Dr. Rachel Smolker debates risks of deregulating GE American chestnut trees on NPR-On Point

How GMOs Might Save The American Chestnut Tree This program aired 29 April 2019 and was hosted Meghna Chakrabarti. The program is heavily tipped in favor of the two men who speak in favor of using genetically engineering… Read More

Press Release: Major New White Paper on GE American Chestnut Released Today

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 24, 2019 White Paper on Genetically Engineered American Chestnut Trees Released Report details risks and corporate influence involved in plan to use iconic American Chestnut tree as Trojan Horse to win regulatory approval for… Read More

LISTEN: Rachel Smolker On Biofuels & Their Environmental Impact

This week’s Earth Watch guest on the Sojourner Truth Radio Show was  Dr. Rachel Smolker with Biofuelwatch, who discussed this week’s Bioeconomy Day of Action.  Smolker is a co-director of Biofuelwatch, and an organizer with Energy Justice Network. She has… Read More

A Personal Response to IPCC Special Report on Pathways to 1.5 C

Rachel Smolker is codirector of Biofuelwatch where she works to raise awareness of the impacts of large scale bioenergy, the bioeconomy and biotechnology.  Her work has spanned from local grassroots organizing to participation in the United Nations conventions on… Read More

GJEP Op-Ed in The Hill: Forests In Crisis but Biotechnology Not the Solution

Global Justice Ecology Project’s Anne Petermann, Rachel Smolker and Ruddy Turnstone (as Rachel Kijewski) authored an op-ed published by The Hill on 28 March on the topic of genetically engineered trees. The authors were also presenters on 27… Read More

Vermont Gas Pipeline: Safety Concerns Presented To Governor, Federal Pipeline Safety Administration

Concerned Vermonters have compiled evidence of serious and chronic safety issues surrounding construction of the Vermont Gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury. These were detailed and documented in a letter delivered to Governor Scott and a similar letter… Read More

Environmentalists Denounce UN’s Bioenergy Themed International Day of Forests

March 20, 2017: The UNFAO’s [1] “Forests and Energy” theme for this year’s International Day of Forests on March 21 [2] misleadingly promotes bioenergy from burning wood from forests as well as from monoculture tree plantations as “sustainable”… Read More

Legislature’s Climate Caucus challenges Vermont Gas Pipeline

Legislators request Vermont Department of Public Service to direct a reassessment of the “public good” permit for the Addison County gas pipeline. Citizens to continue to gather support at Town Meetings this week.    The Vermont Legislature’s “Climate… Read More

Vermonters Blockade Pipeline Construction at Geprags Community Park 

Via Rising Tide Vermont: Hinesburg, Vt. – Over two hundred people rallied, and six people were arrested, at Geprags Community Park in Hinesburg to take a stand against the Fracked Gas Pipeline project, demonstrating that Vermont’s movement for climate… Read More

Vermont Citizens, Alarmed by the State’s Lax Oversight on Pipeline Construction and Safety, Call on Fed to Step In

Via ProtectGEPrags.org:  A coalition of Vermont groups, including 350 Vermont, Protect Geprags Park, Central Vermont Climate Action, Just Power, Vermonters for a Clean Environment,  Upper Valley Affinity Group, Rutland Climate Coalition and Toxics Action Center has requested that… Read More