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FATTENING WALL STREET — Mike Whitney reports on the rapid metamorphosis of new Fed Chair Janet Yallin into a lackey for the bankers, bond traders and brokers. The New Religious Wars Over the Environment: Joyce Nelson charts the looming confrontation between the Catholic Church and fundamentalists over climate change, extinction and GMOs; A People’s History of Mexican Constitutions: Andrew Smolski on the 200 year-long struggle of Mexico’s peasants, indigenous people and workers to secure legal rights and liberties; Spying on Black Writers: Ron Jacobs uncovers the FBI’s 50 year-long obsession with black poets, novelists and essayists; O Elephant! JoAnn Wypijewski on the grim history of circus elephants; PLUS: Jeffrey St. Clair on birds and climate change; Chris Floyd on the US as nuclear bully; Seth Sandronsky on Van Jones’s blind spot; Lee Ballinger on musicians and the State Department; and Kim Nicolini on the films of JC Chandor.
Archives by Tag 'environment'
The Rise of Re-Use
RALPH NADER
Last week I read that the glitzy world of virtual reality created instant multi-millionaires and several billionaires when Facebook went public selling shares. Last week I also noted the important real world problem of some 250 million tons of solid waste a year in...
Repealing the Wilderness Act?
MATTHEW KOEHLER
“The purpose of the Wilderness Act is to preserve the wilderness character of the areas to be included in the wilderness system, not to establish any particular use.” – Howard Zahniser, chief author of the Wilderness Act On...
Too Big to Jail
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Brandon Garrett has pulled together a database of all the deferred and non prosecution agreem...
How to Stop a Bio-Waste Incinerator
LINDA GREENE
Dr. William Sammons, an expert on the health and environmental effects of biomass combustion, has traveled to southern Indiana from the East Coast numerous times to testify at public hearings against burning biomass for energy. Biomass includes everything biologica...
Fracking Humanity
TINA LYNN EVANS and TOM KERNS
{Editors’ note: Environment and Human Rights Advisory recently released a ...
On the History of the U.S. Economy in Decline
NOAM CHOMSKY
The Occupy movement has been an extremely exciting development. Unprecedented, in fact. There’s never been anything like it that I can think of.  If the bonds and associations it has established can be sustained through a long, dark period ahead — because victory...
Trout Rustling Gone Mad
JOHN HOLT
Greed, insecurity and just plain old “I got mine, screw you” bullshit is making itself more and more apparent in Montana when it comes to fly fishing. The situation often involves big-money yahoos locking up land access to prime waters by purchasing land leases from r...
Inconvenient Truths About Tar Sands Action
The INSIDER
August 2011’s 350.org/BillMcKibben-lead ...
Milan’s Missing Trees
FRANCESCO DONATI
Milan. In major European cities, policy makers and civil servants often boast about taking actions to advance environmental protection: cleaning the air, supporting sustainable development, aiding conservation networks, and avoiding sanctions by the Europe...
The Aristocrat, the Woodchuck and the Fractivist
LISA BARR
As you read this my day will have been well underway.  I’m leaving to watch a meeting between two Irishmen with very little seemingly in common, class wise.  The aristocrat and the ‘woodchuck’ if you will. Yes. I used the classist ‘W’ phrase desi...
The Perverse Logic of Wolf Hunts
GEORGE WUERTHNER
The hysteria that surrounds wolf management in the Rockies has clouded rational discussion.  Wolves are hardly a threat to either hunting opportunity or the livestock industry. ELK NUMBERS ABOVE OBJECTIVES For instance, the Wyoming Fish and Game reports: ...
The Leftist Spy Who Came in From Cold Pretoria
PATRICK BOND
‘I don’t have the stomach or the taste to serve any more at this level,’ said the normally ebullient Minister of Intelligence Ronnie Kasrils, as he quit after fourteen years of service to the South African government. It was late September 2008, just after Thabo Mbe...
Big Greed
MISSY BEATTIE
Fast forward.  The Chinese labor model has come to the United States.  Workers toil in dire conditions.  Each must sign a pledge that he or she will not commit suicide.  Still, suicide nets adorn factory facades. Is this a possibility?  Think about it. ...
Karen Coulter and the Power of Grassroots Activism
DOUGLAS BEVINGTON
Grassroots biodiversity protection groups are the unsung heroes of the segment of the environmental movement devoted to defending wildlife and wild places. One excellent example is the ...
