environment

August 2016

El descubrimiento del “oro negro” en Los Ángeles en el siglo XIX, dio lugar a un paisaje urbano en el que las plataformas de perforación gigantes proyectan su sombra sobre barrios enteros. A medida que la industria del petróleo se expandió también lo hicieron las plataformas. Las sucesivas generaciones crecieron con esta industria venenosa al lado.

Hoy día, mientras que la población de la ciudad crece, las grandes empresas petroleras recurren a métodos de extracción cada vez más nefastos, como la “acidificación”.

August 2016

The discovery of “black gold” in Los Angeles in the 1800s gave rise to an urban landscape where giant drilling rigs cast long shadows over entire neighborhoods. As the oil industry expanded so did the rigs. Successive generations grew up with this poisonous industry next door.

Now, while the city’s population grows, Big Oil resorts to ever more foul methods of extraction, such as “acidizing.”

Acute racial and economic discrimination in city enforcement of environmental laws puts communities of color at ground zero.

August 2016

In May, the Lummi nation won their 5-year battle to stop a massive Gateway Pacific coal export facility proposed for Cherry Point near Anacortes, Wash. The tribe’s environmental leadership and defense of their treaty rights to fish in the area was backed by 50 other tribes and massive public support. The port would have been the largest in North America.

June 2016

Energy Secretary Sarah Palin? If there’s anything more dangerous than a Trump presidency it could be his advisers and cabinet appointments!

As his nomination for president nears, Donald Trump is finally mentioning energy policy. He and his advisers, not surprisingly, put the profits of fossil fuel companies far above public health. U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer (R), a zealous drilling advocate from fossil-fuel rich North Dakota, is Trump’s alarming new energy adviser. He is now writing white papers on energy policy.

April 2016

Water, water, every where, / And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, every where, / Nor any drop to drink.

April 2016

The Freedom Socialist Party joins with activists around the world to protest the assassination of Berta Cáceres, the Honduran indigenous feminist leader and foe of privatization gunned down in her home on March 3rd. We call for the immediate release of Mexican supporter Gustavo Castro Soto who was wounded in the attack on Cáceres, but is being held in Honduras.

We send our condolences to her family, her indigenous community of the Lenca people, and the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (COPINH), which she co-founded.

April 2016

Thirty-one years ago, in 1985, New Zealand (N.Z.) banished U.S. warships from its shores. Prompted by a mass anti-nuclear movement, this South Pacific country had recently declared itself nuclear-free. But the U.S. government wanted continued access for its nuclear vessels. It proposed a visit by the destroyer USS Buchanan, insisting that it would “neither confirm nor deny” the presence of nuclear weapons. The N.Z. Labour government initially agreed to the visit but then refused, pressured by anti-nuclear protests.

March 11, 2016

Bring the assassins of Honduran leader Berta Cáceres to justice!

End U.S. complicity in crimes against the indigenous peoples of Latin America!

The Freedom Socialist Party joins with activists around the world to protest the assassination of Berta Cáceres, the Honduran indigenous feminist leader and foe of privatization gunned down in her home on March 3rd. We call for the immediate release of Mexican supporter Gustavo Castro Soto who was wounded in the attack on Cáceres, but is being held in Honduras.

February 2016

I was stunned to learn that President Obama signed a measure in December to establish national parks at three government sites that constituted the infamous Manhattan Project. These are Hanford in Washington state, Los Alamos in New Mexico, and Oak Ridge in Tennessee. The Hanford park will include B Reactor, the world’s first large-scale nuclear reactor that produced plutonium for atomic bombs.

February 2016

Many environmentalists disdain the ideas of Karl Marx. Some tout the spiritual virtues of environmental “ideals.” Some argue for individual solutions like recycling, reduced consumption and “going back to the land.” Anti-communists claim that the ecological crimes of the Stalinist-era USSR flowed from Marxism itself.

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