Author Archives: Ed Fallon

DAPL roller coaster

Hello Bold Iowans, We have an important question for you (scroll down.) But first, there are two big pieces of news to share — one good, one bad. Earlier this week, there was much excitement over a federal judge’s decision to grant the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request to strike down the Dakota Access Pipeline’s (DAPL) federal permits. The judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers must complete a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Hopefully, the judge’s next action will be to shut down the Continue reading →

Amy Klobuchar’s Uneasy Middle Ground on Climate Change

The volunteers, some dressed up as penguins to memorialize the loss of the world’s second-largest emperor penguin colony last April on Antarctica, were especially concerned with whether candidates supported the Dakota Access Pipeline, which crosses 18 Iowa counties carrying oil from North Dakota to Illinois. The proposal by the Texas-based company Energy Transfer to double its capacity is “hands down the biggest climate story here in Iowa,” Fallon says.

DRAFT – One Million Californians March for Climate Action in Iowa!

Dear Friends, Before we share positive news about the Climate Crisis Parade, please take a moment to donate. Bold Iowa was a key leader in organizing the Parade (check out some of the photos here), and we need your support  as we move forward in 2020. Ok, so you’re wondering about the title of this message: One Million Californians March for Climate Action in Iowa. Shortly before the Caucuses, Andrew Yang referenced Iowa’s huge influence on the presidential nomination process, saying, “I did the math; Continue reading →

Belt Magazine: #NoDAPL Fights on in Illinois

Bold Iowa is mentioned in this article by Amelia Diehl on the growing opposition to expanding DAPL: “Ed Fallon, an organizer with Bold Iowa, doesn’t think it’s a guaranteed rubber stamp; IUB didn’t consider climate change when the pipeline was first approved, but this will be central to the argument to fight the increased capacity. The pipeline was a ‘wake up call for people,’ Fallon said, ‘who have never seen anything like this before.'” #NoDAPL Fights On in Illinois

One of Klobuchar’s Biggest Backers Is ‘the Worst Company in the World’

THE DAILY BEAST One of Klobuchar’s Biggest Backers Is ‘the Worst Company in the World’ The Minnesota senator stresses her humble background on the campaign trail, but her political rise has been funded in part by one of the biggest names in agribusiness. Scott Bixby, National Reporter Updated Feb. 13, 2020 11:10AM ET Published Feb. 13, 2020 4:53AM ET Near the end of a debate performance that arguably pulled her presidential campaign back on track, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) made the case to New Hampshire voters that her family’s hardscrabble background Continue reading →

Climate Crisis Parade draws 1,000 people!

Dear Friends, The Climate Crisis Parade was truly a powerful experience. A thousand people participated, and who knows how many more thousands joined us online. One notable absence: The Mainstream Media (MSM) — though we learned later that Telemundo did a wonderful story on the Parade, and they are the largest Spanish-language media outlet in the country, reaching tens of millions. Most of the MSM were a no-show, despite: — Five press releases sent to over 400 outlets; — Numerous targeted calls and emails to Continue reading →

You don’t want to miss Saturday’s parade!

Dear Friends, Saturday’s Climate Crisis Parade — challenging the media to cover climate — just keeps getting bigger. There are now seventy co-sponsors, and we’re expecting around a thousand participants! Indigenous communities will lead the parade, pulling a covered wagon symbolizing colonialism as one of the root causes of the climate crisis. Other parade entries include: — A 5-foot diameter globe marked with places already impacted by climate change; — Animals threatened with extinction, including a waddle of penguins, a polar bear, and (for fun) a Big Foot (if Continue reading →

Biden didn’t need to do this to me

Even for those of us who've decided who we're going to support, there's value in attending other candidates' events to further elevate the climate conversation. That was my intent at Joe Biden's "block party" on Sunday. After long answers to a handful of pre-arranged questions, Biden invited attendees to come up front for a photo and a brief question. Sam Kuhn, Shaun Ahern, Kathy Byrnes, and I accepted his offer. I wanted to ask Biden about his stated opposition to new pipelines even as he supports replacing older existing pipelines. Those two positions are incompatible, and I wanted to know where he really stood. Click on the image to check out our interaction, which is disturbing on a number of levels. Biden doesn't even attempt to address my concern. All he says is that serious climate action by 2030 isn't realistic.

Climate Crisis Parade Announces Speakers

The four speakers include Tyler LaMere and Keely Driscoll. LaMere is a Winnebago activist from Nebraska. Driscoll is a member of the Meskwaki nation and a student of international studies at the University of Iowa. Isabelle Brace is co-state Iowa lead for Iowa Climate Strike, and Ako Abdul-Samad is the director of Creative Visions.

Who’s the worst presidential candidate on climate?

That's easy: Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Climate activists also have reservations about Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg, but hands-down, Klobuchar is the worst. She claims to want to address climate change, but emphatically supports the continued build-out of fossil fuel infrastructure. Sorry, Senator. You can't be pro-fracking and pro-pipeline and say you're going to address the climate crisis. Since the corporate media have ignored Klobuchar's track record, it's up to us to get the word out. November 7, Johnston. Kathy Byrnes asks Klobuchar about her stand on DAPL and Line 3. Klobuchar again dodges the DAPL question, making some vague reference to Standing Rock. Regarding Line 3, she speaks about “calling for it to be delayed so that there’s an environmental review,” even as her track record and other public statements have made it clear to Minnesotans that she would never buck Big Oil's interests.