Labor, the Environment and the Occupy Movement
MICHAEL LEONARDI
For many of us that have been involved with the Occupy movement from its onset, we find it questionable that the UAW is attempting to co-opt the movements language. The leadership of much of organized labor has proven to be almost completely out of touch with the O...
Helping Toads Cross the Road to Make Whoopee
RANDY SHIELDS
For the past two years I’ve been a volunteer for the Roxborough, Pennsylvania Toad DETOUR (Defending Emerging Toads of Upper Roxborough). It’s not the thousands of migrating amphibians who are being detoured, however, it’s that non-native rumbling beast, the car....
The Drunken Logic of Eco-Tourism
KHADIJA SHARIFE
t was with some admiration that I watched Johnny Depp’s rambling dramatisation of Hunter Thompson’s ...
The Perils of Fracking
WALTER BRASCH
The natural gas industry defends hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, as safe and efficient. Thom...
The Wind Industry’s License to Kill
ROBERT BRYCE
In 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that the domestic wind turbines are killing about 440,000 birds per year. Since then, the wind industry has been riding a rapid growth spurt. But that growth has slowed dramatically due to a tsunami of cheap nat...
Downstream Vengeance in California
BILL HATCH
Rep. Devin Nunes, a Republican from the biggest cow county in the USA, Tulare CA, booted home his San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act (HR 1837) to a big win in the House two weeks ago. An old-fashioned Western water grab got the Tea Party all hot and a few Blue Dog...
Frack Job
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
To regulate or to prohibit. That is the question. Ask people on the ground who are being adversely a...
Disposable Planet
MISSY BEATTIE
Recently, I spent three weeks in a Georgia beach community.  Each morning, I’d run to the pier and, sometimes, on the beach.  At dusk, I’d walk a street that dead-ended with a view of the majesty and immensity of all that water, thinking, in awe, “cradle of life....
Making Chevron Pay
MARK WEISBROT
Environmentalists seem to realize that they have some stake in a fight such as the Ecuador-Chevron lawsuit.  In that case, which Chevron has recently ...
Waiting for Redemption
LISA BARR
Please tune in to a livestream from Montrose, PA...
When Environmentalists Collaborate
MICHAEL DONNELLY
Spring is in the air in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  Crocus and daffodil add a splash of late winter color. Trees are budding. Days grow longer, the sun makes a cameo appearance…and, like swallows to Capistrano, the usual suspects cadre of eco-wonks/lawyers return ...
Inside Obama’s Energy and Environment Budget
DAPHNE WYSHAM
President Barack Obama’s 2013 budget proposal offers a window into which battles he aims to fight and which ones he intends to avoid. Here’s a breakdown of the energy policies embedded in the proposed budget. First the good energy news: The Obama ...
The Rot in Gang Green
GEORGE OCHENSKI
Since its inception, the environmental movement has continued to change and, some would say, mature. But with those changes and maturity has come a bane common to groups that grow beyond their original mission. In the case of Gang Green, the term applied to the large envi...
Big Wind’s Inconvenient Truth
ALAN FARAGO
The installation of wind turbines too close to houses and personal property is a major headache for the wind power industry, but headache scarcely begins to describe their impact to nearby property owners and neighbors. My property and home are scarcely three quarters of ...
Poisoned in the Fields
RAUL ZIBECHI
“My wife washed her face with rain water the day after they fumigated farmland about three kilometers from here and she started getting rashes on her arms and her body. That was a year ago. Now she’s very affected, she’s been diagnosed with lupus and is undergoing c...
The Sierra Club Took Millions From Fracking Industry
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Last week, I wrote an article about how Chesape...
Environmental Internationalism
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDES
Since 1959 Cuba has played a significant world role, quite a feat for a nation of 5 million – 11 million now. Cubans have shown their values, commitment and solidarity in dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters around the world. Between 1960 and 2011, Cub...
What About the State of Our Planet, Mr. President?
WILL ALLEN and RONNIE CUMMINS
In his state of the union address this week, President Obama talked about the American promise –  the promise that if you worked hard, you could do well enough to raise a family, own a home, send your kids to college, and put a little away for retirement. ...
The Great Pipeline Scam
MICHAEL LEONARDI
In another ridiculous moment of political trickery, Obama managed to dupe a major chunk of the American environmental movement yesterday by refusing to authorize the construction of the Keystone Pipeline now. The keyword in that sentence which seems like it is being large...
