In 2011, Winona LaDuke had the privilege of submitting expert testimony to the Environmental Improvement Board in New Mexico. Ms. LaDuke issued the following testimony on behalf of New Energy Economy, an organization dedicated to creating economic opportunity in New Mexico powered by clean energy. Making this the only testimony in support of a carbon-cap legislation in the country. The file is made available by Honor The Earth to the general public and parties interested in increasing their knowledge and capacity towards clean energy systems.1 attachment:
By Michael Hartranft / ABQ Journal Staff Writer on Sun, May 19, 2013
It’s been more than a dozen years since the last uranium ore was mined in New Mexico, but a Canada-based company and a Japanese partner propose to break that spell soon.
The U.S. Forest Service expects to close the comment period in mid-June on a draft environmental impact statement prepared for the proposed Roca Honda uranium mine near Mount Taylor, which the developers say would be the largest in the U.S.
Issuance of a final EIS and approval of a plan of operation by the agency, perhaps later this year, would keep the project fixed on a path to open in several years.
The proposed Roca Honda uranium mine would be about nine miles from the peak of Mount Taylor. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal) Read more...
By Jonathan Crawford
The U.S. Supreme Court indicated May 20 it will not reconsider a federal appeals court's rejection of a lawsuit by Alaskan natives against a group of energy producers for the harm allegedly caused by the companies' contribution to global warming. Read more...
A new report by Simon Fraser University researchers concludes the probability of a marine tanker oil spill for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project is between 95.3% and 99.9% over the operating life of the project.
These tanker spill probabilities based on the US Oil Spill Risk Analysis model are much higher than the 18% probability estimated by Enbridge.
The report also forecasts an average of 15 pipeline spills per year on the Northern Gateway based on Enbridge’s actual pipeline spill record from 2002 to 2010.
The findings are contained in a report completed by Dr. Thomas Gunton, Director of the Resource and Environmental Planning Program at Simon Fraser University and Sean Broadbent. Read more...
By WINONA LADUKE
This Earth Day, let's quit being extremists.
That's what the U.S. economy relies on right now, and that's how the huge mineral and fossil fuel companies are making their money: extremism.
When they peel off layers of the Earth for oil and make poisonous tar sands, they are acting like extremists.
And when they crack and contaminate aquifers for natural gas, a process known as fracking, they are acting like extremists.
And when they blow off the top of a mountain for coal, or maybe just put an oil well in a pristine ecosystem and drill 20,000 feet down into the depths of our ocean, they are acting like extremists.
It is arrogant, and it is wrong.
And often, American Indians pay the price. Read more...