Rachel Carson Council

We promote Carson’s ecological ethic that combines scientific concern for the environment with a sense of wonder and reverence for all forms of life.

Formerly the Rachel Carson Trust for the Living Environment, the Rachel Carson Council (RCC) is the oldest organization bearing Rachel Carson’s name, maintaining her vision, and providing strategies to encourage healthier and more sustainable living.

Mission: The Rachel Carson Council (RCC), founded in 1965, is the national environmental organization envisioned by Rachel Carson to carry on her work after her death. We promote Carson’s ecological ethic that combines scientific concern for the environment and human health with a sense of wonder and reverence for all forms of life in order to build a sustainable, just, and peaceful future.


New Trump Nuclear Plan Favors Uranium Mining Bordering the Grand Canyon

What could possibly go wrong?

insideclimatenews.org The administration, seeking to restore America’s “competitive nuclear advantage,” also wants to create a $150 million uranium reserve in the coming decade.


Jay Inslee Endorses Biden, Citing Private Conversations on Climate Policy

“I am convinced, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that this will be a major driving force of his administration,” Mr. Inslee said. “I think what you’re going to see is an increased commitment to some shorter-term actions and he’s been very open to that.”

nytimes.com The governor of Washington State, one of the Democratic Party’s most prominent environmentalists, urged progressives to get on board with the presumptive presidential nominee’s campaign.

Forest Protection Needed to Combat Climate Change

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, going outside brings hope in a time of global crisis. As we all work together to fight the coronavirus pandemic, the outdoors offers us solace, beauty & the chance to reconnect with the natural world. Please Join the RachelCarsonCouncil & John Muir Project in our petition to Congress calling on our elected officials to take action on the climate crisis through real forest protection and renewable energy solutions, not false ones. #Stand4Forests #EarthDay2020

congressweb.com Please Help the John Muir Project and Rachel Carson Council Promote Forest Policy that Will Mitigate Climate Change. Sign the Petition Today!


Germany breaks record for solar power production as pandemic clears skies of smog

Oil prices are tanking and Germany is showing us the way forward.

thehill.com Germany’s solar panels produced a record amount of electricity this week as skies have cleared over central Europe.

Though our Earth Day may be spent in quarantine, we can still look to our natural and wild spaces for strength. Let's use it to better protect our world and all of its inhabitants.


Coal Industry Aims to Exploit Coronavirus Crisis to Cut Payments to Miners With Black Lung - Rachel Carson Council

Coal miners and those suffering from Black Lung are some of those most vulnerable to Covid-19.

rachelcarsoncouncil.org Rachel Carson, environmentalist of the twentieth century, was deeply opposed to nuclear testing and nuclear war from at least 1946.

Communities Against Wood Pellets

A Biomass company is looking to open a facility in Lumberton, N.C. The public meeting that was scheduled for local comments has been CANCELED due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Scroll to the bottom of the page on this link and click "Submit Comments" to let your voice be heard to help Robeson County, which is already struggling with health and financial issues --> https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/air-quality-permitting/wood-pellet-industry-permitting-actions-and

North Carolina Sierra Club - Rachel Carson Council - Coastal Plain Conservation Group - Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Lumberton, North Carolina - SELC - Dogwood Alliance - Biofuelwatch - Cape Fear Group of the Sierra Club - Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina


E.P.A., Tweaking Its Math, to Weaken Controls on Mercury

The Trump administration has been consistent among this crisis in its campaign against our basic environmental protections.

This cannot continue.

nytimes.com The E.P.A. will change the way the benefits of mercury controls are calculated, a move that would effectively loosen the rules on other toxic pollutants.


When coal plants decrease pollution or shut down, people have fewer asthma attacks

Everyone on the planet has a right to clean air.

dailyclimate.org Inhaler use, ER visits and hospitalizations all decreased after a change in regulations


Republicans Are Planning to Use Coronavirus to Gut Renewable Energy

We cannot leave the renewable energy industry behind. It's our only path forward.

vice.com Conservative groups aligned with the oil industry hope to block any aid for the solar and wind industries, which have been decimated by the pandemic.


As oil crashes, ‘America’s untapped energy giant’ could rise

Hint: it's something other than wind or solar.

grist.org The coronavirus oil crash could be good news for this renewable energy underdog.


After the Coronavirus, Two Sharply Divergent Paths on Climate - Rachel Carson Council

Our response to this crisis could shed a lot of light on how we deal with the Climate Crisis. What are we learning?

rachelcarsoncouncil.org The coronavirus and gang violence are both examples of public-health problems where interrupting the spread of something.


Revealed: Monsanto predicted crop system would damage US farms

Big agriculture only acts in its own interest.

theguardian.com Internal documents describe how to profit from farmer losses and desire to oppose some independent testing


Can a town go fossil fuel-free? Takoma Park is about to see.

