Climate Justice Forum: Shelley Brock on Idaho Oil & Gas Opposition, Pandemic Responses, Rail Bridge Construction, Alberta Flooding, Washington Smelter Ruling 4-29-20


The Wednesday, April 29, 2020, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features a conversation with community rights advocate Shelley Brock of Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability (CAIA), talking about a federal lawsuit against forced Idaho oil and gas leases, wells and pipelines near public water sources, driller bankruptcy problems, and her statehouse election campaign.  We also share news and reflections on the global pandemic and government and industry responses, north Idaho railroad bridge construction, Alberta flooding near tar sands tailings ponds, Navajo coronavirus relief, and an appeals court decision on a Washington smelter site sale.  Broadcast for eight years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM, online, and podcast on Radio Free America, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots resistance to fossil fuels projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who have adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Pandemic Origins, Lockdowns, & Protests, Indigenous & Training Webinars, Earth Day, Keystone XL Court Cases & Construction, Collapsing Oil & Gas Finances 4-22-20


The Wednesday, April 22, 2020, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections on coronavirus pandemic origins, lockdown extensions, phase-outs, surveillance, and Idaho protests, frontline indigenous webinars and online activist trainings, changes between Earth Day 1990 and 2020, two Keystone XL federal court hearings and commenced construction, and collapsing oil and gas industry bank financing.  Broadcast for eight years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM, online, and podcast on Radio Free America, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who have adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Railroad Expansion Opposition, Fewer But Riskier Oil Trains, Indigenous & Pandemic Pipeline Resistance, Alberta Rules Suspension 4-15-20


The Wednesday, April 15, 2020, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections on north Idaho railroad expansion opposition and activist privacy, fewer but riskier oil trains, pandemic impacts on nationwide pipeline progress, construction holds and First Nations appeal of Canadian pipeline approval, and Alberta suspension of environmental reporting rules.  Broadcast for eight years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM, online, and podcast on Radio Free America, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who have adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Aftershocks & Rail Bridge Expansion, Tribal Easement Appeal, Decreased Rail Freight, Excessive U.S. Consumption, Fossil Fuel Manipulation & Infrastructure Pushes during Pandemic 4-8-20


The Wednesday, April 8, 2020, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections on Idaho earthquake aftershocks and damages, Panhandle fossil fuel trains, rail bridge expansion, and pandemic precautions, railroad appeal of a tribal easement lawsuit, decreased rail freight volumes, fossil fuels and telecommunications infrastructure pushes during public quarantine, U.S. coronavirus case surges, excessive consumption, and environmental effects, and fossil fuel industry manipulation tactics.  Broadcast for eight years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM, online, and podcast on Radio Free America, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who have adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Coronavirus Responses, Earthquake, & Activist Election Campaign, Washington Methanol Refinery, BC Pipelines Opposition, DAPL Lawsuit Victory, Pandemic Pollution, Oil Storage Shortages 4-1-20


The Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections on Idaho coronavirus cases and a statewide stay-home order, the first thunderstorm of the year, a strong southern Idaho earthquake and oil and gas activist election campaign, Washington methanol refinery review pressure, British Columbia pipelines opposition solidarity, tribal lawsuit victory over Dakota Access pipeline permits, halted pollution law enforcement during the pandemic, and dwindling worldwide oil storage capacity.  Broadcast for eight years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM, online, and podcast on Radio Free America, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who have adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Postponed Fundraisers, Patched Oil Trains, Dakota Access Pipeline Lawsuit, Keystone XL Pre-Construction, Utah Earthquakes & Spill, Jordan Cove LNG Approval, B.C. Pipeline Protests, Oil Price Drops, Pandemic Opportunities 3-25-20


The Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections on postponed local fundraisers, patched Northwest oil train cars, a Dakota Access pipeline court hearing, Keystone XL pre-construction work, Salt Lake City earthquakes and a mining plant spill, federal agency approval of an Oregon gas pipeline and terminal, online protests of a British Columbia pipeline, record drops in tar sands and oil prices and stocks, and opportunities to nationalize energy companies and progressively transform policies during pandemic crises.  Broadcast for eight years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM, online, and podcast on Radio Free America, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who have adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Rail Bridge Construction, Montana Keystone XL Protests, Dropped Portland Blockader Charges, West Virginia Office Occupation, Presidential Candidate Debate & Pandemic Response, Indigenous Solidarity Gag Order 3-18-20


The Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections on postponed ninth annual WIRT celebrations, north Idaho railroad bridge construction, Montana Keystone XL pipeline protests and court hearing, dropped charges of Portland tar sands train terminal blockaders, a West Virginia pipeline office demonstration, a Democratic presidential candidate debate and response to pandemic and economic crises, and a jail release order banning indigenous solidarity online statements.  Broadcast for eight years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM, online, and podcast on Radio Free America, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who have adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: DAPL Protest Film, Lake Railroad Bridge, E-Law Conference, Oil Train Tribal Lawsuit, Withdrawn Refinery Expansion, Montana Valve Turner Ruling, BC Derailment & Arrests, Keystone XL Case & Permits, Presidential Primary 3-11-20


