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Social Justice and Climate Justice Movements Merge in New Orleans – September 7, 2015

Ten years later, many African Americans still feel left out of Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts

Marguerite Doyle Johnston, a resident of New Orleans’ Upper 9th Ward, did not take part in the multitude of events surrounding Hurricane Katrina’s 10th anniversary that celebrated the city’s resilience. “My neighborhood was left out of the recovery, so I don’t feel like celebrating,” she told DeSmog.

Johnston would have preferred that the money spent on celebrating New Orleans’ recovery be spent on restoring Club Desire, a landmark building in the Upper 9th Ward neighborhood that she has been trying to save and convert into a community center.

In its heyday, many of the city’s most famous artists performed in Club Desire, including Fats Domino and Little Freddie King. Despite Johnston’s efforts to rescue the building, it… more

by: Julie Dermansky

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Evidence at TransCanada’s Keystone XL Permit Renewal Hearing Sheds Light On Serious Pipeline risks – August 1, 2015

Just because TransCanada continually states that the Keystone XL pipeline will be the safest pipeline ever built, doesn’t mean it is true.

The company’s pipeline construction record is facing intense scrutiny in America’s heartland, where many see no justifiable rationale to risk their water and agricultural lands for a tar sands export pipeline.

New documents submitted as evidence in the Keystone XL permitting process in South Dakota – including one published here on DeSmog for the first time publicly – paint a troubling picture of the company’s shoddy construction mishaps. This document, produced by TransCanada and signed by two company executives, details the results of its investigation into the… more

by: Julie Dermansky

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Keystone XL Opponents Hold the Line – September 24, 2013

A dispatch and slide show from’s “Draw the Line” rallies

President Obama’s decision on whether to approve the cross-border section of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline may not come until 2014, but anti-pipeline opponents are keeping the pressure on the White House as if an announcement could happen any day. On Saturday, organized people in about 200 US cities to hold rallies and marches to express their resistance to the proposal and to call for a shift away from fossil fuels.

photo of people in the rain marching with banners, a cathedral in the background©2013… more

by: Julie Dermansky

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US Marine Vet Fights TransCanada Over Keystone XL – March 12, 2013

Michael Bishop says company’s permit application is fraudulent and contests eminent domain claim

As environmentalists figure out the next steps in their opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline after a discouraging report from the State Department concluded that the project’s impacts on the climate will be minimal, some landowners in Texas continue to battle construction of the southern portion of the pipeline, which is already half complete.  

Mike with his flag Photos by Julie DermanskyMike Bishop flies his flag upside down to show his property is under distress as TransCanada is
installing the Keystone XL pipeline against his will.

Mike Bishop, a US Marine veteran and one-time chicken farmer in Douglass, Texas is trying to… more

by: Julie Dermansky

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The True Story Behind the Set of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” – January 16, 2013

‘The Bathtub’ really is slipping into the Gulf of Mexico — and the remaining inhabitants may soon be environmental refugees

A year after the indie movie Beasts of the Southern Wild took the Sundance Film Festival by storm, it is now one of the surprise hit nominees of the 2013 Academy Awards. The film got four Oscar nominations, including Best Movie, Best Director (Benh Zeitlin), Best Adapted Screen Play, and Best Actress for 6-year-old Houma native Quvenhane Wallis.

photoname All photos by Julie DermanskyChildren in the Biloxi-Chimacha-Choctaw tribe run over a bridge that crosses a bayou to get to
their home on Isle de Jean Charles.

If you’ve seen the movie, you know something about the raw, haunting beauty of southern Louisiana’s coastal… more

by: Julie Dermansky

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