JEFFERSON LAWSUIT AGAINST 9 OIL FIRMS TO GO TO TRIAL, JUDGE RULES...

Nov 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Disappearing marshland just east of Golden Meadow shows the slice of cut canals, in this Feb. 9, 2007 photograph. (Ted Jackson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune archives) By Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune × A wetlands damage lawsuit filed by Jefferson Parish against nine oil and gas companies must go to trial, a 24th Judicial District Court judge ruled Thursday (Nov. 10), saying attempts by the parish and the state of Louisiana to enforce provisions of permits under which the companies damaged the environment “would be irreparably inadequate.” The ruling by Judge Stephen Enright Jr.sets the stage for similar lawsuits to go forward and for the state to file suits in other coastal parishes, which could result in billions of dollars for Louisiana’s coastal restoration program if they are successful in the litigation. Jefferson has filed seven suits...

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HOW TO STOP CAPITALISM’S DEADLY WAR WITH NATURE...

Sep 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Paul Street  TRUTHDIG   So far, 2016 is the hottest year on record. So was 2015. So was 2014. (John McColgan / U.S. Department of Agriculture) Earth scientists now know that the history of our planet has been set for some time in our current geological age, the Anthropocene. According to leading experts Will Steffen, Paul Crutzen and John McNeill, in this era, “human activities have become so pervasive and profound that they rival the great forces of Nature and are pushing the earth into planetary terra incognita. The Earth is rapidly moving into a less biologically diverse, less forested, much warmer, and probably wetter and stormier era.” We are living in a “no-analogue state” in which “the Earth system has recently moved well outside the range of natural variability.” The...

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NIGERIA’S MASSIVE OIL CLEANUP COULD TAKE DECADES AND A BILLION DOLLARS...

Jun 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Alejandro Davila Fragoso CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba Oil is seen on the creek water’s surface near an illegal oil refinery in Ogoniland, outside Port Harcourt, in Nigeria’s Delta region. A region of Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta suffers widespread ecological damage as spilled oil seeps into its drinking water, destroys plants and remains in the ground for decades at a time.   What’s been described as the most wide-ranging and long-term oil clean-up plan in history was launched in Nigeria Thursday to restore hundreds of square miles of Delta swamps ravaged by nearly sixty years of oil extraction and spills. The move to restore Ogoniland, located in southern Nigeria and home to more than 800,000 people, comes a year and a half after Shell agreed to an $84 million settlement with...

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FACT-CHECKING DONALD TRUMP’S LOW-OCTANE ENERGY POLICY...

May 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment We take a look at the emissions and omissions from the GOP nominee-apparent’s ‘America First’ energy address. By Emily Schwartz Greco BILL MOYERS & COMPANY] Donald Trump doesn’t plan on reducing US fossil fuel use, despite phenomena like the storm surge that Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and parts of NYC’s five boroughs experienced during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images) Time was, picturing what Donald Trump’s presidential energy policies might look like required parsing his fact-defying tweets, forehead slap-worthy comments and threats to seize Middle Eastern oil by force. Now that the presumptive Republican nominee has unveiled his “America First” energy policy, there’s less guesswork to do. “We’re going to have all sorts of energy,” Trump declared when he parachuted into Bismarck, North Dakota, on Thursday to deliver his keynote speech at...

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THE DESPERATE PLIGHT OF PETROSTATES...

May 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch  VIA TRUTHDIG Deepwater Horizon Response / CC BY-ND 2.0 This piece first appeared at TomDispatch. Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. Pity the poor petro-states. Once so wealthy from oil sales that they could finance wars, mega-projects, and domestic social peace simultaneously, some of them are now beset by internal strife or are on the brink of collapse as oil prices remain at ruinously low levels. Unlike other countries, which largely finance their governments through taxation, petro-states rely on their oil and natural gas revenues. Russia, for example, obtains about 50% of government income that way; Nigeria, 60%; and Saudi Arabia, a whopping 90%. When oil was selling at $100 per barrel or above, as was the case until 2014, these countries could finance lavish government projects...

