Joe Mathews: In an era when seemingly every body of water inspires plans for public access or development or both, Lake Mathews retains a special mystique. My lake is like an old-time movie star—deliberately unknowable. And that’s probably the way it should remain.
Mel Gurtov: While Trump continues to tout “clean coal,” the story of the now-abandoned $7.5 billion Kemper power plant shows that clean coal is a mirage. No one is going to be building a coal-fired plant by 2020.
Rivera Sun: If we can think years ahead in this ticking time bomb of a self-destructive system, then why can we not envision another world and commit to the journey-quest of getting there?
Julianne Tveten: The Tesla CEO’s proposal to bore a high-speed commute tunnel under the Westside of Los Angeles may amplify many of the county’s most deeply entrenched disparities.
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.