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Proposed Sandpiper Pipeline: Is Oil the New Fur?

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Georgianne Nienaber: Will we wrap ourselves in oil and drown in the salty byproducts of fracking while we watch towns burn from train explosions and die of thirst after our aquifers are poisoned?

Governor Brown: Climate Leader or Climate Loser?

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Adam Scow: When it comes to governance and real action the Governor is letting the oil and gas industry expand fracking and refineries that pollute our climate with more emissions of carbon dioxide and methane, worsening global warming and our climate crisis.

Bill to Ban Oil Drilling in Marine Protected Area Passes

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Dan Bacher: The bill bans drilling in the marine reserve by repealing a dangerous loophole in the California Coastal Sanctuary Act.

Great Plains Fracking: Searching for the Sandpiper

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Georgianne Nienaber: Are we being devoured by our hunger for cheap power? Are oil companies using a new embodiment of Manifest Destiny on the Great Plains?

Vandenberg Marine UnProtected Area

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Dan Bacher: The time to ban offshore oil drilling, fracking, pollution, corporate aquaculture, military testing and other harmful activities to marine life in the “marine protected areas” created under the MLPA Initiative is long overdue.

Blindness and Science

Climate Change Denial

Steve Hochstadt: Why are those voters and politicians who don’t believe in the need to deal with climate change so overwhelmingly Republican? I think the answer is fear.

Scientists Predict Increased Rain, Floods for Northeast

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Walter Brasch: Residents of New England and the Mid-Atlantic states will experience increased rainfall and floods if data analysis by a Penn State meteorologist and long-term projections by a fisheries biologist, with a specialty in surface water pollution, are accurate.

Do New Fracking Rules Let Big Oil Hide Toxic Chemical Use?

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Dan Bacher: Proposed new regulations governing fracking and other dangerous oil well stimulation techniques in California would “do little” to protect the state’s air, water and public health, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.

Trickster Pipeline Threatens North Dakota Society

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Georgianne Nienaber: We heard stories of land for sale for man camps, women afraid to go to the store at night, robberies, and tree houses coveted as potential housing for oil field roustabouts.

Fracking Money for California State Senators

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Dan Bacher: Those who voted against the franking moratorium or abstained received many times more in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry than those who supported the bill.

Fire Ecology vs Timber Economy

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Jack Eidt: Though the Rim Fire of 2013 was the third largest conflagration in California’s history, it has improved the ecological health of the forest, while the majority of the iconic landscapes of Yosemite National Park remain unscathed. However, a salvage logging plan now under review by the US Forest Service does put in danger the regenerating effects of the fire.

A Pipeline Runs Through It…

Bakken Oil Pipeline

Winona LaDuke: It might be time to have a good discussion about oil, infrastructure, and water in Duluth, before 4 million barrels of oil heads this way.

House Republicans on Climate Change Concerns

Climate Change Concerns

Dan Farber: All too many members of the House seem to have left the reality-based community in favor of a fairy-tale world where threats go away if you just close your eyes and deny them.

Fight For Environmental Justice Broadens

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Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: With extreme energy extraction and climate change bearing down on the world, environmental justice advocates are taking bold actions to stop extreme energy extraction and create new solutions to save the planet. These ‘fresh greens’ often work locally, but also connect through national and international actions.

May 17 – Hands Across the Harbor: Port Area Residents to Join National Protest Against Keystone XL Pipeline

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Jack Eidt: Residents from across Los Angeles will gather in the Port of Los Angeles as part of the National Day of Action Against the Keystone XL Pipeline starting with a community workshop at 10:00 a.m.

How Much Is Tainted Fracking Research Worth?

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Walter Brasch: It makes little difference if the Community College of Philadelphia accepted “only” $15,000, Lackawanna College accepted $2.5 million, or the University of North Dakota accepted $14 million. We know what they have become—it’s just a matter of deciding how much a tainted body of knowledge is worth.

Dems Fume: Obama at Walmart — What Were They Thinking?

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Carla Marinucci: Friday at a Walmart in Mountain View, Democratic National Committee member Chris Stampolis looked around at the racks of American flag-themed bikinis and $5.44 T-shirts made in China — and just sighed.

Randy Jurado Ertll Book Signing

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Randy Jurado Ertll Book Signing – Issues to be discussed are the environmental movement and environmental justice issues

Springtime in the Garden

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Steve Hochstadt: Springtime means hope. Will there be more blossoms than last year? Will life get better? Unexpected blooms and unforeseen popular movements erupt in spring

Scalia’s Puzzling Dissent

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Dan Farber: The sloppiness of the opinion is all the more noteworthy because we are still nowhere near the end-of-the-term crunch, when things are more likely to slip through the cracks.

Fracking Moratorium Bill Passes

Fracking Moratorium Bill Passes

Dan Bacher: Authored by Senators Holly Mitchell and Mark Leno, SB 1132 would require the Natural Resources Agency to facilitate an “independent scientific study” on well stimulation treatments (fracking and acidizing) and their hazards and risks to natural resources and public, occupational, and environmental health and safety by January 1, 2015.

Fracking Industry Pays to Play with Pennsylvania Universities

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Walter Brasch: Two of the reasons Pennsylvania has no severance tax and one of the lowest taxes upon shale gas drilling are because of an overtly corporate-friendly legislature and a research report from Penn State, a private state-related university that receives about $300 million a year in public funds.

Romancing Nature: Eco-Puritanism

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Claude Fischer: For years, political divisions over the environment have had the seemingly odd feature that Americans farthest from the open country have tended to be most supportive of protecting the environment, while those nearest to it — farmers and other rural residents — have been most resistant.

Will China’s Smog Spur Climate Solutions?

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Catherine Wolfram: Coal gasification will help reduce local pollution and it appears commercially viable, at least in China. Unfortunately, it’s a disaster for climate change.

The Fracking Prostitutes of American Colleges

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Walter Brasch: The administration doesn’t think of themselves or their college as a prostitute. They believe they are doing a public service. Of course, streetwalkers and call girls also believe they are doing a public service.

California’s Big Oil Dirty Dozen

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Dan Bacher: It is no surprise that Western States Petroleum Association placed first in “The Big Oil Dirty Dozen” with $23,987,896 spent on lobbying in Sacramento from 2009 through 2013. 


Will Big Oil Kill More in the Amazon?

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Stephen Wallace: To see the impact big oil is having on the Amazon, I spent eight days with the Amazon Anchaur people. Every morning they vomit as a way of cleansing to start the day fresh. The next few hours are spent telling stories with the entire family present.

Global Warming, Waste, and Greed

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Walter Moss: In keeping with our unrestrained consumptiveness, the commonly accepted basis of our economy is the supposed possibility of limitless growth, limitless wants, limitless wealth, limitless natural resources, limitless energy, and limitless debt.

Back to the Fight Against GMOs

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Lisa Goldwag Kassner: We have another chance to get labeling of GMOs for retail sale passed in California this year with an improved, simpler version of Prop. 37. It is called SB 1381, and it’s currently being considered by the State Senate.

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