Elections are behind us, and many new state legislative sessions don't begin until January -- yet lawmakers are already giving us a preview of the bills they intend to pass into law first chance they get.
"Enbridge Desperately Seeking Indian Whisperer" is a gentle, humorous approach to a very serious threat to Native culture. The filmmakers pulled off a coup that reveals a side of Indian humor that most whites never see.
I'll leave it up to others to debate the reasons behind this apparent contradiction. My own opinion is that ballot initiatives more accurately take the ideological pulse of the people because debates over issues must focus on issues, not personality, temperament or looks.
Since 2005, the oil train traffic in North America has increased 40 fold. At any given moment, some nine million barrels of crude oil are being transported around North America. Yet we haven't seen any real improvements in the safety of these trains.
The "Life Begins at Conception" Amendment is first and foremost intended to criminalize all abortions, at any stage: removing American women's Constitutionally-protected reproductive rights. Do they admit this? Usually not. But in a moment of candor...
Locally our gasoline and diesel purchases are the most lethal toxin in American politics. Just a couple of weeks out from the election it's good to remind ourselves -- lots of voters may not think the ballot counts, but Big Oil knows better.
Point of view is everything. Whether one is referring to the crafts of of screenwriting, poetry, or journalism, the eye of the storyteller is a window to a previously unobserved universe. The art of "telling" embodies spiritual responsibility.
No one wants to see a major oil disaster in the Great Lakes, which contains one-fifth of the world's supply of surface fresh water and 54 percent of the world's liquid fresh water by volume.
As oilfield and service staff reach a critical mass, particularly in southwest Mississippi, communities want to build crew lodges for them.
Her audience was mostly blond and blue eyed, and blue eyes widened at the news that the Enbridge Corporation was planning a pipeline that would traverse treasured lakes and waterways in northern Minnesota.
While many states around the U.S. have released information to the public about the frequency and routes of trains carrying oil obtained from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in North Dakota's Bakken Shale basin, holdouts still remain. Why the delay? Homeland security concerns, claim some companies.
To diminish the animal kingdom is to diminish ourselves. This is the realm of philosophers, poets, healers and shamans. It is not necessarily incompatible with humane and thoughtful management.
It's been 14 years since the spring of "come hell and high water" when the city flooded and then caught fire, and Grand Forks, North Dakota is back to normal.
Though the Keystone XL pipeline has been delayed due to popular backlash, oil and related hazardous materials continue to flow through the United States on trains and through pipelines. Increasingly these pipelines leak, contaminating the surrounding area with hazardous chemicals like benzene.
The cost of fighting these attacks over the last 10 years has been significant. All told, women's health advocates have spent over $43 million playing defense on ballot measures. That's a staggering amount. But the true cost is even greater.