Well, at least somebody’s profiting from the Asian carp advance on the Illinois River... Back in 2011 I was blown away by videos of the Peoria Carp Hunters taking on the invasive species with samurai weapons while waterskiing infested waters. And the notoriety that came from...continued→
Josh Mogerman, Deputy Director, National Media, Chicago
Three things are pretty central to my hometown, Springfield, IL: the state capitol, Abraham Lincoln, and corn as far as the eye can see. In a way, all three of these central Illinois icons pushed me to where I am today with an abiding love for nature, history, and catty politics. They also combine to make me acutely aware that we occupy a unique moment in history where our actions or inaction will resonate for generations to come.
As for NRDC, I handle communications for a weird mix of NRDC's efforts including energy issues in the Midwest, greening of Chicago, endangered species and western wildlife issues.
When I am not worried about dirty fuels and changes to the Endangered Species Act, play bass guitar, try to keep my 120 year old house on the south side from crumbling and chase around a wee-bitty son, born on … you guessed it … Lincoln's birthday.
It sounds like a shadowy comic book origin story: super-powered mutant is accidentally released onto the landscape and mayhem ensues. Sadly, what we are seeing in Midwestern rivers is real life, even though Asian carp are really starting to...continued→
Posted July 25, 2013 by Josh Mogerman
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Three years ago today a million gallons of tar sands oil slopped the Kalamazoo River in Michigan from a rupture in Enbridge’s Lakehead pipeline system. It seems like ages ago. But...continued→
One of the things that beguiles people about climate change is that they cannot see it in their day to day. But some striking images made their way into my inbox this morning from a prominent photojournalist documenting an...continued→
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 As I laid out buckets to catch the water dripping down from the ceiling in my new home last night and wet-vacced water out of my soggy basement where it...continued→
My Presidents Day weekend was spent in DC, in the shadow of history and amongst folks who share my concerns of its looming implications. 35,000 of them actually, at the Forward on Climate rally just below the Washington Monument...continued→
As our energy landscape is undergoing rapid changes in this country, our infrastructure is playing catchup. For example, there is news out of Wisconsin that operators of a refinery in Superior are considering the construction of a facility in...continued→
I made a quick stop in to Hong Kong on my way to NRDC’s offices in Beijing last week. But while taking in the sights of the fascinating city in southern China, Chicago was very much on my mind…and...continued→
With the proliferation of pipeline incidents in the last year and the ongoing oil contamination of the Kalamazoo River two years after Enbridge’s tar sands mess in Michigan, it is clear to see why disaster preparation drills are essential. But...continued→
The folks in Enbridge’s Marketing Department have an unenviable job these days. The Canadian pipeline company that stands as the spear point of a concerted tar sands industry effort to foist more and more of their dangerous gunk through the...continued→
There is no shortage of messaging from Big Oil trumpeting efforts to green “the Patch,” which is the euphemistic term applied to Alberta’s tar sands mine and melt sites. They underplay the carbon impacts of what has been termed “the...continued→
In the wake of the two year anniversary of the Kalamazoo River tar sands pipeline disaster and the bruising reports from regulators that followed, you would think that pipeline companies---especially Enbridge, which was responsible for dumping a million gallons of...continued→
Seen any mermaids in Lake Michigan? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration took the odd step of announcing that there is no such thing as the mythical half-fish, half-human creature that occupied so much of sailors' fantasy focus in...continued→
Getting attention at this town’s most high-profile food function, the Taste of Chicago, can be tough. But it’s not every day that folks attending the Taste get free grub. And even less often that they are served one of...continued→
I look at Pitchfork and Midwest Energy News online every day. And before this week, I’ve never seen the same story covered on both sites. But really, that is no surprise. Music nerdery and energy wonkery never cross paths… …until...continued→
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