Steve Early: Despite the presence of rank-and-file teachers and nurses, and the Steelworker union background of TRAA rally chair Steve Goldsmith, the wing of refinery labor most committed to blue-green alliance building was MIA last Saturday.
Tom Hastings: Housing for military families is a special and widespread pollution problem, with entire tracts built on waste dumps, leaky underground fuel tanks, radioactive waste dumps and other ticking health time bombs.
Dan Bacher: The new offshore drilling plan would have a devastating impact on fish, wildlife and the ocean ecosystem, as well as the fishing, Indigenous and coastal communities that depend on them for their economies, livelihoods and culture.
Marcia Hanscom: A 30-year battle by activists to restore the Ballona Wetlands as a refuge for some of the last native plants and animals along the Los Angeles coast is reaching a tipping point.
Winona LaDuke: The Keystone Pipeline, which is not even fully operational, just showed us that it can’t operate safely. The mid-November spill in South Dakota was not supposed to happen—neither were the last five oil spills.
Tom Hastings: Leonard Higgins is going to go on trial in a Montana courtroom for his role in the October 11, 2016 coordinated shutdown of several of the dirtiest tar sands oil pipelines that increasingly and dangerously traverse North America.
Tom Hastings: Michael Foster’s crime in North Dakota was turning off the Keystone pipeline in a symbolic but real call to all of us to do what we can to stop global climate chaos.
Jerome Singletary Jr.: I am very proud that LA is taking concrete steps to ensure a bright future for all Angelenos by increasing access to recycling while also creating incentives for companies to invest in local green infrastructure.
Judith Mernit Lewis: The nuclear tests have long since ended, but the Mojave has also been diminished by sprawl, along with garbage dumping, mining, and renewable energy development projects that occupy several square miles each.
Paul Haeder: Then the greenies start shedding their thin epidermis of green-o-atic colors to show the real flavor of their existence – eating cool, living cooler and propping up everything that is American.
Judith Lewis Mernit: Rice farmers’ efforts are meaningful and dramatic in the fight against climate change — so much so that the farmers can sell their greenhouse-gas savings to polluting industries struggling to meet voluntary or state-imposed reduction targets.
Larry Wines: Rachel Carson began to discern that environmental systems that were robust in terms of Earth’s natural processes were shockingly fragile when assaulted by the unintended consequences of human industrialization.
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