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John Podesta's heroic battle against straw men and the politically marginalized

A White House adviser had some harsh words for the environmental movement last week, but seemed more interested in sidelining them than addressing their concerns.

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US to Crush Russian Gas Trade via Demonization & Fracking?

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Glen Ford has a compelling, troubling and revelatory article over at Black Agenda Report entitled, “U.S. Prepares to Gas Russia Into Submission.” Now I’m thinking maybe we should bottom-line the Ukraine fiasco by archly suggesting, “It’s about the Russian energy exports, stupid!” The new militarist playbook in the Ukraine is really the same old militarist playbook from Iraq. Nothing to do with humanitarian concern for democracy. Money, money, money. Oil, oil, oil. Gas, gas, gas. Read below the fold...

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When job creators create lousy jobs

Raw jobs numbers are often reported as though they tell most of the story, but the quality of the jobs is more important than the quantity.

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Commissioners pipeline meeting: strategy and why it's worth the bother

Thoughts on how to approach public events, and why to do so even if the prospects for success don't look good.

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More like Leona Briggs, please

Doesn't matter if you aren't sitting on top of a shale gas deposit. Fracking has long fingers:

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Commissioners pipeline meeting: Eminent domain and big companies' need for flexibility

A new pipeline is being built using some questionable tactics, and may be put to some vague yet troubling future use.

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Commissioners' meeting background: Pipelines, fracking and peering underneath the rock

Pipelines are increasingly being used for fracking, and companies are not hesitant to use strong arm tactics to get the land they need for them.

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Rally to ban fracking in New York state

Rally to Ban Fracking at Cuomo’s State of the State!

Green Party goes to Albany! Join the Green Party and thousands of other activists in Albany to tell Governor Cuomo and other state legislators to BAN FRACKING. The rally begins at 11:30 AM on the middle of the concourse at the Empire State Plaza. It will be before the Governor delivers his official State of the State address.

Readers, if any of you are able to go to this, please post about your experiences. Read below the fold...

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Naturally occurring, but not with wanderlust

A recently concluded investigation into a contaminated water well appears to have not looked into a key possibility.

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Capitalism takes on democracy

The strategy being used to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership has parallels elsewhere. Global and local efforts by corporations to increase profits are showing a strong preference for bypassing citizens.

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Don't Frack Ohio starting this weekend: three days of education and activism

With two days of training on the weekend and a rally on Monday, Ohioans are gathering to protest fracking.

Cross posted from Pruning Shears.

Activists across Ohio are preparing for a weekend of activities in the northeast part of the state. On Saturday and Sunday, July 27th and 28th, at the First Congregational Church in Ravenna, there will be two days of trainings designed to give us the tools we can use to build a powerful movement that will achieve our right to clean air and water and democracy. At the "Don't Frack Ohio 2" Rally in Warren on July 29th we will tell our policymakers that we do not want to be a fracking wasteland. Music and info at 11:30 and the rally starts at 1:30 at the Trumbull County Courthouse in Warren.


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ODNR meets with public on Nelson wells

Ohio's natural resources agency met with concerned citizens about a proposed cluster of injection wells last week. It was billed as an informational session, and it was - but maybe not in the way intended.

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Activism in the spaces in between

It can be difficult to write about activism in an open-ended effort like the one against fracking. It isn't like a campaign where all the activity is geared toward election day, at which point everyone will know who won and who lost. It's different even from an issue like the Keystone XL pipeline, which is a single (continent-spanning) contiguous piece of infrastructure, and which will ultimately get a definitive yes or no.

Fracking involves lots of activity in communities dotted across the nation. There are big shale plays in some parts of the west, some parts of the Midwest, some parts of the east, and so on. But nothing connects those dots, and that makes it hard to give the thing a sense of its nationwide scope. Coverage will tend to be on a smaller scale, which makes it easier to dismiss it as a purely local or parochial concern. Read below the fold...

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Getting to know 'FrackNation' - the new industry-friendly film

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Cross posted from Pruning Shears.

A new movie takes a look at fracking from a very positive perspective - but only tells a selective story.

Freelance journalist Phelim McAleer has a new film called FrackNation that has been getting positive notice on the right, though it is flying under the mainstream radar to a certain extent. It does not appear to have had a theatrical release, and aside from an airing on the satellite channel AXS TV in January it hasn't been before the general public in any substantial way. Read below the fold...

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In praise of local TV news

Local stations have a sometimes well-deserved reputation for not delivering hard news, but they are producing some fine journalism on fracking.

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