System Change, Not Climate Change: Monthly Climate Crisis News Roundup

By JAMES FORTIN Some things change, some things don’t.  Yet.  Slowly, but steadily, the impact of global warming is becoming so visible and understandable that masses of people are recognizing a problem exists.  But as  entire countries and populations experience unending devastations, capitalist governments such as Australia, India, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the U.S. and China … Continue reading System Change, Not Climate Change: Monthly Climate Crisis News Roundup

System Change Not Climate Change: Monthly Climate Crisis News Roundup

By JAMES FORTIN Paying for the important things first.  As his company sped toward bankruptcy that jeopardized worker pension and health plans, the former chief executive of coal mining company Murray Energy set aside nearly $1 million for groups involved in climate change denial.  Not knowing when he just might need a solid climate denialist … Continue reading System Change Not Climate Change: Monthly Climate Crisis News Roundup

Millions say: Change the system, not the climate!

By JEFF MACKLER The week of unprecedented massive and worldwide climate mobilizations that began on Friday, Sept. 20, represented an historic breakthrough in the consciousness of the world’s people. An estimated 7.6 million people in 185 countries from every continent on earth except Antarctica mobilized in unprecedented numbers to condemn the governments and politicians of … Continue reading Millions say: Change the system, not the climate!

Millions march worldwide to fight climate change

By MICHAEL SCHREIBER The planet is burning, yet governments still express indifference, refusing to undertake the radical steps that will be necessary to avoid climate catastrophe. Accordingly, people around the world, led by students and youth, are taking to the streets in protest, focusing this month on global strikes. The catalyst for the protests took … Continue reading Millions march worldwide to fight climate change

The defense of the Amazon is a fight for the future of the earth

STATEMENT FROM MEXICO “I don’t want flowers at my funeral, because I know they will be taken from the forest.” — Chico Mendes The defense of the Amazon is a fight for the future of the earth. Although the destruction of the Amazon rainforest was already an alarming issue for decades, with the acceleration of … Continue reading The defense of the Amazon is a fight for the future of the earth

Philadelphia oil refinery to close following disastrous fire

By MICHAEL SCHREIBER Days after a devastating oil-refinery fire and explosion, Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) announced on June 26 that it would close the facility in 15 days. PES is the largest refinery on the East Coast, turning heavy shale oil from North Dakota into gasoline. But it is ridden with debt and only emerged … Continue reading Philadelphia oil refinery to close following disastrous fire

Pa. toxic waste plant defeated — for now

By JOHN LESLIE On the evening of April 30, a contentious meeting of the Falls Township Board of Supervisors denied the site plan application for the Israeli-based Elcon Recycling to build a 32-acre toxic waste “treatment” plant in lower Bucks County, Pa. Hundreds of area residents turned out to oppose construction of the toxic facility. … Continue reading Pa. toxic waste plant defeated — for now

Polluted water near air bases endangers Pa. communities

By JOHN LESLIE  In the suburban Philadelphia neighborhoods surrounding a two now-closed U.S. Navy air bases, residents are faced with a drinking water crisis. Groundwater contaminated with carcinogens linked to a fire fighting foam forced the closing of both public and private wells. The Department of Defense (DoD) knew as early as 2001 that fire … Continue reading Polluted water near air bases endangers Pa. communities

The New Deal: Roosevelt’s answer to ‘radicalism’

By DAVID RIEHLE Four score and seven years ago … Franklin Roosevelt brought forth in this country a New Deal. Not a Square Deal (Teddy Roosevelt) or a Fair Deal (Truman) but a NEW DEAL. New York Governor Roosevelt was nominated for president at the Democratic Party national convention in Chicago on July 2, 1932. … Continue reading The New Deal: Roosevelt’s answer to ‘radicalism’

Democrats fail symbolic vote on Green New Deal

By GRAHAM ROGERS The political theater of the U.S. Congress lurched through yet another performance on March 26, as the Senate decisively rejected a bill put forth by Republican Senator Mitch McConnell that copied Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s and Senator Ed Markey’s February non-binding resolution calling for a Green New Deal. Forty-three Democrats, including all Democratic … Continue reading Democrats fail symbolic vote on Green New Deal

