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John DeCock
John DeCock has been an activist, a leader in the environmental movement and a writer over the span of a 30 year career. He has served as President and CEO of Clean Water Action, a national environmental group which was established in 1972 to lead the effort to pass the historic Clean Water Act. Prior to his time with Clean Water Action, John spent 27 years working in the field of conservation and environmental protection with the Sierra Club and The Sierra Club Foundation, where he served as Executive Director for nine years.

John has also worked as a professional musician, adventure travel trip leader and musical instrument repairman. John is a father of three and lives in San Francisco, California.

Entries by John DeCock

The Replay Rule That Won't Add a Second to a Baseball Game

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 1:00 PM

Baseball is a game that incorporates human error. Like many people, I've always believed that if the game was so close one blown call lost it for you, you didn't get the job done. You need to account for the margin of error. Even so, you have to admit that...

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Keystone XL vs. High Speed Rail -- Tale of Two Job Creators

(101) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 4:41 PM

It appears that the interests behind the looming environmental disaster known as the Keystone XL pipeline are confident that they will be victorious in their continuing quest to have this pipeline built.  No presidential order or trivial vote in Congress will deter them from exploiting the commons for still...

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The Great Global Poisoning Experiment

(63) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 4:32 PM

If you are alive in 2011, no matter what your age, you have been part of one of the largest and worst experiments in history. No matter how carefully you eat or drink or watch your exposure to toxins, your body has chemicals in it that do not...

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The EPA -- Judge Them by Their Enemies

(11) Comments | Posted February 4, 2011 | 11:51 AM

The Right is going after the Environmental Protection Agency with a renewed passion and ferocity. Why? Because the EPA may be the most effective agency in the Obama administration and they are delivering on their legal mandate to protect the environment and human health. Under Administrator Lisa P....

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Another Agribusiness Disaster on the Horizon

(9) Comments | Posted January 8, 2011 | 12:30 PM

There's no reason for concern about the mass death of bees through Colony Collapse Disorder. No reason at all unless you happen to be a plant who relies on pollination or a living being who is planning to sustain life by eating food. If you don't fall into...

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Black Friday Rehab

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2010 | 12:03 AM

"Like a fiend with is dope, or a drunkard his wine
You're lined up at Target or shopping online" -- Apologies to Merle Travis.

Black Tuesday was the day the stock market crashed in October of 1929. The Black Monday was the day...

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You Are What You Waste

(5) Comments | Posted November 16, 2010 | 7:19 PM

On National Recycling Day we celebrate recycling and try to raise awareness. One of the first acts of environmental responsibility most children learn is recycling. Taking something out of the waste stream and sending off to parts unknown to be remade into something else....

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The Return of the Corporate Goon Squad

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 4:55 PM

It's a classic American narrative -- the wealthy are threatened with fairness, they lose a tiny sliver of their upper hand, and out come the thugs and goons. In the face of even the most mild policy initiatives to bring balance and fairness to health care and the...

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2010 Elections -- The New Inquisitors

(25) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 10:35 AM

They are intolerant of religions other than Christianity, sometimes to the point of advocating persecution. They are skeptical or critical of science, even science with overwhelming acceptance and real world proof. They build themselves up by calling others heretics or, in the contemporary parlance, unpatriotic. They are the descendants of...

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A Dozen Threats to Your Water on the 38th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

(3) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 11:08 AM

October 23, 2010 is the 38th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act.

Water is the heart of all life. It is embedded in all life forms, in all economic, social and spiritual practices across the globe. Disaggregating and disconnecting water from this essential nature is what has led...

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From Burning River to Burning Ocean, the Fight for Clean Water Continues

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2010 | 3:58 PM

This post is part of Blog Action Day, 10/15/2010, sponsored by to call attention to Clean Water issues.

When the thick, brown, oily sludge of the Cuyahoga River caught fire in Cleveland on June 22, 1969, it became an iconic symbol for water pollution...

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Why Do Texas Energy Companies Hate California?

(5) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 3:21 PM

Two of our nation's largest polluters, based in Texas, are funding an aggressive campaign to destroy California's precedent-setting Global Warming Solutions Act, also known as AB 32. The Texas oil companies, Valero and Tesoro, are footing the bill to the tune of millions of...

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I'm A Cabbage, That's What I Think. What Do You Think?

(2) Comments | Posted September 29, 2010 | 5:10 PM

Meg Whitman is against Proposition 23. She also promises that if she is elected Governor of California, she will immediately do the thing that Proposition 23 aspires to do -- stop the implementation of the best emissions law...

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Don't Drink the Tea! Vote and Be Active in the 2010 Elections

(13) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 2:05 PM

2010-09-03-John_Tenniel_Alices_mad_tea_party_colour.jpgEveryone knows that a good cup of tea relies on two things: the quality of the tea leaves and the quality of the water. The Tea Party Movement seems not to care about either.

The blend...

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Clean Water -- A Basic Human Right

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 1:27 PM

Americans tend to think of water shortages, lack of access to safe drinking water and deadly droughts as problems that occur elsewhere in the world. And it is true that many places on earth are much more seriously impacted by these conditions. In fact the United Nations General...

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British Petroleum, by Any Other Name, Would Smell as Foul

(5) Comments | Posted July 16, 2010 | 4:55 PM

British Petroleum has engaged in reckless, craven behavior. The damage they caused will reverberate through the Northern Hemisphere. Now comes the allegation that they helped to secure the release of of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the only person ever convicted for the 1988 Lockerbie...

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Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Jealous of Gulf Of Mexico Oil Blowout Publicity

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2010 | 5:50 PM

In an interview this morning with Clean Water Action, the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone complained that the Gulf Of Mexico BP Oil Blowout is overshadowing his many years of success in destroying the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. "I mean I've spent years building...

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The "Thrilling, Inspirational" Democratic Energy Caucus: What Does That Mean in Real LIfe?

(3) Comments | Posted June 25, 2010 | 3:25 PM

The Hill published an articleon Thursday, June 24, 2010 with the following headline:

Dems tout 'thrilling,' 'inspirational,' 'best caucus' ever

The first few paragraphs set the tone:

Democrats put on a show of unity this afternoon, claiming a special caucus on energy legislation was an emotional and...
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BP: Come for the Gulf Disaster, Stay for the Great Lakes Pollution

(8) Comments | Posted June 22, 2010 | 4:32 PM

British Petroleum didn't just fall out of the sky one day and decide to start polluting the Gulf of Mexico with the worst oil disaster in United States history. Oh no, they've been at this a while and their exploits are not confined to destroying important ocean ecosystems...

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BP's Offshore Drilling Nightmare -- What Are the Costs and Who Has To Pay?

(10) Comments | Posted May 21, 2010 | 10:00 AM

"The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume." -- Tony Hayward, CEO, British Petroleum

Picture yourself standing at the 50 yard line of a football field....

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