Scott Parkin

Scott Parkin is a climate organizer working with Rainforest Action Network, Rising Tide North America and the Ruckus Society.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 8:15am
Meet Me in St. Louis: Taking On The World’s Largest Coal Company
“And daddy won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay Well, I’m sorry my son, but you’re too late in asking Mister Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away” —John Prine, Paradise There’s an insurrection afoot. And it’s in America’s heartlands no less. Bold...
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Friday, August 23, 2013 - 7:46am
Green Scare Lite: When the Feds Come Knocking on the Climate Movement's Doors
In 2003, my friends and I organized a forest defense campaign against a financial holding company called Maxxam. We called the campaign Dirty South Earth First! (DSEF!).
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Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 9:51am
Making Green A Threat Again
“The climate movement needs to have one hell of a comeback.” –Naomi Klein The energy was there. It was an overcast spring morning in April 2011 in the nation’s capital. Thousands had shown up to take action on climate change. The earlier march led us to the Chamber of Commerce, BP’s Washington D.C. offices, the American Petroleum Institute and other office buildings associated with oil spills, coal mining, carbon emissions and more. We heard speakers. We saw street theater. It was all very tame and managed. It lacked confrontation.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 11:48am
Fighting Keystone XL in the Heart of Texas
Near the Dallas, TX suburb of Garland, where I grew up, is what I’ve always called “Deep East Texas.” The area holds a lot of memories for me to say the least. My parents owned a piece of property near Lone Oak, TX where I learned to drive. I spent two years in Commerce, TX at East Texas State University studying history. Further south is Huntsville, TX where my great-grandparents lived for over 50 years.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 12:58pm
From the Ports to the Plains, the No Coal Exports Movement Converges In Montana And Takes a Stand
It wasn’t as big as we’d hoped. These things never are, until, well, they are. It didn’t really matter though: Hundreds converged from across the country for the Coal Export Action and 23 participated in five days of civil disobedience in protest of the coal industry’s latest scheme to save itself from obsolescence. The message we sent reverberated around the state capitol here in Helena, MT: We will not sit idly by while King Coal attempts to export coal from the Powder River Basin through port towns in Oregon and Washington to Asian energy markets.
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