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Archives by Tag 'environment'
The BLM: a Wholly-Owned Sudsidiary of ExxonMobil
DAVID CORREIA
The massive Permian Basin in west Texas and eastern New Mexico, at more than 75,000 square miles, is among the world’s largest deposits of sedimentary rock from the Permian geologic period. It is also a major oil and gas field that has produced nearly 30 billion barrels...
The Fate of Sacramento River Salmon
DAN BACHER
Sacramento River Chinook salmon this year are threatened by the relaxation of water temperature standards on the upper river combined with the violation of water quality standards in the Delta, the result of the over-allocation of water during a drought. The sectio...
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...
Extracting Wealth, Endangering Health
ALEXANDRA McANARNEY
As a resource-rich country, Suriname bills itself ...
Unlikely Alliances
ZOLTAN GROSSMAN
“The natural resources we all depend upon must be protected for future generations….to bring us to a place where there is a quality of life, and where Indians and non-Indians are to understand one another and work together.” – Billy Frank, J...
Jerry Brown: Worse Than Schwarzenegger on Environment?
DAN BACHER
Governor Jerry Brown on Friday, June 7 issued a proclamation declaring June as “Great Outdoors Month” in California. Ironically, the same Governor is fast-tracking the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), a $54.1 billion dollar project that would divert m...
Fracking, Coal, and the Question of Social Reproduction
MATTHEW T. HUBER
I live in fractivist country. While there are vibrant pockets of fractivism essentially anywhere hydraulic fracturing occurs – from New Mexico to Pennsylvania – New York State fractivists have the esteemed honor of actually preventing (at least, thus far) the expansio...
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...
Corporate Spying on Environmental Groups
ADAM FEDERMAN
In February 2010 Tom Jiunta and a small group of residents in northeastern Pennsylvania formed the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition...
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...
Fighting Goliath
MONICA BOND
Forty years ago, during the Nixon administration of the early 1970s, Congress passed several truly visionary environmental laws.  The strength of these laws, including the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act, along with ...
Frack Job
MICHAEL D. YATES
Two schools, one a vocational technical high school and the other an elementary school, sit on tracts of land a few blocks from the house in which I grew up, in Ford City (Armstrong County), Pennsylvania. The communities served by them are, for the most part, not particul...
The Mining Myth
BINOY KAMPMARK
It has been a fiction that has held sway for a time.  Mining booms create trickledown wealth.  It is tagged as “sustainable” when it is premised on temporariness.  Natural resources work for countries that possess them in abundance.  Only on the periphery do we se...
Visions of the Future: Mad Max, Star Trek, Big Brother or Ecotopia?
STAN COX
Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler published a book last year entitled Abundance: The Future is Bette...
Environmental Pollution and Children’s Health
CESAR CHELALA
Millions of children die every year as a result of environment-related diseases. Their deaths could be prevented by using low-cost and sustainable tools and strategies for improving the environment. In some countries, more than one-third of the disease burden could be pre...
Obama v. EPA: Constructing His Environmental Legacy
STEVE BREYMAN
In the wake of Lady Thatcher’s passing, it’s good to remember that TINA (there is no alternative) is a miscreant. Of course another world is possible. It was in Thatcher’s UK, as it is in Obama’s America. Case in point: had the Green Party’s Jill Stein been elec...
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...
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...
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...
Political Theater of the Absurd in the Klamath Basin
FELICE PACE
When the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement, or KHSA, and the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, or KBRA, were signed in February 2010 amid ...
The Environmental Movement at the Crossroads
KEVIN ZEESE and Dr. MARGARET FLOWERS
The old environmental movement,‘Gang Green,’ works inside the existing power structure, takes funding directly from  polluting corporations and foundations funded by polluters, sometimes gets a seat at the table which ends up helping to pass inadequate regulation tha...
Life and Death in the Frack Zone
WALTER BRASCH
José Lara just wanted a job. A company working in the natural gas fields needed a man to power wash wastewater tanks. Clean off the debris. Make them shining again. And so José Lara became a power washer for the Rain for Rent Co. “The chemi...
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 ...