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Political Analysis - FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY SPENDS BILLIONS TO DEFEAT ANTI-FRACKING MEASURES, AS OPPONENTS GEAR UP FOR NOV 4 BATTLE AT THE BALLOT BOXES - 10/23/14
Oct 24th, 2014 by progressiveradionetwork at 9:51 am

Sandy and Steve are joined for the first half-hour byJoel Dyer, editor at the Boulder Weekly, an alternative online publication out of Boluder, CO. They talk to him about fracking politics, and why the fracking battle in Colorado is both illustrative of the bigger fracking battle and key to winning the "fracking war." They also talk about Joel Dyer's recent piece (co-authored with Matt Cortina and Elizabeth Miller), titled, "Who Killed the Vote on Fracking? -- Why Colorado’s anti-fracking measures were not supported by Democrats and environmental groups." Dyer's work has been published in a host of publications, including Vanity Fair and Mother Jones.


During the second half-hour, Steve and Sandy are joined by anti-fracking activist Carolyn Harding. Among other issues, they talk about why the "community rights-based" initiatives cropping up across the country are so important, and why the anti-fracking movement and the anti-nuclear movement are a "natural alliance." Carolyn is a Columbus, Ohio-based grassroots activist working to pass a Community Bill of Rights there, with the help of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). The initiative would ban fracking waste injection within city limits, on the basis that safe air, water and food are a human (or community) right. She also works with Radioactive Waste Alert, a grassroots group in Columbus.

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