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 […]

Philadelphia, PA – Dimock-area residents and activists personally harmed by the hazards of fracking gathered on Monday at the EPA Region 3 office in Philadelphia to call for the reopening of the investigation into drinking water contamination in Dimock, PA. A recent report in the Los Angeles Times revealed that EPA officials in Washington chose to close an […]

When thousands of us supported Gina McCarthy to head the EPA, it was because she was a proven and tough advocate for the planet. When confronted with members of Congress who denied global warming is real, or industry tycoons who claim they couldn't afford to protect the planet and make a profit, we've always been able to count on McCarthy […]

Last year, Netroots Nation literally changed my life. I try not to overuse that phrase, but in this case it's true. Getting the chance to go (though Democracy for American's Scholarship program) gave me access to a whole world of people using technology to change our real world for the better. And I couldn't help be changed as well. It […]

The way state capitol buildings are designed to make people feel small. The high ceilings, the classical architecture, the cold stone all are made to shrink the voice. But on Tuesday, April 30th, when I visited my own state Capitol building in Harrisburg, PA,for the first time, that was not the case, because I was not a single person. I […]

The fracking fight has already come to my doorstep in a cozy corner of northwest Philadelphia. During election time, there were as many “No Fracking” signs as there were Obama campaign signs, which means a a lot. I even know an anti-fracktivist who walks her dogs on my street. Confronting fracking as a real issue at home in my community […]

When I heard the governor of Colorado — a Democrat — was threatening to sue over fracking, my hope was that he was suing to prevent it, or hold those who do it accountable to environmental laws. But I was wrong. John Hickenlooper is threatening to sue Colorado towns like Longmont, whose ban we were proud to help out on, for doing the right […]