Author Archives: Ed Fallon

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.

Proof that we’re making a difference

In the fight to save all that we know and love from climate chaos, it sometimes may seem like we're spinning our wheels. Yet every once in awhile, Energy Transfer, the corporation behind the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), will let slip a truth that lets us know we truly are making a difference.

Join the parade

Dear Friends, The Climate Crisis Parade is shaping up to be a “big deal” (that’s Bill McKibben’s description — click here to watch his message). Fifty-three organizations have signed on to the Parade as co-sponsors. It’s gaining lots of national interest, and Bold Iowa is one of the groups leading the charge. We hope you can join us on February 1! Click here to donate to help with Bold Iowa’s portion of the significant financial commitment needed to bring this major action to fruition. In other Continue reading →

Impeachment, Meatloaf and the climate emergency

Impeachment, Meatloaf and the climate emergency People walk down the Second Street in Coralville during the Great March for Climate Action on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. The Iowa City rally, which began at New Pioneer Coop in Coralville and ended at Pedestrian Mall, was part of a national climate change walk from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. (Justin Wan/The Gazette-KCRG TV9) by Jonas Magram, guest columnist Many readers will remember 70s rocker Meatloaf’s legendary song, “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.” Though a lament about Continue reading →