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Decision rules

  1. Using Legal Principles in Your Organizing


    The reason legal principles are important is that governments make decisions within a legal frame, and the current legal framework does not account for all of the facts.   The facts around pipelines and fracking are incontrovertible: They leak. They cause human health problems. They pollute water. But those facts are always interpreted within a…Read More →

  2. Walking the property line: eminent domain and the U.S. oil and gas rush


    Editor’s note, May 2015 Networker: Some of the first stories my parents read to me were Beatrix Potter’s fables. Did you know that several of Potter’s tales originated from letters or oral stories she shared with children she was close with? She was also an avid naturalist and conservationist. On her death, she left 4,000 acres…Read More →

  3. Legal Principles for Mining, Fracking, and Pipelines: Defending our Communities and Future Generations


    We have entered the Age of Extreme Energy. Every region is facing threats. To protect our communities and the natural world, we can establish new legal principles. The Science & Environmental Health Network and the Women’s Congress for Future Generations offer some new legal principles to serve as a basis for organizing around mining, pipelines, and…Read More →

  4. The Long, Twisting Tale of Chemical Policy – April 2015 Networker


    SEHN Networker Volume 20 (4) April, 2015. Safer Chemicals, Safer Products: Is Congress Up to Their Task? by Ted Schettler, Science Director If you are among those who assume that chemicals in your consumer products must first be tested for safety before being put on the market you have plenty of company. But you are…Read More →

  5. How to Unleash Chemical-Policy Reform (and Every Other Progressive Reform)


    By Peter Montague Why is it so hard for Congress to pass a decent law to protect public health by regulating toxic chemicals? After all, during the 1960s and 1970s Congress adopted nearly two dozen far-reaching environmental laws and treaties [1]. Why can’t Congress just repeat those earlier policy prescriptions?   Here’s why:   In…Read More →