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Paul McCartney joins ‘Love Song To The Earth’


In the fall, I told you about my friend and associate Jerry Cope and his fantastic effort to enlist some of the world’s top pop music stars to build popular support for a real solution on the issue of climate change. The first step toward solving any problem — even one as complex as greenhouse gas pollution by the world’s industrialized nations — is raising public...

A “Long Song to the Earth” – now more than ever


There’s nothing better than popular culture for raising social awareness, and right now there’s no issue that’s more in need of social awareness than climate change. At the end of this month, the world’s leaders — including President Obama but also most of the chiefs of state of the world’s largest nations — are gathering in Paris for what will hopefully produce a real approach for fixing the...

Keystone XL and an ‘outrageous abuse of the law’: My interview with Tavis Smiley


Last week, it was my honor to fly to Los Angeles to sit down for an interview with PBS’ Tavis Smiley for his nationwide late night show, to discuss my new book Crude Justice: How I Fought Big Oil and Won, and What You Should Know About the New Environmental Attack on America. It was a fast-moving conversation that touched a lot of ground, including my early cases over radioactive oil...

The world finally sees what we’ve been watching in Bayou Corne


Over the last 12-plus months, I’ve written numerous blog posts about the situation in and around the small Louisiana town of Bayou Corne, where warning signs of earth tremors and methane odors gave way to a sinkhole that eventually grew to the size of the Louisiana Superdome and has kept on growing. One subplot in all my writing about the sinkhole — the result of a salt-dome mining...

Six Hundred Days of Blasting: Miami’s Beloved Biscayne Bay Faces Destruction from “Project Deep Dredge”


Biscayne Bay’s pristine tropical waters teem with exotic marine life from manatees to dolphins to “super corals” to environmentally critical sea grasses. Strips of mangroves and wetlands cushion the shores. The bay’s untamed beauty attracts millions of tourists annually and draws nature-lovers and sun-worshipers from around the world to live on its idyllic shores. The...

Fighting Back One Song at a Time: Cajun Crawfisherman Drew Landry Sings the “BP Blues” to Help Restore Gulf Coast


Drew Landry, an out-of-work Cajun crawfisherman, caused a stir last year when he whipped out a guitar and, literally, started singing the blues during his testimony before the National Oil Spill Commission – the body established by the White House to investigate the causes and impacts of the BP spill. My guess is it was a first for all involved. But one thing’s for sure: There’s...

Gulf Researcher Says BP Spill Likely Cause of “Sick Fish” Epidemic: “I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This…Ever”


The fear is palpable on the docks from Galveston to Panama City. Commercial fishermen working the waters hardest hit by the BP oil spill are worried sick about their future. It keeps them up at night. Many are convinced the 200 million gallons of crude that spewed into the Gulf last year have done irreparable damage to the fragile fisheries that provide their livelihood. According to a new CBS...

Stuart H. Smith is an attorney based in New Orleans fighting major oil companies and other polluters.
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