Daphne Wysham

Daphne Wysham is the director of the climate and energy program at the Center for Sustainable Economy and an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Follow her on Twitter: @daphnewysham

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Sunday, September 04, 2011
A Mother's Plea for Sasha and Malia: No Tar Sands Pipeline
Children have a way of speaking to our hearts.
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Thursday, August 25, 2011
Obama, Earthquake Is a Wakeup Call on Dirty Energy Standards
A 5.9 earthquake — the strongest in over 100 years to strike the East Coast — forced the evacuation of personnel from the White House and U.S. Treasury. Some protesters outside the White House joked that Mother Nature was just trying to jolt President Obama awake to take action on climate change and stop relying on dirty energy. Too bad Obama was vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard and couldn’t have heard the joke first-hand.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Obama's Dirty Energy Fixation
Just days after a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami unleashed a nuclear disaster in Fukushima, President Barack Obama signed a nuclear power cooperation agreement with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera. Like Japan, Chile is seismically active. It suffered the sixth-most powerful earthquake--8.8--ever recorded on a seismograph only last year. The irony of peddling nukes in an earthquake zone after a devastating nuclear accident was apparently lost on Obama.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
French Government Advises its Citizens to Stay Away from Tokyo, Japan Stays Silent
In the aftermath of the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, and in light of the possible radioactive fallout from the nuclear power plants in partial meltdown in Fukushima, Japan, on March 13 the French Embassy advised all French citizens in Japan to leave Tokyo for the next few days.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
SOTU: Parsing Obama's 'Clean Energy' Promises
Tellingly, President Barack Obama didn't utter the two words "climate change" once in his State of the Union speech. He did, however, mention "clean energy" several times. Read these sentences carefully:
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Moving Our Nation Beyond Petroleum
A golden opportunity is bubbling up beneath that undersea volcano of oil spewing thousands of gallons per day into the Gulf of Mexico. We have a chance to truly move our country, as BP says in its ad campaigns, "beyond petroleum." Despite the spill's devastation, President Barack Obama continues to claim we must push forward with more offshore drilling - albeit with stronger safeguards - if we want to increase our energy security.
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Monday, May 10, 2010
Crime Pays for BP
It turns out crime pays. Big time. BP, the oil company responsible for what may become the largest oil spill of all time in the United States has been breaking the law, again and again. And each time, the company formerly known as British Petroleum has learned its lesson: Keep breaking the law. Corporations can get away with murder and environmental devastation, and make billions doing it.
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Thursday, February 11, 2010
Is Our Democracy Becoming a Joke?
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce held a dramatic press conference in October. The group promised to stop lobbying against pending climate legislation, and pledged to help make it even stronger. A few minutes later, the jig was up when an authentic Chamber representative barged in, sputtering, aghast. The Yes Men had struck again. A lawsuit ensued, with the Chamber accusing the humorous anti-corporate activists of trademark infringement, unfair competition, and false advertising.
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Saturday, January 23, 2010
Energy and Climate Change: C+
When Barack Obama was elected president, many climate activists were thrilled. With the concentration of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere reaching dangerous levels, and Democrats controlling the House and Senate, hopes couldn't have been higher among climate campaigners that Obama would act swiftly to make energy and climate change one of his top priorities.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The World Bank Takes the Money and Runs From Chad
Now that the World Bank has announced its withdrawal of support for the $4.2 billion Chad-Cameroon pipeline, I can't help but remember the eyes of that boy. We were racing back from the Doba oil fields to the Chadian capitol city of N'Djamena in July 2006, traveling by van after dark. We were doing it against all of the advice of our colleagues, but we had a plane to catch early the next morning. There were three of us Americans, traveling with a Chadian activist.
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