On October 22, 2020, Bold Iowa director Ed Fallon joined panelists from across the country to debrief the final debate between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden on Sojourner Truth Radio with Margaret Prescod. Fallon’s observations begin at the 7:40-minute mark. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PROGRAM.
https://www.salon.com/2020/10/17/farmers-have-long-memories-trumps-climate-record-could-hurt-him-in-iowa_partner/ Farmers have long memories: Trump’s climate record could hurt him in Iowa In rural Iowa, farmers bearing the brunt of climate change may play an outsize role in electing the next president JUDITH LEWIS MERNIT OCTOBER 17, 2020 4:23PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Capital & Main. Keith Puntenney never gave his permission for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cut through his Iowa farmland. When, in 2016, the state took the land anyway, he and several other landowners sued regulators for trespass, on Continue reading →
Farmers Have Long Memories: Trump’s Climate Record Could Hurt Him in Iowa Farmers Have Long Memories: Trump’s Climate Record Could Hurt Him in Iowa In rural Iowa, farmers bearing the brunt of climate change may play an outsize role in electing the next president. by Judith Lewis Mernit Published on October 14, 2020 Keith Puntenney never gave his permission for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cut through his Iowa farmland. When, in 2016, the state took the land anyway, he and several other landowners sued Continue reading →
Central College student Tiffany Van Gilst participated in the Climate Crisis Parade earlier this year and continues to speak out about the urgency of climate action and the importance of people from different generations working together.
[Link to the original interview] American Voter: Kathy Byrnes Al Jazeera asks the same key questions about the presidential election to voters across the United States. Kathy Byrnes’s top election issue is climate change [Al Jazeera] 7 Oct 2020 US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden are battling for the presidency in a sharply divided United States. Trump has been focusing on “law and order”, Biden has been trying to strike a conciliatory note. The Black Lives Matter movement, and whether Trump Continue reading →
I met Ed Fallon when we were both in our early 20s. I was looking for a third roommate in my run-down, three-story, sloped-floor apartment in Somerville, Massachusetts, on the border of Cambridge. He was an itinerant musician, believer in all causes to save our planet, and general nice guy. We campaigned against nuclear power together, and I followed his trajectory as he grew from farming his family property in Ireland, to winning a seat in the Iowa house of representatives, to hosting a radio talk-show and, in the past few years, to organizing the longest climate-change march in history.
The escalation of climate change, coupled with the decision this week by Judge Boasberg to shut down DAPL, opens the door to a new conversation about Iowa’s role in addressing the climate crisis. Geri, you are in a unique position of leadership and influence. It is no exaggeration to say that, at this moment, more than any other Iowan, you could have an immensely profound impact on the climate crisis.
"We can't have continued expansion of the fossil fuel infrastructure," said Fallon, who walked the entire pipeline path in opposition to the project. "Without the pipeline, oil isn’t going to be extracted. Without the pipeline, oil isn't going to be burned and the carbon won't find its way to the atmosphere."
"This ruling is a huge victory for the coalition of Indigenous communities, landowners, farmers, and environmentalists who have fought this pipeline for six yearsr. One of our primary goals now is to make sure that the Corps’ review is comprehensive and that it examines DAPL’s impact on water, land, property rights, Indigenous sovereignty, and most urgently on the worsening climate crisis.”
Mr Fallon says the "gold standard" is for Mr Biden to declare a climate emergency "on day one" of his administration, contrasting the moment to President Trump's first day, in which he he reauthorized Keystone and DAPL pipelines.