Author Archives: Ed Fallon

Amy Klobuchar

Friday, April 12, 2019 Des Moines Bird Dogs: Claire Guderjahn, Shari Hrdina Shari writes: “This was a private event for the Asian & Latino Coalition, so her stump speech focused on their issues. None of the questions asked during the formal portion were related to climate, however she did bring up climate in one of her answers. After the event, we were able to ask her a question, how she could bring climate to the forefront of her campaign.  She did not answer that question, but rather Continue reading →

Kirsten Gillibrand

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Des Moines Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon, Kelly Quinn ******* Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Des Moines, The River Center Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon, Samantha Kuhn, Matthew Peirce, Todd Steichen Commendably, Sen. Gillibrand began her speech by talking about the tragic, historic flooding in SW Iowa — and she made the climate connection! But notice in the video, below, that she says she’ll talk more about climate change during her speech. She doesn’t. We were fortunate that, of the Continue reading →

John Delaney

Sunday, March 31, 2019 Iowa City Bird Dogs: Holly Hart Holly Hart reports: “Delaney had just been talking about the technology which uses natural gas, and apparently captures the carbon [perhaps Allam Cycle technology]. So I first asked him where that natural gas was coming from, then, based on what he just said, if he plans to shut down the pipeline. His response about Tar Sands and the pipeline sounds good, but he did not respond to my question about where the natural gas was Continue reading →

Michael Bennet

Saturday, February 23, 2019 Winterset Bird Dog: Margaret Vernon US Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) spoke at a house party near Winterset. Margaret Vernon writes: “Bennet was impressive in a number of ways. Great positions on lots of stuff. Very smart, ties a lot together. He kept not calling on me, and before I did get to ask a question, he brought climate change up himself (but not early in the discussion). He said how important it is that, in Colorado, he talks with ranchers and Continue reading →

Packing dirt around glaciers to slow climate change?

Dear Friends, Bold Iowa’s effort to bird-dog presidential candidates on climate change is going well. What’s missing is more people doing it. SIGN UP TO BIRD-DOG PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ON CLIMATE CHANGE! We’re at 54 volunteers, which is a great start. But we’ll need at least 250 climate patriots across Iowa to maximize this tremendous opportunity to shape the national debate. And “shaping the national debate” isn’t an overstatement. Not even close. In just three weeks, we’ve already seen results from this effort: — Our questioning Continue reading →

Are Democrats also climate deniers?

Dear Friends, “The Democrats Are Climate Deniers.” That’s the jarring headline of an article this week in Jacobin that Jon Neiderbach brought to my attention. The sub-heading reads, “If the Democrats really believed the science on climate change, they’d be offering far more radical proposals. We have to make them.” Sad but true. It’s one thing for a politician to say, “I support the Green New Deal (GND).” But when pushed for specifics, most aren’t on board with GND’s “transition to 100% renewable energy within Continue reading →

Be a Climate Bird Dog!

WANTED: Climate patriots to bird-dog presidential candidates. We’re assembling a squad of supporters to persistently “bird-dog” presidential candidates about Bold Iowa’s agenda. Voters have a right to know if candidates will: — Support the Green New Deal and transition to a renewable-energy economy by 2030; — Oppose the expansion of oil pipelines, fracking, and other destructive fossil-fuel projects; — Stand with Indigenous communities to defend their sovereignty, land, and water; and — Stop the abuse of eminent domain for private fossil-fuel companies. SIGN UP TO Continue reading →

Former Iowa lawmaker to discuss climate march memoir

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 12:00 p.m. Contact Kathy Byrnes at (515) 491-8468 or Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or (Visit Former Iowa lawmaker to speak about memoir from 3,100-mile march Local musician, Andy Juhl, to perform with former Rep. Ed Fallon before book reading LE MARS, IOWA — At 6:00 p.m. at Lally’s Eastside Restaurant, former Iowa lawmaker and 2006 candidate for governor Ed Fallon will perform with local musician, Andy Juhl, prior to Fallon speaking about his book from Continue reading →

DAPL lion underestimates Iowa Lambs

For those who feel Big Oil always gets its way, think again. In a battle of Lamb vs. Lion (read on and you’ll see what I mean), the little guy and gal just accomplished something impressive. When the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) was still under discussion, most Iowa landowners I met as I walked the pipeline route were against it. In the end, many signed voluntary easements — not because they wanted to but because they felt they had no choice. Dick and Judy Lamb, Continue reading →

A snowless hike in December

Dear Friends, If you work the land, it’s impossible not to notice that our climate is changing dramatically. Here’s a photo taken today (January 3) of the cold frame Kathy and I planted in mid-October. Normally, the seeds sprout a little bit, then the young plants hunker down until early March. The way they’re growing this year, we’ll be eating fresh greens later this month. That’s wonderful on one level — and deeply disturbing on another. Farming is one way I connect with the land. Another Continue reading →