It’s Earth Day — Here Are Some Ways To Participate and Make It Count From Home!

It’s Earth Day — Here Are Some Ways To Participate and Make It Count From Home!

It’s Earth Day and many of us are working from home, while others are on the front lines keeping our health care and essential services going. No big marches or demonstrations are possible. So how can we all make the day meaningful?  Here are some ideas of things you can do to make a difference today. 

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Ten Years Ago, An Explosion and the Worst Environmental Disaster In History Ensued

Ten Years Ago, An Explosion and the Worst Environmental Disaster In History Ensued

Late on April 20, 2010, the deepest oil well in history at that time (operating at a vertical depth of 35,050 feet) exploded killing 11 people and it began spewing oil.  An estimated 210 million gallons flowed into the ocean over the course of 87 days.

Why This Matters:  It is a faded memory, but for those who lost everything in the spill, it is hauntingly familiar to the current COVID crisis.

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How Low Can It Go??  Oil Futures In Unprecedented Negative Territory

How Low Can It Go?? Oil Futures In Unprecedented Negative Territory

The oil markets on Monday plunged to their lowest price ever — meaning oil and gas suppliers are paying people to take the oil that would reach the market by the end of May (you read that right.)  At the end of the day, oil futures prices closed at negative $37.63, the lowest price since the New York Mercantile Exchange began trading them in 1983.

Why This Matters:  The oil and gas markets are subject to lots of ups and downs — but this was — that word again — unprecedented.

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The Original Earth Day Led to a Lasting Movement and Fundamental Change

The Original Earth Day Led to a Lasting Movement and Fundamental Change

This week we celebrate 50 years since the first Earth Day. It was the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, led to a “cascade” of groundbreaking laws and a much greater societal awareness of the environment and conservation that persists today.

Why This Matters:  Despite the President’s efforts to divide the nation by creating a false dichotomy between economic growth and conservation, ensuring a clean environment and addressing climate change have bipartisan support.

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Giant Ozone Hole Over The Arctic

Giant Ozone Hole Over The Arctic

Scientists at the European Space Agency have found an enormous hole in the Earth’s ozone layer, and it is unusual because it is over the North Pole. 

Why This Matters:  This is believed to be the largest hole ever to have formed above the Arctic.

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The EPA Relaxes Rule on Mercury Pollution By Greatly Tipping Scales to Favor Polluters

The EPA Relaxes Rule on Mercury Pollution By Greatly Tipping Scales to Favor Polluters

On Thursday, the Trump Administration continued its environmental armageddon by changing the way costs and benefits of rules are calculated in favor of polluters and thus fundamentally weakening current regulatory protections from mercury and other toxic metals emitted by oil and coal-fired power plants.

Why This Matters:  The polluters win again – President Trump continues to deliver for his big donors.

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