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This week we had the pleasure of sitting down with Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) to ask her about her new role as Chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The Subcommittee is responsible for holding polluters accountable and rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse in areas pertaining to the climate crisis, public lands, wildfire management, and tribal affairs.
We also had a chance to ask the Congresswoman what personally inspires her to fight for our planet and about the famous whiteboards she uses in questioning witnesses in Congressional hearings. As she explained,
“I was a professor and you’ll ask a question and the students will often say, ‘uh can you repeat that?’ And Congressional witnesses, CEOs, they know the same bag of tricks: when you ask them ‘what are you going to do about your emissions?’ [they respond with] ‘uh can you repeat that?’ So the whiteboard can be a tool to help make sure we’re all talking about the same thing.”
By Wizipan Little Elk On August 23, 1804, a shot rang out on the wind-swept prairie near what is now called southeastern South Dakota, marking the first buffalo kill of the famous Lewis and Clark reconnaissance expedition. For us Lakota, our neighbors, and our buffalo relatives, it signaled the beginning of what was to become […]
Continuing its set of opinion surveys in the run-up to Earth Day, Gallup has released the results of another poll, finding that the percent of American adults who say that “protection of the environment should be given priority even at the risk of curbing economic growth” has dropped by 15% since 2018. Experts say that this number often correlates with unemployment, which the COVID-19 pandemic greatly increased.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Netflix has announced a commitment to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2022. The plan, called “Net Zero + Nature,” was announced on the Netflix blog by Dr. Emma Stewart, who became the content platform’s first sustainability officer in the fall of 2020. Netflix estimates that its 2020 […]
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