Brothers & sisters in the building trades: Time is running out for the planet

By A WORKING CARPENTER I’ve been a carpenter my whole adult life. I worked nonunion before I joined the Carpenters’ Union—easily the smartest thing I’ve ever done. For a working-class person, a union is still the best anti-poverty program. Recently, the heads of the Building Trades unions, alongside the leaders of the United Steelworkers and … Continue reading Brothers & sisters in the building trades: Time is running out for the planet

Pa. waste facility is a threat to waterways

By JOHN LESLIE Elcon Recycling, an Israeli-based company, has proposed the construction of a toxic waste processing plant in suburban Philadelphia. The plant would boil toxic chemical and pharmaceutical waste to remove the water from it, reducing the materials to a toxic sludge. The resulting muck, which could contain elements such as lead, cadmium, and … Continue reading Pa. waste facility is a threat to waterways

Trump declares fake ‘National Emergency’ to build his border wall

By LISA LUINENBURG On Feb. 15, President Trump declared a National State of Emergency in order to appropriate billions of dollars to build his much-touted wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Even though Congress had granted him $1.375 billion for the border wall in the latest federal budget bill, this wasn’t enough for Trump. He wanted … Continue reading Trump declares fake ‘National Emergency’ to build his border wall

RCMP ambushes Indigenous defenders of the land

By GARY PORTER The Canadian state brutally violated the Rights of Unist’ot’en and Gidimt’en clans of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, in the interests of the Oil and Gas Barons. Demonstrations immediately occurred in over 30 cities as thousands of Canadians showed they are fed up with Official Racism. The RCMP moved to enforce a B.C. Supreme … Continue reading RCMP ambushes Indigenous defenders of the land

Challenges posed by the ‘Green New Deal’

By KAMRAN NAYERI The fanfare about the UN Conference of Parties (COP) 24 in Katowice, located in a coal-mining region in Poland, that the diplomats from some 200 countries have “struck a deal after an all-night bargaining session” that may advance the fight against the unfolding catastrophic climate (The New York Times, Dec. 15, 2018) … Continue reading Challenges posed by the ‘Green New Deal’

Climate activists debate how to reach zero emissions in time

By CHRISTINE MARIE In early December, the Global Carbon Project published statistics showing that global emissions of CO2 rose 2% in 2018 to a record high. As Sean Sweeney and John Trent from Trade Unionists for Energy Democracy summarized in a Dec. 31 article, “When ‘Green’ Doesn’t ‘Grow,’ “ the market-focused approach to climate protection … Continue reading Climate activists debate how to reach zero emissions in time

COP24: During the disaster, the comedy continues

By DANIEL TANURO Dec. 19—The Twenty-Fourth United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) has just concluded in Katowice, Poland. Instead of responding to the clear message of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report to take urgent measures to keep warming below 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels, the Conference struggled to set the … Continue reading COP24: During the disaster, the comedy continues

California governor signs legislation to bail out utility that sparked deadly fires

By MARC ROMEIn October, the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that the effects of climate change are already happening, making natural events like wildfires more intense. A month later, the Camp Fire, fueled by Diablo winds and drought conditions, incinerated Paradise, Calif., killing 88 people with nearly 800 unaccounted for. More … Continue reading California governor signs legislation to bail out utility that sparked deadly fires

Hurricanes, global warming, and dire projections for the near future

By BARRY SHEPPARD Two big hurricanes hit southeastern United States in September-October. The first was named Florence, which devastated North and South Carolina with torrential rains, up to 40 inches in some locations over a few days, causing massive flooding as rivers overflowed for weeks. The second was Michael, which hit Florida with very high … Continue reading Hurricanes, global warming, and dire projections for the near future

The environmental consequences of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina

By JOHN LESLIE Hurricane Florence hit the Carolina coast on Sept. 14 with major flooding, leaving hundreds stranded, more than 500,000 without power, and at least 45 dead. Many residents of the region had not anticipated the extent of the flooding from the slow-moving storm, and hundreds required emergency evacuation. Florence had risen to the … Continue reading The environmental consequences of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina