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The Controversy in Grassy Narrows Heats Up

Tension continues to mount in Grassy Narrows. We learned over the weekend that four clan mothers in the community have built a wigwam on an isolated logging road in the northern end the community's traditional land use area in an effort to end destruction caused by industrial development. Read the ceremony notice - 1-6-07-ceremony-notice.pdf and this update, sent by a supporter in Grassy Narrows: “These 4 Anishinabe women are from Grassy Narrows, Ontario Asubpeeschoseewagong and are so determined to protect the forest that they have committed to spend one night on an isolated logging road to build a...

The Controversy in Grassy Narrows Heats Up

Tension continues to mount in Grassy Narrows. We learned over the weekend that four clan mothers in the community have built a wigwam on an isolated logging road in the northern end the community's traditional land use area in an effort to end destruction caused by industrial development. Read the ceremony notice - 1-6-07-ceremony-notice.pdf and this update, sent by a supporter in Grassy Narrows: “These 4 Anishinabe women are from Grassy Narrows, Ontario Asubpeeschoseewagong and are so determined to protect the forest that they have committed to spend one night on an isolated logging road to build a...

Save Mr. Splashy Pants

Over New Years, my partner and I took a trip down to Baja, Mexico. We stayed in a lovely little town on the coast called Ensenada where we enjoyed great Mexican food, Baja's wine country and karaoke. On New Year's day, we took a four hour "whale-watching" trip offshore in the Pacific Ocean. December through April is when Grey whales migrate from Alaska to the tip of the Baja peninsula. Going out to sea to view the massive creatures got me thinking about their relatively peaceful existence and the organized efforts by many nations to profit from their death and...

Reclaimed Land

Our friends at Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a community based group fighting mountaintop removal, amongst other things, made this video about the devestating effects of coal mining on the land and people in Appalachia. Please note that mountaintop removal not only fuels climate change,...

Al Gore calling for Direct Action against coal?!

In today's NY Times, there is a great op-ed talking about the magnitude of the climate crisis. People are still talking about Al Qaeda as our biggest concern, but that by any objective measure - climate change is a far greater threat on just about...

Did Bush’s EPA chief quit after Dick Cheney changed power plant laws?

Former EPA director Christine Whitman is having a rough time lately. She was appointed by Bush to head the environmental agency, until she abruptly resigned in 2003. A few weeks ago, scandal broke around statements she had made to the public shortly after Sept 11th - declaring the air quality in NY was “Safe to breathe”. But a recent report by the EPA’s Inspector General showed that the EPA lacked sufficient data to make that statement - and that the White House had pressured her to withdraw cautionary statements and replace them reassuring ones. She (and the EPA) are now facing a number of lawsuits related to health-claims from workers and emergency responders. A recent study showed 70% of 9-11 responders are dealing with respiratory illnesses. And then yesterday, Christine Whitman changes her reasons for her abrupt resignation from the EPA in 2003. Although her clashes with the Bush...

Moving towards a moratorium on coal: recent victories

Early 2007 has seen a sea change in the movement for a moratorium on coal. While there are still approximately 140 proposed coal plants on the drawing board in the U.S., the hurdles facing coal development are growing. The fight against new coal has taken off with local community groups fighting coal development in their backyards; national campaigns calling for a moratorium and targetting financiers and Congress; and the support of public figures such as Al Gore, NASA’s James Hansen, and Sen. John Edwards. Our energy needs can be better met through energy efficiency and clean, renewable sources like solar and and power. We now have the momentum to close the chapter on dirty energy. With this growing international movement, dozens of proposed coal plants have already been stopped. The abridged list below represents recent victories and should serve as a warning to those trying to build, operate and finance...

Moving towards a moratorium on coal: recent victories

Early 2007 has seen a sea change in the movement for a moratorium on coal. While there are still approximately 140 proposed coal plants on the drawing board in the U.S., the hurdles facing coal development are growing. The fight against new coal has taken off with local community groups fighting coal development in their backyards; national campaigns calling for a moratorium and targetting financiers and Congress; and the support of public figures such as Al Gore, NASA’s James Hansen, and Sen. John Edwards. Our energy needs can be better met through energy efficiency and clean, renewable sources like solar and and power. We now have the momentum to close the chapter on dirty energy. With this growing international movement, dozens of proposed coal plants have already been stopped. The abridged list below represents recent victories and should serve as a warning to those trying to build, operate and finance...

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