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California Refinery Town Hits Chevron With One-Two Punch
STEVE EARLY and SUZANNE GORDON
RICHMOND, CA. Last Friday and Saturday were busy days for Green Party member Gayle McLaughlin. She’s the earnest, hard-working, and often embattled mayor of this blue-collar city of 100,000, where the biggest industrial employer is Chevron. McLaughlin had lawyers...
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...
Mongolia, Canada, Israel & the United States
MACDONALD STAINSBY
Ulan Bator: When you get out of the plane and enter the Chinngis Khan Airport just outside of Ulan Bator, you quickly realize that Mongolia is a former Soviet Republic. An incredibly drab and oddly out of date international airport, the walls of the customs area have peel...
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...
Pipelinistan
WILLIAM BLUM
I have written on more than one occasion about the value of preaching and repeating to the choir on a regular basis. One of my readers agreed with this, saying: “How else has Christianity survived 2,000 years except by weekly reinforcement?” Well, dear choir, b...
The Irony of Iraq
NORMAN POLLACK
Wars, particularly when wholly unjustified (though usually disguised as just wars), frequently, as now, have strange outcomes, often to the detriment of the power that inflicted the misery and destruction in the first place.  The presumably conquered, strangely enough, s...
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...
California’s Fracking Frenzy
JOSHUA FRANK
California’s Gold Rush may have ended well over a century and a half ago, but there are new prospectors in town and these suits aren’t toting tattered tents and rusty old pans. Instead the new Golden State pioneers employ geologists and lease expensive extractio...
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...
Inside Iraq’s Boom Zone
VICKEN CHETERIAN
Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Autonomous Region, in the north of Iraq, is booming. Brick houses are giving way to shopping malls, hotels and apartment buildings, while in the suburbs, there are villages newly built or under construction to house the new Kurdish middle c...
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 ...
Farewell Max Baucus
JOSHUA FRANK
Yesterday, Montana Senator Max Baucus announced he was set to retire at the end of his current term. As one of the most powerful Democrats in Washington he will surely leave a void, at least for the DC lobbyists that pay to play. However, as a native Montanan, I can assur...
Greenwashing from Coast to Coast
SASHA ROSS
If you live in Oregon, you are familiar with the spectacle of greenwashing at the highest levels of political theater. As Portland gears up to host the UN’s World Environment Day, the international attention almost obscures the plans for multiple freeway expansions, a N...
Ties That Bind
STEVE HORN
Congress will review the Obama Administration’s ...
Keystone XL Contractor Green-Lighted Explosive, Faulty Peruvian Pipeline
STEVE HORN
Environmental Resources Management (ERM), the State Department consulting firm that claims TransCanada’s pr...
The Supposed Inevitability of Oil
KEN KLIPPENSTEIN
Following a train’s spill of 30,000 gallons of crude ...
Keystone XL Contractor Green-Lighted BP’s Explosive Caspian Pipeline
STEVE HORN
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Almost 11 years ago in June 2002, ...
NATO in the Arctic
RITT GOLDSTEIN
Dalarna, Sweden. The catastrophe of global warming is rapidly bringing accessibility to the Far North, an often discussed ‘rush’ to claim land and resources ongoing as I write this. Historically, there have been numerous other ‘rushes’ for land and ...
How Chavez Changed History for the Better
SAUL LANDAU
Hugo Chavez died in early March. Heads of state came to his funeral and sent condolences to his family— except for the US President. Even in death the White House maintained a resentful tone toward a man we had names as an enemy. But what did Chavez do to us? He offered...
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...
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...
Pipeline Politics: the Canadian Angle
YVES ENGLER
The protests against the Keystone XL pipeline have already focused a great deal of attention on the Conservatives’ terrible environmental record and if Obama rejects the project it would deliver a major blow to their tar sands oriented economic policy. It could also pre...
Obama’s Department of Fracking and Nukes
KARL GROSSMAN
With the nomination of Ernest Moniz to be the next U.S. secretary of Energy, President Barack Obama has selected a man who is not only a booster of nuclear power but a big proponent of fracking, too. What happened to Obama’s call for “clean” energy in his 2013 State...
How Baghdad Became a City of Corruption
PATRICK COCKBURN
Iraqis are not naïve. Grim experience of their country’s rulers over the past 50 years leads many to suspect them of being self-serving, greedy, brutal, and incompetent. Ten years ago, some had hoped Iraqis might escape living in a permanent state of emergency as the U...
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...
Time for Outrage!
KEVIN ZEESE AND MARGARET FLOWERS
“Ninety-three years old. The last leg of my journey. The end is in sight. I am lucky to be able to seize the time I have left to reflect on my lifelong commitment to politics: the Resistance and the program designed sixty-six years ago by the National Council of the...
The New Libya
MAXIMILIAN FORTE
This weekend, marking the second anniversary of the start of protests that would usher in a bloody and prolonged NATO-led coup to overthrow the Libyan Jamahiriya and Muammar Gaddafi, offers many reasons to celebrate for those whose intention was the demolition of Libyan s...
ExxonMobil Donates $260,000 to Obama Inauguration
STEVE HORN
President Barack Obama will be publicly sworn in today – on Martin Luther King Jr. Day – to serve his second t...
The Downside of Energy Independence
MICHAEL BRENNER
There is a current of excitement running through the foreign affairs community sparked by the prospect that the United States will cease being a net energy importer within 25 years. The International Energy Agency’s annual WORLD ENERGY OUTLOOK 2012 projects that by 2035...
