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We told you so – California’s ocean waters and coast still aren’t protected from big oil spills!

I wrote the below article in 2010 warning of the consequences of not protecting the ocean from oil spills, oil drilling, pollution and all human impacts other than fishing and gathering in the “marine protected areas” created under the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative. This article warned of the consequences of allowing a Big […]

October 14th

California’s latest offshore oil spill could fuel pressure to end oil production statewide

An oil spill first reported on Oct. 2, 2021, has released thousands of gallons of crude oil into southern California coastal waters. The source is believed to be a leak in an underwater pipeline connected to an oil drilling platform 17.5 miles offshore. Oil has washed ashore in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach and into […]

October 5th

As oil spill fouls Cali beaches, Biden admin plows ahead with oil and gas leases

Less than 48 hours after one of the worst oil spills in Southern California history was first spotted—and as officials continue to monitor oil leaks that started weeks ago when Hurricane Ida collided with the Gulf Coast’s extensive fossil fuel infrastructure—the Biden administration on Monday confirmed its plan to expand offshore drilling, provoking resistance from environmental advocates.   By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams The […]

October 5th

Newsom admin issued 138 offshore well permits in CA waters prior to big oil spill!

While “marine protected areas” created under the leadership of a Big Oil lobbyist are currently threatened by a massive oil spill off Huntington Beach, the oil and gas regulatory agency under Governor Gavin Newsom has issued 138 oil permits for operations in state waters since he assumed office, Consumer Watchdog and FracTracker Alliance revealed today. By Dan Bacher The […]

October 5th

‘Keep oil and gas in the ground’ – yet another oil spill ravages California coast

As cleanup crews on Sunday rushed to contain the damage from one of the largest oil spills in recent Southern California history, environmentalists stressed the necessity of ending offshore drilling—and ultimately, of keeping all fossil fuels in the ground. At least 126,000 gallons of crude oil gushed from a ruptured pipeline off the coast of Huntington Beach […]

October 4th

Another Major Oil Spill Hits the Southern California Coast!

It was  inevitable that another massive oil spill would hit the California coast, as offshore oil drilling continues off Southern California and Big Oil continues to capture the Governor’s Office, Legislature and state regulatory agencies and commissions. By Dan Bacher The inevitable happened Saturday when a major oil spill off the Orange County coast reportedly dumped at least […]

October 4th

Ancient sequoias wrapped in foil as California wildfire threatens

A grove of ancient trees in Sequoia National Park remained Friday in the path of a California wildfire that has already triggered evacuations and other protective efforts including wrapping some of the iconic trees—including the planet’s biggest—in protective foil covering. By  Andrea Germanos Common Dreams It has come to this: wrapping trees in tin foil. 💔 https://t.co/pgKQO5IkOt — annehawthorne #ClearThePath @WeDoHope (@annehawthorne) […]

September 19th

One more temperature record falls: US swelters under hottest summer in history

The United States just experienced the hottest summer ever, breaking the record set in 1936 when the Dust Bowl Era took hold amid extreme heat, drought, crop failures that upended the country. By John Queally Common Dreams According to data and new analysis released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): During meteorological summer (June-August), the […]

September 12th

How Arctic warming can trigger extreme cold waves like the Texas freeze – a new study makes the connection

In February 2021, in the midst of rapidly warming global temperatures, an exceptionally severe cold wave hit large parts of North America, from Canada to Northern Mexico. It left 10 million people without power. The impact was particularly severe in Texas, which alone had more than 125 deaths associated with the event. By Mathew Barlow, […]

September 9th

Hurricane Ida: 2 reasons for its record-shattering rainfall in NYC and the Northeast long after the winds weakened

Record downpours from Hurricane Ida overwhelmed cities across the Northeast on Sept. 1, 2021, hitting some with more than 3 inches of rain an hour. Water poured into subway stations in New York City, and streets flooded up to the rooftops of cars in Philadelphia. The storm had already wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast […]

September 8th

As Biden tours Hurricane Ida damage, protesters call for phase-out of all fossil fuels

When President Joe Biden on Tuesday toured communities in New York and New Jersey devastated by the remnants of Hurricane Ida last week, he was greeted by protesters pointing to the deadly storm as just the latest proof of the need to immediately phase out fossil fuels.   By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Fossil fuels are destroying our climate with […]

September 8th

Hurricane Ida shows the increasing impact of climate change since Katrina

Sixteen years to the day that Hurricane Katrina made landfall, Hurricane Ida struck at Port Fourchon, La., on Aug. 29, as a Category 4 hurricane with 240 kilometres per hour winds. Given the date and location of the area affected, Katrina and Ida comparisons are being made. By Jack L. Rozdilsky, York University, Canada The […]

September 7th

Hurricane Ida showed us that our infrastructure isn’t ready for climate change

. . . there’s going to be a bigger Katrina, there’s going to be a bigger Sandy, there’s going to be a bigger Hurricane Maria, and they’re going to be right around the corner.” —Commanding General Thomas Bostick, US Army Corps of Engineers, June 17, 2021 By Algernon Austin The World in Transition (CEPR) Hurricane Ida has […]

September 7th

‘The Climate Crisis Is an Inequality Crisis,’ Says Ocasio-Cortez After Deadly Storm Hits Northeast

As many parts of the Northeastern United States reeled Thursday following deadly flooding, tornadoes, and other damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined other progressive voices in linking the climate emergency to the nation’s growing inequality, and calling for urgent action to address both crises. One piece of data I’m seeing: […]

September 3rd

You think a Green New Deal is expensive? At least 14 dead as floods Devastate New York City

Desperate calls for far-reaching climate action came from New York City Wednesday night and into Thursday as the city and the surrounding area was inundated with the remnants of Hurricane Ida—causing partial building collapses, severely flooded subway stations and homes, and the deaths of at least 14 people. This is north of NYC, Central Park Av in Scarsdale#NYCFlooding #NewJersey #flooding […]

September 2nd