Climate Change: What They’re Putting Off Saying

By: Sunday November 30, 2014 4:30 pm

So, OK, back in 2009 I was telling everyone that if the movement to (as Naomi Klein called it) “save the climate” was to accomplish anything at all, we’d need a movement to “Keep the grease in the ground.” September 24th of 2009, to be exact. Mark that date. At some point (I don’t remember when) even Bill McKibben was “feh,” to be exact this was his reaction at a talk he gave at Scripps College in Claremont, when I brought up the “keep the grease in the ground” thing. Well guess what? Now even Obama’s climate envoy is saying the same thing! Obama’s envoy:

 

Climate Youth Lead #XLDISSENT Civil Resistance to Ensure Our Civil Existence

By: Tuesday March 4, 2014 6:09 pm

More than a thousand climate youth leaders and allies converged on Washington, DC this weekend for the largest student-led civil resistance action at the White House in a generation. They came to register their dissent against extreme fossil fuel exploitation and to demand that President Obama reject the northern leg of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Late Night: Fossil Fools

By: Thursday February 6, 2014 8:00 pm

I suppose it isn’t surprising that the fossil fuel industry is populated with sociopathic sleazeballs, given that even those in its most senior ranks went in aware that their business model involved certain planetary destruction. What’s more galling is that they also are incompetent boobs so blinded by ideology and greed that they have become their own worst enemies.

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan: Not Even Close

By: Monday August 12, 2013 7:15 pm

In June, after more than five years as president, President Obama finally proposed a climate action plan for America. True to form, the president gave an eloquent speech, with strong words for those still in denial about the severity of the crisis we face: “We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society.”

Unfortunately for all of us, the blueprint he presented is more PR than plan.

Corporate Interests Influencing State Legislators via National Conference of State Legislatures

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 7:22 pm

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) describes itself as “a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.”

Affiliated with NCSL, is the NCSL Foundation which was created by NCSL as a “nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation that offers opportunities for businesses, national associations, nonprofit organizations and unions seeking to improve the state legislative process and enhance NCSL’s services to all legislatures.”

While the descriptions sound benign, the access to legislators NCSL and the NCSL Foundation provide to fossil fuel interests and other corporate “sponsors” sounds a lot like lobbying.

Labor Draws New Battle Lines on Iraq and Iran Oil Fields

By: Friday November 4, 2011 5:15 pm

The Middle East’s two key exports these days seem terribly at odds with each other: oil, the lifeblood of the global economic order, and political unrest, in the form of protest movements rolling across the region. Occasionally, though, oil and dissent can mix, and workers may be channeling a bit of the Arab Spring into the petrol empires of Iraq and Iran.

As World Watches Japan’s Nuclear Crisis, Renewable Energy Absent from Debate

By: Wednesday March 16, 2011 2:20 pm

You do not have to weigh the costs of nuclear power against the health and environmental impact of fossil fuels. You have to weigh it against the costs of all other energy alternatives. And given that, it comes up well short.

Driven to Destruction – Generational Theft and the Struggle For Sustainability

By: Saturday June 19, 2010 5:00 pm

Wendell Berry is a farmer and author who writes on issues of agriculture, the environment, and sustainability. In his 1997 essay “Energy in Agriculture,” he blames the rise of fossil fuels for the damaging shift from family farms to industrial agriculture. He then connects this transformation in agricultural practices to the all-conmsuming oil addiction that is slowly bringing America to her knees – calling it theft from future generations.

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