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Archives by Tag 'Climate Change'
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) - known by i...
Humid Organs
DAVID YEARSLEY
“Arbor eram vilis quondam sed viva tacebam / Nunc bene si tangor mortua dulce son” counts as one of the most lovely and lengthy of the Latin mottos used to decorate the inside of the lids of seventeenth-century Flemish harpsichords. It translates: “I was on...
Who Profits from Climate Catastrophism?
DAVID CORREIA
Environmental determinism is the theory that the physical environment, including the climate, sets hard limits on human society. Scholars and authors who subscribe to this theory, most notoriously Jeffrey Sachs and Jared Diamond (more on them later), argue that we can loo...
The Elephant in the Boiler Room
MICHAEL DONNELLY
All left-wing parties in the highly industrialized countries are at bottom a sham, because they make it their business to fight against something which they do not really wish to destroy. They have internationalist aims, and at the same time they struggle to k...