Wenonah Hauter

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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"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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Friday, October 27, 2017
The Time to Move Off Fossil Fuels is Now
More than a month after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, many of the island’s residents still struggle without electricity or clean water. A major humanitarian and health care crisis is rapidly unfolding there, on American soil, with disgracefully inadequate help from our federal government...
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Congress must fully fund Puerto Rico’s humanitarian aid and reconstruction, and consider debt forgiveness. We must finally begin to put people before profit in response to this crisis, and rebuild Puerto Rico’s food, water and energy systems in a sustainable way to better withstand future disasters. Views
Thursday, October 19, 2017
A Month Later, U.S. Is Failing with Its Food and Water Crisis in Puerto Rico
It’s been a month since supercharged Hurricane Maria delivered a devastating blow to Puerto Rico, and people are still suffering without food, water, and electricity. This is America in 2017, and there is only more climate chaos ahead thanks to the tight fist that fossil fuel interests have on...
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Friday, September 29, 2017
Stand with Puerto Rico—Not the Banks
It’s now been more than one week since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, and nearly half of Puerto Ricans now lack access to safe drinking water and much of the island is still without power. This is a calamity that means lives are still at risk today, long after the disaster itself. Hospitals...
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Friday, September 08, 2017
Climate Change Unleashes "Fire and Fury" on the United States
Weeks ago, Trump spoke of fire and fury regarding North Korea. But this supercharged hurricane and fire season is unleashing its own fire and fury on the U.S., while Trump remains impervious to the facts of fossil fuels’ contributions to these disasters. Our hearts are with those whose lives and...
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Cuomo’s Nuke Bailout: Right Out of the Trump Playbook
It's a deal Donald Trump would love—let's call it "The Great New York Ratepayer Swindle of 2016-17" —and New York's Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is responsible for it. And if giant energy corporations get their way, it could be coming to your state next. Last summer, the energy giant Exelon...
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Saturday, May 20, 2017
Why Public Control of Infrastructure Matters
We’ve all heard the statistics about our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and agree it needs to be fixed—the American Society of Civil Engineers estimates we need to invest $4 trillion in our infrastructure across the country. But what’s still up for debate is how improvements will be financed and...
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