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NYT Editorial on Keystone XL

April 1, 2013 Leave a comment

The Keystone XL has rattled the NYT Op-Ed writers.  Read here.

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Keystone XL Risks Harm To Houston Community: ‘This Is Obviously Environmental Racism’

March 30, 2013 1 comment

Keystone XL Risks Harm To Houston Community: 'This Is Obviously Environmental Racism'

This article is about environmental racism over the Keystone Pipeline in Houston. I thought this article was extremely relevant and quite interesting. I just wanted to post this as a heads up!

Opposition to dam remains strong in Hasankeyf

February 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Water resources intersect with environmental justice claims – these conflicts play over and over again throughout the world — India, Turkey, China. Economic development, and it utilitarian arguments about what is good, overtake the counter claims of communities who will have considerable loss and dispossession. From a justice perspective, who is right? What are the principles for establishing just ends? How do we get there from where we are today?

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Opinions about the Ilısu Dam project in Hasankeyf remain fiercely divided after more than half a century. The Turkish government claims the long-stalled project will generate hydroelectric power and bring development to an impoverished region. But critics say it will irrevocably destroy a cultural and environmental heritage that dates back more than 10,000 years.

Debate over a controversial dam in Southeast Turkey has been raging for more than 50 years, but residents of the ancient and threatened town of Hasankeyf show no signs of giving up the fight.

“In the last four years, more tourists have started coming to Hasankeyf. They like it here and it is nice for us to be able to share our culture,” said Semra Argun, a local woman who, along with her husband and family, runs the only motel in town. “If the dam is constructed we will lose everything – our homes, this history…

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Tar Sands export routes across North America – Maps

February 14, 2013 1 comment

One Inity

Will this fossil fuel export proposition be the final nail in humanity’s climate change coffin or the spark for real change? It’s up to you.

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Tar Sands Pipelines in North America – [From Kinder Morgan Pipeline Route Maps | Wilderness Committee]

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Participatory Justice Tested

February 5, 2013 Leave a comment

The recent article “Colorado Communities Take on Fight Against Energy Land Leases” (The New York Times) examines the question of participatory justice and the role of energy leases in Colorado.  Indeed, several questions come to mind as I reflect on our discussions in class: What are the claims (and the basis of the claims)? What is the community of justice? What are the principles of justice that underpin this case?  What are the principle of justice that are legally recognized, what claims are disregarded, which ones are legally recognized? How does social and political power influence the process of environmental decision making?

Comments welcome!

Photo essay on Biofuels and Food (The New York Times)

January 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Is the choice between climate over hunger?  Or is there another way to think about this? Check this out: The Cost of Biofuels in Guatemala

Here is the related article: The Cost of Biofuel in Guatemala

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