The Killing Heat (Pt. 3)

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Image by DarrenRD via Wikipedia Commons The irony of The Beast ravaging Fort McMurray–which, at the height of the tar sands boom, was nicknamed “Fort McMoney”–was not lost on climate activists. Elizabeth Kolbert, writing for the New Yorker (in an article entitled “Fort McMurray and the Fires of Climate Change“) noted, “The town exists to get at the tar sands, and … Read More

The Killing Heat (pt.2)

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NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.  In the upper Midwest, where I grew up, May and June are welcome months. No matter how capricious the spring has been, warmer weather has come. By Memorial Day, even the most cautious have exchanged their boots for sandals; by the summer solstice, there will … Read More

The Killing Heat (pt. 1)

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Image via Walt Anderson: www.geolobo.com This week I’ll be posting each day from an essay-in-progress for the Week of Climate Action, in support of a global response to climate change. More info at People’s Climate Movement.  On June 30th, 2013, I was in Los Angeles with my brother and sister when I heard the news: 19 of the Granite Mountain … Read More

Susan DeFreitas’s Dedication

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At the time I’m sitting here writing–Friday morning, November 4th, 2016–people from all over this country have converged on North Dakota in an effort to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Many of those people are Native Americans, whose ancestors endured the very worst colonialism had to offer. All of them are risking arrest to be there; many of them are … Read More