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Leonardo DiCaprio Stands With Great Sioux Nation to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline (Video)...

May 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment The campaign to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) gains steam with DiCaprio and actors from the upcoming “Justice League” film joining the cause. By Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch  VIA ALTERNET BERLIN – FEBRUARY 13: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends ‘Shutter Island’ Premiere during day three of the 60th Berlin Film Festival at the Berlinale Palast on February 13, 2010 in Berlin, Germany Photo Credit: Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock.com The campaign to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) continues to gain steam with Leonardo DiCaprio and actors from the upcoming Justice League film joining the cause. Dakota Access—a subsidiary of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners LP—has proposed a $3.7 billion, 1,168-mile pipeline that will transfer up to 570,00 barrels of crude oil per day from the North Dakota Bakken region through South Dakota and Iowa into Illinois....

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WHY A ONCE IRON-CLAD ALLIANCE IS QUAKING – AND WHY IT TOOK SO LONG TO FALTER...

Apr 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Beenish Ahmed THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meet at Erga Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, April 20, 2016.   President Obama received a rather lukewarm reception from Saudi royals when he landed in Riyadh on Wednesday. Saudi social media commentators noted that he was met with a reception led by the city’s mayor instead of King Salman, who greeted regional leaders with a great deal more gusto right after they landed. Nor did Obama exchange kisses with the Saudi leader, as his predecessor George W. Bush once did. But the alliance between Saudi Arabia and the United States is not quite what it used to be. Tensions have reached new heights in recent weeks among suggestions that the Kingdom’s money was used...

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WALL STREET’S RETREAT FROM KING COAL...

Mar 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Photo Credit Ty Wright/Bloomberg, via Getty Images The grave environmental damage from coal-fired power plants has done nothing to deter the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, from decrying a “war on coal” and orchestrating his own war against the Obama administration’s climate change agenda. But he and other coal-state Republicans would be foolish to ignore the growing consensus on Wall Street that King Coal, for all its legendary political power, has turned into a decidedly bad investment. JPMorgan Chase announced this month that it would no longer finance new coal-fired power plants in the United States or other advanced nations, joining Bank of America, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley in retreating from a fuel that provides about one-third of the nation’s electricity and accounts for about one-quarter of the carbon emissions that feed...

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Thousands Are Gathering in New Orleans to Protest the Sale of New Oil and Gas Leases in the Gulf of Mexico...

Mar 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] With the BP oil spill still in recent memory, activists are planning a massive protest to stop destructive drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. By Janet MacGillivray and Lee Ziesche / EcoWatch   VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: U.S. Coast Guard In Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ masterpiece 100 Years of Solitude, the story of generations doomed to repeat history, the town of Macondo never learns from the past and is eventually wiped off the map. In a chilling and unconsciously ironic foretelling, BP nicknamed the ill fated oil field where the Deepwater Horizon oil exploded “Macondo.” Now, the Obama administration’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has become the agency that never learns and may doom Louisiana to be wiped off the map. The state was hit last week by another storm that dumped two feet of...

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The West Coast Is the World’s 5th Largest Economy. Can It Unite to Stop Big Oil?...

Mar 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   From First Nations activism to innovative city initiatives, the West Coast is leading the fight against global warming even as many countries lag behind. By Arun Gupta / YES! Magazine   VIA ALTERNET Oil and gas well silhouette in remote rural area, profiled on sunset sky Photo Credit: Calin Tatu Rex Parris, the three-term Republican mayor of Lancaster, California, is no squishy liberal. “I believe when you walk out the door of your home, you should be safe. I think capitalism is the best economic system we have available, and the United States should have the strongest military in the world.” But when it comes to climate change, Parris calls it “the greatest threat facing the human race since the beginning of time.” He’s a rarity in a party in which nearly all...

