This week, Harvard law professor Larry Tribe captivated climate deniers and House Republicans when he went before Congress to attack the President’s Clean Power Plan, a landmark proposal to rein in carbon pollution from power plants.
It has been Farmworker Awareness week all year for me. In my work to build awareness for stronger pesticide exposure protections for agricultural workers, I’ve had the honor of meeting some of the most courageous people, who have risked their jobs and livelihoods, as well as those of their families, by going public and sharing their stories to improve workplace conditions for those working on the front lines of growing and harvesting our food, nursery and other agricultural goods.
Last October, in a windowless hotel conference room in Chilliwack, British Columbia, U.S. tribal witnesses presented testimony before a panel of the Canadian National Energy Board (NEB)—three Canadian bureaucrats who will make influential decisions about permitting a new tar sands crude oil pipeline from Edmonton, Alberta to Burnaby, British Columbia. The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline itself (unlike Keystone XL) is wholly on Canadian soil, and many Canadian First Nations, cities, towns and citizens oppose its construction.
Twenty-six years ago, an oil tanker on its way to California ran aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska. More than 11 million gallons of oil spilled from the tanker into the ocean, leaving 1,300 miles of pristine Alaskan coastline under a slick coat of toxic black oil. Today marks the anniversary of that Exxon Valdez disaster, and sticky globs of oil from the spill still pollute the Alaskan shoreline.