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