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The Irony of Oil Abundance: Way Too Much Supply, Not Enough Demand...

Mar 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Fracking And oil prices have plunged to rock-bottom—so much for our new industrial renaissance. By Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch   VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com. Three and a half years ago, the International Energy Agency (IEA) triggered headlines around the world by predicting that the United States would overtake Saudi Arabia to become the world’s leading oil producer by 2020 and, together with Canada, would become a net exporter of oil around 2030. Overnight, a new strain of American energy triumphalism appeared and experts began speaking of “Saudi America,” a reinvigorated U.S.A. animated by copious streams of oil and natural gas, much of it obtained through the then-pioneering technique of hydro-fracking. “This is...

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ENERGY WARS OF ATTRITION: THE IRONY OF OIL ABUNDANCE...

Mar 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch  VIA TRUTHDIG Andrew / CC-BY-2.0 This piece first appeared at TomDispatch. Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. Three and a half years ago, the International Energy Agency (IEA) triggered headlines around the world by predicting that the United States would overtake Saudi Arabia to become the world’s leading oil producer by 2020 and, together with Canada, would become a net exporter of oil around 2030. Overnight, a new strain of American energy triumphalism appeared and experts began speaking of “Saudi America,” a reinvigorated U.S.A. animated by copious streams of oil and natural gas, much of it obtained through the then-pioneering technique of hydro-fracking. “This is a real energy revolution,” the Wall Street Journal crowed in an editorial heralding the IEA pronouncement. The most immediate effect of this “revolution,”...

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WE ARE WITNESSING THE DECLINE OF SAUDI ARABIA AS A MAJOR POWER...

Mar 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] With falling oil prices and new players, Saudi Arabia’s power is ebbing. By Vijay Prashad / AlterNet Photo Credit: hikrcn / Shutterstock Five years ago, when the Arab Spring seemed at its most hopeful point, a Saudi diplomat told me, scornfully, that it would come to nothing. I had met him in the halls of the United Nations, where I had been asking diplomats about their views on Libya. The Saudis were eager to have the UN validate armed action to remove Muammar Qaddafi. A Saudi news outlet, al-Arabiya, had suggested that the Libyan military was killing its citizens with abandon. Fog surrounded Libya. The U.S. State Department seemed clueless. It did not have any reliable intelligence. Hillary Clinton, who pushed for war, relied upon the French and the Saudis for their assessment...

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CALIFORNIA MOVES FORWARD WITH DRILLING IN PROTECTED AQUIFIERS...

Feb 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File California has both water and oil underground. Which is worth more?   A California regulator is asking the EPA to officially allow oil drilling and wastewater disposal in a protected aquifer near San Luis Obispo. The request is the first of dozens the state is expected to make, after revelations surfaced that the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources had, for years, improperly issued permits to inject wastewater into underground basins protected by the Clean Water Act. The California Water Board has signed off on its sister agency’s request, saying that the aquifer is separated from local drinking water sources by an “impermeable barrier.” But residents and environmentalists are skeptical. Californians have good reason to be skeptical that the division, known...

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CONGRESS JUST EXTENDED THE PTC AND ITC: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW...

Dec 23, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] eLab Network Manager ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE Late last week, Congress passed a bill that extends the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) that have benefited wind and solar, respectively. This is big news for the U.S. renewable energy industry. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the net result could be 37 gigawatts of new wind and solar capacity—a 56-percent boost to the industry over 5 years, catalyzing $73 billion in new investment, and enabling as many as 8 million more households to access clean, renewable, affordable energy. In exchange for the tax credit extension, Congress has lifted the 40-year ban on crude oil exports that began with the 1970s Oil Embargo Crisis. Environmentalists and energy analysts (among others) are asking if this grand compromise is a good one. We think...

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DOES THE U.S. GOVERNMENT ACTUALLY REGULATE PIPELINES?...

