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Cities Transitioning To A Fossil Fuel Free Economy

The ECOreport examines the movement of West Coast cities transitioning to a fossil fuel free economy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1After 23 years of attempting to bring about change on the state and national levels, Daphne Wysham came to the conclusion that the last bastion of hope in the fight against the fossil fuel industry was at the local level. America’s mayors and city councils are much more accountable for health and safety of their constituents. She focused her attention on the Pacific Northwest, where there are currently 27 proposed coal, oil and gas by rail projects. This initially brought her into conflict with Portland Mayor Charles Hales, who subsequently became an apostle for cities transitioning to a fossil fuel free economy.

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Is The Cost Of Extending Renewables Too Much?

Looking at what the Republicans say the gained through their Omnibus bill, the ECOreport asks Is the cost of extending renewables too much?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A little two weeks after the strongest climate agreement ever, House Speaker Paul Ryan has brought forward a spending package that could end the annual struggle over renewable tax incentives. Wind and solar would receive five year extensions. The price: cutbacks to the IRS, Obamacare, Environmental Protection Agency and lifting the ban on the exporting of American crude oil that has been in place since 1976. Is the cost of extending renewables too much?

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Obama Rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThis morning, President Barack Obama Rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline. He does not believe this project will make a meaningful long-term contribution to America’s economy, lower gas prices or increase America’s energy security. What it could do is undercut the nation’s global leadership in the fight against Climate Change.
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Churches are Divesting Themselves of Fossil Fuel Investments

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1“We have sinned,” the President of America’s most prominent seminary wrote in Time Magazine. She was not referring to a sex scandal or embezzlement, but rather the Union Theological Seminary’s stock portfolio. In the past, many mainstream churches have spoken against Climate Change in the past. Now they are divesting themselves of fossil fuel investments.

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Washington, February 17: Say No to Climate Change!

The ECOreport looks into the demonstration in Washington, February 17: Say No to Climate Change!

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1President Obama was reputedly playing golf, in Florida, when a crowd estimated to number somewhere between 20,000 and 50,000  gathered under the shadow of the Washington Monument on Sunday. Students, scientists, indigenous community members and many others from more than 30 states (including Hawaii and California) as well as a number of Canadians joined together in the largest climate rally in U.S. history. Continue reading Washington, February 17: Say No to Climate Change!

Keystone Pipeline: 48 Arrested in Washington Demonstration

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Forty-eight environmental, civil rights, and community leaders from across the country were arrested, after blocking a main thoroughfare in front of the White House, yesterday. They demanded that President Obama deny the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and address the climate crisis. Continue reading Keystone Pipeline: 48 Arrested in Washington Demonstration

Politics of the War on Climate Change

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Though some environmentalists welcome President Obama’s renewed emphasis on Climate change, other’s point to the lack of specific policies. It is all part of the politics of the war on Climate Change

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