Supporting the Fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline by Matt Remle

Lots of ways to help. #NoDAPL

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Recent events in Cannon Ball North Dakota have brought a spot light on the on-going fight to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Army Corps of Engineers recently approved the final permits for Energy Transfer to build its multi-state pipeline from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois.

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The Problem with Environmentalism in Appalachia

Great blog post. The same thing is happening in every environmental and social justice effort — and most political ones — that I’ve been involved with. We all need to figure this one out and learn how to hear each other and work together.

The Thoughtful Coal Miner

June 2009 Hundreds of people on both sides of the mountaintop removal issue gather along W.Va. 3outside Massey Energy’s Goals Coal Co. processing and shipping plant. Gazette photo by Chris Dorst.

I tend get flak from both sides of the argument surrounding coal. Environmentalists distance themselves from me because I am often critical of them, and some even hate me these days. Pro-coal folks tend to dislike me for my stance against coal companies. It only goes to show that telling the truth has never been popular, or easy.

So let’s get to it.

Coal mining families are not very receptive to environmentalists—and that’s putting it lightly. Why should they be? In what way have environmentalists approached coal mining families over the past two decades? In what way have environmentalists presented themselves to the public?

Though most environmentalists have their hearts in the right place when it comes to helping…

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Stop the Klamath Agreements, Save our Wild Salmon

Good post on Klamath water agreements.

Warrior Publications

Klamath River protester 1 Oni Rose Orcutt stands in the algae contaminated Trinity River, where her ancestors have fished since time immemorial (Photo contributed by Oni’s mother)

Will Senator Greg Walden attempt to slam through fraudulent legislation for the smoke and mirror Klamath agreement?

December 15th2015 (Upper Klamath Basin, Oregon)
The infamous Klamath water Agreements appear to be on their final days. Rumor has it that Tuesday December 15th Senator Greg Walden will attempt to slam through fraudulent legislation for the smoke and mirror Klamath agreement. But there’s a catch. The bill as it stands today will no longer include the language for dam removal, which has been a primary bargained for benefit to signatory tribes to improve historic Klamath River wild salmon runs that have been irreversibly damaged by settler occupancy.

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The Seeds of the Corporate Funded Climate Disinformation Campaign, the 1971 Lewis Powell Memo

Great post by Donald A Brown at Ethics and Climate on the history of the environmental countermovement.

Ethics and Climate

Lewis-Powell

Although numerous articles on this website have acknowledged that responsible scientific skepticism is a positive force in the advancement of science, as we have explained in numerous articles under the category of  “disinformation campaign” there has been a well-funded climate change disinformation campaign that since the 1980s has been engaged in the following ethically dubious tactics including:

  • Lying or reckless disregard for the truth about climate science,
  • Cherry picking the science by focusing on unkowns while ignoring what is well-settled in climate science,
  • Cyber-bullying and ad hominem attacks on scientists and journalists,
  • Manufacturing bogus, non-peer-reviewed climate science through the creation of  ideologically motivated conferences and publications,
  • The use of ideological think tanks to promote the views of climate change deniers through their media outreach, speakers bureaus, publications, and conferences,
  • The use of front-groups and fake grass-roots organizations, known as Astroturf groups, to promote the views of climate change deniers that…

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If Pope Francis is Right that Climate Change is a Moral Issue, How Should NGOs and Citizens Respond to Arguments Against Climate Policies Based on Unacceptable National Costs?

Great thoughts from Donald A Brown at Ethics and Climate…

Ethics and Climate

pope's encyclical

I. Introduction 

Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si, On Care for Our Common Future, is attracting high-level attention around the world for its claim that climate change is a moral problem which all people have a duty to prevent. If his claim that climate change is essentially and  fundamentally a moral problem is widely accepted, a conclusion that is strongly supported by basic ethical theory as explained on this website many times,  it has the potential to radically transform how climate change has been debated in many nations around the world for the last twenty-five years because opponents of climate change policies have been very successful in framing the public debate so that it has focused on several issues almost exclusively. This framing has enabled the climate change debate to ignore ethical and moral issues that should have been part of the debate.

The opponents of climate change policies have succeeded…

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SALMON LIVING ON BORROWED TIME

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​Toxic algae and drought conditions in Klamath Basin threaten salmon survival. ​Toxic algae and drought conditions in Klamath Basin threaten salmon survival.

Salmon need water not politics

For Immediate Release, August 13, 2015

Klamath Basin, Oregon – Salmon and the largest dam removal project are still being held hostage as a bargaining tool to get legislation passed for Senate Bill 133.  Over 50 tribes have advocated against S. 133 the Klamath Basin Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act of 2015 also known as the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA). In an effort to support tribal rights and sovereignty tribes have wrote letters advocating against the KBRA. Senator Murkowski of Alaska wrote a letter in reply. Murkowski assured tribes she understands the concerns of tribal sovereignty as it relates to S. 133. Murkowski’s letter also ensures tribes that the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be fully consulted if S. 133 was to advance that far.

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