Dec 7, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has a reputation of effectively rubber-stamping every pipeline that comes its way. (Photo: Pipelines via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO) While global leaders meet in Paris at the COP21 climate talks in an effort to rein in global greenhouse gas emissions, the fossil fuel industry continues with business as usual. In far west Texas, that means a proposal for a controversial high-pressure natural gas transmission pipeline in a state that already boasts 431,997 miles of pipelines – enough to stretch to the moon and most of the way back to earth. The additional 143-mile-long, 42-inch-diameter Trans-Pecos pipeline will be built right through the heart of Texas’ starkly beautiful and remote Chihuahuan Desert, as Truthout previously reported. The aim of the pipeline is purportedly...

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NO MORE ARCTIC DRILLING ATTEMPTS FOR SHELL...

Sep 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha PageCLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Jim Paulin Shell has announced it will discontinue oil exploration in the Arctic Sea, for now.   The Arctic drilling season has come to an end, and with it, Shell’s hopes of striking oil in the Chukchi Sea. Royal Dutch Shell announced Monday it would stop oil exploration in the environmentally sensitive region, 140 miles off Alaska, for the “foreseeable future.” The company received permits from the Obama Administration this year to conduct exploratory drilling, despite massive protests from environmentalists. The exploration has been unsuccessful, the company said. “Shell continues to see important exploration potential in the basin, and the area is likely to ultimately be of strategic importance to Alaska and the US,” Marvin Odum, director of Shell Upstream Americas, said in a statement. “However, this...

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THE MOST PROFOUNDLY EVIL CRIME COMMITED BY EXXONMOBIL TO DATE...

Sep 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   JACQUELINE MARCUS FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT (Photo: JW Randolph)From the time I was a teenager, I’ve wrestled with the question of good and evil. The question led me to the study of philosophy and literature. When I was sixteen years old, I began reading the Russian authors, starting with Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.   Naïve, I sided with Alyosha Karamazov, a saintly loving monk—a man who, despite the despicable things that humans do to one another, held faith in the goodness of God, and in the idea that humans are fundamentally good, but they do evil things in a state of ignorance. This idea that evil is committed in a state of ignorance goes back to Plato’s definition of wrongdoing, a concept that St. Augustine accepted, only he referred to the Higher Good...

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BIG OIL TANKS CALIFORNIA MEASURE TO CUT PETROLEUM USE IN HALF...

Sep 17, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] “Oil has won the skirmish. But they’ve lost the bigger battle,” pledges Gov. Jerry Brown. Kate Sheppard Senior reporter/Environment and energy editor, THE HUFFINGTON POST   Credit: Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press California lawmakers pulled a measure calling for a 50 percent reduction in oil consumption from climate legislation Wednesday night, following staunch opposition from the industry. SB 350, a bill from Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D) and Sen. Mark Leno (D), included a measure to cut petroleum use in half by 2030, along with provisions to improve the efficiency of buildings by 50 percent and increase the amount of energy the state draws from renewables to 50 percent. The bill passed the state Senate this summer and is currently up for debate in the Assembly, but the oil provision faced...

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CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS ABANDON KEY PART OF CLIMATE LEGISLATION, BLAMING OIL INDUSTRY LOBBYING...

Sep 10, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Katie Valentine CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, flanked by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, left, and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, announced that they are scaling back a proposal to address climate change, during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif.   California Democrats dropped a major component of their ambitious climate change legislation Wednesday, after a group of moderate Democratic holdouts threatened to spell the end for the bill. The legislation affected was Senate Bill 350, which originally aimed for a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use in cars and trucks, a 50 percent increase in energy efficiency in buildings, and a goal of 50 percent of state utilities’ power coming from renewable energy, all by 2030. On...

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World’s Biggest Economies Devise Plan That Spells Doom for Planet Earth...

