Walter Brasch: Had the state imposed an extraction tax on each well, instead of a much-lower impact tax, there would have been enough money to fund road and bridge repair without additional taxes for motorists. Every state with shale oil but Pennsylvania has an extraction tax.
Dan Bacher: Reservoir storage does not equate to water supply,” said Jay Lund, lead author of the report and director of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. “Reservoirs cannot supply water without a water supply to fill them first.”
Kathy Kelly: The U.S. military, with its more than 7,000 bases, installations, and other facilities, worldwide, is one of the most egregious polluters on the planet and is the world’s largest single consumer of fossil fuels.
Winona LaDuke: With Keystone XL still delayed, Alberta Clipper is widely seen as the most important and immediate pipeline battle, and thus much of the U.S. tar sands campaign has been shifting its focus to this project.
Walter Brasch: At first, the few individuals cried into the winds. But, they came together to form small groups, and then larger groups. They read the environmental and public health studies. They heard from the people about the problems associated with fracking.
Larry Wines: Part of the Koch’s shtick in the television ad campaign they launched this past summer is to declare themselves “America’s Corporation,” the way the Dallas Cowboys once declared themselves “America’s Team.”
Tom Hayden: Top presidential aide, John Podesta, slipped off to Beijing last month to secretly negotiate the US-China climate agreement announced this week. One might say, borrowing from Naomi Klein, that “this changes everything.” Podesta simply notes, “It’s a big deal.”
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: For five days in a row this week a federal agency was blockaded by protesters, delaying workers, sending a strong message of demands and resulting in scores of arrests. Did you hear one word about it on mainstream media?
Steve Hochstadt: If we can’t trust our scientists, then what do we do when the next crisis arrives? Whom should we trust when our lives are on the line in the case of an Ebola epidemic?
Mitch Jones: Putting a public resource in the hands of the wealthy will not solve California’s water crisis.
Ankur Patel: Rather than prioritize sustainable water solutions, this wrong-headed bond package kowtows to a political system beholden to large financial interests that prioritize short-term profits subsidized by taxpayers.
Elizabeth Nussbaumer: Offsets and the added profit from repurposed pollution perpetuate and further engrain the trend of polluting with impunity by using energy sources that only take us backwards in our need to address growing pollution debts.
Elizabeth Nussbaumer: We need to invest in truly renewable, sustainable energy; stop pretending switching from coal to natural gas will protect the climate; and regulate fossil fuels to keep carbon in the ground and out of the air.