Environment

Non-Profit Study: Coal Investments, Shale Gas, a Bad Bet

In a missive titled "White Paper: Financial Risks of Investments in Coal," As You Sow concludes that coal is becoming an increasingly risky investment with each passing day. The fracking boom and the up-and-coming renewable energy sector are quickly superseding King Coal's empire as a source of power generation.
origin Author: 
origin Blog: 

Disney Ends Destructive Environmental Practices

After several years of talks, the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) scored a major victory this month, when they were finally able to convince the Disney Corporation to give up their destructive environmental printing practices.
origin Author: 
origin Blog: 

One More Chance to End Climate Silence

It's almost like President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney have already forgotten that this summer Americans experienced some of the most severe droughts in history and massive wildfires. 
Yet here we are with only one Presidential debate to go and not once has either candidate uttered the words "climate change" in the two previous national debates. It ...
origin Author: 
origin Blog: 

Fracking Your Future: Shale Gas Industry Targets College Campuses, K-12 Schools

In Pennsylvania - a state that sits in the heart of the Marcellus Shale basin - the concept of "frackademia" and "frackademics" has taken on an entirely new meaning.
On Sept. 27, the PA House of Representatives - in a 136-62 vote - passed a bill that allows hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking" to take place on the campuses of public universities. Its Senate copycat version passed in June in a 46-3 vote and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett signed it into law as Act 147 on Oct. 8.
origin Author: 
origin Blog: 

Who's Funding the Coalition for a Sustainable Delta in CA?

Restore the Delta (RTD) on October 17 responded to an attack by the "Coalition for a Sustainable Delta," an agribusiness "Astroturf" group they said is bankrolled by billionaire Stewart Resnick, the owner of the giant Paramount Farms in Kern County.
RTD, a coalition of farmers, fishermen, environmentalists and business owners dedicated to a fair water policy in California, dismissed "Coalition" claims accusing Restore the Delta of being a front group for Delta developers out to pave over the Delta for profits.
origin Author: 
origin Blog: 

Northwest Tribes Speak Out Against Coal Export Terminals

The New York Times ran a must-read piece for anyone concerned about coal companies targeting American taxpayer-owned public lands, carting it by rail over to coastal ports throughout the Pacific Northwest, loading it onto Panamax barges, and then shipping it overseas to sell at a steep discount to Asian markets.
The article looks at the battle over the Northwest export terminals through the lens of the local American Indian tribes, who worry about the impacts on local fishing rights and the threats to sacred sites.
origin Author: 
origin Blog: 

Why Wind in VT Protects VT Air Quality

There is a new popular trope about where Vermont's air pollution comes from, that's intended to imply that installing wind in Vermont does nothing to protect our air quality.
Some people are going to ask why I'm being so persistent on this issue. It's simple:
We face an imminent, unprecedented planetary emergency.
Due to the chemical composition of the source of warming gases, at 6 degrees C temperature rise, the earth will have air and water so acidic, it will be incompatible with most life forms - including humans. We are currently on track for 7 degrees C. Every moment we...
origin Author: 
origin Blog: 

40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

40 years ago today, President Nixon signed the Clean Water Act. This has been the means by which we have, as a nation, dramatically reduced the toxic pollutants industry releases.
By the 1970s, Lake Superior was toxic. Now its remarkably clean and Duluth's tap water is known for its purity and great taste.
Republicans have been trying since it was introduced to weaken and eliminate it. Especially under the Bush Administration.
"The Clean Water Act has been instrumental in improving our environment and economy for people across the nation," said Jan Goldman-Carter, senior manager, Wetl...
origin Author: 
origin Blog: 

Over 50 Tar Sands Blockade Supporters March in Defiance of Police


The fight against the Keystone XL pipeline isn’t going anywhere.
This morning, in defiance of police and TransCanada’s lawsuits, over 50 people marched onto the easement to resupply the tree blockade with fresh food and water.
Follow tarsandsblockade.org for updates.
origin Author: 
origin Blog: 

Heritage Foundation's List Of Fallacies on Obama Energy Policies

In an attempt to paint President Obama as bad for the U.S. economy, the Heritage Foundation recently released a list of the top ten ways in which the President’s energy policies are 'destroying' both the economy and our domestic energy production.
The list contains numerous falsehoods coupled with half-truths and out of context information. When taken at face value, they give conservatives plenty to salivate over in the short time before the national election.
origin Author: 
origin Blog: 

Pages