No Guarantees in the Goldilocks Zone
HOWARD LISNOFF
In the opening lines of H.G. Wells’ science fiction classic War of the Worlds (1898), ...
Drones Vs. Japanese Whalers
JONATHAN FRANKLIN
Santiago, Chile. Environmental activists in the rough Antarctic seas have launched a new tool in the fight to stop a Japanese operation to kill hundreds of whales – remote-controlled drones. Every morning for the past week, a battery-powered drone with ...
Durban and the Closing Door
ASHLEY DAWSON
South Africa, the birthplace of the policy of racial oppression and exploitation called apartheid, was a perfect destination for a conference designed to consolidate a new regime of climate-based inequality. ...
Cultural Genocide in Lake County, CA
WILL PARRISH
As you read these words, one of the Northern California East Bay Area’s wealthiest men is getting away with an act of cultural genocide.  Construction crews employed by wireless technology magnate John Nady began trenching grading, excavating, and building atop Rat...
I Ain’t Got No Home
TINA LYNN EVANS
Can we truly be at home in the marketplace? What kind of place is the marketplace, anyway, and how is it related to places like our communities, our homes, and the places we love in the natural world? Has the marketplace effectively replaced these physical/mental places b...
Jobs vs. the Environment
FIRMIN DeBRABANDER
The environmental movement is stalled in this nation. The topic of climate change is anathema to the Republican presidential candidates, and our incumbent president is tepid on the subject at best. The US stands alone among industrialized nations who all seem to be making...
Mendacity at the University of Montana
BINOY KAMPMARK
‘We all need to remember is that what we are constructing is a public relations story, not a scientific analysis.  We need to be straight with the facts but tilt the story towards our perspective.  Small words, short sentences, no jargon is what the general public wil...
Let Them In
RALPH NADER
From New York City to Oakland, and several cities in between, the police, on orders from city officials, have smashed the Occupy encampments and evicted the protestors from public parks and spaces. More politicians from Congress to the state and local level want the Occu...
The Case for Cougars
PHIL BROWN
While walking through the West Virginian highlands, John Davis was struck by the character of the forest: all the trees were middle-aged and the ground was covered with ferns. There were almost no saplings or wildflowers. “You could almost call them fern glades,...
Someone Got Rich and Someone Got Sick
CHIP WARD
What if rising sea levels are yet another measure of inequality? What if the degradation of our planet’s life-support systems — its atmosphere, oceans, and biosphere — goes hand in hand with the accumulation of wealth, power, and control by that corrupt and ...
Criminalize Fracking
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Activists in New York have drafted legislation that would criminalize the practi...
Planting the Seeds of Peace
ROB NIXON
The Kenyan activist, Wangari Maathai, is dead at 71. With her passing we have lost one of our era’s great environmental visionaries. Maathai came from an impoverished, rural background; it was her belief in the environmentalism of the poor that propelled her life’s wo...
Workers and Environmentalists Unite!
SHAMUS COOKE
When there are zero jobs available, any job will do. This fact has been exploited by corporations now re-labeling themselves “job creators,” since being a job creator in a time of depression brings a religious status similar to a rain god during a drought. Demo...
The Toxic Legacy of Agent Orange
Carol Miller
On Aug. 10, 1961, the United States began spraying Agent Orange in Vietnam, in a campaign called “Operation Ranch Hand.” The spraying lasted nearly 10 years and resulted in death and disability for more than 3 million Vietnamese, including the childre...
Rick’s Perry’s Tall Tales of Texas
MICHAEL WINSHIP
Although born and raised and raised in a small town in the Finger Lakes region of New York, I’m the hybrid child of an upstate NY father and a mother from Texas — they met at Fort Hood (then Camp Hood) during World War II. And you thought different species cou...
Environmental Justice in Detroit
TOM STEPHENS
Here’s what we said before they got here: The Environmental Justice Task Force of the Detroit City Council welcomes the United States Environmental Protection Agency and national Environmental Justice (EJ) activists to Detroit.  In recognition of the historic EPA con...
Arnold’s Environmental Legacy
DAN BACHER
An Associated Press report on Tuesday, August 9 revealed that Arnold Schwarzenegger, California Governor from November 2003 through 2010, could face legal action for recently smoking a cigar at Salzburg Airport in Austria. “Was it lit or was it cold?” t...