President Obama’s Climate Action Plan: Not Even Close

In June, after more than four years as president, President Obama finally proposed a climate action plan for America. True to form, the president gave an eloquent speech, with strong words for those still in denial about the severity of the crisis we face: “We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society.”

Unfortunately for all of us, the blueprint he presented is more PR than plan, and has zero chance of stabilizing the climate.… [Read more]

Remembering Larry Gibson, the Keeper of the Mountains

The first time I saw Larry Gibson, I thought, “what a character.” He was short, wearing a lime green baseball cap and t-shirt, and barreling through a school cafeteria. It was during the 2010 Appalachia Rising conference, and I was feeling cynical and overly critical. He had just given a speech, but I had barely grasped a word due to the mix of his unfamiliar Appalachian accent and loud, hurried words. … [Read more]

Going for Green: Do Romney and Obama Believe What They Say?

Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his VP pick, much to the despair of environmentalists. However, if President Obama’s recent actions are anything to go by, neither party is running a strong green platform this election cycle. Though headlines would have us believing that Romney denies climate change and President Obama is the “green” candidate, both candidates have far more nuanced positions on energy and environmental issues than the soundbite oriented news cycle suggests.… [Read more]

Protesters Unite in Summer of Solidarity

The above photo has been circulating around Facebook and the Energy Action Coalition’s website as part of their #ClimateSOS campaign. (Check out the hashtag on Twitter). The man behind the podium is Tim DeChristopher, who was (and is) jailed for falsely bidding on oil and gas leases in order to prevent drilling, and the quotes are from a speech he gave at Power Shift 2011, a youth environmental conference.*

All around the country, protesters are taking his message to heart.… [Read more]

It’s A Wrap – Week In Review February 19, 2012

The Twitter feeds have been very active; so much has happened. Two things have dominated the news this week: the religious wrongs right’s imposition of their values on the rest of us (so much for religious freedom, huh?), and extensive coverage of Whitney Houston‘s life and legacy. For the latter, a wonderful tribute celebrating her life and impact she on the world of music made so many of us reflect on her talent.… [Read more]

Mountaintop Removal: A Dirty History Repeats Itself

The monster of mountaintop removal* is once again rearing its ugly head. The aptly named Arch Coal may be about to blow the top off of historic Blair Mountain – the 1921 site of the largest civil uprising after the Civil War, a battle between coal miners and coal operators. Needless to say, there are a lot of people upset.… [Read more]