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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 […]

Climate Changed, then Sandy changed us.

Perhaps the only good thing to come out of the horror of Superstorm Sandy was that politicians, from Chris Christie to Barack Obama, were finally willing to connect the dots between climate change and extreme weather events like hurricanes. Many New Yorkers connected the dots, too. People could see that climate change was here and threatening the largest city in […]

What I learned at PowerShift

PowerShift 2013 was big. There were twice as many people there as at Netroots Nation, which is often billed as the biggest 'progressive' event of the year. It was also, as I put it, "twice as young" meaning that the majority of folks in attendance were in their 20s and late teens. It's really exciting to see that our movement […]

Fracking…it’s bad for business?

We know fracking is bad for our climate, our air, our land, and our water. But what if it's bad for business too? Like a lot of us, I tend to assume that the Big Gas companies who are focused on drilling are doing so because they stand to unearth a giant underground lake of money. I forget that if anything, […]

Drawing the line in Philly, Rocky-style

Consider the line drawn. Saturday was an amazing day of protest around the nation: 200 simultaneous actions from Miami to Alaska to Nebraska, including my very own Philadelphia. In so many ways it felt like a culmination, the latest act, though I am sure not the final one. At least 120 people turned out on a Saturday to the Art Museum […]

Say it out loud, EPA! Reopen investigation into fracking

 TweetI was honored to help host anti-fracking heroes Craig Richards and Ray Kemble  from the Dimock, PA area, when they stopped in Philly on their way to Washington DC. They had come via Scranton to deliver 50,000 signatures, including more than 15,000 from Environmental Action members, calling on the EPA to come clean about fracking science. Thirty of us gathered on the […]

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