Starting March 1, 2014, through a non-profit called Great March for Climate Action, 1,000 climateers will begin an 8-month, 3000-mile trek across the nation. This will be the largest coast-to-coast march in American history. It is aimed at inspiring and motivating civil society and elected officials to act now to address the climate crisis.
UPDATE: Please also see the letter from Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse
This report from OilChange International disputes the preliminary State Dept. finding on which President Obama seems to be preparing to rely. [See our earlier article Keystone XL: A study in corruption.]
From the summary: State’s analysis is both simplistic and out of date. A closer look at what is actually going on in the North American oil market shows clearly that the project will enable tar sands production to increase and therefore increase emissions.
When President Obama spoke at Georgetown University recently, he declared that "Allowing the Keystone pipeline to be built requires a finding that ... this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. The net effects of the pipeline’s impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go forward. It’s relevant." [Emphasis added] The environmental NGO establishment, predictably, applauded.
But, then, reporting on the President's speech, a Wall Street Journal headline described Mr. Obama's statement as giving "conditional approval" to Keystone XL.
Which President have they been listening to?
"Drillers Silence Fracking Claims with Sealed Settlements"
Bloomberg notes that "The strategy keeps data from regulators, policymakers, the news media and health researchers, and makes it difficult to challenge the industry's claim that fracking has never tainted anyone's water."
"Center for Sustainable Shale" is industry greenwashing, grassroots tells Environmental Defense FundMay 24 2013
The so-called "Center for Sustainable Shale Development" is attracting more criticism from grassroots environmental groups. [See our April newsletter.] On May 22, a joint letter was issued from 68 grassroots advocacy organizations to the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), accusing EDF of contributing to the 'greenwashing' of toxic fracking.
"Pennsylvania farming communities are being turned into huge, open-air laboratories by energy companies eager to make North America a twenty-first-century Saudi Arabia, with ordinary people serving as its guinea pigs. And those people are paying a heavy price: mystery illnesses, dead animals, polluted water, land made worthless, and the loss of a way of life. In the midst of this new hell, however, there’s also hope.
[from Nick Turse's introduction to Ellen Cantarow's report]
From an April 29, 2013, Press Release from the University of Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania residents living near unconventional natural gas developments using hydraulic fracturing attribute several dozen health concerns and stressors to the Marcellus Shale developments in their area, according to a long-term analysis by University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researchers. Reported health impacts persist and increase over time, even after the initial drilling activity subsides, they noted.
Click this link to read the original article.
A deeply flawed study that ignores the harmful environmental and health impacts of gas drilling is being used to rally for exports.