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Archives by Tag 'Climate Change'
Complacency and the Kiss of Death
ROBERT HUNZIKER
Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel, famously said: “Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only paranoid survive.” Grove’s sage advice hopefully rings a bell with advocates of the climate change issue. They should take heed, stop and listen to w...
Energy Executive Admits Fracking Linked to Climate Change
STEVE HORN
An Executive* of a major shale gas development company has conceded what scientists have been saying for years: global shale gas development has the potential to wreak serious climate change havoc. Best known for his company’s ...
Facing the Rising Tide
JULIA KOPPEL MALDONADO
Climate change, environmental and technological disasters, extractive industries and river mismanagement are drastically transforming coastal Louisiana’s waters and landscape. Coastal Louisiana has lost approximately 1,880 square miles of land in the last 80 years. This...
A Lost Atlantis in South Jersey
KATHY DEACON
The one-car train clatters along on its ancient tracks, headed for Cape May, New Jersey. The ride is bumpy and every so often the train lurches violently. Inside, the passengers, tossed around in their seats, are glugging down beer and engrossed in their card games. There...
Life at the End of the Line
ETHAN NUSS
“My son died from cancer. He was only 26,” he said as his eyes quivered and filled with tears. I struggled to complete the community health survey that brought me to this man’s humble front porch, which was next door to a menacing, industrial car-crushing fac...
Crises Today, Catastrophe Tomorrow
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
If one is inclined to make a list of worrisome trouble spots plaguing the world, there would be a lot to choose from: Syria, Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Bahrain, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Kashmir, Congo, Iran, those pesky disputed islands lying between China, Japan and the Phil...
What’s Really Fueling the Western Fires
GEORGE WUERTHNER
One of the often repeated remarks used to explain the large fires we are experiencing around the West is that a hundred years of fire suppression has led to unnatural accumulations of fuels. Yet such assertions assume that fire suppression was always efficient and ...
Climate Change and Social Change
ROGER ANNIS
August 27, 2013–As the toxic oil from the July 6 oil train disaster in Lac Mégantic, Quebec seeps deeper into the town center’s soil and disperses into waterways, and as town residents slowly reestablish their shattered lives, the corporate interests that caused ...
Beckoning Committed Climate Activists
PATRICK BOND
The northern hemisphere summer has just peaked and though the torrid heat is now ebbing, it is evident the climate crisis is far more severe than most scientists had anticipated. The latest report of the UN ...
Dr. Hansen, We Need You at Fukushima and Diablo Canyon
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The horrifying news from Fukushima worsens daily. It is an unparalleled global catastrophe that cries out for anyone and everyone with nuclear expertise to pitch in. Topping this list should be Dr. James Hansen. Hansen is a climate scientist and a hero of the globa...
The Lowering Window on Climate
LYNN FITZ-HUGH
Recently at a wedding reception I was chatting with a woman in her 60’s. She was appreciating me for my involvement in Seattle 350, a group trying to stop climate chaos. She told me she could not be involved because of the time she was spending with her grandchildren. S...
Obama Isn’t Really Opposing Keystone XL
STEVE HORN
Believe it or not, the precise route of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline ...
The Climate in Obamaland
SASHA ROSS
To begin his speech on climate change at Georgetown, President Obama evoked the image of earth as seen from space in 1968. “[W]hile the sight of our planet from space might seem routine today, imagine what it looked like to those of us seeing our home, our planet, for t...
The Vacant Climate Plan
ANNE PETERMANN
Yesterday, President Obama announced his new Climate Action Plan in a nationally televised speech. He described the emerging climate crisis and its impacts–both past, present and future, while be suffered the heat of an abnormally warm June day in Washington, DC....
How to Answer the Dumb Things Climate Change Skeptics Say
JOSHUA FRANK
If you are like me you probably have encountered a few people that do not believe global warming exists, or if they do, they are not always convinced that humans are contributing to the problem. There are usually a range of issues these skeptics raise in an attempt to cas...
Beyond Anti-Chinese Propaganda with Andre Vltchek
ADAM CHIMIENTI
When I heard that Andre Vltchek was going to visit Cuba and Venezuela, I understood this would be a rare opportunity to discuss the issue of China’s international presence with someone who is unapologetically hailing China as a great hope for the world. Those who read C...
