WNPJ members write

Two op-eds and some letters to the editor by WNPJ members. Please click on author to access the entire articles/letters.

Eric Hansen: Tar sands oil shouldn't be shipped on great lakes. Allowing tar sands oil to be shipped on the Great Lakes would pose unacceptable risks to the region. In particular, it is heavier than typical crude oil, and in the case of a spill it would sink, possibly making it impossible to clean up. "Due diligence is in order. Have our state and region done a systematic in-depth analysis of the broad implications of the tar sands proposals? Or are we, one piecemeal permit application at a time, lurching toward a future sprinkled with crude oil mishaps?" The Capital Times, 4/29/14. Eric Hansen is a WNPJ member.

Madeleine Para: Citizen advocacy key to action on climate change. Forty-four years after the first Earth Day and facing intensifying effects of global warming, a gridlocked Congress has refused to pass legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. "The 1960s were rife with partisan rancor, yet Earth Day harnessed citizen concern and forced the nation’s leaders to act. We can and must bring the same citizen power to bear in solving our climate crisis."

The Capital Times, 4/29/14. Madeleine Para is Great Lakes regional coordinator for the Citizens Climate Lobby, a WNPJ member group.

David Giffey: 'Witch hunt' not funny despite Mosinee's farce. The Wisconsin State Journal, 5/19/14. David Giffey is a member of Veterans for Peace #25 - Madison, a WNPJ member group.

Lynn Ketchum: Mike Ellis' behavior is unacceptable. The Wisconsin State Journal, 4/15/14. Lynn Ketchum is the director of the Madison-area Urban Ministry, a WNPJ member group.

Laura Olah: Don't eat wild berries, other plants at Badger. The Wisconsin State Journal, 4/11/14.  Laura Olah is the executive director of Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger, a WNPJ member group.

Carol Buelow: Go to Conservation Congress to defend natural resources. The Capital Times, 4/9/14. Carol Buelow is a member of Madison Action for Mining Alternatives, a WNPJ member group.