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Josh Mogerman, Deputy Director, National Media, Chicago

Josh Mogerman

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.

Recent Posts

Chicago Petcoke: The piles are getting big - and the piles are getting bigger

Posted June 12, 2014 by Josh Mogerman in Curbing Pollution

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The other shoe dropped last week as the public got a peek at data coming from new air pollution monitors near Chicago’s now-infamous petcoke piles. Here, as reported by the Chicago Tribune:  For months, a company that stores giant...continued

Keystone XL Pipeline Pushers Sorta Threaten to Rain Fire on Chicago, But Have Oil Train Issue Wrong

Posted May 29, 2014 by Josh Mogerman in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE You know, industry loves to say environmentalists use scare tactics all the time. But check out what is going on in the Keystone XL debate and you will see the pipeline...continued

Military Voices on Climate Change and Keystone XL

Posted March 11, 2014 by Josh Mogerman in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Expect to hear plenty of national security squawking around a hearing to be held tomorrow by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to examine whether Keystone XL is in the nation’s best interest. General James Jones will be one of the...continued

Dr. Evil says we are Big Green Radicals...

Posted March 7, 2014 by Josh Mogerman in The Media and the Environment

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Believe it or not, lots of us at NRDC read the Wall Street Journal every day. So, imagine our shock when we saw a full page ad calling us out as job-destroying Big Green Radicals in that august paper this morning. For grins and giggles, we...continued

VICE Takes on Chicago's Petcoke Problem

Posted February 28, 2014 by Josh Mogerman in Curbing Pollution

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If its not on your radar, Vice Magazine is has created an edgy $1.4 billion media empire. Beyond their print magazine and big social media footprint, they have an Emmy-nominated show on HBO right now and are expanding to try...continued

For the Truth on Keystone XL, Just Read a (Canadian) Newspaper

Posted February 7, 2014 by Josh Mogerman in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Canada’s paper of record, The Globe & Mail, ran an important column from respected economic voice Jeff Rubin today making clear the environmental realities associated with the Keystone XL pipeline....continued

Oil and Financial Industry Quotes Highlight Keystone XL as Essential Tar Sands Lynchpin

Posted January 31, 2014 by Josh Mogerman in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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It has been a pretty frustrating day on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline front. Lots of reporters seem to have been working off of the State Department's briefing that took place this morning, rather than reading the actual Supplemental...continued

Going Gladiator on Asian Carp in the Illinois River

Posted October 13, 2013 by Josh Mogerman in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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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

Asian Carp Starting to Sound Like Comic Book Supervillains

Posted September 22, 2013 by Josh Mogerman in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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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

Kalamazoo Cleanup Continues on Third Anniversary of Tar Sands Pipeline Disaster

Posted July 25, 2013 by Josh Mogerman

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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

Climate Change in Chicago: Startling images of the River darkening Lake Michigan

Posted April 19, 2013 by Josh Mogerman in Solving Global Warming

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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

Chicago River Re-Reversal: A Nasty Reminder of Climate Impacts on Local Infrastructure

Posted April 18, 2013 by Josh Mogerman in Solving Global Warming

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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

Signs of (Climate) Change: Midwesterners at Forward Climate Rally

Posted February 18, 2013 by Josh Mogerman in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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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

Floating Tar Sands on the Great Lakes Seems Like a Bad Idea...

Posted January 29, 2013 by Josh Mogerman in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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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

Wrong Mix in Hong Kong Markets: No Asian Carp and Lots of Shark Fin

Posted October 19, 2012 by Josh Mogerman in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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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

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