Andrew Yang

Friday, February 8, 2019 Johnston Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon At a cafe, we questioned Andrew Yang on climate change. Indicative of the disconnect that many politicians and candidates exhibit, Yang spoke forcefully about climate change, calling it “existential threat 1A.” Good, but then he went on to propose solutions that were, to put it mildly, off the wall. Here’s the video of our conversation with Yang, in which he offers three specific proposals to address climate change: Andrew Yang speaks in Johnston, Iowa 1. Give Continue reading →

Marianne Williamson

Monday, February 5, 2019 Des Moines, Hoq Restaurant Over 30 Bold supporters Bold Iowa organized a forum for Marianne Williamson, attended by over thirty people. Speaking in this video are Keith Puntenney, Vern Johnson, Josh Mandelbaum, Kathy Byrnes, Christine Nobiss, Lyssa Wade and Marianne Williamson. Friday, February 2, 2019 Des Moines, Gazali’s Restaurant Kathy Byrnes, Channing Dutton, Ed Fallon, Shari Hrdina This was an invitation-only press event. Ed and Kathy asked questions at minute mark 19:20. Channing asked her about climate at minute mark 49:00. Talking with Continue reading →

Elizabeth Warren

Sunday, February 10, 2019 Davenport Josie Ironshield, Christine Nobiss, Bob O’Hare, Lakasha Touches Lightning, Michael Wilcox, Linda Willaredt, Jay Wolin Thanks to Jay Wolin for capturing video of Michael Wilcox’s question on climate and the Green New Deal (3:00-minute mark). Thanks to the others who were there to bird-dog on the climate crisis and related concerns, including Christine Nobiss and Lakasha Touches Lightning with Seeding Sovereignty, Josie Ironshield with Sage Sisters of Solidarity, Linda Willaredt and Bob O’Hare. Our one complaint about this event was Continue reading →

John Hickenlooper

Sunday, January 27, 2019 West Des Moines Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon, Sarah Spain Kathy Byrnes, Sarah Spain, and Ed Fallon talk with Governor John W. Hickenlooper about fracking, climate change, and eminent domain. Thanks to Rick Smith for asking about the Governor’s climate plan. The video of that conversation received over 1,000 views, and four Colorado climate organizations wrote to thank us. Kathy Byrnes, Sarah Spain, and Ed Fallon talk with Governor John W. Hickenlooper about fracking, climate change, and eminent domain. Thanks to Rick Continue reading →

Tulsi Gabbard

Monday, February 11, 2019 Iowa City Christine Nobiss Christine Nobiss with Indigenous Iowa was able to talk with Tulsi Gabbard at this event in Iowa City. Climate change was the second concern that Gabbard raised during her remarks.  Check out minute 11:00. Tulsi Gabbard in Iowa City. Part of Seeding Sovereignty‘s SHIFT project-to see where these candidates stand on Indigenous issues.SHIFT – Seeding the Hill with Indigenous Free-ThinkersOur Decolonizer, Christine Nobiss, will get a chance to interview Tulsi later in our Instagram platform. Posted by Continue reading →

Sherrod Brown

Friday, February 1, 2019 Perry Vern Johnson, Keith Puntenney Boone County farmers Keith Puntenney and Vern Johnson live on the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline and have sued over the abuse of eminent domain. They questioned US Senator Sherrod Brown, candidate for president, about the pipeline, water quality, and climate change. Keith says, “Senator Brown didn’t respond to our concerns. He’s a warmed-over Hilary Clinton look-alike who came to Iowa for a photo op and softball questions. He wasn’t really interested in getting our Continue reading →

Cory Booker

Saturday, February 9, 2019 Des Moines, Des Moines Social Club Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon, Samantha Kuhn, Todd Steichen Thanks to Bold’s team of Kathy Byrnes, Samantha Kuhn, Todd Steichen and Ed Fallon for bird-dogging Cory Booker in Des Moines. Booker spoke strongly about the Green New Deal in Mason City on Friday in Mason City, yet in Des Moines didn’t once mention the climate crisis. We managed a quick climate shout-out to Booker as he was leaving. We were also very disappointed to see how Continue reading →

Michael Bloomberg

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Des Moines Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon Ed Fallon and Kathy Byrnes talked with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg after the Des Moines showing of his film, Paris to Pittsburgh. The film is excellent, laying out the urgency of climate change and proposing solutions. Ed and Kathy talked with Bloomberg afterwards. Following two or three minutes of casual conversation,  Kathy shared with Bloomberg our opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Bloomberg responded, “What’s the bid deal? It’s underground.” Then he quickly Continue reading →


Read what the media has written about Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim. Columnist Rekha Basu writes, “Fallon’s account … won’t be some scientific analysis of why we have alternating droughts and floods, and occasional July winters and December summers. … His book is more of a tribute to the natural world as he and some 35 to 50 walkers experienced it in their quest to ‘wake people up to what’s going on before it’s too late.’” (Read Rekha’s column here.)

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 →