Sep 5, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Experts warn that the G20’s massive infrastructure plan will cause “rapid ecological deterioration.” By Reynard Loki / AlterNet More than 80 of the world’s leading scientists, environmentalists, indigenous leaders, farmers, philanthropists and authors have signed a letter to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, current president of the G20 group of the world’s major economies, saying that they are “deeply concerned” about the G20’s focus on mobilizing as much as $60-$70 trillion of investments in large infrastructure projects over the next 15 years. The plan to overhaul global infrastructure was devised at the last G20 meeting, held in Brisbane in November. While it may have good intentions — more roads, bridges, dams, power plants, airports, seaports, pipelines, sewers and telecommunications systems to support a rapidly growing human population — large infrastructure projects can be...

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GREENING AMERICA’S ENERGY WORKFORCE...

Sep 2, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Emily Schwartz Greco  AMERICANS FOR A SAFE FUTURE Oil permeates the whole economy. Even if you telework in a solar-powered home and tote your groceries home by bicycle, the price of petroleum affects what you spend on goods and services. This impact, of course, is uneven. The collapse from $105 per barrel last summer to as little as $37.75 in late August in U.S. oil prices brought relief to wallets across America — while kneecapping the industry’s profits and costing tens of thousands of workers their jobs. But one tiny segment of the oil workforce isn’t hurting. The buck stopped elsewhere for ExxonMobil CEO Rex W. Tillerson, who pocketed $33.1 million in 2014. ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan M. Lance raked in $27.6 million, netting an 18 percent raise. And Chevron CEO John S. Watson, whose...

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BIG OIL HATES A CALIFORNIA CLIMATE BILL SO MUCH IT’S TELLING OUTRIGHT LIES ABOUT IT...

Aug 24, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Reuters / Jonathan Alcorn Lying Flyers and the Liars Who Mail Them By Bentham Paulos GRIST As Western wildfires follow the worst drought in modern history, the impacts of global warming have never been more stark. And as electric cars, LED light bulbs, and solar panels proliferate, the solutions have never been more obvious. California is continuing to lead the way on climate solutions, with a proposed bill working its way through the legislature to further reduce carbon pollution. But the California Drivers Alliance is up in arms. What is that? Well, it must be an alliance of California drivers, right? Wrong. The alliance is “a project of WSPA,” also known as the Western States Petroleum Association, also known as Big Oil. In a mailing sent to California households (including mine), Big Oil...

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RESISTANCE TO ATLANTIC OFFSHORE DRILLING IS GROWING...

Aug 23, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] The rapidly growing grassroots movement of Atlantic coastal communities faces a powerful alliance: pro-drilling governors and oil industry lobbyists. By Sue Sturgis / Facing South Photo Credit: Randy Sturgill/Oceana Monthly town council meetings in Kure Beach, North Carolina, an oceanfront community of 2,000 people located 15 miles south of the port city of Wilmington, are usually quiet affairs, drawing a half-dozen or so residents to discuss mundane matters like board appointments and budgets. But the council’s first meeting last year was anything but quiet or mundane: What happened there on Jan. 27, 2014, is considered the bellwether for the growing grassroots movement against oil and gas drilling in Atlantic Ocean waters. Some 300 people showed up at the town hall that Monday evening, filling the meeting room and spilling into the parking lot....

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AS THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT PUSHES FRACKING, LOCALS PUSH BACK...

Aug 23, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Jon Super Anti-fracking protestors walk in front of vehicles attempting to enter an exploratory drill site for the controversial process at Barton Moss in Manchester, England, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Councils that back “fracking” will get to keep more money in tax revenue as part of an “all-out” drive to promote drilling, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.   The British government has made no secret of its support for fracking. Last year, it opened up bidding for fracking licenses on nearly half the country’s total land area. Now, as those licenses are starting to be issued, the government has warned local councils that applications must be considered in “swift process.” But anti-fracking activism in Britain has only grown. One county already rejected a permit application...

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WHY AN OIL GLUT MAY LEAD TO A NEW WORLD OF ENERGY...

