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Wenonah Hauter
Wenonah Hauter is the Executive Director of Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Action Fund. She has worked extensively on energy, food, water and environmental issues at the national, state and local level. Experienced in developing policy positions and legislative strategies, she is also a skilled and accomplished organizer, having lobbied and developed grassroots field strategy and action plans. From 1997 to 2005 she served as Director of Public Citizen‚ Energy and Environment Program, which focused on water, food, and energy policy. From 1996 to 1997, she was environmental policy director for Citizen Action, where she worked with the organization’s 30 state-based groups. From 1989 to 1995 she was at the Union of Concerned Scientists where as a senior organizer, she coordinated broad-based, grassroots sustainable energy campaigns in several states. She has an M.S. in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland. For more information, visit

Entries by Wenonah Hauter

I Wrote a Book the Fracking Industry Doesn't Want You to Read

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 10:23 AM

My new book, Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment will be released this week and I want to tell you why I wrote it.

In the 1990s, I worked on a project to promote renewable energy. Even then, renewables were ready. They were...

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A Setback in Longmont Will Only Lead to More Victories

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 2:29 PM

Colorado's high court today struck down the rights of Coloradans to enact local fracking bans. It's no surprise, given the massive sway of the oil and gas industry in the state. The suit was brought against Longmont (which passed a popular fracking ban in 2012) by Governor John Hickenlooper and...

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The Clinton Foundation's Cozy Ties with Exxon

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 12:30 PM

Last week, I spoke at a press conference announcing an open letter to the Clinton Foundation asking that it return more than $1 million in donations it has received from Exxon in recent years. The letter, signed by 20 organizations and individuals, cited the blatant disconnect between the...

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Democracy Awakening: A Call to Action for People and the Planet

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 9:26 AM

It's time to be bold and visionary. Only a massive grassroots movement can build the political power necessary for taking back our democracy and ousting the plutocrats who've stolen it. That's why I'm thrilled to be one of thousands rallying this weekend at Democracy Awakening -- supporting calls...

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The United States of Monsanto?

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 2:17 PM

This week thousands of Americans took time out of their busy days to call their senators to demand that they vote against the DARK Act, a bill sponsored by Kansas Senator Pat Roberts, which would prevent consumers from knowing if the food they eat and feed their families contains genetically...

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Democratic Debate Shows Power of Movement to Ban Fracking

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 3:37 PM

The Democratic debate last night discussed important issues to our food and water, including the contamination of Flint, Michigan's water supply and climate change. The fact that CNN allowed University of Michigan student Sarah Bellaire to ask the candidates whether or not they support fracking--bringing a real discussion about dirty...

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McClendon's Legacy As Warning

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 11:19 AM

Just moments after posting a scathing comment to Facebook regarding Aubrey McClendon's recent indictment by the Department of Justice on conspiracy charges, I read news of his shocking death in a car accident. I didn't know McClendon personally, but he is indeed a legend in the...

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QR Codes Aren't the Solution: GMO Labels Are

(7) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 4:38 PM

If you regularly use a smart phone, you may be familiar with QR codes. They’re those black and white squares with dots you see on some packaging, promotional materials, business cards and more. They look like evolved bar codes, and can direct users to websites, transmit contact information and more....

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What Does Exxon Know About Fracking That It's Not Saying?

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 3:48 PM

Corporations have a long and shady track record of hiding critical information from the public. For years, tobacco companies hid the science that showed cigarettes caused cancer. Recently, executives at the American Peanut Company allowed salmonella-tainted peanuts to enter the food supply, which killed nine and sickened over...

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End Shameful Violations of the Right to Water

(3) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 10:17 AM

This piece was co-authored by Ejim Dike, executive director of the US Human Rights Network.

It is a little known fact that across the United States, many communities are in crisis, facing government decisions that leave families without water for drinking, cooking, bathing or sanitation. Across our nation,...

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Flint's Brown Water Blues

(4) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 12:09 PM

On April 25, 2014, with the push of a button, Flint, Michigan, transitioned from the clean drinking water system they had been using for decades to drawing water from the toxic Flint River. Why would the city of Flint begin sourcing their water from what is known to be one...

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of... Fracking?

(7) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 5:44 PM

As has been the case for generations, millions of Americans will celebrate this Independence Day by flocking to our national parks, forests and wilderness areas to enjoy the unique character of these federally preserved, protected natural and cultural landmarks, set aside by past generations for the benefit of future ones....

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The EPA's Fracking Study, Explained

(4) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 5:31 PM

Don't be fooled. Headlines in The New York Times and other news media about the EPA's long-awaited study on the impacts of fracking on drinking water are another tragic case of not looking beyond the timid agency's spin. Despite the lack of new substantive data and the limited...

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Why the Food Movement Must Build Power

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 12:20 PM

Mark Bittman's recent op-ed on the faults of the food movement provides a great opportunity to discuss how we should be engaging politically to demand a better food system; unfortunately, it misses the mark on why we are making limited progress on food policy issues. While it's refreshing...

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California Drought: Will Governor Brown Stop the Biggest Water Abusers?

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 5:42 PM

Co-authored by Adam Scow

By now, the whole nation is aware that its fruit and vegetable basket, California, is in the fourth year of an unprecedented drought. One NASA scientist recently projected that the state may only have roughly a year's supply of water left in its reserves....

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GM Mosquitoes: Bad for Business in the Keys?

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 4:17 PM

Co-authored with Barry Wray, Executive Director of Florida Keys Environmental Coalition

This week, local officials in the Florida Keys will decide whether to approve the first ever release of genetically engineered (GM) mosquitoes in the United States. Yes, you read that right: lab-engineered mosquitoes could be released in...

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Detroiters Need an Income-Based Approach to Water Bills

(21) Comments | Posted March 29, 2015 | 5:07 PM

The water crisis in Detroit is not over. In fact, residential shut-offs are poised to continue this spring. To save lives, and to begin to satisfy the city's dire water infrastructure needs, Detroit needs to expand the current assistance programs and enact the Water Affordability Plan (WAP) approved by the...

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50 Years After Selma, We Still Need to Organize to Protect Our Civil Rights and Environment

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 11:28 AM

Last weekend, many leaders gathered in Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the violent police crackdown on African American community members who were marching from Selma to Montgomery for the right to vote. The televised police violence captured the attention of the nation and ultimately led to...

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Two Huge Stories on Fracking You Probably Missed This Week

(54) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 11:15 AM

It seems that the fracking industry's biggest concern is keeping their operations secret. Whether they're talking about the chemicals in their frac fluid, how they pay (or don't pay) royalties to landowners, or even whether doctors can tell their patients what they're treating, industry...

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Keystone Is Bad, and So Is Fracking

(4) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 6:45 PM

As the 114th Congress kicks off, environmental activists and good-government advocates alike are holding their breath - and their noses - at what we worry could be the most hostile period ever for clean air, clean water and public health in America. Some Congressional Republicans are even calling for the...

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