Human Dignity & The Standing Rock Protests

Despite the media blackout, I hope most of you are aware of the protests currently taking place at Standing Rock in North Dakota. A bit of background: the Standing Rock Sioux and many other tribes from around the country are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project, which as proposed will pass along sacred burial sites and under Lake Oahe which is adjacent to Native American land. The pipeline could negatively affect the water supply and was re-routed from a primarily white area in Bismarck to the land adjacent to Native American land after the residents of Bismarck said they didn’t want the pipeline running through their backyard. If completed, the Dakota Access Pipeline would carry crude oil from the nearby Bakken oilfields where it is being fracked to Illinois, where it would meet an existing pipeline that would transport the oil to Texas. Read more about Human Dignity & The Standing Rock Protests

The Future of Climate Change

The Future of Climate Change

For those of you who have been following the presidential transition, you know that Trump has appointed Myron Ebell, a known climate-change denier who has no science background, to head up the EPA. This is troubling on many fronts. Scientists agree almost to a woman that climate change is, undeniably, happening. Unfortunately for the citizens of the world, Trump does not. In 2012, he tweeted:

“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing noncompetitive.”

In addition, Trump has vowed to dismantle most of the Environmental Protection Agency and withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement. Read more about The Future of Climate Change