Environmental Cheers and Jeers This Week

Environmental Cheers and Jeers This Week

Cheers to the state of California, where wind energy use is now at an all-time high. Last year they set a record high of 1,915 megawatts produced; last week, they produced 2,432 megawatts according to the demand that the wind power met. If only this type of power were more commonly used!

Jeers to President Obama, who called for the world’s oil producers to up their production. Yes, we could all use lower gas prices, but we all knew that this day would come eventually. That’s why we were supposed to develop clean energy by now for our transportation. Is it Obama’s fault? Absolutely not. Is it on his watch now? Absolutely yes, and it’s past time to do something about it. Oil is still going to run out—many scientists believe within our lifetime—and its constant production and use not only makes that reality come faster, but also further depletes our own environment and future.

Cheers to the Attorney General of New York, who is demanding that the United States government study the effects of fracking and drilling on communities and the environment. If they don’t, he says he will do the American thing to do when someone does something you don’t like (or, in this case, refuses to do something you want them to do); he’ll sue. And he wants it done quickly; if it doesn’t commence within thirty days, he’s filing charges!

Jeers to Texas politicians who think that prayer is an effective solution for fighting wildfires—and that global warming is a myth. If I lived in Texas, I’d sure be campaigning for better leaders this year. And the next time you see a fire truck whizzing by, by the way, you might want to flag them down and let them know that they should just stop and pray instead. After all, if it works for a giant forest fire, it has to be perfect for little old house fires.

Cheers to a growing movement of indigenous women who are fighting against oil companies in the United States and Canada. Steven Seagal has nothing on the group Resisting Environmental Destruction On Indigenous Lands (REDOIL), which is composed 98% by women and continually and boldly faces off against big oil every day. With each and every victory—from stalling pipelines to stopping actual drilling projects—this group of activists is literally doing more against global warming and oil use than most of our politicians combined. They are a true inspiration.