Window Dressing: Exxon Reluctantly Crosses the Climate Threshold

My guest post today on the DeSmog Blog website. The day before President Trump made his decision to pull the U.S. out of the landmark Paris climate accord, ExxonMobil reluctantly crossed a climate threshold. A majority of shareholders, over 62 percent, voted in favor of America’s biggest oil company releasing detailed analyses of the risks that […]


My friend Hugh Kaufman, who’s worked for the EPA since its inception in 1970, sent a chilling email yesterday: “When does oil drilling off the Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, & Nantucket shores begin? ‘In an unprecedented move, the Trump administration has ordered the local commission that advises the Cape Cod National Seashore to suspend its […]

The banks to contact about the Keystone XL pipeline funding

This article, with contact information, appeared in Yes! Magazine and the Nation of Change website today.  I felt it important enough to share here, in its entirety.  [NationofChange is reader-supported.  Donate or give monthly.] Of the more than 60 banks helping to finance the expansion of tar sands infrastructure, the indigenous-led environmental campaign Mazaska Talks […]


It turns out that the Trump EPA’s purge of climate data from its website includes a 50-page  “A Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change,” which once displayed educational videos and taught how to calculate your personal climate footprint.  Well, it’s not been removed entirely, but buried deep enough that even a Google search won’t help in […]

Dick Russell and Romeo Keyes talk about mentoring

In March 2017, I gave a half-hour talk about the importance of youth mentoring at the Agape Spiritual Center in Los Angeles.  My brilliant young mentee, 19-year-old Romeo Keyes, followed mine with his first public speaking appearance. Romeo will also appear on a story-telling panel at the Pacifica Graduate Institute’s conference “Response at the Radical […]