WIRT Newsletter: Climate Activism, Human Rights, Megaload Monitor Trial, & Oil on Rails


Dear Friends,

Carpools to the Winter Solstice Party on Paradise Ridge southeast of Moscow depart the Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) Activist House at 4 pm (or call 208-301-8039 for directions)!

CLIMATE ACTIVISM

AGU Scientist Asks, ‘Is Earth F**ked?’ Surprising Answer: Resistance is NOT Futile! (December 9 ThinkProgress)

Nils provided this scientific paper abstract that suggests that WIRT’s efforts represent an essential part of the solution to American climate woes: Resistance and activism are necessary!

Chris Hedges Lecture, Occupy the Future, at MIT (December 6 video)

Author-activist Chris Hedges discusses how problems with the current political system sparked the Occupy movement and where the movement is going.  Co-sponsored by Boston Review and MIT’s political science department, the presentation occurred as part of the “Ideas Matter” series.

Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine (February 13 video) (website excerpted)

EXTREME ENERGY & HUMAN/TREATY RIGHTS

Delta Boys: Powerful Documentary Chronicles Niger Delta Oil Struggle (October 16 DesmogBlog)

Nigeria: Ground-Breaking Judgment Calls for Punishing Oil Companies over Pollution (December 17 Amnesty International)

170 Legal Victories Empower First Nations in Fight over Resource Development (December 14 Financial Post)

First Nations Protest Forces Highway 1 Detour (December 15 CTV Winnipeg)

Idle No More Rally on December 15 at Thunder Bay, Ontario (December 18 video)

Sandy Bay First Nation Blockades Trans-Canada Highway, Protests Bill C-45 (December 16 Climate Connections)

Megaload Monitor Jury Trial Outcomes (December 13) (website excerpted)

UNCONVENTIONAL OIL ON (NORTHWEST) RAILS

Oil on the Tracks: How Rail is Quietly Picking Up the Pipelines’ Slack (October 8 DesmogBlog)

Tar Sands Producers Lay Tracks to Sidestep Keystone XL (November 13 Common Dreams)

Alaska-Bound Rail Project Could Solve Canada’s Oil Sands Problems (November 16 Financial Post)

Oil Boom in Center of Country Resonates on Washington Shores (November 25 Seattle Times)

The Northwest/Northern Rockies is already quietly becoming an industrial, dirty energy transport corridor, not just for tar sands shipments to Alberta and coal exports to Asia, but for the dirtiest, yet most precious, fossil fuel: unconventional oil (and later tar sands?).

Oil Trains on the Rise in the Northwest (December 4 KUOW Seattle)

CLIMATE CHANGE/FOSSIL FUELS

Sing for the Climate Belgium (November 29 video)

What If America’s Leaders Actually Want Catastrophic Climate Change? (November 28 Counterpunch)

300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds (November 8 video)

Fossil Fuel Facts (2011 Landscapes of Extraction)

We need you with us on the front lines, dear comrades…

Wild Idaho Rising Tide

P.O. Box 9817, Moscow, Idaho 83843

WildIdahoRisingTide.org & on facebook

208-301-8039

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