“Do I smell a hippy?”

First Flight. Done. One down and two more to go. The woman behind me was eating an onion sandwich that was filling the entire cabin with the strong odor of, well… onions. As passengers continued to board, one of them walked past my aisle and said loudly “do I smell a hippy?”. The woman behindContinue reading ““Do I smell a hippy?””

EIS Flaws= Bared Claws

Today marked the release of the the new Environmental Impact Statement from the State Department regarding the KXL pipeline. All I can say is: wow. Seriously, how can this EIS say the negative impacts of the pipeline and still give a neutral “recommendation”? Of course: “The new review acknowledges the increased climate impacts of CanadianContinue reading “EIS Flaws= Bared Claws”

Blockade and Hater-ade.

I live in Texas ( I know- Yeehaw, ride horses, gun-carrying, bible-thumpin’, Rick Perry, Texas). More specifically, I live outside of the Capitol city of Austin- the political and liberal hub of this otherwise very conservative state. Recently, I attended the #ForwardOnClimate rally in Washington D.C. and marched on the Capitol with 50,000+ activists fromContinue reading “Blockade and Hater-ade.”

From One Oil State to Another.

Here I sit, right where I began in Texas. My journey from one oil state to another has shaped the way I see the world. Right now, I can say that I’m experiencing some slight reverse culture shock. Why are women showing so much skin when it’s this cold outside? I don’t hear car hornsContinue reading “From One Oil State to Another.”

The Show Must Go On: KP Comes to a Close

The Closing of the first commitment of the Kyoto Protocol has been marked today, December 6, 2012 in Doha, Qatar. While not all parties are happy with the text, the main thought process seemed to be that any kinks could be ironed out within the second commitment period and outlined at intercessionals. The Philippines saidContinue reading “The Show Must Go On: KP Comes to a Close”

COP19: Poland= Coaland?

It was announced on Wednesday, November 28, that the host country for COP19 is going to be Poland. Just as this year’s COP(18) is being held in an oil state, Qatar, we have to wonder how a country whose industry is dependent upon dirty fossil fuels (a.k.a. COAL) are being granted the opportunity to hostContinue reading “COP19: Poland= Coaland?”

Where Are All the Women?

Not only is it a rare occurrence to see women walking down the streets of Doha, but within the negotiations, as well. Out of all of the nations represented here at the COP, only approximately 36% of official delegates and negotiators are female-bodied (a slight increase from the average 17%). Numbers from this specific conference areContinue reading “Where Are All the Women?”

Byline? Skyline.

Every evening, I have a long hour and a half to two hour long bus ride back from the QNCC (conference center) and my hotel. In the event that I am not sitting next to anyone, or anyone who would like to talk, this is my go to song: “I got, got to get GetContinue reading “Byline? Skyline.”