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Bill McKibben on the 'valve-turners' and the future of climate activism 11.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Stopping global warming is "not on the menu." But the prominent environmentalist says activism will be crucial in fighting climate change as its effects worsen.
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Holding corporations to account for climate change fatalities 10.10.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Brent Patterson At the time of the Industrial Revolution, Friedrich Engels used the term "social murder" to describe the deaths of people who passed away prematurely because of their living and working conditions. Now, as the planet warms dangerously above pre-Industrial Revolution levels, social murder may be an appropriate term to describe the deaths of those who die prematurely due to climate change. A DARA International study has calculated that 400,000 deaths worldwide each year can be linked to climate change. While some may see climate change as something that happens in the future, this number tells us it's something that's already here -- and that it's deadly. This brings to mind the Utah Phillips' quote: "The Earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses." So who is killing the Earth and so many people along with it? The Carbon Majors Report published by environmental non-profit CDP found that 100 companies have been the source of more than 70 per ...
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Climate change on trial: MN jury to weigh if it's OK to break laws 8.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Today, three activists who briefly shut down two oil pipelines in Leonard, Minn., two years ago will argue their civil disobedience was justified because climate change is an imminent danger. It could be a bellwether case.
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NAFTA 2.0 is no cause for celebration 1.10.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Brent Patterson While the full text of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) needs to be thoroughly analyzed, a preliminary review raises numerous concerns. Mainstream media coverage this morning has focused on the implications of the deal on the automotive and dairy markets and to some extent the Chapter 19 dispute settlement provision. Plainly stated, this agreement will not bring back well-paying jobs for auto workers in Detroit, it will hurt Canadian farmers (given U.S. exports of dairy into this country will increase), and the Chapter 19 dispute settlement provision is still a weak protection against unfairly imposed tariffs. Furthermore, the key issues of climate change, Indigenous rights, and pharmacare are left unaddressed. It's not surprising that the words "climate change" do not appear in the text, but that doesn't make that reality any less unacceptable. There is nothing in this agreement that constrains the power of Big Oil or that keeps carbon emissions from exceeding the 1.5 ...
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Confronting climate change means challenging capitalism 11.9.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Brent Patterson While it is not often named in the mainstream media, the economic system that we live (and die) under has a name: it is called capitalism. There's also a strong argument that capitalism is inextricably linked to the existential crisis of our time and that we must push for a profound economic transformation while there is still time to avoid catastrophic climate disruption. Capitalism, in its simplest terms, is an economic system based not just on profit, but on the maximization of profit. Neoliberalism can be understood as internal to the logic of capitalism and includes deregulation, corporate tax cuts, privatization and free trade. These are ideologies of huge inequalities in wealth and power. When Justin Trudeau, promoting the tar sands, told oil and gas industry executives in Texas that, "No country would find 173 billion barrels of oil in the ground and just leave them there," he couldn't have more clearly made the point. While science says that 85 per cent of the tar sands needs to ...
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If we lose the NAFTA fight, maybe we'll take on capitalism 29.8.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Brent Patterson As the outgoing Mexican administration agrees to a still undisclosed U.S.-Mexico "free trade" agreement (before the new Mexican president elected on July 1 is sworn in on December 1) and Canada's foreign minister urgently visits Washington with the U.S. president's Friday deadline for Canada to join the deal, I am reminded of Naomi Klein's comment regarding climate change: "We cannot solve this crisis without a profound ideological shift." Transnational corporations have lobbied hard for so-called free trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Along with the sledgehammer threat of capital flight, these "corporate rights agreements" provide corporations with tools to constrain governments that are being successfully pressured by social movements to take legislative action in the public interest. The most infamous clause is likely the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision that allows transnational corporations to sue national governments in ...
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Pa. GOP gov nominee to climate change activist: 'You're a little young and naive' 20.7.2018 Philly.com News
Scott Wagner made the comment after an 18-year-old woman asked if his refusal to take action on climate change had anything to do with $200,000 in campaign contributions that she said he had accepted from the fossil fuel industry.
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Rivers of Oil, Episode 4: The rallying cry 27.6.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
In the early 2000s, the Keystone XL oil pipeline became one of the most powerful symbols in the fight against climate change. And since then, it's not just local landowners fighting pipelines in their backyards anymore. It's environmental groups, Native Americans tribes, farmers and ranchers, and a crucial addition to the alliance -- climate change activists. But how did it begin?
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Climate change activism has hit a new level in Minnesota 22.6.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
MPR News reporter Dan Kraker joins Climate Cast to discuss his new podcast, Rivers of Oil.
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Minnesota's Line 3 oil pipeline proposal: The basics 18.6.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
If you follow the news at all, you've probably heard about an oil pipeline proposal called Line 3. Another boring infrastructure project? Think again.
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Andrew Cuomo Is So Worried About Cynthia Nixon He Suddenly Remembered He Ran as an Environmentalist 26.4.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by HuffPost and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Since 1970, New York’s average statewide temperature has climbed 2.4 degrees Fahrenheit, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is just starting to feel the heat. On Friday, Cynthia Nixon, the activist and actor whose progressive primary challenge to Cuomo’s bid for a third […]
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Minn. court sides with climate change activists in pipeline case 23.4.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Four people who broke into Enbridge Energy property in Minnesota in an effort to stop oil from flowing can argue they needed to shut the pipeline down, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday.
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Will courts hold oil companies accountable for climate change disasters? 22.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