Ecocide And The Soul Of A Nation
PHIL ROCKSTROH
The reality of and the outward toll inflicted by greenhouse gas engendered Climate Change is clearly evident (to all but the corrupt and devoutly ignorant) e.g. increasingly destructive and deadly tornadoes and hurricanes, destruction of marine life, severe droughts and r...
The Silent Death of the American Left
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Is there a Left in America today? There is, of course, a Left ideology, a Left of the mind, a Left of theory and critique. But is there a Left movement? Does the Left exist as an oppositional political, cultural or economic force? Is anyone intimidated or re...
There’s a Fever in the Valley
SAUL LANDAU
Climate change seems to have exacerbated the stupidity of U.S. daily life, or maybe we’ve long suffered from the consequences of the capitalist mode of production, plus the negative spin offs from the massive U.S. war machine. Both systems feed off nature, which c...
The Fallacy of Geo-Engineering
RYAN EUSTACE
It’s all over the news. As carbon dioxide levels surpass the milestone of four hundred parts per million, people continue to lament humanity’s seeming inability to reduce emissions. Others continue to deny that climate change exists, or that, if it does exist, it is n...
The Tornado and Other Man-Made Disasters
KEN KLIPPENSTEIN
The ancient Greeks attributed weather to the god Zeus; today we can safely attribute it to industrial capitalism and its voracious consumption of fossil fuels. The carnage left by a tornado in Oklahoma yesterday is just the latest in our economic system’s daunting body ...
Climate Policies Must Break Free From Big Oil
DAVID CRONIN
It seems an odd time for environment policy wonks to throw a party. The level of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere is higher than it has been in three million years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the US. That sober...
How To Frack An Elected Official
JAMES BROWNING
“It’s not your enemies who corrupt you, it’s your friends.” Bob Edgar, 1943-2013 Before I went to work for Bob Edgar, the President of Common Cause, who passed away in April at the age of 69, all I really knew about...
They Had Nowhere to Go
JIMMY LaFAVE
I am heartbroken that our brave and underpaid teachers had nowhere
to take these terrified beautiful children today. To survive a F4 tornado
you must be underground. A F4/F5 strips the grass right off the ground!
It churns everything abov...
The Corporate Money Behind McKibben’s Divestment Tour
CORY MORNINGSTAR
Industrialized capitalism is destructive, by its very nature, to all life on Earth. This is even more so when wedded to investment capital. Every living thing on the planet is now on its way to being commodified – including people, who are now considered “human ca...
Navy Captain Guns Down Biofuels
ROBERT BRYCE
The U.S. military’s expensive experiments with biofuels – along with the rationale for entire biofuels business — has been gunned down in a fusillade of friendly fire. You may recall that over the past few years, the Pentagon has been funding a number of ...
Big Oil’s War on the Sun
JP SOTTILE
Remember “Peak Oil?” Neither does anyone else. That’s because the operational theory of why, at...
Energy Investor Bill Powers Discusses Looming Shale Gas Bubble
STEVE HORN
On Sat., April 27, I met up with energy investor Bill Powers at ...
Just the Beginning of Canada’s Filthy Tar Sands
MACDONALD STAINSBY
The breakneck pace of tar sands development in Canada is well known; it is the sheer size of the multiple mines, in-situ plants, upgraders, pipelines, rail lines, refineries and more across all of North America that earned the nickname “the Gigaproject.” Now, what if ...
Playing With Fire in Bonn
CURTIS DOEBBLER
This past Friday the latest round of global climate talks ended at the UN’s climate headquarters in Bonn, Germany. Once again the talks were inconclusive and no action to protect people the world over resulted from these diplomatic chatter. In fact at the Bonn meet...
Obama and Birth Control
NORMAN POLLACK
Despotism does not require self-identity through the concentration camp (although offshore we have Guantanamo, and onshore, Bradley Manning); rather, it’s the sometimes-overlooked seemingly little things, the added accretion of details, that are most telling in describi...
Rationing for Earth Day
STAN COX
The Right has developed a kind of shorthand language for talking about the future they fear more than any other, and the key word in that language is “...
Notes From the Vomitorium
ALAN FARAGO
Economists use “digestion” to illustrate the difficulty of absorbing excess housing stock from the housing boom and bust. Years of slack, domestic growth are attributed to the economic alimentary canal stacked to Rabelaisian proportions with the appetites of o...
