James Taylor DemandS Clean Power
il and gas companies spend millions of dollars every year to pollute not only our atmosphere but also the dialogue surrounding environmental issues. That’s why, last year, we launched the Demand Clean Power campaign so that cultural luminaries like Robert Redford, Carole King and Van Jones could help us push back against this rising tide of misinformation. Now, Grammy Award–winning musician and NRDC Trustee James Taylor has added his voice to the campaign, declaring in a new online video that we need to “turn up the hope, not the heat” in order to move beyond fossil fuels and slow global warming. Thanks to his and others’ promi nent voices, we are creating a
populist movement that is charting a cleaner energy future while countering Big Oil’s corrosive influence on politics. Taylor is a North Carolina native, and for him that makes reckless fracking — one of Demand Clean Power’s core issues — hit especially close to home. Despite having passed a moratorium on this controversial form of fuel extrac tion, members of the Republicancontrolled North Carolina legislature are now virtually tripping over themselves in an effort to open the state to fracking before fully assessing the risks to drinking water supplies, public health and the environment. That would place North Carolinians in harm’s way
NRDC Trustee James Taylor.
while allowing oil and gas giants to rake in the profit. Taylor and NRDC have responded with a series of hard-hitting TV ads and other efforts to help mobilize North Carolinians, among them thousands of NRDC Members. Watch the video at: www.demandcleanpower.org/ james-taylor
Another Mining Giant Abandons Pebble Mine; Fight Goes On
t’s a serious blow to the Pebble Mine
director of NRDC. “This is a landmark
and a stunning victory for Alaskan
moment in our fight, but it’s not over yet.”
communities and NRDC Members
Northern Dynasty Minerals, the last
who have long campaigned against the
company standing behind the proposed
potentially disastrous project: British giant
Pebble Mine, remains defiant. Even in
Rio Tinto, one of the principal corporate
the face of growing national opposition
backers of the mine, announced in April
and a damning EPA study that concluded
that it was walking away from the project.
the mine would pose potentially
Instead of selling its stake, the company
“catastrophic” risks to the magnificent
donated all its shares to two Alaskan charitable foundations. Two other global giants, Mitsubishi and Anglo American,
Bristol Bay watershed, Northern Dynasty Our ad ran in the Financial Times of London.
have already abandoned the mega-mine after feeling intense public pressure generated by NRDC and our partners.
executives say they are actively seeking a new global partner. Meanwhile, pro-
mining forces in Congress are pushing legislation that would cripple the EPA’s ability to effectively block the mine. “NRDC
“We’re very pleased that we were able to persuade Rio
has already proved we’re in this battle for the long haul,”
Tinto to reconsider its participation in a project that would
says Reynolds. “We’ll continue to put the same pressure
gouge one of the largest copper and gold mines in North
on Northern Dynasty that we put on Rio Tinto, and to fight
America out of the headwaters of the world’s most
in Washington to make sure the EPA will finish what it has
productive salmon fishery,” says Joel Reynolds, western
started and stop this mine.”
Published on Jul 2, 2014
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