Wenonah Hauter

Wenonah Hauter

Wenonah Hauter is the executive director of the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Action. 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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City of Jackson workers make repairs at the site of a water main break on East Pascagoula Street on March 08, 2021 in Jackson, Mississippi. Residents in parts of Jackson, Mississippi, where 80% of the residents are Black, have been without running water since mid-February after the city was hit by back-to-back winter storms. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 09, 2021
The Daunting Water Crisis Requires a Bold Federal Response
In Jackson, Mississippi, thousands of residents have gone weeks without water . It is a crisis caused by systemic injustices, crumbling water infrastructure, and the climate chaos that brought unprecedented freezing temperatures throughout the South in February. At a time when large corporate...
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Rep. Debra Haaland (D-NM). (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Monday, February 22, 2021
Deb Haaland Attacked by Fossil Fuel Industry
The freakout by the oil and gas industry and their allies in Congress over Rep. Deb Haaland’s nomination for Secretary of the Interior has begun in earnest. When Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn tweeted “Interior secretary nominee has joined pipeline protests and opposed fracking,” he certainly...
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A series of local elections in Pennsylvania have shown that voters are not shunning candidates who campaign against fracking wells and fossil fuel pipelines; they are putting them in office. (Photo: Food & Water Watch/Facebook) Views
Friday, February 07, 2020
Banning Fracking: Politically Smart and a Climate Necessity
Though the Democratic primary has just begun, one warning has been pushed in the press loud and clear for months already: Democrats who support a ban on oil and gas fracking would effectively cede the election to Donald Trump. Mounting evidence of the harms of fracking make a comprehensive ban the...
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The message of the global movement to ban fracking and get off fossil fuels envisions a different future, one that starts with cutting off pollution at the source. (Photo: ribarnica/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Trump Seeks to Frack the 2020 Election
Donald Trump's scheduled visit to a fracking industry gathering in Pittsburgh this week is a hugely symbolic moment for the 2020 election campaign, as well as the urgent battle to contain climate catastrophe. Trump will give the keynote address at the Shale Insight conference, a regular get-...
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"In Mexico, the influx of corn has created a situation where U.S.-grown corn is cheaper than corn grown in Mexico, pushing farmers and families off their land." (Photo: Richard Perry/NYTimes) Views
Friday, June 22, 2018
Recognizing the Neoliberal Roots at the Heart of Trump's Cruel and Inhumane Border Policies
The human rights violations at the border and in detention centers all over the country are an outrage. Ripping children away from their parents with no plan for how and when to reunite them is inhumane — and it has created irreparable trauma for thousands. Trump's announcement to reverse his...
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Friday, June 01, 2018
What Fossil Fuels and Factory Farms Have in Common
In 2008, Cabot Oil and Gas started fracking operations in Dimock, Pennsylvania . It was around that time the community started noticing their water was turning brown and making people and animals sick. One woman’s water well exploded. Fracking had come to town. It’s a familiar story in other rural...
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"While plastic junk floating in the oceans gets the headlines, the truth is that the entire business model wreaks havoc on communities and the planet—from the fracking wells in Pennsylvania and the pipelines that carry the materials in the U.S., to the air pollution from petrochemical plants producing plastics in the U.K." (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Views
Friday, February 16, 2018
We Are Drowning In Plastic, and Fracking Companies Are Profiting
We are choking the planet in plastic. Everything from wasteful water bottles to grocery shopping bags are polluting our waterways, and endangering marine life and the natural environment. It’s fair to say that even the most casual news consumer has probably encountered a Facebook post, TV report,...
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"With recent polling showing that 66 percent of Democrats care deeply about the issue, the support for urgent and decisive climate action is growing in the party base." (Photo: Food & Water Action Fund) Views
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
These Candidates for Congress Want to Win in 2018 on a Platform of Decisive Climate Action
Last year, the country was battered by super-charged hurricanes and wildfires, worsened by droughts, which are now making California more susceptible to deadly mudslides. This winter is likewise proving to be chock-full of extreme weather events , including record-breaking summers in Australia and...
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Private homes surround Sunoco's 20 inch gas liquids pipeline along a right-of-way October 5, 2017 in Marchwood, Pennsylvania. Many nearby residents are aware of the possible well water contamination they could experience from the horizontal drilling with Sunoco Pipeline's $3 billion Mariner East 2 expansion project. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Meet the European Petrochemical Giant Trying to Profit from the Fracking of Pennsylvania
It seems that every week brings more bad news about the construction of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline. While Pennsylvania communities, water protectors and landowners fight to stop the project, a larger question remains: What is this massive, dangerous pipeline actually for? The one word answer...
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Saturday, December 02, 2017
Happy Birthday, EPA! (Hopefully Not for the Last Time)
Forty-seven years ago today, on Dec. 2, 1970, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was born. Happy birthday, EPA! You’re looking… well? Sadly, no. Not well at all. In fact, we’re rather worried you won’t make it to forty-eight. So we’re fighting for your life. By the end of the 1970’s as...
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