the Bears Ears National Monument that has been cut out of the area by the Trump administration. I would have paid good money to see Edward Abbey respond to the auctioneer putting on the block lands within the original boundaries of the Bears’ Ears and […]

Environmental Action Shares: Whale in Alaska (Photo: Steve Halama via Unsplash)

Environmental Action Shares: Week of April 6, 2018

This week’s Environmental Action shares: Monarch butterflies, elephants and more. Encourage your friends on social media to talk about the environment by sharing any or all of these stories on Facebook and Twitter. Environmental Action Shares for Facebook Environmental Action Shares for Twitter #Monsanto won’t stop selling the monarch butterfly-threatening Roundup on their own. That’s why we need @EPA to ban this toxic […]

Solar Panels Are Not Washing Machines

Solar panels and washing machines are an odd couple. But they were the first targets of what the Trump Administration calls its attempt to protect America from other countries’ unfair trade practices. For the sake of argument, let’s assume that the Administration is factually correct in saying that China, Korea, and other countries are violating agreed-upon trade rules by excessively subsidizing companies […]

Who Will Be The Churchill of Our Energy Policy?

Churchill Mania is back. Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, the second-most quoted Englishman of the 20th Century (behind a certain two-headed songwriter from Liverpool), has re-emerged in the last two years as a touchstone for political and cultural debates, both in America and the British Isles. He was the subject of the Oscar for Best Actor. The whereabouts of his bust in the […]

Boundary Waters: Thank you for taking action

Thank you to everyone who submitted comments and took environmental action to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. In 30 days, we gathered and submitted over 28,200 comments to the U.S. Forest Service. We asked them to prepare a full comprehensive study that examines the disastrous impacts of mining on the edge of America’s most visited wilderness. For […]

Appalachian Trail (Photo: Drew Geraets on Unsplash)

Environmental Action Shares: Week of March 30, 2018

In this week’s Environmental Action shares: alarming news for North Atlantic right whales, good news on the clean energy front and another powerful way to help monarch butterflies. Spread awareness about the environment — share any or all of these stories on Facebook and Twitter. Environmental Action Shares for Facebook Environmental Action Shares for Twitter – Monarchs caterpillars eat milkweed – Dicamba kills […]

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Bears Ears: These lands are ours. They don’t need more mines.

Bears Ears National Monument isn’t just a place — it’s an integral part of the American story. These special lands in Utah are home to delicate red rock formations and sweeping vistas. Bears Ears contains thousands of archaeological sites, detailing centuries of human history. You can find 200-million-year-old dinosaur fossils here. And black bears, mountain lions and other sensitive wildlife still […]

Sympathy For The Bottom Feeder

The Trump Administration wants to slash funding to clean up the Great Lakes, well before the job is done. What’s puzzling is the nature of their game. Bottom feeders don’t get no respect. You usually see the term next to words like low-life, loser, parasite, scum of the earth, and slumlord. But I want to come to the defense of a particular […]

First, Let’s Not Kill All The Lawyers

The Chamber of Commerce doesn’t like ordinary citizens suing to stop air and water pollution from Exxon’s Houston-area refinery and facilities like it throughout the country. (Photo Credit: Roy Luck, via Flickr) “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” — William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2, Act 4, Scene 2 When it comes to settling disputes, I think we’ve made […]

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