Keep the pressure on at the Statehouse!

Our calls to lawmakers are working!  ETP’s bill has stalled, but could come again at any time. Let’s keep the pressure on. There’s another reason to stop this bill. It’s impossible to say for sure, but I’ll bet anyone a dozen cage-free eggs that another oil pipeline through Iowa is under consideration. The mere threat of another round of condemnation for a new pipeline underscores why it’s so important to call, write or visit your state representative and senator again and immediately! Remind them to vote Continue reading →

Call to Action – Pipeline Sabotage Bill

Over the past two weeks, calls, emails and meetings with lawmakers have made a huge difference in the debate about SF 2235 / HF 2394 — the pipeline bill backed by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP). SF 2235 passed the Senate in February but HF 2394 has stalled in the House. Now some Senators who supported SF 2235 are having second thoughts. We’re making progress! ETP hopes SF 2235 / HF 2394 will legitimize the Dakota Access Pipeline as “critical infrastructure” because, if the bill passes, Continue reading →

Lobby at Home for Energy Efficiency

SF2311, also known as the Energy Efficiency bill, is still up for debate in the Iowa House. We need your help standing up to this bad bill. From removing energy efficiency rebates to reducing the IUB’s oversight of energy utility monopolies, we know SF2311 will hurt everyday Iowans while creating massive profit for utility companies like MidAmerican and Alliant. It is up to use to kill the bill. Please contact your state Representative and urge them to vote NO on SF2311. You can read the Continue reading →

URGENT: Calls need on so-called “sabotage” bill

Hi Folks – I apologize for writing more than once this week, but this is urgent. Just today, Rep Rick Olson has filed amendments to SF 2235 (HF 2394) — the “critical infrastructure sabotage” bill — and we need to turn up the heat to encourage lawmakers to support them. As written the bill does two really bad things: 1. It could make peaceful, non-violence protest a Class B felony — with a possible fine of $100,000 and a 25-year prison sentence! 2. It could Continue reading →

Des Moines “Here Comes the Sun” House Party

Come to a “Here Comes the Sun” House Party on Saturday, February 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 2809 Kingman Blvd in Des Moines. Learn about solar energy from one of Des Moines’ leading installers, Tim Kruse of Green Light Renewable Services. We’ll have hors d’oeuvres catered by Cyd Koehn, beverages, music and a lively discussion. Free will offering to support Bold Iowa’s work gratefully accepted. We’ll also get an update on the “Stop DAPL 2.0” campaign and the lawsuit filed by nine Iowa landowners and Continue reading →


“STOP DAPL 2.0” TALKING POINTS The fight to stop the Dakota Access pipeline is again ramping up! A while back, there was this excellent piece by Carolyn Raffensperger, the story about pipeline sabotage legislation (click here to read Bold Iowa’s press release in response), and this story about US Bank and the divestment campaign. Good, but we need a lot more chatter and clamor — especially around the landowner/Sierra Cub lawsuit before the Iowa Supreme Court. Letters to the editor (LTE) and Op Eds in Continue reading →

Pipeline fight converges on US Bank, Super Bowl LII

On Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 12:30 – 3:30 at US Bank Headquarters, 800 Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis, Water Protectors from South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and beyond will demand that US Bank keep its promise to divest from oil and gas pipelines. That includes Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company responsible for the Dakota Access pipeline, and now the topic of a lawsuit filed by nine Iowa landowners and the Iowa Sierra Club.   Last month US Bank broke its promise to stop lending to oil Continue reading →

Huxley “Here Comes the Sun” Party

Please come to a “Here Comes the Sun” Party on Friday, January 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Victor’s Mexican Restaurant, 602 US 69 in Huxley. Come patronize a wonderful local business as Lee Tesdell, Ed Fallon and others lead a discussion about solar energy. Lee lives nearby in Polk County and has done great things with solar energy on his farm. Even if you’re not ready to pull the switch and let the sun power your home, business or farm, this is an important opportunity Continue reading →

Bold’s Gathering of Gratitude Holiday Party

Thanks to all who came last night to Bold Iowa’s Gathering of Gratitude Holiday Party. Great conversation about solar energy, too.   Thanks to Dave Brotherson for bringing his electric car and to all who persevere in the fight for our land, water, climate and liberty. (And thanks to Heather Pearson for these pics.)        

One Year Ago Today . . .

Dear Friends, One year ago today, Iowans rallied at the Polk County Courthouse to support landowners suing state government over the abuse of eminent domain to build the Dakota Access pipeline. That case now advances to the Iowa Supreme Court. Its ramifications for other eminent domain fights, climate change and water quality are significant. Today, one year later, Bold Iowa issued the following press release. Please take a few minutes to read and share it . . . and please make a donation to support Continue reading →