Climate SOS

A Summer of Solidarity between climate activists working to stop fracking, mountaintop removal, coal exports and tar sands has helped launch a nationwide surge in direct action against the fossil fuel industry.

Utah climate activists infiltrate a truly unconventional energy summit

Earlier this month, during the opening session of the 2013 Utah Energy Development Summit, two activists with Utah Tar Sands Resistance took to the stage in order to present Utah Gov. Gary Herbert — the host of the summit — with a very special award: Polluter of the Year. After commandeering the microphone, the presenters…

January 23, 2013

Communities of resistance know no borders in fight against tar sands

As the sun began to set in Diboll, Texas, on Jan. 3, a precarious scene was unfolding. Two Tar Sands Blockaders were perched 60 feet off the ground in a leafless forest that was just days away from being cleared to make way for the Keystone XL pipeline. The action, which echoed the revolutionary call…

January 18, 2013

Montana coal protesters argue necessity defense

This spring, Montanans will have a chance to follow up on the largest climate-related act of civil disobedience in Montana history, which saw 23 arrests over five days, as hundreds gathered at the State Capitol in opposition to Big Coal. A subgroup of the protesters — myself included — are now taking our case to…

January 14, 2013

Solidarity for Tar Sands Blockade and climate justice spreads worldwide

Members of Peaceful Uprising and Utah Tar Sands Resistance rallied outside the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Salt Lake City on Monday, as part of a week of solidarity actions with the Tar Sands Blockade in East Texas. Several of us visited the blockade in October for a mass action, and because we’re working…

November 24, 2012

The eyes of Texas are upon you, Keystone XL

“CLOSED. Happy Thanksgiving,” read a handwritten plywood sign propped against a makeshift tire barrier outside a work site for the Keystone XL pipeline in rural East Texas. For those who had come to protest and engage in civil disobedience against the pipeline’s construction, the message made clear that their visit was expected. It was still…

November 21, 2012

Tar Sands Blockade provides training grounds for creative tactics

“You’re at Middle Earth,” said a figure clad in full camo, with only eyes peering out between a hat and mask. “Your mission is to distract. Stay with your group, keep moving and make a lot of noise.” Soon, about 50 masked figures leaped out of the woods into the clear-cut, whooping, hollering and howling….

November 15, 2012

Building an environmental movement as radical as reality itself

“System Shutdown,” read the screen above the Times Square subway entrance on Sunday afternoon. A gray sky had consumed the sun, and periodic gusts of wind rattled the traffic signs. Meanwhile, the supermarkets were jammed with shopping carts packed full of canned goods and toilet paper, in preparation for the impending “frankenstorm” as meteorologists had…

October 30, 2012

After Summer of Solidarity climate actions, push begins for an Autumn of Unity

A hard rain was falling on Monday night as Occupy the Pipeline activists spread out along New York’s Hudson River Park, in front of the site where workers in orange day-glow vests have been laboring around the clock on the New Jersey-New York Expansion Project. Known colloquially by the name of its builder, Spectra Energy,…

October 17, 2012

Larry Gibson: a man who outlived his mountains

Larry Gibson, the Keeper of the Mountains, was struck dead by a heart attack on Sunday at Kayford Mountain, his ancestral home in the heart of coal country West Virginia. He was a leader of the fight against Mountaintop Removal (MTR), one of the most destructive and polluting extraction processes ever invented. Larry was a…

September 11, 2012

Opposition mounts as first tar sands mine in US gets a green light

Last week, a new front opened in the struggle against tar sands mining in the U.S. If you didn’t know that tar sands mining is in the works on this side of the border in the first place, you’re not alone. Most people don’t realize that tar sands extraction, which has caused tremendous pollution and…

September 7, 2012
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