How many other cities and towns can go in this direction?

csmonitor.com Takoma Park, Maryland, aims to become a fossil fuel-free community by 2045, a feat that has not been done before in the U.S.


U.S. oil companies hope for more economic help in next coronavirus stimulus package - Rachel Carson Council

Haven't they received enough corporate welfare?

rachelcarsoncouncil.org But the arc of climate awareness curves toward reality. Moderate Republican voters’ acceptance of human-caused warming has risen 14 points since last fall.


Builder Of Controversial Keystone XL Pipeline Says It's Moving Forward

While the virus has disrupted many of our lives, many fossil fuel projects are continuing on uninhibited.


npr.org The final decision to build the project comes after a decade of protests and political reversals in the U.S. Now critics say construction poses a new risk with the coronavirus pandemic.


I’m Nobody! Who are you? - Rachel Carson Council

As our world slows down, can we take some time to reconnect with our natural world?

A new blog from our President, Dr. Robert Musil:

rachelcarsoncouncil.org It is eerily still, like the small town without birds or sounds in the opening fable of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, as self-isolation sweeps across the nation, along with the corona virus. Big crowds and the incessant visibility of celebrities, sports figures, politicians and the powerful have ...


Three states push criminal penalties for fossil fuel protests amid coronavirus

Legislators in certain states are using the crisis to push forward legislation that will raise penalties for protestors against fossil fuel infrastructure.

This is a disgrace.

thehill.com Three states have moved toward enacting criminal penalties for protesting against fossil fuels amid the coronavirus pandemic.


Court OKs Trump repeal of Obama public lands fracking rule

As the country focuses on the Corona crisis, the administration is still waging its campaign to roll back our basic environmental protections.

thehill.com A federal judge on Friday upheld the Trump administration’s decision to repeal an Obama-era rule that established standards for hydraulic fracking on federal land.


How Louisiana’s oil and gas industry uses prison labor

The same industry that is asking for a huge government bailout.

southerlymag.org Incarcerated people are often dispatched to help clean up disaster sites or assigned to work in the industries that fuel climate change.


Don’t bail out the cruise industry

RCC joined other environmental organizations in a letter to congressional leaders opposing any bailouts for the cruise industry.

These companies skirt paying US taxes at every turn and have long been a scourge to the health of our oceans.

theverge.com They’re not even US companies to begin with.


Top Senate Democrat and Treasury Secretary Say They Are Near a Stimulus Deal

We cannot allow the Coronavirus response to become a bail-out for large corporations and fossil fuel companies. Funding should go directly to individuals and communities that are being impacted.


nytimes.com Hours after Democrats blocked the nearly $2 trillion package, a marathon set of private negotiations appeared to have yielded important compromises.


Analysis | The Energy 202: Trump administration continues oil and gas leasing during price drop and coronavirus pandemic

As the crisis unfolds, the administration is still selling off oil and gas leasing rights at an incredible rate:

washingtonpost.com They're not getting the most bang for their buck, at least not right now.


'Tip of the iceberg': is our destruction of nature responsible for Covid-19?

Live animal trade increases our risk.

theguardian.com As habitat and biodiversity loss increase globally, the coronavirus outbreak may be just the beginning of mass pandemics


Spring Is Arriving Earlier Across the U.S. - Rachel Carson Council

Warm weather has arrived with the terrible news of the past two weeks. What does it mean?

rachelcarsoncouncil.org Rachel Carson, environmentalist of the twentieth century, was deeply opposed to nuclear testing and nuclear war from at least 1946.


Trump Administration Presses Cities to Evict Homeowners From Flood Zones

These are the new challenges that climate change presents:

nytimes.com The Trump administration is starting to insist that towns use eminent domain laws to force homeowners off flood-prone land. Notices are already going out.

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Social Distancing? You Might Be Fighting Climate Change, Too

What lessons can we take from the Cornona-Virus pandemic for Climate Crisis?

nytimes.com Isolation and other shifts in behavior during the coronavirus outbreak could also alter our greenhouse gas emissions. But will the changes stick?


Fossil fuel companies are counting on plastics to save them

They aren't going to give up.

grist.org Big Oil is staring down a future where we won’t really need its signature product anymore.


Brown University Divests From Fossil Fuels

Brown is the first Ivy League school to divest!

insidehighered.com Brown University president Christina Paxson announced yesterday that the university has sold 90 percent of its investments in fossil fuels and is making plans to liquidate the remaining investments, which make up less than 1 percent of Brown's portfolio. Brown joins a growing list of colleges lookin...


Analysis | The Energy 202: How a powerful lobbying group got stricter energy efficiency codes out of a big Senate energy bill

Energy efficiency is one of the easiest and most important ways to reduce US emissions.

washingtonpost.com It's a key way of curbing climate change. 


