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Archives by Tag 'oil'
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 An incredibly drab and oddly out of date international airport, the walls of the customs area have peel...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...