Author Archives: Ed Fallon

A Candid Assessment of Some Presidential Candidates

Dear Friends, Remember how the Republican field shifted in the 2012 and 2016 Iowa Caucuses? The lead changed so many times that emergency rooms across Iowa saw a drastic increase in whiplash cases. Ok, I made that last part up. But seriously, remember one-time 2012 front runner Herman Cain? I didn’t think so. How about 2016 flash-in-the-pack leader Ben Carson? Or shoe-in-for-the-nomination Scott Walker? And oh, how I miss Michele Bachmann. The horde of Democrats running for president this year may or may not experience Continue reading →

Dakota Access Proposes to Increase Oil Flowing Through Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, June 13, 2019, 12:00 p.m. CT Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or ed@boldiowa.com Website: www.boldiowa.com Dakota Access Proposes to Increase Oil Flowing Through Iowa Bold Iowa responds, requesting public hearing in Story County DES MOINES, IOWA — Dakota Access (DA) announced in a filing yesterday to the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) that it plans to increase the amount of oil flowing through its pipeline across Iowa by altering the pump station near Cambridge, Iowa, in Story County just north of Continue reading →

Dakota Access Announces Pipeline Expansion

Dear Friends, As predicted, Dakota Access (DA) announced yesterday that it wants to increase the amount of oil flowing through its pipeline across Iowa. DA claims it needs no additional authorization from the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) to proceed. Bold Iowa disagrees. Today, we filed the following request with the IUB. We need YOU to take action, too. Here’s our five-step action request, which should take you about half an hour. It’s important, and your voice is needed NOW! 1. Read Dakota Access’s filing. 2. Continue reading →

Climate activists arrested blocking access to Trump fundraiser

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 5:00 p.m. CT Contact: Mary Lovell at (206) 502-3949 or ed@boldiowa.com Website: www.boldiowa.com Climate activists arrested blocking access to Trump fundraiser Dressed in black and wearing Depends, sign reading “Climate Denier in the White House scare the S#*T outta you? It does us!” DES MOINES, IOWA — With a crowd of supporters holding signs and chanting, five climate activists blocked President Trump’s event at the entrance to the Ron Pearson Center on Tuesday at 5820 Westown Parkway in opposition to Continue reading →

Protesters prepare for President Trump to Iowa, call out his climate denial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, June 10, 2019, 10:30 a.m. CT Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or ed@boldiowa.com Website: www.boldiowa.com Protesters prepare for President Trump to Iowa, call out his climate denial Iowans concerned as the President denies science, exacerbates climate crisis DES MOINES, IOWA — An estimated 100 people concerned about the escalating impacts of a rapidly changing climate will gather beginning at 4:00 p.m. near the Ron Pearson Center, 5820 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines as supporters of President Trump arrive for Continue reading →

Bold Iowa Climate Hall of Fame Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, June 7, 2019, 11:00 a.m. CT Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or ed@boldiowa.com Bold Iowa Climate Hall of Fame Awards Six candidates to receive awards for positive (or not-so-positive) action on climate CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA — On Sunday, June 9, at 1:00 p.m., Bold Iowa will host the Climate Hall of Fame Awards in front of the DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids, 350 1st Ave NE. The event coincides with the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame Celebration at the Continue reading →

Donald Trump Needs Us

Dear Friends, “[T]he United States right now has among the cleanest climates there are based on all statistics. … I believe there’s a change in weather, and I think it changes both ways. Don’t forget, it used to be called global warming, that wasn’t working, then it was called climate change.” (from The Guardian) That’s President Trump, enlightening the British with his profound scientific knowledge. Sadly, it’s impossible not to be embarrassed by his blathering. And just in case you’re inclined to believe that the US Continue reading →

Tell me to shut up

Dear Friends, If you’re among the handful of people who tell me I’m spending too much time talking about climate, let me respond bluntly: You’re wrong. If anything, I’m not spending enough time talking about it. At this pivotal moment in human and planetary history, if the current trajectory of increased fossil fuel consumption continues, Earth will be unfit for human habitation. If your home was on fire, that’d be the only thing on your mind, right? Well, our world is on fire. As the Continue reading →

Court rules against people, planet, property rights

Dear Friends, For those of us who have fought Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) for nearly five years, today is a sad day. This morning, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that ETP had the right to forcibly take Iowans’ land for an export crude oil pipeline. And make no mistake: DAPL is an export pipeline. While I’ve yet to find anyone, even inside the oil industry, who can tell me exactly how much of the oil is destined for export, it’s Continue reading →

Pipeline Ruling Expected Tomorrow!!!

Dear Friends, The Iowa Supreme Court ruling we’ve long-expected will likely be issued tomorrow, Friday, May 31. The case is titled “Puntenney v. Iowa Utils. Bd.,” and the Court’s decision will be viewable online at this link. Kudos to the landowners and the Iowa Sierra Club for investing so much time and money in pursuing the case. Their persistence and dedication is for all of us. Here’s what the Iowa Supreme Court’s website says about the case: “The district court denied petitions for judicial review Continue reading →