Going to Jail on MLK’s B-Day to Stop Keystone XL South: “The Fierce Urgency of Now”

By: Sunday January 19, 2014 5:00 pm

You wouldn’t know it from the lack of focus and attention by the environmental establishment, but the 485-mile southern leg of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has been built, is being filled and is scheduled to start up on Jan. 22. Front line reports from landowners in Texas and Oklahoma say that TransCanada has patrol planes flying up and down the line, with foot patrols searching for leaks. In a few short days, this 485-mile fuse to one of the biggest carbon bombs on the planet will be lit.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes William Souder, On A Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson

By: Sunday May 5, 2013 1:59 pm

“Environmentalism” and “going green” are so pervasive today it’s hard to imagine a time when those concepts were largely absent from popular discourse. When Rachel Carson released Silent Spring 50 years ago, it changed everything; not just for Carson, whose already-successful career took a dramatic turn, but for the emergence of the modern environmental movement.

William Souder’s insightful portrait of Carson, On a Farther Shore, is an account of her life and work, but it’s also a vital addition to our understanding of the current environmental crisis.

The Party Line – November 4, 2011: Self-Styled Clean Energy President Embraces Future That’s Dirty, Dangerous, and Expensive

By: Friday November 4, 2011 3:25 pm

So begins a November 3rd story from Reuters assessing the potential political fallout from an administration decision to green-light the Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada Corp’s plan to move crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta to refineries in Texas. Reading the whole piece, one can’t help but feel that Obama is still of a mind to go ahead and OK this dangerous and much-derided plan, it is just the Obama 2012 campaign that’s agonizing over how to spin it.

Going for “That” Green: Sierra Club Favors Corporate Donors over Grass-Roots

By: Tuesday June 15, 2010 11:35 am

Sierra Club loyalists were quick to defend the club, saying that the Sierra Club is a “grassroots organization” and that the article “insults those very volunteers and every Sierra Club member who has ever volunteered to help with an environmental cause.”

There was absolutely no insult meant towards those that donate their time and money to the Sierra Club’s efforts. Quite the opposite. I respect the work that committed grassroots environmentalists do, and believe it’s important to ask if there are other organizations out there more deserving of their support. I do not believe that the Sierra Club, which has aligned itself so tightly with political and corporate interests, is providing leadership worthy of those efforts.

The Sierra Club’s alliance with elite interests has turned it into the antithesis of a “grassroots” organization.

Rep. John Hall Questions BP’s Greenwashing Campaign

By: Thursday May 20, 2010 3:45 pm

In yesterday’s Transportation Committee hearing, Rep. John Hall (D-NY) hammered BP American President Lamar McKay about something a number of others have, as well: the amount of money BP has spent on greenwashing of late. Sounds like Hall would like to prevent businesses from deducting such expenses in the future.

Eco-Friendly McCain: Disdain From All Sides

By: Sunday May 18, 2008 4:02 pm

The McCain campaign’s greenwashing efforts are getting hit from all sides and could actually provide a unifying factor across the political spectrum: everyone finds it absurd. As per EarthFirst, Finally, Something the Righties and Lefties All Agree On: McCain Needs to Stop this Environment Crap.

Dominion CEO Disconnected from Reality

By: Wednesday April 9, 2008 4:30 pm

“Those who seek to demonize coal or eliminate its use are, quite honestly, disconnected from reality.” – Dominion Resources CEO Thomas F Farrell, II. I’d ask “what planet do you live on, Tom”, but really the question is: “What planet do you want my and your children to live in?”

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