The Tar Sands Pipeline and Independent Eco-Politics
SCOTT McLARTY
Those of us who participated in the #ForwardOnClimate Rally against the tar-sands pipelines in Washington, DC, on Feb. 17 (http://350.org/en/s...
Steyer’s Oily Bucks
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
Hosting Obama during his visit to San Francisco last week was Tom Steyer, the former head of Farallon Capital Management. Steyer, who is a billionaire (probably the 344th wealthiest person in America if you trust the Forbes rankings), has been a liberal bankrolle...
Wolverines on the Brink
GEORGE WUERTHNER
I attended the Fish and Wildlife Service’s recent wolverine listing hearings in Helena, Montana.  Opponents, including a number of Montana state legislators as well as MDFWP, argued that wolverine populations were “stable” or even “increasing” and therefore did...
The Radioactive Ghost of Chiang Kai-shek
ADAM CHIMIENTI
On March 9th, 2013, over 200,000 anti nuclear activists took to the streets around Taiwan as the debate over nuclear power is once again heating up. A proposed referendum in July or August is now touted as the ultimate arbiter of the fate of nuclear plant Numbe...
Apocalypse, Not?
BRIAN TOKAR
The year 2012 didn’t bring us the end of the world, nor the end of capitalism and Coca-Cola that Evo Morales promised last summer. It still remains to be seen whether or not it will have ushered in the resurgence of indigenous resistance that was proclaimed by the more ...
The Great Shale Oil Swindle
NAFEEZ MOSADDEQ AHMED
Recent headlines in the US press about the coming economic boom heralded by the shale gas revolution would lead you to think we are literally swimming in oil. A spate of reports last year, in particular the International Energy Agency’s (IEA)World Energy Outloo...
Titanic Fantasies
BINOY KAMPMARK
“Just count on the life boats.” -Billy Zane, People Magazine, Mar 7, 2013 Evidently, losing a hold on the Australian National Party has rattled the man, but ...
Pump Fiction
RANDALL AMSTER
We have entered a critical era for the future of humanity on this planet, and the stakes are indeed as high as whether there will be anything left for those who come next. In the period of expansive consumer growth following World War II, and then again with another quant...
An Interview with Michael Klare
KEN KLIPPENSTEIN
Michael T. Klare is the author of the book, The Race for What’s Left (2012), in which he...
AFL-CIO’s Own Oil Disaster
ANN ROBERTSON and BILL LEUMER
With less than transparency, the AFL-CIO just issued a statement endorsing “expanding the nation’s pipeline system.” Although it did not explicitly endorse the Keystone XL pipeline, the labor federation nevertheless managed to extend its blessing to the project whil...
Pseudo-Protests and Serious Climate Crisis
DAVID SWANSON
“You elected this president. You reelected this president. . . . Stop being chumps!” –Van Jones Going in, I was of mixed views regarding Sunday’s rally in Washington, D.C., to save the earth’s climate from the...
A NOXious Protest
MYLES HOENIG
I did not attend Saturday’s protest in front of the White House for many reasons, including caring for an ailing parent. But there was something very bothersome about the event that was troubling from the beginning. Then it hit me. The NOXL sign repulsed me. Yes, no on ...
What Happened to Bill McKibben?
SUZANNA JONES
Walden, Vermont In his 2008 book Deep Economy, Bill McKibben conclude...
On Civil Disobedience, XL Pipeline and the Sierra Club
MIKE ROSELLE
The news that the new Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune was planning to get arrested in Washington DC protesting the XL Pipe Line has received wide spread media attention. It was met approval by many, skepticism by some and criticism by others, on both the left...
Power, Privilege, and Climate Change
JOSEPH NEVINS
As I watched a video of Barack Obama delivering his second...
Apocalypse and the Left
OSHA NEUMANN
“The  left.” Since the French revolution, we don’t seem to be able to come up with a better term for that ill sorted group of malcontents, which numbers among its members dictators and democrats, torturers and tortured, Stalin, Gandhi, Mao, Martin Luther King, ...
ALEC Bill in Three States To Require Climate Change Denial In Schools
STEVE HORN
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) – know...