What Would It Take to Get More Farmers Fighting Climate Change? - Rachel Carson Council

Farmers are on the front line of the climate crisis.

rachelcarsoncouncil.org But the arc of climate awareness curves toward reality. Moderate Republican voters’ acceptance of human-caused warming has risen 14 points since last fall.


Oil and gas industry rewards US lawmakers who oppose environmental protections – study

"Goldberg said the findings should encourage people to “get the right people in office, because they’re not as susceptible to money changing their votes”.

theguardian.com Companies spent $84m on congressional campaigns in 2018, analysis of votes and political contributions shows


Trump’s environmental rollbacks are deeply unpopular with swing voters

Supporting strong environmental protections = a strong campaign.

grist.org “He’s supposed to be protecting our country and our world.”


U.S. Supreme Court to decide winner in case of gas pipeline vs. Appalachian Trail

This morning the supreme court will be making a critical decision. #NoACP

washingtonpost.com The Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been halted for more than a year because of revoked permits.


Ahead of the caucuses, Nevadans say climate change is on their minds

Poll after poll indicates that Climate Change is a top issue for Americans.

grist.org For likely Latino caucus-goers in the state, climate change is a more important issue than health care or immigration.


Oil and Gas May Be a Far Bigger Climate Threat Than We Knew

Natural gas has long been touted as safer and cleaner. As we have learned more about it's impacts, those claims couldn't be farther from the truth.

nytimes.com The findings add urgency of efforts to cut emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas routinely leaked or intentionally released into the atmosphere.


Opinion | What’s Better Than Planting a Trillion Trees?

Make no mistake, this idea is about logging more trees, not planting them.

nytimes.com Protecting the forests while we are at it.


Trump’s Path to Weaker Fuel Efficiency Rules May Lead to a Dead End

Who does this serve?

nytimes.com President Trump’s long-promised rollback of Obama-era fuel economy standards may not be completed until this summer, and may not be tenable even then.


A Kojo Climate Series: Rachel Carson And The Environmental Revolution - The Kojo Nnamdi Show

If you are in the Washington DC area, you might have caught our President Bob Musil on the Kojo Nnamdi show. Bob and Kojo spoke about Rachel's history, her work, and what we can take from her legacy to our environmental challenges today.

Listen to it here:

thekojonnamdishow.org Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" altered the course of history, spurring changes in laws governing our land, air and water. The fourth episode in our climate change series takes a look at Carson's life in Maryland and her impact on the environmental movement.


The Energy 202: Big businesses face pressure to avoid investing in areas Trump wants to develop - Rachel Carson Council

"The nearly pristine wilderness is home to polar bears and caribou that some ecologists worry will be disturbed by noisy seismic testing and sprawling pipeline networks. A controversial provision in the 2017 tax bill, passed by a GOP-led Congress, required at least two lease sales in the refuge within seven years."

rachelcarsoncouncil.org The USMCA is a cornucopia of free-trade provisions for oil and gas companies. One environmentalist calls it “a climate failure any way you look at it.”


Calls for law firm to #DropExxon go national with law student boycott

“We will not work for you as long as you work for ExxonMobil. Our future is on fire and you are fanning the flames.”

grist.org Student-led “#DropExxon pledge” asks law students around the country to refuse to work for Paul, Weiss until it drops ExxonMobil.


Georgetown University says it will divest from fossil fuel companies

Huge news from Georgetown!

washingtonpost.com Amid calls for action to combat climate change, Georgetown’s board of directors voted Thursday to stop investing endowment funds in fossil fuel companies and to divest from those companies in the future.


Sea level rise accelerating along US coastline, scientists warn - Rachel Carson Council

Is somewhere close to you going to be affected?

rachelcarsoncouncil.org Rachel Carson, environmentalist of the twentieth century, was deeply opposed to nuclear testing and nuclear war from at least 1946.


Bad Business - Rachel Carson Council


Last week we released our latest report, Bad Business. Wood pellets are sold as a climate solution, but clear-cutting our forests is no solution at all.

Read it here:

rachelcarsoncouncil.org Bad Business: RCC Report Reveals Failing Future for Wood Pellet Industry The Rachel Carson Council’s latest report, Bad Business, takes a detailed look at the money behind the wood pellet industry that is clear-cutting America’s forests and producing pollution and climate change. In this powerfu...

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Rachel Carson, a scientist and gifted writer, enchanted the public with her first three books about the sea. In her last great work, Silent Spring, she sounded the alarm about the hazard of chemical pesticides. Its publication in 1962 generated a mountain of mail from an aroused public asking questions about pesticide effects. Although she was ill, and often overwhelmed, Rachel Carson faithfully answered letters until shortly before her death in 1964. In response to her hope for an enduring means of meeting the public’s needs, a year after her death an organization was formed by friends and colleagues to continue her efforts.
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