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July 23rd, 2010

The Rodeo Clowns Take Back the Tap

Jack Johnson takes back the tap with Jim Walsh and volunteers in Holmdel, NJ.

We just got off the bus from our summer tour with Jack Johnson. Yeah, THAT Jack Johnson—the Rodeo Clown, himself. Food & Water Watch was recently selected to receive a generous donation from Jack Johnson’s charitable organization All at Once. We teamed up with Jack and All At Once, a social action network connecting nonprofits with people who want to become active in their local and world community, on the Jack Johnson 2010 To The Sea Tour. We were invited to set up informational tables in Johnson’s well-known Village Green, a collection of interactive booths designed to educate, inspire and connect us face-to-face with music fans, water fans, and other local and national non-profits. Read the full article…

Atlantis: Deeper Than Deepwater Horizon

Yesterday, in a hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) took the Bureau of Ocean Energy “Management,” “Regulation,” and “Enforcement” head Michael Bromwich to task for his agency’s notorious failure to ensure that BP’s Atlantis platform is operating safely. His words resonated with us because they echoed questions that we too are eager to have answered. Particularly, why is it that, even after a former BP contractor-turned whistleblower and 36 members of Congress called into question the facility’s unsafe operation, the government is taking so long to investigate these claims?

Rep. Dennis Kucinich to Mr. Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement: "We’ve got to find out whether BP has certified-as-built drawings on file."

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July 21st, 2010

Lavender-Scented Pesticide Lotion

You probably used it this morning, but you just didn’t realize it. As you were going through your morning routine, you may have come across it two or three times. I don’t want to pry, but I’m guessing you used a lovely, scented pesticide and endocrine disruptor when you lathered up, gelled up, shaved, bathed, deodorized, moisturized, immunized and beautified yourself. The pesticide and endocrine disruptor to which I’m referring is called triclosan, and it’s used as an anti-bacterial agent or to preserve cosmetics and household products. It’s also a toxic chemical that threatens public and environmental health, and it’s probably found in many of your lotions, creams, pastes, gels and daily goops. Feel clean? Read the full article…

July 20th, 2010

Nothing Natural About Extracting Gas

Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” — the process by which natural gas is extracted from rock formations — has been the focus of critical attention in recent weeks.

There’s been quite a lot of talk about natural gas lately. In particular, hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” — the process by which natural gas is extracted from rock formations — has been the focus of critical attention in recent weeks. Our report and fact sheet can fill in any blanks on the subject. This method of extraction has allowed access to gas that was previously out of reach. Since the early 2000’s, companies have positioned themselves in various locations around the country where natural gas is abundant — from the Barnett Shale formation in Texas to the Marcellus Shale formation, which covers parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Maryland, and has attracted the most attention. Read the full article…

July 15th, 2010

Virginia Falls Off the Wagon

Last week, among government workers of the commonwealth of Virginia, the hot topic around the water cooler is most certainly the water cooler itself. Governor Bob McDonnell proudly defied one critical portion of former Governor Timothy M. Kaine’s plan to “green” Virginia by reversing Kaine’s ban on bottled water. (GULP!)  One step forward, two steps back. At a time when many cities across the country are moving forward by reconsidering their relationship with bottled water, McDonnell wants to move all of Virginia backward. Virginia is a bottle-aholic. Read the full article…

July 14th, 2010

Rep. Cao Refuses to Support Atlantis Shutdown

Last week, A Community Voice Louisiana — a New Orleans nonprofit — met with Representative Joseph Cao (R-LA) to ask him to shut down BP Atlantis. He refused to take action, leaving other concerned community leaders wondering why their representative is not joining others in Congress who have urgent questions about safety on the rig. Read the full article…

July 13th, 2010

UN Prepares to Vote on Water as a Human Right

The United Nations General Assembly is developing a resolution that would declare “safe and clean drinking water and sanitation” a human right. In times when more people have cell phones than access to a toilet, such a distinction is necessary to put priorities in order. “For several years, international and local community groups fighting for water justice have been calling for the UN to recognize once and for all that water and sanitation are human rights,” says Maude Barlow, chair of Food & Water Watch. “It’s time politics caught up with reality.” Read the full article…

July 12th, 2010

Is BP the Fox Guarding the Henhouse?

[Originally posted on on July 11, 2010]

The Administration this week demanded that BP present them with detailed plans surrounding their newest Gulf oil cleanup strategy, including information on the company’s plans for limiting dispersant usage. While this is a timely order, especially in light of BP’s announcement that many Gulf responders were exposed to a now-discontinued version of Corexit (a controversial dispersant linked to chronic health problems that BP used in cleanup efforts despite orders to stop), it’s unlikely that BP’s response will answer another, more critical question:

Why should BP provide information on their dispersant usage when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stopped demanding this information, and until now, BP has willfully and without consequence defied much of what the EPA has demanded they do? Read the full article…

July 9th, 2010

Don't Delay It, Terminate It!

If nothing else, Governor Schwarzenegger has given us the gift of the endless parody. Even before he was the Governator, we enjoyed snickering at his larger than life caricature. His performance as Governor, however, has been far from funny. Ratcheting up a $19 Billion deficit while pushing public safety professionals out of their jobs, laying off teachers, slashing health and social services, and kicking family farmers where it hurts most has been a real tear-jerker. Read the full article…

July 8th, 2010

Renew America’s Water

Since much of the country is experiencing a record-breaking temperatures this summer, it seems like yet another good opportunity to talk about water. While you’re sweating profusely and in desperate need of hydration, think for a moment about the water you’re drinking and how you get it. Even though we have one of the most accessible and safe water systems in the world here in the U.S., it’s falling into a state of disrepair. Many of the individual systems that carry our water are outdated. Old drinking water pipes lose 1.7 trillion gallons of treated water a year, while sewage overflows and storm runoff continue to be a problem. Remember the water main break in Boston recently? We need to turn our attention to how we can prepare our water infrastructure for the future. We need to Renew America’s Water.

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