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WaterFix Chaos, Colonized Delta, and California Democracy

In water agencies all over California right now, fevered phone calls between general managers and directors and attorneys and engineers are likely happening because of Westlands Water District’s vote to reject California Delta Tunnels/ WaterFix on September 19th. By Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla and Tim Stroshane Restore the Delta Will the Delta Tunnels project have to get […]

September 27th

Hurricane Harvey left Houston residents breathing benzene

After Hurricane Harvey’s flooding caused an oil tank in Houston’s Manchester neighborhood to cave in, private monitors found benzene levels that far exceeded health guidelines By Lisa Song and Al Shaw, ProPublica, and Kiah Collier, The Texas Tribune As a longtime resident of Manchester, Guadalupe Hernandez is used to the chemical smells that waft through his southeast Houston, […]

September 18th

Ecojustice: Hurricanes hurt people unequally

Sonali Kolhatkar is the founder, host and executive producer of “Rising Up With Sonali,” a television and radio show that airs on Free Speech TV and Pacifica stations. She is co-director of the Afghan Women’s Mission, a U.S.-based non-profit solidarity organization that funds the social, political, and humanitarian projects of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. By […]

September 17th

Trump admin bans the words “Climate Change”, replaces with Orwellian double-speak

In a bold new strategy (as revealed in the Guardian), the U.S. Department of Agriculture—guardians of the planet’s richest farmlands—has decided to combat the threat of global warming by forbidding the use of the words. Under guidance from the agency’s director of soil health, Bianca Moebius-Clune, a list of phrases to be avoided includes “climate change” and “climate […]

September 7th

DAPL pipeline company sues “eco-terrorist” environmental groups

The pipeline operator Energy Transfer has filed a lawsuit against Greenpeace, Earth First, and a number of other organizations, alleging that attempts to solicit donations and interfere with construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline constituted “eco-terrorism.” By James Ayre  In other words, Energy Transfer alleges that the environmental groups in question engaged in “acts of terrorism” […]

August 25th

NYC leads the way with Environmental Justice laws

The New York City Council recently passed the most comprehensive environmental justice legislation ever achieved in any U.S. city. By Kieth Rushing Earthjustice The breakthrough marked a major win for the Harlem-based organization WE ACT for Environmental Justice, which recently boosted its local and state advocacy efforts. WE ACT is not alone. Many environmental justice […]

June 18th

How the GOP learned to stop worrying and love Trump

Remember the #NeverTrump campaign? A lot of people within the Republican Party opposed Trump during the primaries, and even well into the general election. Former Republican presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush reportedly did not even vote for Trump. I’m sure many other prominent Republicans didn’t either. Seasoned politicians who know how government and politics work […]

May 16th

The environmental injustice behind the Oroville Dam crisis

At a time when local, national and international mainstream media are focusing on the Oroville Dam crisis, it’s important for reporters to dig deeper and understand the context that the emergency, which spurred the evacuation of over 188,000 people in Butte, Yuba and Sutter counties, occurs within. One of the least discussed issues in California environmental […]

April 7th

Porter Ranch leak shows gas is a disaster for California

By Dan Bacher Three groups – Save Porter Ranch, the Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch – on Saturday, January 23 released a joint statement accusing the South Coast Air Quality Management District Hearing Board (AQMD) of making a decision regarding the SoCalGas Leak that “fails to adequately protect residents” of Porter Ranch and […]

January 25th

Victory! Nevada pulls the plug on polluting coal plant

By Mary Anne Hitt Director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign There is big news out of Nevada that will echo around the nation. Late Monday night the Nevada Assembly passed a bill clearing the path to retire the polluting Reid Gardner coal plant. The bipartisan bill is now headed for an expected signature […]