Posts By Daniel Kessler

DanielJKessler - who has written 9 posts on Rainforest Action Network Blog.

Daniel is communications manager on RAN's energy and finance team. He is a graduate of the University of Wyoming and calls Oakland (aka the Sunny Side) home.

VIDEO: Mark Ruffalo Supports the Tar Sands Action in D.C.

By DanielJKessler, August 11 2011

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VIDEO: Mark Ruffalo Supports the Tar Sands Action in D.C.

Mark Ruffalo, who has courageously fought against fracking in his home state of New York and across the country, has issued a video in support of the Tar Sands Action, August 20-September 3. Mark joins Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who earlier this week came out in support of the acton against the Keystone XL pipeline. [...]

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VIDEO: Senator Bernie Sanders Offers Support for Keystone XL Tar Sands Protest

By DanielJKessler, August 8 2011

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VIDEO: Senator Bernie Sanders Offers Support for Keystone XL Tar Sands Protest

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a prophetic voice for justice and love, has lent his voice to the upcoming Tar Sands Action. The support from Sen. Sanders and other courageous policymakers will be needed to let President Obama know that he has the support of the American people if he stands up to Big Oil. [...]

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ThinkProgress Reporters Attacked by Security Guards

By DanielJKessler, August 5 2011

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ThinkProgress Reporters Attacked by Security Guards

Corporations are getting more nervous and more protective of their dirty secrets. Witness this incident at the American Legislative Exchange Council. Originally posted at ThinkProgress: Yesterday, at a conference in New Orleans, two ThinkProgress reporters were attacked by security guards for no apparent reason. Reporters Scott Keyes and Lee Fang were at the Marriott Hotel [...]

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Top Scientists to President: Tar Sands Oil “Does Not Make Sense To Exploit”

By DanielJKessler, August 3 2011

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Top Scientists to President: Tar Sands Oil “Does Not Make Sense To Exploit”

In a letter released today, twenty top scientists wrote to President Obama to ask him to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, the 1,700 mile-long fuse that, if lit, could help ignite climate chaos. If built, the pipeline would carry bitumen from Canada to the Gulf Coast, putting fresh water supplies at risk and further increasing [...]

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Old Coal Plants Like Chicago’s Fisk and Crawford Are Stopping The American Renewal

By DanielJKessler, July 22 2011

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Old Coal Plants Like Chicago’s Fisk and Crawford Are Stopping The American Renewal

The US is facing an incredible amount of challenges: rising health care costs, crumbling infrastructure from coast to coast, and a stumbling economy, leaving millions out of work. In Chicago, the Crawford plant in Little Village, and the Fisk plant in Pilsen, both owned by Midwest Generation, bring the problems of public health, the economy, [...]

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One Bitten, Twice Shy: Don’t Trust Massey With Black Mountain

By DanielJKessler, July 14 2011

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One Bitten, Twice Shy: Don’t Trust Massey With Black Mountain

If you gave someone something precious to protect and they destroyed it, you’d think twice about giving them that responsibility again, right? And if they repeatedly violated your trust, there’s no way you’d have any faith them at all. That’s the situation the communities of Lynch and Benham find themselves in with Massey Energy, which [...]

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Regulatory Capture And Asleep-At-The-Wheel Officials Justify Citizen-Led Action On Tar Sands

By DanielJKessler, July 13 2011

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Regulatory Capture And Asleep-At-The-Wheel Officials Justify Citizen-Led Action On Tar Sands

Neela Banerjee from the LA Times is out today with an explosive piece that draws from cables revealed by Wikileaks that show the Keystone XL pipeline may be closer to approval than previously known: The cable, obtained by WikiLeaks, describes the State Department’s then-energy envoy, David Goldwyn, as having “alleviated” Canadian officials’ concerns about getting [...]

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In It To Win It: Stories from RAN’s Northwest Coal Summit

By DanielJKessler, June 29 2011

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In It To Win It: Stories from RAN’s Northwest Coal Summit

Change comes from the bottom up. Ask Grace Lee Boggs. Ask Bill McKibben. And if you can go back in time, ask pre-2008 Barack Obama. That’s why RAN was both eager and proud to host a skill-share for Northwest coal activists who are intent on stopping the expansion of two proposed coal export terminals — [...]

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API’s Circular Argument On Keystone XL Pipeline Wouldn’t Pass Your High School Philosophy Class

By DanielJKessler, June 8 2011

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API’s Circular Argument On Keystone XL Pipeline Wouldn’t Pass Your High School Philosophy Class

In my freshman logic course, now a long time ago, I learned about Petitio Principii, Circulus in Probando, also known as arguing in a circle. It’s a basic fallacy popularly demonstrated in a formulation like this: Daniel always tells the truth. I know this because he told me so. But of course Daniel might be [...]

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