The Pope’s thoughts echo the refrain of the People’s Climate March - to change everything, we need everyone. Making the connections from local to global is a crucial point of demonstrating power, and 2015 is a big year to just that in the build up to COP21 in Paris.
Monday's Supreme Court decision in Michigan v. EPA, siding with industry challengers to the Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, is bad news, for all the obvious reasons: the Standards save thousands of lives and prevent a host of illnesses, and protect children from the threat of life-long neurological damage. They are a tremendous bargain for the American public. Now, a five-Justice majority of the Supreme Court has asked EPA to supplement its decision with additional consideration of the costs to industry, acceding to Big Coal's belief in the sanctity of its profits.
On a cloudy day in Ohio’s capital, over 100 people from across the state gathered in front of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to encourage the Commission to continue to deny bailout requests filed by utility companies to allow their continued use of dirty coal plants -- cases that are being debated as you read this right now. Over the past 10 months, Ohio’s citizens have been fighting for an economy more strongly based in clean energy, but their own Governor, John Kasich, and the bailouts filed by utility companies that provide Ohioans with their energy, are obstacles.