The daily reality of living in an extraction economy.
Not the best sound in this otherwise exceptionally informative video from a 2009 forum hosted by Assemblyman Jared Huffman; headphones recommended.
h/t to Ken Ward Jr. of Coal Tattoo (and a reporter for the WV Gazette) for the heads-up, pointing us to an encouraging Democratic Party platform plank we’d not yet heard about – the end of mountaintop mining removal.
Read the Alliance for Appalachia’s press release on the subject below or download here: DNC Platform Calls for Just Transition and End
I remember being shocked and appalled at our government’s racist and wholly inadequate response to Hurricane Katrina. It truly shook me to think that we would allow so many of our people to be ignored, mistreated and deprived of their fundamental human rights.
The Flint, Michigan story is no less shocking. Access to clean water is a universal human right, and in California it’s also required by law. Not in Michigan though.
Here’s a new tune from Jay McGee of Flint, who’s hoping to prevent the issue from being relegated to the backburner of our news cycle this election year.
According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have yet to adequately address threats to bee populations in the U.S., as directed by the 2015 White House Pollinator Health Task Force.
The USDA has not yet developed a plan for the monitoring of wild, native bee populations, and the EPA has not yet collected data on commonly used pesticide mixtures in order to assess their risks, according to the report. Read the full report here. Highlights document below.
It appears the Michigan Republican Party is beginning to realize there will be political repercussions due to the poisoning of the City of Flint’s water supply and subsequent cover up.
Read Eclecta Blog’s take on the new development.
The Facebook comments on the Michigan GOP’s attempt to divert blame for the water crisis are well worth a look.