‘A Public Relations Exercise’: TPP Agreement Chapter for Environment Released by WikiLeaks

By: Wednesday January 15, 2014 3:19 pm

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement being finalized between the United States and eleven other countries largely avoids strengthening environmental protections, according to a leaked environmental chapter from the agreement that was published by WikiLeaks.

 

US Court: Transcanada’s Keystone XL Profits More Important than Environment

By: Monday October 14, 2013 7:57 am

In a 2-1 decision, the Court sided with Transcanada, and by extension, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Court ruled, “the threatened environmental injuries were outweighed by the financial harm that the injunction would cause Transcanada.”

Fracking “Shock Doctrine” Unveiled as 2013 Illinois Legislative Session Nears End

By: Thursday May 30, 2013 6:08 pm

The shale gas industry has performed the “shock doctrine” at the 11th hour of the 2013 Illinois State Legislature’s debateover hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), the toxic horizontal drllling process through which oil and gas is obtained from shale rock basins nationwide.

“Gasland 2″ Grassroots Premiere in Illinois Highlights Industry PSYOPS and Ongoing Fracking Fights

By: Tuesday May 21, 2013 3:50 pm

Gasland 2 screened yesterday in Normal, IL and DeSmogBlog was there to gain a sneak peak of the documentary set for a July 8 HBO national premiere.

Josh Fox’s documentary played at the Normal Theater, the second-ever screening since the film officially premiered on April 21 at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

The movie builds on Fox’s Academy Award-nominated Gasland, further making the case of how the shale industry’s hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) boom is busting up peoples’ livelihoods, contaminating air and water, polluting democracy and serving as a “bridge fuel” only to propel us off the climate disruption cliff.

State Department Hid Contractor’s Ties to Keystone XL Pipeline Company

By: Thursday March 21, 2013 9:45 am

Try to act surprised. It seems that the report that claimed the Keystone XL Pipeline would have negligible environmental impact was authored in part by quasi-representatives of TransCanada – the firm who stands to benefit from its construction. The Bush Obama Administration even had the TransCanada connected consultants’ work histories redacted in hopes that no one would know that the State Department’s report was not only wrong on the science but a product of political corruption.

ALEC Sham Chemical Disclosure Model Tucked Into Illinois Fracking Bill

By: Thursday February 28, 2013 1:55 pm

Illinois is the next state on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)‘s target list for putting the oil industry’s interests ahead of the public interest.

Forty-Eight Arrested as Sierra Club Protests Keystone XL Pipeline and Ends Ban on Civil Disobedience

By: Thursday February 14, 2013 5:52 am

Dozens of people demonstrated in front of the White House to protest construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which is being built by the multinational corporation TransCanada. Forty-eight of them engaged in civil disobedience and were arrested.

Sierra Club Will Engage In Civil Disobedience To Fight Climate Change

By: Wednesday January 23, 2013 12:25 pm

To its credit the Sierra Club seems to have recognized that the status quo is not working and has decided to escalate its activism. According to Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune the group will being a campaign of civil disobedience to fight climate change.

World Trade Organization Attacks Successful Canadian Clean Energy Program

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 8:15 am

The Sierra Club and Public Citizen are particularly disappointed that the U.S. decided to weigh in on this case by submitting a third-party brief pointing out how Ontario’s program violated WTO rules.

Indiana’s C&M Conveyor (& Occupy Austin) Against Blue Sage

By: Thursday June 14, 2012 6:30 pm

Last week we heard from the United Steelworkers on behalf of C&M Conveyor, a firm in Mitchell, Indiana. They unionized with United Steel a year ago but have struggled with the company’s owners, vulture capitalists Blue Sage Capital who have refused to give them a contract while cutting their hours, wages, health care and retirement benefits. Though health insurance is theoretically provided, the insurance deductible to cover a family is $10,000, leaving some workers literally bankrupt after medical emergencies. Many workers are so broke that they qualify for food stamps.

Today we protested at Blue Sage’s downtown Austin offices.

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