After 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.
A 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?
“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.
The ECOreport looks into the demonstration in Washington, February 17: Say No to Climate Change!
By Roy L Hales
President Obama was reputedly playing golf, in Florida, when a crowd estimated to number somewhere between 20,000 and 50,000gathered 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!→