Environews, Regulars and Shorts

Environews: Tim DeChristopher calls for end to public lands oil leasing

By Amy Brunvand

Climate justice activist Tim DeChris­topher, who famously went to prison for protesting oil and gas leasing in Utah in December 2008, has become the public face of a coalition of activists who are calling on President Obama to end all new fossil fuel leasing on public lands.

— by Amy Brunvand

DeChrisopher is a cofounder of the Climate Disobedience Center, a new organization with a mission to “provide logistical, legal and spiritual resources, on-the-ground assistance and advice to climate activists engaged in civil disobedience across the country.”

Scientists say burning existing reserves of the world’s fossil fuels would lead to a 200 ft. rise in sea level. The obvious way to avert a crisis is “keep it in the ground.”


TimandMarlaTim DeChristopher and co-founder Marla Marcum at the MA State House. Other founders include Ken Ward and Jay O’Hara

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Sage grouse decision sparks political tantrums

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Bishop kills Land and Water Conservation Fund

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Neighborhood byway through Liberty Park

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Bear River dam permit denied

The federal government has recommended denial of a permit for a 109-ft.-tall hydroelectric dam on the Bear River in Idaho

This article was originally published on November 5, 2015.