After Conviction in Utah, DeChristopher Bemoans ‘One-Click Activism’Last Updated on 2011-03-10 00:00:00
When Tim DeChristopher stepped out from the federal courthouse after hearing the guilty verdict against him, he walked among the crowd of supporters who had rallied around him since before his trial began. He raised his fist in the air, and they raised theirs.
They had just heard the news: The Salt Lake City jury found the climate activist guilty on two counts after he admittedly sought to disrupt a controversial oil and gas auction by posing as a bidder.
“Many before me have gone to jail for justice,” he told the crowd, “and if we are going to achieve our vision, many after me will have to join me as well.”
“I will,” someone in the crowd shouted.
It’s still not known how long DeChristopher will spend in jail. The charges carry a 10-year maximum. His sentencing is set for June 23. But while DeChristopher sits behind bars, he imagines... More »
DeChristopher's church supports his causeLast Updated on 2011-03-06 00:00:00 Salt Lake City Unitarians celebrated their dedication to “earth justice” at Sunday services, their first since many of them helped provide the face of demonstrations backing eco-activist Tim DeChristopher at trial last week.
Emotions remained raw for some who had hoped their fellow member at the First Unitarian Church might escape punishment for disrupting an auction of federal oil and gas leases more than two years ago. But his conviction and possible prison term inspired many of them to expect a greater movement to reverse climate change.
“I seriously think it’s really great,” said Salt Lake City resident Lori Shields, who regularly attends services at the church near the University of Utah. “It’s going to stay in the headlines. Whoever convicted him made a mistake. They’re making a big deal out of something that’s... More »
Is the McDermott Bill the real thing?Last Updated on 2009-03-28 00:00:00I've read over the McDermott Climate Bill (HR 1683), and at first glance it seems to be legit. No offsets, no trading, no bullshit. Am I mistaken? Please take a look at this and let's figure this out together. Here's a line that jumped out at me:
Sec 9902 (b) (3) A Federal emission permit may not be sold, exchanged or otherwise transferred.
If this is the real deal legislation we've been waiting for we need to unleash everything we've got. This is in the House Energy and Commerce Committee right now. Jim Matheson is a key member of that committee. If we want his to do anything for this bill, we need to moving. If it is a strong bill, his committee will probably try to castrate it, so we need to be on them like fat kids on cake.
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The Kids Are AlrightLast Updated on 2009-03-12 00:00:00
It wasn’t all that long ago that I—crisp Environmental Studies degree in my back pocket, working my way through the climate and sustainability scene—lived with the low-grade anxiety of always being the youngest person in the room. At conferences and meetings, during interviews and actions, I tended to be aware of my age. The least experienced member on the panel; the “greenest” (and not in the environmental sense) pen on the press list. Today, closing fast on 30, it feels as though I might be getting too old to be relevant in the field.
Two weekends ago, over 12,000 people descended on Washington D.C. to be a part of PowerShift 09, the largest gathering of climate change activists this country has ever seen. With a few exceptions, the only folks there older than I were parents chaperoning ultra-engaged teenagers.
This is all to say that there’s been something of a... More »
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