Iran vs. the Empire
ERIC WALBERG
The West’s attempts to destroy the Iranian economy through heightened sanctions—including most imports, oil exports and use of banks for trade operations—is having its affect. According to Johns Hopkins University Professor Steve Hanke, Iran is facing hyperinfla...
The Underside of Energy Indpendence
ELLIOT SPERBER
Among the social, political, and economic issues that Obama and Romney seem to have no difficulty agreeing upon is the notion that the United States needs to achieve “energy independence.” Arguing that its reliance on the importation of sources of fuel puts th...
Sweetheart Oil Deals
THOMAS KNAPP
To the extent that the second debate between US president Barack Obama and aspirant Mitt Romney is generating media punditry buzz, that buzz centers mostly around the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11: What did Obama know, when did he know it, ...
China’s Nexen Deal Tangled Up With Keystone Pipeline
PETER LEE
An interesting side product of globalization is how China bashing has become a staple of domestic politics in nations around the world, from America to Zambia, from Sydney to Tokyo. Best practices also propagate with remarkable speed and efficiency. It may not be a...
Afghanistan: as US Exits, China Surges
BARRY M. LANDO
There’s got to be some symbolism—if not irony–in the fact that just as the last of the 33,000 troops surged by Obama two years ago supposedly to pacify Afghanistan pulled out, the highest ...
Fighting Keystone XL in the Heart of Texas
SCOTT PARKIN
Near the Dallas, TX suburb of Garland, where I grew up, is what I’ve always called “Deep East Texas.” The area holds a lot of memories for me to say the least. My parents owned a piece of property near Lone Oak, TX where I learned to drive. I spent two years in Comm...
The Tar Sands Lobby
YVES ENGLER
Last Tuesday Ambassador Gary Doer spoke at Washington D.C.’s Johns Hopkins University in support of heavy polluting tar sands oil. According to Sun news, Doer touted the job benefits of Calgary-based TransCanada’s plan to build a $7 billion pipeline ...
Empire and the Denial of Death
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
I was so taken by James Howard Kunstler’s book The Long Emergency back in 2005 that I im...
Getting Away With Murder
WILLIAM BLUM
In July, the Canadian corporation Enbridge, Inc. announced that one of its pipelines had leaked and spilled an estimated 1,200 barrels of crude oil in a field in Wisconsin. Two years ago, an Enbridge pipeline spilled more than 19,000 barrels in Michigan. The Michigan spil...
Is Libya the Next Somalia?
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
Libya seems well on its way to becoming the next Somalia, with much of the country already ruled by tribal/clan based armed militias. As was the case in Somalia, Libya is in the process of separation, with the eastern, oil rich, Cyrenica region having issued a de facto de...
Oil and Illusions
LINH DINH
The flaws of bad government, oppression, injustice and corruption, etc., can be masked by an unearned windfall. Take Saudi Arabia and its oil, for example, or the United States and its oil, which was first sucked from its own soil and sea, then everybody else’s, thanks ...
Drilling the Arctic, Obama-Style
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
Because humanity has taken so avidly to the burning of fossil hydrocarbon deposits for the heat and energy to drive its industrialized way of life, an excessive amount of carbon dioxide gas has been exhausted into the atmosphere, especially during the 20th century. The at...
Oil Wars on the Horizon
MICHAEL T. KLARE
Conflict and intrigue over valuable energy supplies have been features of the international landscape for a long time.  Major wars over oil have been fought every decade or so since World War I, and smaller engagements have erupted every few years; a flare-up or two in 2...
South Sudan’s Missing $10 Billion
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
South Sudan’s leaders have stolen at least $10 billion in oil revenues shared with them by Sudan in the past 7 years. With somewhere between $12 to $17 billion turned over to South Sudan, Africa’s newest “government”, during this time frame some say estimates ...
East Africa at the Brink
RAMZY BAROUD
Once again Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir waved his walking stick in the air. Once again he spoke of splendid victories over his enemies as thousands of jubilant supporters danced and cheered. But this time around the stakes are too high. An all out war against...
Inconvenient Truths About Tar Sands Action
The INSIDER
August 2011’s 350.org/BillMcKibben-lead ...
The Aftermath of Deepwater Horizon
JORDAN FLAHERTY
On April 20, 2010, a reckless attitude towards the safety of the Gulf Coast by BP, as well as ...
The Unlearned Lessons of the BP Oil Spill
ROBERT WEISSMAN
The BP disaster taught us many things: Giant corporations cannot be trusted to behave responsibly, and have the ability to inflict massive damage on people and the environment. We need strong regulatory controls to curb corporate wrongdoing. We need tough penalties to pun...
Dirty Oil Comes to Bella Bella
INGMAR LEE
Vancouver Island. I was demonstrating along the Bella Bella airport  road with my family when Canada’s “National Energy Board Joint Revue Panel” entourage arrived in the Heiltsuk First Nation’s village yesterday. Bella Bella is sit...
The Race for What’s Left
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER
Is it possible to cope with the immense dangers posed by the rapid consumption of the world’s resources? In ...
The Myth of Peak Oil
GEORGE WUERTHNER
Each time there is a short-term shortage of oil or the price begins to rise, there is talk of running out of affordable oil, an idea captured by the concept of Peak Oil. Peak Oil is the theoretical point when the maximum rate of oil production is reached and after that ti...