Wenonah Hauter

Wenonah Hauter is the executive director of the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch. She has worked extensively on energy, food, water and environmental issues at the national, state and local level. Experienced in developing policy positions and legislative strategies, she is also a skilled and accomplished organizer, having lobbied and developed grassroots field strategy and action plans.

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Monday, August 10, 2015 - 3:30pm
Ten Years Later, the “Halliburton Loophole” and America’s Dirty Fracking Boom
This past Saturday, Aug. 8 marked a notable 10 th anniversary. But it was certainly nothing to celebrate. Ten years ago, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The giant energy bill included massive giveaways for the fossil fuel, nuclear and ethanol industries, and provided...
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Monday, July 27, 2015 - 1:00pm
Three Ways The Energy Policy Act Ushered In The Frackopoly
This is a good week to reflect on Dick Cheney’s role in facilitating fracking. Early in the George W. Bush administration, he put together a task force made up of energy industry CEO’s and lobbyists, known as EPACT 2005, which rewrote energy policy.The damage this legislation did is much broader...
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Friday, June 5, 2015 - 3:15pm
'Don't Be Fooled': The EPA’s Fracking Study, Explained
Don’t be fooled. Headlines in the New York Times and other news media about the EPA’s long-awaited study on the impacts of fracking on drinking water are another tragic case of not looking beyond the timid agency’s spin. Despite the lack of new substantive data and the limited scope of the study,...
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Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 12:15pm
Why The Food Movement Must Build Power
Mark Bittman’s recent op-ed on the faults of the food movement provides a great opportunity to discuss how we should be engaging politically to demand a better food system; unfortunately, it misses the mark on why we are making limited progress on food policy issues. While it‘s refreshing to hear a...
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Friday, April 24, 2015 - 3:00pm
Congress Holds First Hearing on Banning Fracking; Too Bad It’s A Circus
If it wasn’t about the future of the planet, I’d laugh at the chutzpah. One day after Earth Day, the GOP-led House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, chaired by Texas Congressman Lamar Smith (recipient of more than $600,000 from the oil and gas industry) held a hearing about efforts to...
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 4:15pm
Monsanto Wants to Keep You in The DARK
In the absence of a federal requirement to label GMOs , food activists have taken matters into their own hands, passing labeling laws in Vermont, Maine and Connecticut and putting the issue on the ballot in California, Washington, Colorado and Oregon. Big Food and its friends in the biotechnology...
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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 11:45am
Beware of the Corporate GMO Spin Doctors
You may have heard that popular scientist Bill Nye has mysteriously revised his outlook on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Several years ago, the children’s show host advocated for the labeling of genetically modified foods, citing concerns about what GMOs could do to ecosystems. But now his...
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Friday, February 13, 2015 - 2:30pm
USDA Approves GMO Arctic Apples Despite Opposition
Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ genetically engineered Arctic Apples. These apples are engineered to resist browning when sliced. The USDA’s environmental review received 73,000 comments that overwhelmingly opposed the commercialization of...
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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 6:45am
Dark Money Is Destroying Our World, Not Just Our Politics
Once again, dark money ruled on Election Day 2014 when a slew of die-hard reactionaries swept into office, their victories clinched by donations from a small group of selfish big money donors. These wealthy funders seem to believe they can hide behind the gates of their fancy estates and not...
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Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 8:45am
Opportunity for Some, Favoritism to Corporate Interests
Once again, dark money ruled on Election Day 2014 when a slew of die-hard reactionaries swept into office, their victories clinched by donations from a small group of selfish big money donors. These wealthy funders seem to believe they can hide behind the gates of their fancy estates and not...
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