Environmental groups today called on the Bureau of Land Management to remove over 3,100 acres from an oil and gas lease auction set for the spring over concerns that fracking might trigger earthquakes, damage dams and threaten the water source for half a million Texans. The federal lands are beneath dams that store water supplies for Corpus Christi and Brenham. The public comment period for this lease sale closed Tuesday.
After the Trump-Pence transition team was beleaguered by news that it was swarming with lobbyists and other special interests, it issued an ethics policy that appeared to significantly reduce the official role that lobbyists would be permitted to play.
This week a multiracial national delegation of over 100 representatives from 20 movement organizations working for social, economic, climate and environmental justice are headed to Standing Rock in a show of solidarity for indigenous survival and sovereignty as leaders on the ground continue to protect the water and halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The following is a statement from Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP:
“The NAACP resolutely condemns President-elect Trump’s proposed plans for a ‘Muslim registry.’
Our nation’s history contains far too many horrific examples of the oppression and demonization of groups based on religion, race, origin or political affiliation, and we refuse to sit by silently and allow for the creation of new ones.
On November 21st as a direct result of the violent police response at Standing Rock towards unarmed people opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 21 year old woman from New York City, Sophia Wilansky, was severely injured when a concussion grenade thrown by police hit her left arm and exploded. Sophia was heading to bring water to the unarmed people who were being attacked for several hours by Morton County Sheriff forces. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department has stated that she was injured by a purported propane explosion that the Sheriff’s Department claimed the unarmed people created.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released the results of its 2016 Muslim Voters Presidential Election Exit Poll. CAIR's exit poll of more than 2,000 registered Muslim voters indicated a high Muslim turnout with 90 percent reporting that they voted in the election - 74 percent voting for Hillary Clinton and 13 percent for now President-elect Donald Trump.
Multiple Cities – From Nanaimo, B.C. to Charlottetown, PEI, in big cities and small towns, thousands of people gathered and lit candles last night in opposition to the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline.
“This isn’t just a BC issue anymore. It’s a national issue and a test of Prime Minister Trudeau’s promises on climate change and Indigenous rights,” said Clayton Thomas-Muller, Stop-it-at-the-Source campaigner with 350.org. “If he approves Kinder Morgan, it’s a test he’s going to fail.”
President-elect Donald Trump rhetorically walked back his advocacy of “cancelling” the Paris climate agreement in a meeting with New York Times journalists at the newspaper’s Manhattan headquarters today.
Today a coalition of public interest groups filed a formal pre-litigation notice with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that they intend to sue the agency for its approval to release millions of genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes into the environment.
Today, it was announced that UK universities are leading the way on fossil fuel divestment globally. New research conducted by People & Planet as part of their University League shows that 43 higher education institutions have committed to exclude the fossil fuel industry from around £10.7bn of endowment wealth, overtaking other EU countries, the US and Australia.
President Barack Obama should use his clemency power before he leaves office to address injustices in the United States criminal justice and immigration systems, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to President Obama. The president should address disproportionately long federal sentences for drug offenders.
“Today, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is appearing at the National Press Club to tout the Obama administration’s ‘environmental and public health legacy’. But there is one area of this legacy she probably won’t highlight: the EPA’s complicity in dismissing the concerns of fracking-affected communities, especially with respect to drinking water contamination.
Last night, militarized law enforcement injured over 160 water protectors, including three elders, at the Standing Rock encampments. Police used tear gas, a long range acoustic device (LRAD), rubber bullets, concussion grenades, and water cannons in 25 degree weather against the protectors.
Hundreds of water protectors were injured at the Standing Rock encampments when law enforcement blasted them with water cannons in freezing temperatures Sunday evening.
In response to the outcome of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's COP22 negotiations nearing conclusion in Marrakech, Morocco, Oil Change International released the following statements from its experts following various aspects of the negotiations:
Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the announcement that Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., will be President-elect Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, the office primarily responsible for enforcing our nation’s civil rights laws:
Today at the conclusion of the UN climate conference, Friends of the Earth International said that the momentum for global action on climate change refused to be overshadowed by the election of a climate denier to the US Presidency.
“Climate change is not going to wait for US action and the rest of the world is clear it is moving forward,” said Benjamin Schreiber of Friends of the Earth US.
A new offshore oil and gas plan from the U.S. Department of the Interior blocks two drilling leases in the Arctic, but allows a new lease in Alaska’s Cook Inlet and 10 new leases in the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years – a step that will worsen climate change by ensuring significant greenhouse gas pollution for the next 70 years.
Isaiah J. Poole, Director of Communications for People’s Action, issued the following statement in light of President-Elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general: