• Fracking: Beneath The Ground, Above The Law

    We can now add a new item to the list of dangers posed by the poisonous practice of fracking: imposing on the Bill of Rights. Dominon Resources (Dominion), the same company that brought us the Cove Point LNG export facility in Maryland, has filed suit against a number of residents in Virginia who refuse to allow them on their property for the purposes of surveying a proposed pipeline route that would stretch to North Carolina through West Virginia.

  • Like A Good Neighbor

    It was seriously cold in New York City last night. So cold that I swear I saw a tauntaun run across Rockaway Boulevard on my wy to the hearing for the proposed Port Ambrose LNG Import facility. Nonetheless, a coalition of fractivists including Surfrider Foundation, Sane Energy Project, Food and Water Watch and New Yorkers Against Fracking brought the heat to Queens to air (pun intended) their concerns about this facility and demand that Governors Cuomo and Christie veto it's construction.

  • COP20 Kicks The Climate Change Can

    The United Nations Climate Change Conference recently wrapped up in Lima, Peru producing an agreement between over 200 nations known as the "Lima Accord." On the surface, it appears that the Lima Accord ends an impasse that has prevented the UN from creating a global concerted effort to fight climate change. However, digging deeper, the Lima Accord lacks the enforcement and investment we need to really stop climate chaos. And it's failure to act more urgently exposes the growing rift between wealthy and poor nations on how to act.

     

  • Lame Duck; Lame Bill

    The Republicans didn't even wait until assuming control of the full Congress to unleash their attack on the environment. They've given us a preview of what's to come and unwrapped a surrpetitious spending bill, called the Cromnibus. Written in a cigar smoke filled back room, the bill contains a litany of stocking stuffers for their polluting pals, just in time for Christmas. The cromnibus would open up a pandora's box of deadly implications for our air, water and biodiversity. The House approved the bill late last night, with the Senate set to potentially vote on it as soon as today. Here are just a few of the ways in which this bill is an environmental tradgedy.

  • The Environmental Movement and Ferguson: From Why to How

    I recently attended many of the successful and largely peaceful protest in New York City surrounding the death of Eric Gardner at the hands of the New York City Police Department. On my way home from one of them, I could not help but think about the differences between the protests in New York and those in Ferguson following the death of Michael Brown and the decison not to indict the officer involved in his death. It could be argued that the citizens of New York, especially People of Color, should have been anagrier about the decision not to indict the officers involved in the death of Eric Garner as his death was clearly documented on videos that went viral. Yet, the protests in New York did not end in looting or the destruction of property as they did in Ferguson...

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