Aug 14, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Michael T. Klare, TomDispatch  VIA TRUTHDIG olle svensson / (CC BY 2.0) This piece first appeared at TomDispatch. Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. The plunge of global oil prices began in June 2014, when benchmark Brent crude was selling at $114 per barrel. It hit bottom at $46 this January, a near-collapse widely viewed as a major but temporary calamity for the energy industry.  Such low prices were expected to force many high-cost operators, especially American shale oil producers, out of the market, while stoking fresh demand and so pushing those numbers back up again.  When Brent rose to $66 per barrel this May, many oil industry executives breathed a sigh of relief.  The worst was over.  The price had “reached a bottom” and it “doesn’t look like it is going back,” a...

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PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER SHELL OIL AS A SYMBOL OF PLANET-DESTROYING GREED...

Aug 1, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] On the day the heat index in an Iranian city broke world records, Shell Oil moved forward with its plan to drill in the Arctic. By Bill McKibben   VIA THE NATION Greenpeace activists Activists unfurl colored banners while hanging from the St. Johns bridge in Portland to protest the departure of Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) Shell Oil’s icebreaker Fennica is apparently on its way to the Arctic from the Pacific Northwest, ending a dramatic week-long siege that saw activists dangle from bridges and blockade the Portland harbor with kayaks, and a federal court threaten environmentalists with heavy fines. Amidst the drama of the action, and the drama of the courtroom, and amidst the outpouring of thanks for activists from Greenpeace, Rising Tide, 350PDX, and others, one more thing...

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PROTESTERS FORM HUMAN CURTAIN TO BLOCK ARCTIC-BOUND SHELL OIL ICEBREAKER...

Jul 31, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Greenpeace activists dangle from a Portland, Oregon, bridge in a bid to derail plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean this summer. Activists opposed to Arctic oil drilling blocked an icebreaker’s route out of Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday. (Photo: Courtesy Steve Dipaola/Greenpeace) Jul 29, 2015 Emily J. Gertz is TakePart’s associate editor for environment and wildlife. Bio Just before 3 a.m. PT on Wednesday, 13 protesters dropped climbing ropes over the side of the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon. Then they launched themselves into space, descending the ropes until they were dangling about 100 feet above the darkened nighttime waters of the Willamette River. KPTV – FOX 12 The result was a “human curtain” that a coalition of groups—including Greenpeace, Rising Tide, Climate Action Coalition, and 350 PDX—hope will block...

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WE MIGHT AVERT CLIMATE CATASTROPHE WITH THIS ONE RADICAL CHOICE...

Jul 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   Leaving most of the world’s remaining fossil fuels in the ground could prevent worst-case warming, study says. (Photo: Balazs Koranyi/Reuters) TAKE PART BY Emily J. Gertz   We have about a 50 percent chance of keeping global temperatures from rising dangerously higher than those of preindustrial times—if we leave most of the world’s remaining supply of oil, gas, and coal unearthed and unburned between now and 2050, according to a study published this week in the journal Nature. Globally, about one-third of oil deposits must enter the no-burning zone, along with 88 percent of known and mineable coal supplies and about half the world’s unused natural gas. Advertisemen It adds up to about $6 trillion worth of fossil fuels, suggesting a revolutionary shake-up of the global financial and energy economies. Among them,...

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CORRUPTION IS KILLING CHILDREN IN ANGOLA...

Jun 24, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] NICHOLAS KRISTOFF – NY TIMES The World’s Deadliest Place for Kids Nicholas Kristof reports on the rampant corruption in oil-rich Angola, which is depriving children of education and contributing to the highest rate of child mortality in the world. By Adam B. Ellick and Nicholas Kristof This is a video report that I’ll never be able to do again. It’s about Angola, an oil-rich and fabulously corrupt country that also happens to be the deadliest place in the world to be a child. Angola, naturally, doesn’t welcome journalists. It took me about five years to get a journalist visa to get into Angola, and after my reporting I doubt I’ll get another visa as long as the current regime remains in power. So at The Times, we poured a lot of time and...

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