Posts By Scott Parkin

Scott Parkin - who has written 478 posts on Rainforest Action Network Blog.

Scott Parkin currently works as Rainforest Action Network's Senior Campaigner on the Global Finance Campaign targeting mountaintop removal, the government agencies which allow it and the banks that fund it. Scott has worked in anti-corporate globalization, anti-war, labor and environmental movements for over a decade. Originally from Texas, Scott lives in San Francisco. Scott can be found on Twitter: @sparki1969

Stand Up to the Keystone XL Corporate Bosses

By Scott Parkin, September 16 2013

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Stand Up to the Keystone XL Corporate Bosses

Right now I am in Houston where people are peacefully sitting-in at the US headquarters of TransCanada. The company—which is responsible for the Keystone XL pipeline—only cares about its bottom line, not the disastrous impacts the pipeline will have on landowners, water, climate and communities living near tar sands mines and refineries. The pipeline must [...]

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Sixty People Risk Arrest in Washington D.C. To Tell Barack Obama and John Kerry “NOKXL!”

By Scott Parkin, August 12 2013

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Sixty People Risk Arrest in Washington D.C. To Tell Barack Obama and John Kerry “NOKXL!”

My favorite part of the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance is the trainings. Before each action, we take a portion of the day before to prepare pledge signers for possible physical and legal repercussions from placing themselves into an act of peaceful and dignified civil disobedience. In those trainings we create a space where the [...]

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You’ve Got A Facebook Request From Mark Zuckerberg: Support Keystone XL!

By Scott Parkin, April 26 2013

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You’ve Got A Facebook Request From Mark Zuckerberg: Support Keystone XL!

How many of us are going to “LIKE” this bit of information? Today, Think Progress outed Mark Zuckerberg’s new political group as a shill for the fossil fuel industry. The Facebook mogul, along with the founders of Dropbox, LinkedIn and Microsoft (that would be Bill Gates) founded a new political group called FWD.US that has [...]

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Pledging to Resist the Keystone XL Madness

By Scott Parkin, March 18 2013

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Pledging to Resist the Keystone XL Madness

In the smart new F/X drama “The Americans” about Elizabeth and Phillip, a pair of lovable Soviet sleeper agents living in the DC suburbs during the Reagan-era 1980s, a top Soviet spy tells Elizabeth “the American people have elected a madman as their president. He makes no secret of his desire to destroy us.” The [...]

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Texas Oil Spill Hits Home for Tar Sands Activists

By Scott Parkin, February 27 2013

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Texas Oil Spill Hits Home for Tar Sands Activists

Does the Tar Sands Blockade (TSB) have a crystal ball we didn’t know about? Yesterday in Tyler County, TX, a pipeline operated by Sunoco Logistics sprung a leak and spilled 20,000 gallons (or 550 barrels) of oil into local East Texas waterways. Deep East Texas is known for its creeks and lakes, freshwater eco-systems and aquifers [...]

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UC Students Give Bank of America Recruiters a Reality Check

By Scott Parkin, January 31 2013

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UC Students Give Bank of America Recruiters a Reality Check

This morning, Bank of America campus recruiters at the University of California (UC) at Berkeley who were working to recruit students into the bank’s internship program got a reality check about the Bank of America’s involvement in the financing of the coal industry. Early in the morning, about half a dozen UC students staged interventions [...]

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America’s Worst Ecological Disaster, Brought To You By Bank of America

By Scott Parkin, November 28 2012

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America’s Worst Ecological Disaster, Brought To You By Bank of America

“This dusty old dust is a-gettin’ my home,  And I got to be driftin’ along.” -Woody Guthrie, “So Long, It’s Been Good To Know Yuh” This past weekend I watched Ken Burns’ new PBS documentary, “The Dust Bowl,” a great, insightful documentary drawing parallels to the dust bowl of the 1930’s and today’s environmental and [...]

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“Coal Blooded”: New Report Says Coal Plants Disproportionately Impact Communities Of Color

By Scott Parkin, November 26 2012

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“Coal Blooded”: New Report Says Coal Plants Disproportionately Impact Communities Of Color

A new report from the NAACP called “Coal Blooded: Putting Profits Before People” (co-authored by former RAN staffer Adrian Wilson) paints a grim picture. Grim, but not surprising. Of the 378 coal plants across the country, 75 are considered to be the most toxic and receive an “F” on the report’s environmental justice report card. [...]

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“I Ain’t Collateral Damage. I Am Somebody”

By Scott Parkin, October 25 2012

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“I Ain’t Collateral Damage. I Am Somebody”

This past weekend I went to West Virginia to say goodbye to my friend Larry Gibson. He passed away on September 9th on his home on Kayford Mountain, West Virginia. Hundreds turned out to Charleston’s civic arena to pay homage to this simple man who decided, 25 years ago, to take a stand against one of [...]

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Over 50 Enter Tar Sands Tree Blockade in Defiance of Police

By Scott Parkin, October 15 2012

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Over 50 Enter Tar Sands Tree Blockade in Defiance of Police

The fight against the Keystone XL pipeline isn’t going anywhere. This morning, in defiance of police and TransCanada’s lawsuits, over 50 people marched onto the easement to resupply the tree blockade with fresh food and water. Follow tarsandsblockade.org for updates. Here’s the press release: Over 50 Enter Tar Sands Blockade Tree Village in Defiance of [...]

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