Environmental Politics

"Robert Bullard: The Father of Environmental Justice"

"As a sociologist in the 1970s, Robert Bullard made a dismaying discovery: Houston landfills and incinerators were far more likely to be located in communities of color than in white neighborhoods, even though blacks made up just one-fourth of the city’s population. That realization launched a lifetime of environmental justice work, including leadership in convening the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit and framing the landmark 17 Principles of Environmental Justice in 1991, bringing environmental justice to the fore at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and catalyzing creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Justice."

Source: Ensia, 06/16/2014

"If Keystone Gets Nixed, Canadian Pipeline Operators Have a Plan B"

"It might be that the U.S. environmentalists’ long campaign against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is about to backfire. Canadian pipeline operators are poised to implement an all-Canadian Plan B network of pipelines in place of the ill-fated Keystone XL that was to run the length of the U.S. heartland to the Texas Gulf Coast."

Source: Toronto Star, 06/16/2014

"At Commencement, Obama Mocks Lawmakers Who Deny Climate Change"

"ANAHEIM, Calif. — President Obama, appearing emboldened after his recent move to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, on Saturday ridiculed members of Congress who deny climate change or plead scientific ignorance as an alibi for avoiding an uncomfortable truth."

Source: NY Times, 06/16/2014

As Obama Visits Indian Reservation, Past U.S. Betrayals Loom

"CANNON BALL, N.D. — This isolated town nestled in the undulating prairie of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation is so small, its only formal sign is a boulder spray-painted with 'C. Ball.' But Friday afternoon, it briefly became the center of the American political world when President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited."

Source: Wash Post, 06/16/2014

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