Environment

Decision-making by entrepreneurial commodities

Submitted: Dec 12, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The curious thinking of Chip Ashley, managing editor of Community Alliance and second vice-chairman of the Fresno County Democratic Party Central Committee, muddied the case against fracking last week. Too much fracking is ongoing or planned here in the Valley for us to afford petty partisan political bickering..

 

In the letter to the Fresno Bee included below, Ashley asks why, if Fresno Republican Assemblyman Jim Patterson “can’t be bought,” he accepted any money from fracking interests.

 

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Fracking: For Pete’s sake, the issue is not Jerry Brown’s legacy

Submitted: Dec 03, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

“The issue … here is about how Governor Brown wants to be remembered, and his history, and what his legacy is going to be in California,” said Victoria Kaplan, campaign director at MoveOn.org Civic Action. “Is he going to be remembered as the governor who backtracked on his commitment to addressing climate change?” … The industry group posted a response on its website to the letter Brown received from scientists urging a moratorium. The scientists’ argument, the oil association said, “ignores the reality that our economy, our comforts and conveniences, our security, indeed our very lifestyles depend on an abundant and reliable supply of petroleum energy.” David Siders, Sacramento Bee, Dec. 2, 2013.

 

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Scientific masturbation

Submitted: Nov 27, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 In a more vigorous intellectual era -- it takes more historical knowledge than we have to imagine an American intellectual era more flaccid than the present -- we called the sort of exercise described below as "intellectual masturbation." In the case of this circle of scientists (grant hustlers) and special interests (known as "stakeholders"), the problem of course is our old friend, Consensus, that blunt instrument the corporate state has imposed on every "decision-making process" in the land (except the important decisions made in their own boardrooms by anything but "democratic" means). Yet on we must shuffle and jerk if we are to continue in the good graces and the funding streams of finance, insurance, and real estate (always in California including agribusiness) special interests. -- blj


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Delano responds to typhoon devastation

Submitted: Nov 17, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The powerful, durable Filipino community of Delano is “taking action” as the LA Times headline accurately announces, to do what it can to help people, some of them family and friends, hurt by the monstrous typhoon that hit the Philippines last week. As this wonderful article relates, this is one immigrant community in the Valley that has always taken action at the necessary time. It was the actions they took in Coachella Valley and Delano in 1965, under the calm, brilliant leadership of Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz and men like them that led the first farm labor strikes (illegal at that time) resulting two years later in the formation of the United Farm Workers and membership in the AFL-CIO. Yet, if you are not Filipino, you almost had to have been there or read Frank Bardacke’s Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers, to have heard of either of these labor leaders who made such immense contribution to California society – from Coachella to the fight to save the International Hotel in San Francisco. Such was the flawed nature of Cesar Chavez that put its stamp on the union.  -- blj

 

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Agony

Submitted: Nov 12, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 11-11-13

Responding to Climate Change

 

Speech of Yep Sano, chief negotiator for the Philippines at the UN Climate Change Convention.

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Analysis of defeat of fracking moratorium in California

Submitted: Nov 08, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 This is a surprisingly good narrative and political analysis of what happened in the California Legislature re. fracking. That it was written by a state Democratic Party leader, chair of its environmental caucus, makes it doubly unusual. At least it confirmed our deeper suspicions about what happened and how. It also confirmed our suspicion that our new assemblyman, Adam Gray, Adam/Medifind Party-Merced, is not worth mention on this issue except in his own press releases. It was oil-and-gas money to the Assembly speaker that mattered, but perhaps a few bills floated down to Gray, lying under the table with the wolfhounds. Also, the characterization of Californians Against Fracking as “relatively somnolent,” seems apt from our experience. Although the Center for Biological Diversity has offices in California, its headquarters is in Tuscon AZ, and is primarily a very effective environmental law firm. Although Moveon.org started in Berkeley, it now seems to sort of exist solely on the Internet as a huge fundraising apparatus for the Democratic Party. Plainly, moveon.org was conflicted from the beginning on fracking -- an obstacle to rather than a vehicle for effective resistance.

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“Markets are lethal”

Submitted: Nov 03, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

It was reported that the new assemblyman, Adam Gray, and his family (mother Candice, uncle Robin, Gray’s most senior political advisor, and his in-laws the Condit Tribe led by his wife, Cadee, brought a real old-fashioned political dog-and-pony show on fracking to Merced on Friday. The report explains why Gray, why Merced, why now:

 

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Overflowing rice bowls

Submitted: Oct 29, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

 Isn't it just amazing how Man -- in His Form as California Rice Grower, the most highly subsidized farmers in America -- converted wetlands to rice paddies north of the City of Sacramento and now, having expropriated so much water it has threatened whole aquatic species with extermination, now Man, that protean being, also appearing in the Form of the federal Bureau of Reclamation, is extoling His scientific genius for raising some hatchery salmon in flooded rice paddies. Many the severely endangered Chinook salmon will recover. But the University of California scientists, of course have created not only one place where this masterpiece of environmental engineering has occurred once, but they are announcing they have created a "a win-win model that can be replicated around the state,"

 

 

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