Exxon’s Russia Partnerships Challenge US Energy Weapon Narrative

By: Tuesday March 18, 2014 7:15 pm

In a long-awaited moment in a hotly contested zone currently occupied by the Russian military, Ukraine’s citizens living in the peninsula of Crimea voted overwhelmingly to become part of Russia.

But even before the vote and issuing of sanctions, numerous key U.S. officials hyped the need to expedite U.S. oil and gas exports to fend off Europe’s reliance on importing Russia’s gas bounty. In short, gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is increasingly seen as a “geopolitical tool” for U.S. power-brokers, as The New York Times explained.

Commissioners Pipeline Meeting: Eminent Domain and Corporate Need

By: Wednesday January 29, 2014 6:05 pm

Last week I linked to this article detailing how the relative lack of pipelines in Ohio is preventing fracking from taking off as the extraction industry would like. This means pipelines have moved front and center in some communities. Since the fastest way to assemble the land for one is to pressure citizens to sell under threat of seizure via eminent domain (ED), ED law is starting to get a much closer look.

New Study: Koch’s Could Make $100 Billion on Keystone XL Pipeline Deal

By: Sunday October 20, 2013 4:00 pm

A new study released today concludes that Koch Industries and its subsidiaries stand to make as much as $100 billion in profits if the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is given the go-ahead by U.S. President Obama.

NSA Spied on Brazil Oil Company, Petrobras—What WikiLeaks Cables Reveal About Possible Motivation

By: Monday September 9, 2013 2:56 pm

A Brazilian television program has revealed that the National Security Agency in the United States spied on the internal and private computer networks of the oil company, Petrobras, which is partly state-owned.

Globo TV’s “Fantastico” program reported top secret documents from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, which were provided to program by Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, include a May 2012 presentation used to “train new agents step-by-step on how to access and spy upon private computer networks—the internal networks of companies, governments, financial institutions—networks designed to precisely to protect information.”

Michael Klare, How to Fry a Planet

By: Sunday August 11, 2013 12:30 pm

Look at it any way you want, and if you’re not a booster of fossil fuels on this overheating planet of ours, it doesn’t look good. Hardly a month passes, it seems, without news about the development of some previously unimaginable way to extract fossil fuels from some thoroughly unexpected place.

Oil Companies Raided in Price-Fixing Probe

By: Thursday May 16, 2013 12:20 pm

BP and Shell have been raided by agents of the European Commission on suspicion of rigging oil prices for over a decade. Rigging petroleum prices could prove to be even more lucrative than rigging LIBOR.

Exxon Oil Spill in Arkansas: Thousands of Barrels of Oozing Goo

By: Monday April 1, 2013 6:40 am

This is Exxon’s second spill in a week, highlighting the utter stupidity and horrendous environmental danger of the Keystone XL pipeline project currently under consideration by U.S. State Department. This leakage occurred under a housing subdivision, it has not yet reached the nearby Lake Conway. The earlier spilled happened Wednesday, a train carrying Canadian crude derailed in Minnesota, spilling 15,000 gallons of oil.

Come Saturday Morning: Dirty Energy’s Decline

By: Saturday February 23, 2013 6:45 am

All of the new energy generation in the US last month came from clean and renewable energy — wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, et cetera — and none of it came from coal, oil, or nuclear power.

Pres. Obama’s Big Oil Host Has History of War Profiteering, Discrimination

By: Wednesday February 20, 2013 7:07 pm

Who cares about the temper tantrums being thrown by the pampered media because they didn’t get to meet Tiger Woods? The real story is that while 50,000 people were at the White House asking the president to address climate change by cracking down on the fossil fuel industry, he was spending the weekend with a guy who is the epitome of Big Oil and much much more.

No wonder he was keeping the destination secret before this trip. Intended or not, it was a big F U to the people who had planned for months to travel to Washington to protest the critical cause of climate change. Worse, there has been no response whatsoever to the tens of thousands of protesters who came to his house on Sunday, nor to the many many more who were at coordinating marches in cities across the country and untold numbers of people who were there with them in spirit.

Well maybe there was another reason why the identity of Obama’s host was kept secret in the weeks leading up to the trip.

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