FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, November 18, 2019, 9:00 a.m. CT Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or [email protected] Website: www.boldiowa.com Presidential candidates speak out about DAPL Most Democratic candidates for president oppose doubling the oil through the Dakota Access Pipeline — but not Biden, Bloomberg, and Klobuchar. DES MOINES, IOWA — Over the past three months, Bold Iowa’s Climate Bird Dogs have asked all the major Democratic presidential candidates to say where they stand on Energy Transfer’s proposal to double the flow of oil through the Dakota Continue reading →
To their credit, ten out of seventeen candidates are against increasing the flow of oil to 1.1 million barrels per day. Yet, we've been surprised and disheartened that the media have almost completely ignored this new threat. With the candidates are speaking out, perhaps that will change. ... Biden says he's against pipelines. Immediately after that, he says he wants to replace existing pipelines, which would lock in further greenhouse gas emissions.
Big kudos are due to Bernie Sanders and Tom Steyer for talking briefly about climate, despite the lack of a single climate question from the moderators. Tiny kudos to Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang, and Amy Klobuchar for at least mentioning climate in their responses to other questions.
Dear Friends, FIRST … On Friday, September 27, at 11:00 a.m. at The Federal Plaza, 219 S. Dearborn St. in Chicago, Dakota Access Pipeline opponents will hold a rally and march to demand that Illinois Governor Jay Pritzer declare a climate emergency and halt doubling the capacity of the pipeline. Some of Iowa’s water protectors are hoping to join our friends in Illinois. SECOND … We witnessed an historic groundswell of climate-strike actions last Friday, garnering attention across Iowa and around the world. Des Moines: Here’s Continue reading →
With the recent collapse of the second largest Emperor Penguin colony, Bold Iowa’s Climate Refugee Penguins greeted presidential candidates at the entrance to the Polk County Steak Fry with a poignant message about the tragedy of extinction in the New Climate Era. Penguins danced to R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” as the Fossil Fuel Reaper cut them down one by one with his sickle. The Reaper then began to take out humans, with the message that climate change threatens all of us with extinction.
Dear Friends, Bold Iowa likes to give out prizes. (See Climate Hall of Fame Awards.) While we heard some encouraging remarks about the climate emergency during this week’s debate, three moments stand out as worthy of awards. I’ll simply call them the Wrong, Wronger, and Wrongest Awards. The WRONG AWARD goes to Joe Biden. After Jay Inslee criticized the slow timeline in Biden’s climate plan, moderator Danna Bash asked, “Would there be any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration?” Biden’s response: “No. We Continue reading →
Iowa City Press-Citizen Excerpt: Two women asked about climate change, and Booker said there is only a 12-year window before climate impacts become irreversible. Booker supports the Green New Deal proposed this year by Democrats, and said he would rejoin the international 2016 Paris Accord to reduce carbon emissions. Linda Santi, of Sioux City, asked if lawmakers should write off trying to save the lowest-lying coastal areas impacted by rising waters. Booker answered, “There are no throwaway people, no throwaway communities.” Continue reading →
Dear Friends, [SIGN UP HERE FOR BOLD’S CLIMATE BIRD DOG WORKSHOP, APRIL 25!] Our hearts and minds strain to process the flood of climate-enhanced destruction in Iowa, Nebraska, and eastern Africa. Yet in the broader fight against climate chaos, signs of encouragement are growing: There’s this story: Citing climate change, U.S. judge blocks oil and gas drilling in large swath of Wyoming. And this: Court upholds ruling that bars Keystone XL pipeline work. Hopefully, these rulings bode well for a favorable outcome in the landowner/Iowa Sierra Continue reading →
Dear Friends, “It’s so easy to look at the big picture and get completely disheartened. … What we need to remember is what is my own personal moral obligation. When I wake up each day thinking about what I might do from that perspective … when I come at it from a deep sense of moral obligation, it really doesn’t matter what the results are. What matters is am I doing the right thing, and am I doing all I can right now at this Continue reading →
Friday, August 10, 2019 Tama Meskwaki Pow Wow Bird Dogs: Lee Tesdell, Donnielle Wanatee Lee shares: “I had a chance to chat with Cory Booker tonight at the Meskwaki Powwow. When I asked him if climate change was number one, he agreed. “Donielle showed him around the museum tent.” ******* Friday, July 26, 2019 West Des Moines Bird Dogs: Shaun Ahern, Christine Curry, Channing Dutton, Samantha Kuhn, Anmol Pakhale and Susan Pohl Bold Iowa bird dogs talked to Cory Booker at his event at the Continue reading →