Protect Our Climate: 1. Vote; 2. Write NPR; 3. Get Arrested This Week
Not that the Dems are anywhere near where they need to be on climate. Both parties accept money from the fracking industry. We’ve got to get big corporate money out of politics and create fair elections in order to have anything approaching a saner political system. But, that said:
Everyone’s vote matters tomorrow when it comes to fighting fracking and protecting our climate. Because the Republican agenda is absolutely clear: approve as many LNG terminals as the industry wants, to export fracked gas overseas. Approve the KXL pipeline, guaranteeing a massive increase in greenhouse gas emissions from the Alberta Tar Sands, the dirtiest oil on earth. Push back against or reverse the Obama Clean Energy Plan. Remove support for renewables. So: vote. Please.
2. TELL NPR: COVER CLIMATE!
Not that NPR is doing the most fabulous job in the world already on covering climate. For example, just yesterday when NPR covered the IPCC’s release of their 5th urgent report on climate change realities, NPR failed to follow up with the science on shale gas impacts on climate, allowing the IPCC spokesman’s praise of the “natural gas” boom in the U.S. as causing “fewer of these emissions” to go unchallenged. In fact, the word “shale” and the phrase “methane emissions” were completely missing from the discussion, and the NPR reporter politely avoided asking any follow-up questions about this climate hot potato topic. Not surprisingly, words like “fracking” or “high-volume hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling” were also completely avoided, so the bridge fuel myth was reinforced yet again.
Even so, NPR’s reporting on climate and the environment is about to get worse: much worse, joining an ongoing trend in U.S. media in general. Please join your voice with this important CREDO petition
Because this is so important, we’re including the CREDO petition in full! From CREDO:
National Public Radio just made the baffling decision to drastically reduce its staff dedicated to covering climate change and the environment, leaving just one part-time reporter on the beat.1
It’s unacceptable for one of our major sources of journalism in the public interest to essentially abandon it’s coverage of climate and the environment by reducing the staff covering it from four full-time journalists to one part-time reporter.
Tell NPR: One part-time reporter is not enough. Reverse the decision to slash your team of reporters covering climate change and the environment.
NPR pays attention to its critics, and is sensitive to criticism that it is failing to meet its duty to inform the public on the most pressing issues of the day. Let’s show NPR that Americans want more coverage of climate change and other environmental issues, not less.
Due in large part to deliberately misleading coverage from conservative outlets like Fox News and the Drudge Report, and the corporate media that insists on presenting “two sides” of the debate even if one side is blatantly lying, the American public is actively misinformed about climate change.
As a result, public understanding of the crisis is heading in the wrong direction. In 2013, the percentage of Americans who don’t believe in climate change actually went up 7%. Only 47% of the American people believe that climate change is caused by human activities.2
NPR’s decision is part of a disturbing anti-science trend within the news media. According to a study released last year, the number of newspapers that included a weekly science sections has shrunk from 85 to just 19 in the past 25 years.3 That’s why it is so crucial for NPR to provide meaningful coverage of climate change that is honest with the American people about the scope of the problem and what must be done to address it.
NPR was created by an act of Congress in order to be an alternate news service that would address issues of national concern.4 NPR must devote more resources to covering climate change and other environmental topics, not less.
Tell NPR: Now is not the time to slash Don’t reduce your coverage of climate change and other environmental issues.
Thanks for fighting climate change.
- “NPR Reduces its Environmental Team to One Reporter,” Inside Climate News, October 24, 2014
- “Misinformation Is Winning – Doubt In Climate Change Climbing,” DeSmogBlog.com, February 1, 2014
- “NPR Slashes Number of Environmental Reporters,” Huffington Post, October 24, 2014
- “NPR Guts its Environment and Climate Reporting Team, Becomes ‘Part of the Problem,”ThinkProgress, October 24, 2014
3. GET ARRESTED THIS WEEK:
This may be a little short notice if you weren’t already considering participating in this important action. And you missed the Sunday nonviolence training and issues training. Nonetheless we think this week-long action at FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) is so important that we’re adding the daily details below.
FERC is a rogue government agency that is really operating as an oil and gas industry tool disguised as a government agendy. FERC is consistently rubber-stamping every LNG export facility and every pipeline, including and particularly fracked gas and fracked oil pipelines, that comes its way, ignoring the impacts. From BXE:
Pipelines = Fracking. There is no simpler way to put it. Every pipeline and export facility FERC approves is another nail in the climate coffin — not to mention public health, surface and groundwater, air quality, land rights, and habitat. Join Tim deChristopher and go Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) in DC this week:
Before we dive into the details, though, let us tell you how excited we are to be working on this project. We’ve brought together a large and diverse coalition of people and organizations to make this happen. BXE obviously won’t bring FERC and the frackers to their knees in a single week’s time, but we guarantee that together we’re going to be moving our collective issues forward.
For all other details, including lodging and updates, please visit the Beyond Extreme Energy website and/or contact the organizers.