Steve Kretzmann

Supreme Court Backs Big Coal Over People (USA)

The Supreme Court just issued its ruling on McCutcheon V. FEC (see background on this case here if you’re not familiar) and it’s a disaster for our democracy. Five justices sided with Shaun McCutcheon, the climate-denying coal baron, opening the door for near-unlimited campaign contributions from individuals. We’re still figuring out all the implications of this decision – and ways to fight it – but in the meantime, one thing […]

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Remember Saro-Wiwa – Free the Arctic 30

This week, eighteen years after his death, we remember Ken Saro-Wiwa, and the many environmental defenders who have followed him. You might not know Saro-Wiwa, but for several of us, his struggle was pivotal and inspirational in our lives. In 1990, Saro-Wiwa launched a non-violent movement for social and ecological justice in his Ogoni homeland in the Niger Delta. The movement he led revealed the collaboration between the Nigerian military […]

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Draw the Line Against Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline on September 21st, 2013

Last week Canadian Prime Minister Harper reportedly offered to make a deal with President Obama to get approval from the President for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. (Wait for it…) Apparently, Harper offered unspecified "joint action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the oil and gas sector" in exchange for a pipeline that will carry and emit the equivalent of 37 million cars worth of carbon pollution each year. […]

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The Biggest Climate Rally in U.S. History

Editor’s Note: Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has just said that the entire country of Australia is being "challenged by nature". I think it’s a sad way of looking at what we’re facing — it’s as if we’re the innocent victims. Rather, I think nature is being challenged by us. Nature is having a hard time ‘keeping it together’ in the face of all we’re throwing at it. We are […]

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Act Now to Stop the Keystone Pipeline (Again!)

First the good news: President Obama is standing firm on his decision to delay the Keystone XL pipeline, and he’s threatened to veto any attempt by Congress to move that timeline up. Of course, that’s exactly what those legislators who are most bought by Big Oil are trying to do. They’re trying to attach legislation that would speed up the pipeline to laws that would give relief to hard working […]

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