Saturday March 31st at 8.30pm 2012′s Earth Hour took place. The hour, which I wrote about in Blackouts, Candlefire and Alcohol Don’t Mix For Earth Hour 2010, is meant to “celebrate your action for the planet with the people of world by switching off your lights for an hour, then go beyond the hour.” I wonder if people take the going “beyond the hour” part seriously or if they just want to take part in this event and watch the images from participants around the world. Enjoy the video.
While politicians are looking to support the Keystone XL pipeline and regular people seem indifferent or excited about jobs, the Kalamazoo River in Michigan is still undergoing a tar sands pipeline spill cleanup from 2010. The people who live near the river tells their stories about young children vomiting black substances, business still not recovering from having to shut down for 3 months, and job creation only for those who have to clean up the spill after the pipeline burst devastated their communities.
They ask you to remember it’s not a question of will the pipeline burst but when.
Photo Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Joe Kane, Gulf of Mexico
“You’re looking at the glass as half empty. I’m saying the glass is half full…of carbon.” -Stephen Colbert
Description: Co-founder and director of 350.org Bill McKibben explains why the Keystone XL pipeline will mean “game over” for the climate. I’m glad Colbert pressed him on being a hypocrite for driving or riding in planes to get to the show. It’s something environmentalists have to address…and McKibben did. Continue reading →
Well, no issue exists in a bubble so why would Keystone XL be different? This is like terrible idea on top of terrible idea on top of terrible idea. There are so many great reasons to oppose both hydro-fracking and Keystone XL and potential fallout (read: oil spills) from the intersection of the two is more than enough for me to oppose both with every fiber of my being.
The United States Geological Survey has released a report that links a series of earthquakes last January in Oklahoma to hydraulic fracturing, a destructive process of extracting natural gas through rock formations. Fifty small earthquakes registered there ranging from 1.0 to 2.8 in magnitude there, with most occurring within 2.1 miles of Eola Field, a southern Gavin County fracking operation.
The report is still under peer-review but it seems logical that franking would have an effect on seismic activity. I think earthquakes register to people as being something far out of the control of humans so hopefully this will be enough of a red flag to people about fracking.
Photo Credit: “Chuetsu earthquake 2004. Ojiya, Niigata, Japan. Soil liquefaction took place on this road.” by Tubbi
“What do you bet he hears us now?” -Tar Sands Action
No, Tar Sands Action isn’t hiring…or maybe they are, but the ad they placed this week in the Washington Post and New York Times wasn’t exactly for help wanted from just anybody. It was for help wanted from President Obama himself.
The group formed by writer/activist Bill McKibben was created to sustain civil disobedience to stop the expansion of the Canadian tarsands and Keystone XL Pipeline. Tuesday October 23rd they launched a national ad campaign calling on the President to “stop this crime in progress.” The ads also appeared online at washingtonpost.com, cnn.com, foxnews.com, politico.com and foreignpolicy.com.
Photo Credit: wind turbine of the Kama’oa Wind Farm in Ka Lae (a.k.a. South Point), Big Island of Hawaii by Harvey McDaniel
Today, we see more and more individuals installing solar panels on their roofs as an attempt to live in a more sustainable way. While this practice is increasing, there has not been much talk of individuals utilizing wind turbines in their homes. Continue reading →
The Story of Cap & Trade is a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the leading climate solution being discussed at Copenhagen and on Capitol Hill. Host Annie Leonard introduces the energy traders and Wall Street financiers at the heart of this scheme and reveals the “devils in the details” in current cap and trade proposals: free permits to big polluters, fake offsets and distraction from whats really required to tackle the climate crisis. If you’ve heard about Cap & Trade, but aren’t sure how it works (or who benefits), this is the film is for you.