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Daphne Wysham
Daphne Wysham is a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., where she is the founder and co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network She has worked at the intersection of climate change, human rights, international finance, and carbon trading since 1996. Daphne also hosts Earthbeat Radio: the Climate Crisis Broadcast , which airs in the U.S. and Canada. Daphne has appeared on the BBC, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox News, NPR, CBC, The Real News, Al Jazeera, and Democracy Now and her work has been covered by Bloomberg Markets, AP, New York Times, Reuters, McClatchy, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

Entries by Daphne Wysham

To Stop "Bomb Trains," I Honeymooned in Jail

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 10:46 PM

It was a few days after my wedding. I was supposed to be honeymooning at a nearby winery with my newly minted husband, celebrating our unlikely marriage at age 55.

Instead, I was sitting on the railroad tracks in the pouring rain. Along with 20 other brave souls, some weeping,...

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A Carbon-Free, Nuclear-Free California Is Within Reach

(3) Comments | Posted July 1, 2016 | 6:24 PM

California's well-earned reputation as a leader in developing and deploying renewable energy just got a new boost. In recent years, the state has set many impressive goals for the future, such as a goal to get 50 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2030. In April 2015, Governor...

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Portlanders and Mayor Charlie Hales: World Leaders on Climate Change

(3) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 12:50 PM

On November 12, 2015, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales took a step no other U.S. mayor in the U.S. -- and perhaps the world -- has yet taken: He submitted a resolution, supported unanimously by Portland's city council, calling for an end to all new fossil fuel infrastructure within...

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Blockade of Shell Icebreaker: A Human Tipping Point in Pacific Northwest?

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 6:39 PM

Members of the Climate Action Coalition in Portland, OR, together with Greenpeace activists made history on July 30 when they forced the MSV Fennica, Shell Oil's Arctic icebreaker, to stand down, delaying its departure by approximately 40 hours. 2015-07-31-1438376358-7004928-_MG_3070.jpg
The Fennica...

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In Battle Over Fracked Propane Gas Exports, David Beats Goliath

(5) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 12:58 PM

It was the classic David and Goliath battle: On one side, school children and "Raging Grannies." On the other, the $6 billion Pembina Pipeline Corporation, the largest pipeline company in the Canadian tar sands, and a plan to build the largest private investment project in Portland,...

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The Rebel, Oronto Douglas: Memorial for a Friend

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 3:34 PM

If they knew him at all, the world knew Oronto Douglas as the former attorney for the writer, playwright and Ogoni human rights activist Ken Saro Wiwa. Despite Oronto's and even President Bill Clinton's best efforts, Ken was framed and hanged in 1995 together with 8...

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Propane "Mega-Bomb" Trains: What Could Go Wrong?

(6) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 9:44 AM

You've probably seen or heard of so-called "bomb trains": black torpedo-shaped tanks filled with oil, winding their way through our cities and towns. Derailments, coupled with fiery explosions of these oil trains, are becoming so commonplace with the surge in oil by rail that many understandably see these...

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Portlandia: Tar Sands Fuel Exporter or Climate Champion?

(6) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 10:39 AM

What does bike-riding, climate-championing, granola-crunching, weird and wacky Portland, Oregon, have in common with the bleak, smouldering, poisonous mines of Alberta's tar sands? Well, depending on decisions to be made by Portland's Sustainability Commission, soon they might share in common an economic interest in exporting fossil fuels from the tar...

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Climate Risk Bonds: How to Finance Climate Disaster Response and Adaptation

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 2:01 PM

On a recent visit to California where drought has reached historic proportions, President Barack Obama announced a new initiative he intends to submit to Congress: a climate resilience fund. The fund, he said, would help communities address the increasingly costly consequences of climate change, including forest fires, drought,...

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Why the World Bank Must Divest From Fossil Fuels

(6) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 11:05 AM

The World Bank's latest report on climate change, "Turn Down the Heat," reviews what a planetary rise in temperature of four degrees Celsius by 2100 would look like. Like many scientists, the Bank fears that such an increase would be incompatible with civilization as we know it. At...

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How Sandy Reveals the GDP's Twisted Logic

(2) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 10:04 AM

As he waded knee-deep in an Atlantic City street, pummeled by Superstorm Sandy's winds, CNN's chief business correspondent Ali Velshi declared that it was too early to tell whether Sandy would be a plus or a minus for the U.S. economy.

The authorities are starting to tabulate the stupendous toll...

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On Not Scaring Ourselves to Death: Moving Beyond the Adrenaline Rush of Frankenstorm to Real Energy Independence

(10) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 11:20 PM

There's nothing quite like the adrenaline high of a good storm. It's like a horror film we can't stop watching: And this "Frankenstorm," coming right on Halloween, is giving us the best of the worst of storms. As the waters rise, the weathercasters feed our high, red circles and arrows...

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The Six Stages of Climate Grief

(22) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 3:04 PM

Now that the hottest summer on record is drawing to a close, are we any closer to admitting that climate change is upon us? If not, why not?

It might have something to do with the five stages of grief. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross identified these stages as denial, then anger, followed...

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One Reason Behind India's Blackout: World Bank Policies and Neoliberalism

(24) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 6:06 PM

Half of India's population -- one-tenth of the planet's people -- lost power completely this week, with a blackout covering most of north India's highly populated states. What was the reason for the blackout?

While pundits and politicians postulate on the reasons for the power failure, one answer is clear:...

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Coal Smoke and Planetary Fever: As the Climate Changes, a Deadly Disease Is on the Rise

(4) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 6:30 PM

I recently returned to my childhood home in India with my siblings for a final walk down memory lane with my elderly mother. As expected, it was a powerfully emotional experience. But in ways unexpected, it brought home to me how our planetary fever -- climate change -- is inflicting...

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A Mother's Plea for Sasha and Malia: No Tar Sands Pipeline!

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 12:14 PM

As a single mother whose life's work has largely focused on solving the climate crisis, I'm often in a quandary: how much do I share of the work I do on this issue -- which overwhelms those rare adults who immerse themselves in the details with grief -- with my...

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Obama's Dirty Energy Fixation

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2011 | 7:14 PM

Just days after a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami unleashed a nuclear disaster in Fukushima, President Barack Obama signed a nuclear power cooperation agreement with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera. Like Japan, Chile is seismically active. It suffered the sixth-most powerful earthquake -- 8.8 -- ever recorded on a seismograph...

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SOTU: Parsing Obama's 'Clean Energy' Promises

(7) Comments | Posted January 26, 2011 | 12:30 PM

The sound of the president's silence on climate change and the BP oil disaster was deafening.

Tellingly, President Barack Obama didn't utter the two words "climate change" once in his State of the Union speech. He did, however, mention "clean energy" several times.

Read these sentences carefully:

So tonight,...
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Coming Face to Face with Obama and the Vanishing American Dream

(12) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 6:00 PM

It arrived in my inbox -- an invitation to participate in a Town Hall forum with President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. I excitedly sent in the requisite information for the security clearance, together with my question. A few days later, I was informed that I was to show up...

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Averting The Next Mortgage Meltdown While Cooling The Planet

(7) Comments | Posted September 2, 2010 | 2:12 PM

The economy is in the tank, and, unless we do something about it, it's about to get worse. It turns out the mortgage meltdown we've been suffering through is only the first wave. Wave No. 2 may be more like a tsunami: Between now and 2014, $1.4 trillion in commercial...

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