Carrie La Seur

Carrie La Seur is founder and president of Plains Justice, an environmental-justice law center with offices in Iowa, Montana, and South Dakota.

Oil

Keystone XL pipeline would screw over farmers, threaten aquifer

The Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline, which would cut through family farms and aquifers, is leak-prone and won't come with a solid cleanup strategy.

the grassroots are always greener

Needed: A 50-state strategy on climate

Low-population states often play host to one-issue activists hired by national campaigns. Local grassroots groups could yield much better results.

How “merchant coal” is changing the face of America

 From his rolling green soybean fields above a slow river in eastern Iowa, Don Shatzer looks out over the farm where he was raised, across land he and his neighbors have farmed all their lives. Below him are the garden beds where his wife Linda grows organic vegetables to safeguard the family’s health, and the farm pond and beach he built for the grandkids. A few miles to the west lies the city of Waterloo, with a population of about 66,000. The sky is clear and the southwest wind sweet on a humid summer day. Shatzer’s land is some of …

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