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50,000 voices for clean water in West Virginia

I was honored to stand with West Virginians as they took 50,000 petition signatures for clean water, including 20,000 from Environmental Action members to the Office of Surface mining this week. It was an amazing moment that brought home just how important it is never to forget the people impacted by environmental disasters. Johanna De Graffenreid, our partner in raising $2500 for […]

Delivering more than pizza to Chevron and Harrisburg: your signatures

Here are two report backs from Environmental Action members who started their own local campaigns with us and our partner MoveOn.org. If you have an issue that concerns the planet, you can start your own petition right here and be the next member to make an impact for the planet locally, or globally! More than 12,000 Environmental Action members and partners signed […]

Hate fracking? You’ll REALLY hate fracking near our state parks

Governor Corbett isn’t listening to Pennsylvanians. During his annual budget address last week, he announced plans to open our state forests and, for the first time, our state parks to fracking in order to fill a one-time budget gap. Corbett's plan would "lease new underground mineral rights near existing drilling sites or through adjacent properties," effectively overturning the moratorium on […]

LIVE: Planet’s official response to Walmart

  Watch a replay below of our response to Walmart's sustainability milestone meeting. On President's Day, Feb. 17th, Walmart presented what they said was remarkable progress to protect the planet – including announcements from their new CEO Doug McMillon. But the facts tell a different story: Walmart's global warming pollution is increasing, their use of renewable energy has stalled at less than 5% while […]

A year-end gift from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Parts of Act 13 unconstitutional

When I was first volunteering for local anti-fracking campaigns a year ago, we had an image on file in case Act 13 was declared unconstitutional. Act 13 is the 2011 law that places all manner of restrictions not on fracking itself, but on attempts to control it by local communities. This law will be familiar to communities in Colorado who […]

New Year’s Resolution: No on KXL

My New Year's resolution for 2014 is a holdover from 2013: get President Obama to say "No on Keystone XL." Please don't mistake: It's not a failure that I'm making the same resolution again. The fact is that making it all the way through 2013 without a "yes" from Obama on this issue is a huge victory for a grassroots […]

One delivery CNBC should send back: climate denial

Sometimes you have to go where they the people are – or in our case, where the news-people are. We did a live broadcast on climate change outside the studios of CNBC, just to show them it could be done. The fact is, though, CNBC's heart is not in its offices, its in the financial district where (mostly) men in suits […]

Fracking Waste + Dubious Transportation = ????

In addition to "Oil Spills from pipeline," another recurring feature of this blog is "bad fracking ideas." Maybe it's the unregulated nature of it, or maybe it's the lingering "natural" image, or some combination thereof, but fracking leads to dubious ideas:Fracking near a fault line! Fracking in parks! Fracking in 10 million people's drinking water! The latest is the idea to […]

Fracking loses at the ballot box

It was quite an election night, with bizarre and interesting battles across the country. What's more, from a tar sands referendum on the Portland, ME (narrowly defeated) to anti-coal terminal candidates in Whatcom County, Bellingham (thus far ahead) the planet was on the ballot as well. As it so often does, the anti-fracking movement was at the crux of the choice […]

Another day, another pipeline spill?

Today I saw the news that there were two pipeline spills a week apart last month in Lisbon, Ohio. The company in charge of the pipeline, Access Midstream, claims the spills were stopped before "long-term environmental impact" ensued, but what's really scary is the Ohio EPA's explanation of why a more-serious disaster was averted. "There's so many pipelines going in […]

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