Environment and Health
Like most U.S. climate activists, I breathed a sigh of relief as the election returns rolled in.
I’ve been working on solutions to the climate crisis for a long time, but I never really expected that it would hit home for me quite the way it did.
Our nation is recovering from a natural disaster. Again.
First, the 80-foot pine tree fell on our house. Then, the power went out, along with the heat. After a few days the indoor temperature became brisk, emulating the outdoors. But in our neighborhood at least, there was no ocean nearby to come calling.
The 9/11 attacks made terrorist incidents at nuclear reactors appear much less hypothetical. After the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, concerned citizens grew more alarmed about the possibility of a catastrophic nuclear accident in our own country. And a struggle underway in Vermont over the future of its Yankee reactor is highlighting the threat that power companies can pose to our democratic process.
As they drill for quick corporate profits deep inside our Earth, ExxonMobil, Halliburton, and other titans of the natural gas hydraulic fracturing industry are harming people’s health, the environment, and local economies all across the country. They’re also fracking something essential to a properly functioning democratic society: truth.
Many Republicans expressed shock, even betrayal, when Chief Justice John Roberts himself turned out to be the Supreme Court’s turncoat Republican who upheld the Affordable Care Act. Pundits had predicted that Kennedy could make that move. Not me.
Our weather keeps getting weirder. We’re seeing record-busting heat waves, droughts, thaws, and forest fires, freakish “derecho” storms, and spring striking weeks too early. Most of these trends are either caused or exacerbated by another, underlying problem: climate change.