The Wednesday, March 11, 2020, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections on a Dakota Access pipeline resistance documentary, a dinner and auction fundraiser, north Idaho railroad bridge and switch construction, a cancelled environmental law conference, withdrawn Washington refinery expansion and tribal victory over oil train traffic, Montana Supreme Court rejection of valve turner necessity defense, a British Columbia tanker cars derailment and indigenous youth arrests, a Keystone XL pipeline court case and county construction permits, and Democratic presidential candidate records.  Broadcast for eight years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM, online, and podcast on Radio Free America, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who have adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

President Sanders, Black Snake Killaz, Rescheduled WIRT Meetings, Wet’suwet’en Solidarity


March 10: Vote for Bernie!

If you are an Idaho or Washington resident, please vote for Senator Bernie Sanders in the Tuesday, March 10, presidential primary election from 8 am to 8 pm at Idaho polling places, where you can also register in-person as a voter with identification, or contact your county elections department in Washington in-person to register, update your address, and request a ballot for deposit in an official, election mail, drop box by 8 pm [1, 2].

Although this election decision is your personal choice, voting records on numerous, progressive, environmental and social justice issues, including fossil fueled climate chaos, suggest that Senator Sanders will seek better resolutions than former Vice President Joe Biden or current President Donald Trump.  Consider who will most effectively end worldwide, U.S.-initiated, political and resource wars, institute a Green New Deal and ban fracking, and establish affordable college education, a livable minimum wage, and Medicare for all [3-5].  Senator Sanders is the strongest candidate who can win the Democratic nomination in July and the U.S. presidency in November [6].

During this crucial, transitional time of planetary tragedy, choosing political expediency, moderate candidates, and half-measures risks the lives, health, and safety of millions of Americans [7, 8].  As Ben Franklin warned, during another momentous era, “Those who would give up essential liberty (a better democracy for all), to purchase a little temporary safety (election defeat of Trump), deserve neither liberty nor safety.”  Climate activists encourage you to elect the only viable, progressive candidate remaining from an inspiring field of grassroots leaders and committed to implementing critically necessary plans and policies that can resolve energy systems and climate change [9, 10].  Please show up and cast your ballot in support of climate crisis solutions and Senator Bernie Sanders on March 10, and participate on Saturday, April 4, in selection of county delegates for the Idaho Democratic Convention in Boise, on June 4 to 7.  Idahoans will send 22 delegates to the Democratic National Convention on July 13 to 16 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where small states could swing the nomination.

March 12: Black Snake Killaz #NoDAPL Film

On Thursday, March 12, at 7 pm, KRFP Radio Free Moscow, Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment, Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition, and Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse Environmental Task Force are sponsoring a showing of the documentary Black Snake Killaz at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 South Main Street in Moscow, Idaho.  For free or donation admissions, hear from Gary Dorr, Al Chidester, and other activists who participated in protests against the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL), recently proposed for expansion, and created displayed art from their experiences of Standing Rock and indigenous resistance camps in North Dakota in 2016 and 2017.

Produced by the on-site videographers and reporters of Unicorn Riot, Black Snake Killaz highlights the actions of water protectors to stop Bakken oil pipeline construction, and investigates the actions of law enforcement, military, and corporate mercenaries attempting to quell the months-long protest.  This collaborative, creative commons film describes the historical events that unfolded at Standing Rock, and shares the raw, frontline experiences of direct actions.  Although energy companies completed the Dakota Access pipeline, the importance of water protectors’ stories and their resistance movement grows, as fossil fuel extraction projects continue to impact some of the most vulnerable communities throughout the world.

KRFP will host an information table with literature, bumper stickers, a donation jar, and ticket sales for the Real Radio Dinner on Saturday, March 28 [11].  Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) volunteers and other north Idaho groups will also present outreach tables, for participants to learn and engage in Idaho and Northwest struggles against climate-wrecking fossil fuels infrastructure, extraction, and transportation.  Please widely share the two attached event posters, to augment film and dinner attendance.

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Climate Justice Forum: Portland Train Blockade Trial, Oregon LNG Permit Delay, B.C. Pipeline Financers, Seattle & Portland Indigenous Solidarity Protests, Wet’suwet’en Land Rights Agreement 3-4-20


The Wednesday, March 4, 2020, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections on necessity defense trials of Portland tar sands train terminal gardeners and other climate defenders, federal permit delay of an Oregon gas pipeline and terminal, bank financers and owners of a contentious,  British Columbia pipeline, Seattle and Portland solidarity protests supporting the Wet’suwet’en Nation, far-right threats and police attacks of indigenous blockaders in Canada, and a tentative agreement on Wet’suwet’en land rights but not pipeline and police invasions.  Broadcast for eight years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM, online, and podcast on Radio Free America, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who have adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.