I spent election week in Washington DC with the folks from the Beyond Extreme Energy actions. Many of these brave climate warriors walked thousands of miles across the country to deliver a message that it's time to end fracking and all other extreme forms of energy extraction that are damaging our climate.
When I woke up last Wednesday after the election, I immediately thought about how the new congressional leadership would effect the environment. That process was scary in itself, yet it needed to be done because if you don't embrace reality you cannot progress. Reality check: the new congress will see men and women chairing or joining important committees to whom the whole idea of climate change is anathema.
Republicans have a new go to talking point when it comes to climate change, "Well I'm not a scientist", and there may be an upside to it.
Estrela Hernandez, simply put, is a living model for frontline communities all over the world who wish to develop the tools for climate resiliency. You can read about my conversations with her at Bioneers from a few weeks ago.
When NPR started airing pro-fracking messages, I was annoyed. But now that they've also announced plans to close down virtually all their environmental coverage — leaving just one part time reporter to cover fracking, the climate crisis, and more —now I'm frankly alarmed.
Last night's election was, as the President put it "a shellacking." Climate champions were replaced by climate deniers. GMO labeling was denied. Wildlife will continue being hunted in cruel and unnecessary ways.
Last night's election had several ballot initiatives designed to protect and conserve wildlife. Read about the results here.
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NPR has been accepting millions of dollars in "sponsorship" from the fracking front-group known as ANGA. In exchange for their support, NPR hosts like Steve Inskeep, Melissa Block and Audie Cornish routinely read messages that blatantly misrepresent the dangers of fracking to our planet and people.
We've delivered petitions, met with NPR's ombudsman and CEO, and cajoled their staff on Facebook and Twitter. But they have resolutely maintained that there's no connection between these pro-fracking messages and the news coverage. Well there is now: Last week NPR reduced their climate reporting team to one person saying they don't "feel like [the environment] necessarily requires dedicated reporters."