environment

Youth in the lead for climate sanity

August 2011

In April, 10,000 young people converged on Washington, D.C., for the third Power Shift conference, a national summit of youth activists for the environment held every two years. The mood was much different from that of the summits in 2007 and 2009. In an interview with Yes! magazine, Jessy Tolkan, a founder of the Energy… Read more »

Violent weather and the unnatural causes of climate change

August 2011

2010 tied with 2005 as the hottest year ever recorded, the latest in a string of record-breaking years. It’s not just temperatures on the increase, however, but wild weather of all kinds. From drought in the Amazon to flooding in Pakistan and wildfires in Australia, extreme weather is the new normal. As the FS goes… Read more »

FS Letters to the editor

October 2011

FROM TROY DAVIS Thank you I wanted to thank you [Political Staff Workers Union, which FS staff members belong to] so much for your lovely card as well as the donation you sent. I’ve been so blessed to have so many wonderful people fighting for my life. Every day is a new struggle but through… Read more »

Japan says “Goodbye, nuclear power!” Labor lends its weight to mounting protests

December 2011

On Sept. 19, 2011, 60,000 people gathered in Tokyo’s Meiji Park to say “Goodbye, Nuclear Power Plants.” This demonstration was the biggest in Japan since the 1960s protests against the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement, a military pact strongly tying Japan to U.S. Cold War policies. Among those marching through the bustling metropolis were mothers… Read more »

The energy wars: environmentalists stop the Keystone XL pipeline — for now

April 2012

Heated battles around the Keystone XL pipeline have become both a vivid exposé of corporate and political deception, and a beacon of resistance to all who would preserve our planet. On the one side are TransCanada Corp. and its numerous oil, gas and water affiliates in North America, joined by their allied politicians in Congress,… Read more »

A dirty business: Coal export terminals meet rising opposition

February 2013

As the climate change doomsday clock keeps on ticking, corporate polluters are eying Asia as a new market for U.S. coal. Multinational carbon traffickers have proposed a barrage of new port terminals in the U.S. Pacific Northwest to export coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana. They are backed by the typical… Read more »

Whole Foods and CEO John Mackey: Even “wholesome” capitalism is toxic

April 2013

Consumers of organic and natural foods are a skeptical bunch. Yet even they can be taken in by a business that wraps itself in enough promotional fluff and little green lies. Or so hopes Whole Foods (WF), the big box grocery chain that is cornering the lucrative market in healthy foods. Its CEO, John Mackey,… Read more »

Freedom Socialist newspaper — Letters to the Editor

April 2013

COAL EXPORTS Solar the answer About your article on the U.S. trying to export coal to Asia: may I suggest that the best way to shut down coal mines is for the workers in each city to petition for a feed-in tariff requiring Utilities to pay $.54 kwh for 20 years to homeowners and farmers… Read more »