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.
Dan Bacher: “The fact that high concentrations are showing up in multiple water wells close to wastewater injection sites raises major concerns about the health and safety of nearby residents.”
Walter Brasch: Nevertheless, the industry is digging in and defending not only its destruction of the environment and public health, but to recapture “fracking”— with a “k”—as good and pure.
Dan Bacher: Want to have some fun and challenge corporate agribusiness at the same time? Then attend a mock reception outside the home of famous (infamous) Delta water diverters, Stewart and Lynda Resnick, hosted by the No on Proposition 1 campaign.
Lauren Steiner: Whatever you do, don’t tell the audience that the trillion-dollar business opportunity of the future is based on the continued production of natural gas through fracking.