Environment

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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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.
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Shale Gas Industry Brings PSYOPs and Spy Ops to Poland

Roughly a year ago today in Houston, the shale gas industry was caught red-handed discussing its use of military tactics and personnel on U.S. soil to intimidate and divide communities in order to continue its fracking bonanza.
In a gathering thought to be exclusively among friends, one industry public relations professional representing Range Resources, Matt Pitzarella, said his company utilizes psychological warfare (PSYOPs) tactics on citizens living in the Marcellus Shale basin. The Marcellus is one of the epicenters of the global hydraulic fracturing boom ("fracking").
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Tar Sands Blockade Activists Met With Police Brutality

Ron Seifert, of Tar Sands Blockade (tarsands blockade.org) explains his groups work in direct action against construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas, how police are engaging in major acts of brutality against demonstrators and the misuse of Imminent domain in seizing private land for the pipeline. This clip from the Majority Report, live M-F at 12 noon EST and via daily podcast at http://Majority.FM
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How Will You Celebrate World Rainforest Week?

Did you know that Indonesia’s rainforests alone contain 11% of the world’s plant species, 10% of its mammal species, and 16% of its bird species? Rainforests are a bonified treasure trove of biodiversity and world hub for some of the most unique living specimens on the planet. And what better way to celebrate them than through World Rainforest Week?
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