The Prosecution of Environmental Activists: District Attorney Sam Sutter Sets Bold Example for Other Prosecutors

By: Thursday September 11, 2014 10:05 am

When Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter surprised two environmental activists and reduced all criminal charges against them to civil infractions, it was an unusual and rare example of a prosecutor exercising his conscience and using prosecutorial discretion while still upholding the rule of law. And it led activists to praise him for his courage as someone who had linked his office to the need for leadership and action on climate change.

 

Michael Klare: Oil Rush in America

By: Sunday September 7, 2014 5:20 pm

Whatever you may imagine, “peak oil” has not been discredited as a concept, a statement no less true for “peak fossil fuels.” Think of them instead as postponed. We are, after all, on a finite planet that, by definition, holds a finite amount of oil, natural gas, and coal. Sooner or later, as such deposits get used up (no matter the new techniques that might be invented to extract more of the ever tougher stuff from the earth), we will reach a “peak” of production from which it will be all downhill.

That’s a simple fact to which, as it happens, there’s a catch.

Podcast: Arrested Activists Discuss Taking Direct Action to Stop Oil Trains at Risk of Explosion

By: Sunday September 7, 2014 12:50 pm

Five residents from the Seattle area took direct action on September 2 and constructed a massive tripod that blocked trains transporting crude oil through a rail yard in Everett, Washington. The action was organized by the environmental action group, Rising Tide North America, and was initiated to call attention to the need to halt the transport of crude oil, which is at risk of explosions.

Obama Opened Floodgates for Offshore Fracking in Recent Gulf of Mexico Lease

By: Thursday August 28, 2014 6:25 pm

In little-noticed news arising out of a recent Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas lease held by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the floodgates have opened for Gulf offshore hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).

With 21.6 million acres auctioned off by the Obama Administration and 433,822 acres receiving bids, some press accounts have declared BP America — of 2010 Gulf of Mexico offshore oil spill infamy — a big winner of the auction. If true, fracking and the oil and gas services companies who perform it like Halliburton, Baker Hughes and Schlumberger came in a close second.

Obama Bombing Iraq to Protect Advisors He Sent in, Prevent Ethnic Killing, Secure US Oil Contracts

By: Friday August 8, 2014 6:59 am

Is this Iraq War III? President Barack Obama has ordered airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS forces officially entering America into the civil war in Iraq. The bombing is supposed to stop an ethnic cleaning campaign of the Yazidis by ISIS and protect military advisors that Obama sent into the country a few months ago. Also at stake are US oil contracts in northern Iraq made between the Kurds and US energy companies though that reason for intervention is not being trumpeted.

Not Just the Atlantic: Obama Leasing Millions of Gulf Acres for Offshore Drilling

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 2:47 pm

Deploying the age-old “Friday news dump,” President Barack Obama’s Interior Department gave the green light on Friday, July 18 to companies to deploy seismic air guns to examine the scope of Atlantic Coast offshore oil-and-gas reserves.

It is the first time in over 30 years that the oil and gas industry is permitted to do geophysical data collection along the Atlantic coast. Though decried by environmentalists, another offshore oil and gas announcement made the same week has flown under the radar: over 21 million acres of Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas reserves will be up for lease on August 20 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the [Mercedes-Benz] Superdome.

Oil by Train

By: Friday June 27, 2014 3:47 pm

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis last year painted a rosy picture of the North Dakota-Montana Bakken oil field industry: “By making energy transportation more efficient, pipelines, rail hubs and other facilities promote economic growth in the Bakken. Higher profit margins encourage oil and gas producers to drill and develop more wells, resulting in more hiring, spending and tax revenues to support public services. . . . Companies involved in moving energy create jobs, buy goods and services and pay taxes.”

Scientists Predict Increased Rain, Floods for Northeast

By: Saturday June 21, 2014 11:30 am

Residents of the Mid-Atlantic and New England states will experience increased rainfall and floods if data analysis by a Penn State meteorologist and long-term projections by a fisheries biologist, with a specialty in surface water pollution, are accurate.

Exxon Awarded Gulf of Mexico Oil Leases Days Before Obama Announced CO2 Rule

By: Wednesday June 4, 2014 4:37 pm

On Friday May 30, just a few days before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced details of its carbon rule proposal, the Obama Administration awarded offshore oil leases to ExxonMobil in an area of the Gulf of Mexico potentially containing over 172 million barrels of oil.

The U.S. Department of Interior‘s (DOI) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) proclaimed in a May 30 press release that the ExxonMobil offshore oil lease is part of “President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production.”

#BringBackOurGirls Brings Back the Blowback?

By: Friday May 9, 2014 1:23 pm

Will a well-meaning social media campaign to rescue kidnapped girls result in military action and, as a result, more blowback against the United States? Could our intervention in Nigeria make Boko Haram stronger?

In recent days, Americans have become aware of the 276 kidnapped Muslim schoolgirls, taken at gunpoint from their classroom in Nigeria by the militant Boko Haram movement.

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