President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder are at the center of the IRS controversy
Robust democracy is essential for ecological health; democracy is guaranteed by rights afforded to individuals and groups in civil society.
Greenpeace applauds President Obama for demanding accountability up the chain of command in the matter of political discrimination by the IRS.
We believe as firmly in the rights of all members of society as we do in our own as an organization. Stifling of political speech has no place in our society. We have not always been granted that respect. Greenpeace and allied organizations like the NAACP and Rainforest Action Network have been threatened – with the tax code as a weapon – by our ideological opponents and politicians allied with them. Continue reading
By Phil Radford & Mark Ruffalo
Originally posted to CNN
A Pennsylvania family shows their tap water from their contaminated well due to fracking
Even the heads of fossil fuel companies read the polls.They know the majority of Americans see global warming as an imminent threat and a clear sign that the way we use energy must change. But instead of offering the solar and wind choices America wants, fossil fuel companies like Shell, Exxon and Duke are offering what might be their most disastrous bait and switch yet: natural gas.
The bait? Burning natural gas is “clean” because it produces less carbon pollution than burning oil and coal. The switch? The catastrophic pollution caused when companies like Exxon fracture the earth — commonly called fracking — to get natural gas out of the ground. Continue reading
Oil booms visible from the recent Exxon spill in Arkansas. If the court rules in Shell's favor in a current case, any corporation including Exxon could preemptively stop protesters like Greenpeace.
Originally posted on Huffington Post
Corporations want to work in secret. It’s what they do, and why they have lawyers. In secret, they can spill, clearcut, burn, and otherwise destroy the environment and local communities while telling the world they’re doing just the opposite. Shell Oil’s legal team is currently working overtime to keep the company’s Arctic work secret from advocacy groups like Greenpeace. It’s a battle that will have implications well beyond the Far North. If Shell ultimately wins the legal battle with us this month, corporate secrecy will have the blessing of a federal court — and America’s First Amendment rights will take a devastating hit. Continue reading
Despite the potentially devastating environmental risks, Shell’s Arctic Drilling program has had President Obama’s blessing since the President took office. The President has given Shell major leeway to bend EPA rules, forgo spill response requirements, and wink at general maritime protocol in order to drill for, at best, enough oil to last a year.
Originally appeared in Huffington Post
This Sunday, a new environmental movement will arrive in Washington D.C. Thousands of people will join 350.org, the Sierra Club, and the Hip Hop Caucus’ “Forward on Climate” rally to call out with one voice and demand Obama keep his promise to future generations.
I will be proud to be there with them. Continue reading
Greenpeace US Executive Director Phil Radford is taken into custody by police after Greenpeace deployed a banner from a construction crane near the State Department in 2009.
Nobody takes going getting arrested lightly, but when you’ve tried everything else, and the people with power have refused to listen or are dragging their feet, sometimes the only reasonable thing to do is to press harder with every peaceful tool you can conjure to make change, even when that lands you in a jail cell. Around the world, people are standing up to fight the dirty energy projects that pose the greatest threat to the climate as if lives depend on it – which, of course, they do. Continue reading
This Saturday in San Francisco, friends and family of Becky Tarbotton, the Executive Director of the Rainforest Action Network, will come together to celebrate her life and mourn our loss of a dear friend, a powerful woman, and a passionate leader. Continue reading
Greenpeace activists hold a banner in front of the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC, April 19, 2011. The banner was in reaction to the Obama administration taking the side of polluters in a case before the court, AEP vs Connecticut.
Americans went into the voting booth yesterday with horrific images of the fallout from Superstorm Sandy fresh in their minds. Pictures of homes ripped from their moorings, stories of children whisked away by rushing waters, reports of elderly people trapped on top floors of buildings — the true cost of ignoring science’s warnings about global warming are now all too vivid. Continue reading
When President Obama was elected four years ago, his challenge was to stop us from going into financial freefall – now his challenge is even greater: to stop us from going into a climate freefall.
Hurricane Sandy plainly shows why solving global warming must be the top priority for President Obama’s second term. The President must stop supporting the dirty energy sources that cause global warming, fueling extreme weather and putting our coastal communities, our farmers, and our children at risk. Continue reading