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A Green New Day

February 7, 2019 • Lauren Pagel
This week, two key committees held their first climate change hearings of the 116th Congress. Today, the Green New Deal was introduced. The 116th Congress is turning belated and much-needed attention to the existential threat climate change poses to our… More »

How one Ohio family surrounded by shale gas plants took action and made their property more livable

August 30, 2018 • Tyler Rivlin
Leann Leiter co-authored this blog with Tyler Rivlin. Allen Young and his family are surrounded. They can see three sizable natural gas plants–operated by Dominion and Energy Transfer Partners–without taking a step off their property. Over the past three years,… More »

Can Mining Certification Benefit Communities, Workers and the Environment?

July 6, 2018 • Payal Sampat
Last week, the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) released its new Standard for Responsible Mining — an effort by civil society and industry to collectively define best practices for mining operations. If well-implemented, the IRMA standard can provide us… More »

Governor Wolf moves forward with natural gas pollution safeguards

June 14, 2018 • Earthworks
“We congratulate Governor Wolf on taking this critical step to reduce methane pollution from natural gas production. However, it won’t mean much unless DEP enforces these new permitting requirements. We’ve documented this normally invisible pollution across the state. We’ve also documented… More »

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Why IRMA’s Standard for Responsible Mining is a Big Deal

July 20, 2016 • Payal Sampat

The diverse organizations and sectors—labor unions, indigenous communities, NGOs, mining companies and downstream purchasers of minerals—that form the Steering Committee for the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) often get asked why we sit at this table across from other stakeholders with whom we don’t always see eye to eye. Given that we frequently see issues from very different perspectives, why do we choose to engage in this challenging, time-consuming work?

A crude way to treat the planet

December 18, 2015 • Jennifer Krill

Talk about a bitter pill – in exchange for a 5-year extension on the tax credit for renewable energy, Congress has PERMANENTLY lifted the forty-year old crude oil export ban.

This deal lines the pockets of the oil industry at the expense of the global climate. Crude oil from shale regions like the Bakken in North Dakota and the Eagle Ford in Texas can now be shipped to overseas markets; it’s not even likely to be a good deal for consumers.

2014 Year-End Mining Industry Scorecard

December 31, 2014 • Payal Sampat

During these last few hours of 2014, it's a perfect time to reflect on the signs of hope and the abject fails provided by the multinational mining industry.

We leave it to you, dear reader, to decide whether the good outweighs the bad or vice versa.

Going Solar: An off-grid perspective on small-scale solar

Two weeks ago I wrapped up installation on a medium sized off-grid solar system on my remote property in south-central Montana.  I felt my story is worth telling, because it was easier and cheaper than I thought it would be, and because small scale solar and energy storage will solve a lot of problems in the long run.