Skip to content Skip to site navigation

Philip Radford's Posts

Comments

In Chicago, coal is the real crime

Greenpeace activists climbed the smokestack at the Fisk coal plant.Photo: GreenpeaceA sad fact of living in an American city like Chicago is that every time we open a newspaper or switch on the local news, we hear of some senseless, tragic crime that has claimed an innocent life. We become outraged, and we demand justice for those who have lost their children, their parents, their siblings or spouses. In 1982, Chicago acted to stem the tide of gun-related violence when confronted with a disturbing rise in homicides. In fact, between 1980 and 2006, some 32,300 Americans died every year due …

Read more: Climate & Energy, Coal

Comments

Students Gear up to Protest Exxon Graduation Speech

As college students around the country are wrapping up their semesters, graduating seniors at Worcester Polytechnical Institute (WPI) find themselves in the midst of an ethical controversy. On Saturday, WPI's commencement speaker is none other than oil baron Rex Tillerson, CEO and chairman of ExxonMobil, although perhaps you're more familiar with his role as the national president of the Boy Scouts of America. ExxonMobil has donated generously to WPI and has an executive on the school's Board of Trustees. WPI students protesting their administration's choice in commencement speaker question the social and environmental record of Rex Tillerson's company, with emphasis …

Read more: Uncategorized

Comments

Salem citizens win against Big Coal

This week the people of Salem, Mass. got the news they've been waiting for years to hear: the 60-year-old, dirty coal plant in their community that leads to 53 premature deaths per year is shutting down. The Harvard School of Public Health reported [PDF] that pollution from the Salem Harbor Coal Plant not only leads to 53 premature deaths per year, but also 570 emergency room visits a year, 14,000 asthma attacks a year, and nearly 100,000 daily incidents of upper respiratory irritation. This victory for our health and the health of our children would not have been possible without …

Read more: Uncategorized

Comments

A battle for the Earth’s last remaining frontier

In the Arctic Ocean, Big Oil is taking bigger risks than ever before.Photo: U.S. Geological SurveyThere are clear signs that a new Arctic oil rush has begun. Earlier this month, Shell submitted plans to the U.S. government for new drilling in the icy waters off Alaska's north coast, and now a Scottish company has won permission to take a similar gamble near Greenland. Tomorrow, Hillary Clinton will fly to the picturesque town of Nuuk in Greenland to discuss how spill response equipment might work in one of the world's most extreme and beautiful environments. I can save her the trip …

Read more: Climate & Energy, Oil

Comments

Discovery of Fukushima contamination in areas identified by Greenpeace

TEPCO, the owners of the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, just announced that they found contamination levels 100 to 1,000 times higher than normal in sediment from the Fukushima coast. TEPCO did the sediment testing late last week -- in areas Greenpeace identified for testing in our research plan -- after we were denied permission to research inside Japan's 12 mile territorial waters. The buzz around Japanese Twitter has been saying that Greenpeace is the reason why the authorities have actually done this research. Following this announcement, Greenpeace Japan Executive Director Junichi Sato said: Our flag ship the …

Read more: Uncategorized

Comments

What would a Chernobyl or Fukushima disaster at Indian Point mean?

Twenty-five years ago, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded, sending plumes of radiation around the planet and devastating the area surrounding the plant to this day. The world learned firsthand then about the dangers of nuclear power. Today, the ongoing nuclear disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant is a tragic reminder of the threat that nuclear plants pose to nearby communities and the environment. Yet many in Washington appear so captured by the nuclear industry that they are still seeking to run old nuclear reactors longer and harder than ever before, and still trying to subsidize the nuclear industry so …

Comments

Protecting our oceans, one supermarket at a time

Last month, a group of Greenpeace volunteers in Denver trekked to over 30 Colorado supermarkets to investigate the sustainability of the seafood being sold inside. Armed with an “endangered fish check-list,” what they found--a thousand miles away from the nearest ocean--was shocking. In the freezers, wet cases, and can aisles they discovered nearly every species on their list, including Chilean sea bass, Atlantic cod, swordfish, orange roughy, hoki, red snapper, shark, and other environmentally unsound seafood options. Today, these volunteers, along with supermarket chains, industry, scientists, and consumers, are working to change the state of our planet through our seafood …

Read more: Uncategorized

Comments

Homeland Security Chairman Peter King ignores poison gas disaster threat to New York City

Congressman Peter King (R-NY), the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, faced protests from hundreds of New Yorkers and interfaith leaders this weekend over his plans to single out Muslim communities in upcoming Congressional hearings. While Rep. King seeks to look tough on terrorism by scapegoating people for their religious beliefs, last week he showed his willingness to leave New Yorkers and millions of other Americans vulnerable to a catastrophic terrorist attack on dangerous chemical plants. Instead of ensuring that the highest risk chemical plants convert to safer technologies, King joined Representatives Dan Lungren (R-CA) and Tim Murphy (R-PA) and …

Read more: Politics

Comments

Tim and vigor

We need big, brash, nonviolent climate protests. Are you in?

It's time to get loud.Dear friends, Last week, a jury in Utah found Tim DeChristopher guilty for standing up to the oil and gas companies in an effort to protect our health and our climate. If the federal government thinks that it's intimidating people into silence with this kind of prosecution, think again. This is precisely the sort of event that reminds us why we need creative, nonviolent protests and mass mobilizations. Over the last six months, we've witnessed big changes in the world that call out for creative, nonviolent protest, including: The wild and extreme weather and flooding that …

Comments

Tim DeChristopher Should be Free. Arrest the Real Criminals.

“I’ll join you.”  That’s what the large crowd of supporters shouted back after hearing the announcement of Tim DeChristopher’s guilty verdict yesterday. After a week long trial accompanied by a week-long solidarity rally, Tim DeChristopher, a modern American hero, was found guilty of two felonies for entering winning bids for the rights to thousands of acres near two national parks in Utah.  DeChristopher could face up to 10 years in prison.  Tim DeChristopher, known as "Bidder 70," is a hero in the long American tradition of the Boston Tea Party, the Underground Railroad, and the Civil Rights Movement of civil …

Read more: Climate & Energy