Presidential hopeful discusses climate change with students

Link to original article: By David Boschwitz, Iowa State Daily, March 6, 2019 AMES, Iowa — 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington visited the Iowa State Memorial Union Tuesday to discuss climate change with students and the Ames community. Inslee listened to a presentation by President Gabby Heidrich and Secretary Brad Wiesenmayer of the Climate Reality Campus Corps, a student organization. Al Gore founded the organization in 2011 with the main objective of raising awareness about climate change and environmental advocacy. “Our Continue reading →

For Kamala Harris, a Strong Start, but With Some Notable Stumbles

Link to original article: By Jonathan Martin, The New York Times, New York, NY, February 26, 2019 ANKENY, Iowa — When Senator Kamala Harris came to Iowa last month shortly after entering the presidential race, she surprised some in her own party by breezily stating her support for a single-payer health care plan that would end private insurance. “Let’s eliminate all of that,” Ms. Harris said during a prime-time town hall event on CNN. “Let’s move on.” Her comments caused an immediate stir in the Continue reading →

Kamala Harris attracts crowds in Iowa, but leaves questions about what she believes

Link to original article: Covered by Yahoo! Lifestyle, February 24, 2019 Excerpt: By Alexander Nazaryan, National Correspondent DES MOINES, Iowa — Kamala is here. The news spread quickly on Friday evening through the lobby of a downtown Des Moines hotel, where out-of-town progressives attending a political training and Iowans there for a construction-related gathering were having drinks. Heads turned, as toward a Hollywood star. Because a celebrity was in their midst, walking toward the elevator banks. The following morning, she was spotted in the hotel Continue reading →

John Hickenlooper in Iowa: The case for a moderate problem-solver

Link to original article: Covered by The Denver Post, Denver, Colorado, January 31, 2019 Excerpt: John Hickenlooper in Iowa: The case for a moderate problem-solver Former Colorado governor faces a purity test from some in the Democratic base by Nic Garcia, Reporter / Joe Amon, Photographer DES MOINES, Iowa — Chelsea Jacobs would be delighted to see a woman president. She’d love a person of color to be the next commander in chief. She yearns for a true progressive to take the country in a 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 →

IUB holds DAPL accountable on insurance policy

Dear Friends, Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) opponents have had our share of criticism for how the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) has often handled matters. Most important, we feel strongly that the IUB never should have issued DAPL a permit in the first place — and we remain cautiously optimistic that the Iowa Supreme Court will concur when it issues its decision on the landowner/Sierra Club lawsuit. But to give credit where credit is due, today’s order from the IUB (see full text below) is commendable. Continue reading →

Reflections on roadkill, life’s meaning illuminate Ed Fallon’s walk against climate change

Link to original article: Covered by The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, December 14, 2018 Excerpt: by Rekha Basu Reflections on roadkill, life’s meaning illuminate Ed Fallon’s walk against climate change Ed Fallon woke up one fall morning in 2014 in pain, on a hard, cold piece of ground outdoors. Lying under a tree stand along a highway west of Washington, D.C., he imagined that the cacophony from nearby traffic was chiding him for being a failure. The activist, former state representative from Des Moines Continue reading →

IUB ruling on DAPL liability (Oct 16, 2018)

STATE OF IOWA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE UTILITIES BOARD IN RE: DAKOTA ACCESS, LLC DOCKET NO. HLP-2014-0001 ORDER REGARDING INSURANCE POLICIES (Issued October 16, 2018) PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND On March 10, 2016, the Utilities Board (Board) issued its “Final Decision and Order” in this docket, granting a hazardous liquid pipeline permit to Dakota Access, LLC (Dakota Access), pursuant to Iowa Code chapter 479B. Among other conditions, the order required Dakota Access to maintain at least $25,000,000 in general liability insurance at all times while the pipeline is Continue reading →

Jeff Kisling’s Blogs

Jeff Kisling, one of the marchers on the First Nation – Farmer Climate Unity March worked tirelessly to post a cornucopia of pictures and remembrances of the march in his blogs: The Journey Begins First night First day of the march Second day of the march begins Second day of the march Lee Tesdell on Agriculture Third day of the march begins Fourth day begins Fourth day ends Fifth day begins Sixth day The real sixth day Seventh day On the last leg of the March Giving Thanks Last day of the March