The attorney for Chevron Oil was attempting a classic bit of courtroom performance: Offer a stunning admission — then make a protest of innocence.

“Chevron accepts the scientific consensus regarding climate change,” Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., an attorney for the California-based oil giant, said...

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SEC is blunting investor activism over climate change, K-Cups and gay rights 10.4.2018 LA Times: Business

Shareholders battling corporate management over everything from greenhouse gas emissions to discrimination to wasteful packaging are finding it more difficult to put their proposed proxy resolutions to votes as a result of new guidance issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The SEC has...

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As outdoor industry embraces activism, Aspen Skiing Co. paves way by stepping into debates on immigration, LGBT rights and climate 6.4.2018 Headlines: All Headlines
Mike Kaplan and his Aspen Ski Co. have come a long way in their activism, stepping -- purposefully -- into the spotlight on testy issues and becoming arguably the most politically active of Colorado’s large outdoor industry businesses.
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This 16-Year-Old Founded a “Movement of Unstoppable Youth” to Save the Planet 31.3.2018 Mother Jones
“Sorry, it’s homeroom,” Jamie Margolin, a 16-year-old climate activist and high school sophomore, tells me when I call for an interview. “Let me get to a quieter spot.” Margolin, who lives in Seattle, is used to juggling homework, debate club, media interviews, writing op-eds, and community organizing. As a freshman, she interned for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. She […]
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Montana pipeline protester avoids jail, must pay restitution 21.3.2018 AP Washington
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- An Oregon climate change activist avoided jail time and was ordered to pay $3,775 in restitution by a Montana judge on Tuesday after he was convicted of illegally shutting down a crude oil pipeline....
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The Koch Brothers Tried to Spread Fake News in Black Churches. It Did Not Go Well. 16.3.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Rev. Paul Wilson fastens enough buttons on his jacket to stay warm on a chilly fall afternoon but still keep his clergy collar visible. He’s whipping up a crowd of demonstrators in downtown Richmond, Virginia, where they’re waiting to make a short […]
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Why Are More Cities Divesting From Big Oil? It's Moral -- and Practical 19.2.2018 Truthout.com
Direct divestments and lawsuits that began on the West Coast are spreading, with New York being the latest city to pull its funding out of oil and coal. The global financial and insurance industries are starting to recognize that fossil fuel investments don't make moral or economic sense. Thousands of New Yorkers came together for the #Sandy5 march on October 28, 2017, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. Participants demanded powerful climate action from New York's elected officials. (Photo: Erik McGregor / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) In January, New York City announced that it would both  divest its $189 billion pension fund from fossil fuel companies  and sue the world's five biggest oil companies for their contributions to catastrophic climate change. The city plans to move the $5 billion it now invests in fossil fuel companies into other investments within the next five years. The lawsuit, in turn, cites climate change-caused damage, such as flooding and ...
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Did 4 activists need to shut down an oil pipeline? Minn. court will decide 16.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Climate change activists tried to shut off a northwest Minnesota oil pipeline and were arrested. Now, an appeals court will decide whether they can use the "necessity defense."
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