Author name: Michael A. Weber

Michael A. Weber is a political activist and recent graduate of Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He is the outreach coordinator for Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), located outside of Washington, DC. Environmental and animal advocacy, energy policy, and ecological economics are his areas of professional interest, and his personal concerns extend to all people, animals and the earth.

Is There a Vegan In the White House? PETA, Rejoice!

Soon-to-be-President Barack Obama has appointed animal advocate Cass Sunstein to head the relatively obscure, yet powerful Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The regulatory czar, as the position is generally called, is responsible for every regulatory agency in the country, such as the EPA, and will oversee all administration rules. Sunstein is best known for

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Donations for Animal Rights Increase Despite Economic Woes

Contributions to animals welfare and rights organizations such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals rose 11 percent in 2007 (the most recent figures available), even with the economic downturn that began that year. The farming industry-friendly Animal Agriculture Alliance attributes this rise in funding as playing a key role in the increase in

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Conservationists to Buy Old Growth Forests in Washington

If all goes as planned, conservation groups such as the Sierra Club will be buying 3,000 acres of land that was previously set for a clearcut. The parcels, located in Washington’s Skykomish Valley, include ecologically sensitive old growth forests and provide the scenic view that the neighboring areas are known for having. Charlies Raines of

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Environmentalists Taking EPA Mining Rules to Court

Despite activists’ efforts earlier in the month to stop the Bush administration’s 11th hour changes to environmental regulations, the EPA has gone ahead with undoing some rules. Specifically, they have signed off on loosening 1983’s coal dumping regulation, which prevent dumping within 100 feet of a river. Fortunately, environmental groups are taking the ruling to

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Seven Animal Rights Activists Found Guilty of Blackmail

British activists may receive up to 14-year jail sentences for blackmail and conspiracy to blackmail executives of and suppliers to Huntingdon Life Sciences, a company notorious for testing on animals. Three of them pled guilty to conspiracy charges, while four others denied the charges and were found guilty of conspiracy. One person was cleared. They

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Anti-Logging Protests Escalate in Tasmania; At Least Fourteen Arrested

Friendly words from the police last week have done nothing to dissuade Tasmanian activists from continuing their nonviolent protests in the island’s forests. Seven protesters were arrested each on Tuesday and today, while one activist remains in a tree despite the warrant that has been issued for her arrest. [social_buttons] One week ago, Tasmanian police

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Obama Picks Eco-friendly Cabinet: Should Activists Rejoice?

President-elect Barack Obama has rounded off his energy and environment Cabinet, to almost entirely positive remarks from conservation and environmental groups. Drawing from diverse backgrounds, Obama has picked a team that seems to reinforce his promises to reach across aisles while making huge strides towards protecting the earth. The line-up: Secretary of Interior: Ken Salazar

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Think Al Gore is Too Soft? Join This Climate Change Cult!

Despite the overwhelming scientific evidence, a handful of deniers manage to keep arguing about the existence, causes, and likely outcomes of global warming. Not to be outdone by this conventional irrationality, we have a few oddballs on the ‘believing’ side of the fence too. Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment, a new-age religious cult based out of

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