May 28, 2012

This Week in Green Politics: 5/28/12

Hey everyone! 

I hope you all had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend and are having a contemplative and meaningful (but still fun) Memorial Day.

I'm currently chilling at the lake with the fam here at home in Tennessee, and have been giving thanks for all of my friends and family who have served our country, and especially for all of the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. 

Due to technical difficulties on my end, This Week in Green Politics (which is regularly scheduled to go up on Saturdays) is going up late. My apologies. I mean, hopefully you weren't spending Memorial Day weekend on tenterhooks waiting for it (although given how great TWIGP is, it's possible you were). Anyway, in order to make it up to you and to prove my devotion and dedication to all of you awesome and inspiring WAP folks, I'm taking time out of the holiday to dish out an informative (and hopefully funny-bone-tickling) edition of This Week in Green Politics goodness:


The always insightful and absolutely indispensable David Roberts over at Grist makes a forceful case for why climate activists should make coal exports and the auctioning of coal from publicly-owned lands at rock bottom prices the new center of the U.S. climate fight. Very thought-provoking piece and a great read for activists, wonks, and wonk-tivists (I know I hate to choose between the two) alike. 


Of perhaps even greater import to Roberts fans (and of general interest to youth climate activists), Roberts also reflected this week on re-centering the focus and philosophy of his blogging, calling for a greater emphasis on the part of environmental journalists on the importance of focusing on the creative, enterpreneurial, positive solutions (which don't necessarily fit neatly into an environmental box) of "Young People These Days" (or YPTD) in a post entitled "Toward a Future That Makes Sense."


On the fracking front, in Colorado this week, a group of mothers and children from a local grassroots group called Erie Rising marched to the headquarters of Encana Corp. in Denver and the offfice of Gov. John Hickenlooper in order to present their petition, with tens of thousands of signatures, calling for a stop to fracking operations set to take place near two local elementary schools. 


Daniel Weiss at the Center for American Progress has the round-up on a new National Journal poll that shows the American public strongly supports the continuation of renewable energy tax credits, the creation of a national clean energy standard, and increased regulation of fracking. 


In what our WAP readers will surely regard as a terrible tragedy for the nation and the world, Heartland Institute president Joe Bast recently announced that, in the wake of a mass defection of corporate sponsors in response to their heinous billboard campaign, the Heartland Institute has no plans to continue their annual climate denialist Chicago confab, the International Conference on Climate Change (lovingly dubbed "Denial-a-palooza" by DeSmogBlog, presumably because it is much nuttier and much less entertaining than Lollapalooza). 


In a move that encapsulates the terrifying state of our post-Citizens United democracy, the Washington Post reports that oil billionaire Harold Hamm, who is a high-level adviser to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on energy issues, just dropped a milli (of old-school oil money as opposed to Weezy-esque Young Money) into Restore Our Future, a pro-Romney super PAC founded by a group of former Romney aides. 


Last but certainly not least, Joe Romm recaps a piece he wrote about "Dust-Bowl-ification" for the prestigious scientific journal Nature a few months ago.