Obama has No ISIS Strategy

By: Wednesday September 17, 2014 8:02 am

Obama said a week ago he did not have a strategy to combat ISIS, and that now he does. He was right the first time.

 

Rail CEOs to Investors: “Bomb Trains” Safe at Almost Any Speed

By: Wednesday August 13, 2014 5:21 pm

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF)recently said it would proceed with plans to increase speeds for oil-by-rail unit trains in Devil’s Lake, N.D. to 60MPH from 30 MPH, despite opposition from local officials.

Oil-By-Rail: A Battle Between “Right to Know” & “Need to Know”

By: Wednesday July 2, 2014 5:20 pm

Since the first major oil-by-rail explosion occurred on July 6, 2013, in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, citizens in communities across the U.S. have risen up when they’ve learned their communities are destinations for volatile oil obtained from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale basin.

As the old adage goes, ignorance is bliss.

No Turning Back: Mexico’s Looming Fracking, Offshore Oil & Gas Bonanza

By: Monday May 12, 2014 7:05 pm

After generations of state control, Mexico’s vast oil and gas reserves will soon open for business to the international market.

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.

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