Category Archives: Activism

What to do about the "Social Cost of Carbon" metric? -- Part 2

The models used to calculate a Social Cost of Carbon for use in estimating the benefits of reducing carbon emissions fall far short of including a wide range of expected damages from global climate disruption. Using an SCC metric, or … Continue reading

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What to do about the "Social Cost of Carbon" metric? -- Part 1

Is the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) metric a good tool for use in making government decisions related to climate change and fossil fuel development? The EPA uses it in economically justifying its rules on reducing carbon emissions from vehicles … Continue reading

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July 13: First national rally to stop fracked natural gas exports

On July 13 in Washington, DC, demonstrators will rally near the U.S. Capitol to call on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject a permit for Dominion Resources' proposed LNG export facility at Cove Point, Maryland – 50 miles from the … Continue reading

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"Stand With Us Hillary" in opposing Keystone XL

Leaders of 30 conservation groups representing millions of Americans sent a letter to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on May 21 urging her to speak out against the Keystone XL pipeline. Secretary Clinton has yet to take a public position … Continue reading

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Stanford joins divestment campaign; Obama should be next

"Stanford University announced Tuesday that it would divest its $18.7 billion endowment of stock in coal-mining companies, becoming the first major university to lend support to a nationwide campaign to purge endowments and pension funds of fossil fuel investments," the … Continue reading

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Keystone XL pipeline decision postponed again -- need for pressure continues

The Obama administration has once again postponed a decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, likely delaying a final decision until after the November 2014 elections. It seems clear that the anti-pipeline campaign initiated in the heartland and sparked as a … Continue reading

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Harvard faculty letter: divest university from fossil fuels

"Our University invests in the fossil fuel industry: this is for us the central issue," 100 Harvard faculty members have written in a letter to the President of the university. They say: "Our sense of urgency in signing this Letter cannot … Continue reading

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Keystone is about more than one pipeline

"Environmentalists have decided that enough is enough," says Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona). "Keystone is about more than one pipeline. It is about establishing once and for all whether we have moved on from the disastrous Bush-Cheney view of environmental policy. … Continue reading

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Today, "The Day We Fight Back"

Good governance groups, transparency organizations and accountability advocates around the world are protesting mass surveillance today, February 11: the Day We Fight Back.

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Keystone XL tar sands pipeline & the "National Interest"

The release of the State Department's Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline initiates the final stage in the permitting process: the 90-day National Interest Determination. The multiple reasons to oppose granting a construction permit include an … Continue reading

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