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Leaked Documents Show Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson Ran a U.S.-Russian Oil Company

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state was a director of a subsidiary based in the Bahamas, one of the world’s key tax havens.

Posted on Dec 18, 2016 READ MORE


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Naomi Klein and Tulsi Gabbard Travel to Standing Rock to Join Thousands of Veterans

Over 3,000 veterans are backed by prominent progressives as peaceful action on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe gets underway.

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 READ MORE



Veterans Plan ‘Deployment’ to Join Battle Against Dakota Access Pipeline

“Let’s stop this savage injustice being committed right here at home. If not us, who? If not now, when?”

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 READ MORE



As Stakes Rise, 83 Dakota Pipeline Protesters Are Maced and Arrested

Saturday’s events follow reports of escalating police abuse at protest sites, including beatings and unnecessary strip searches of those detained.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 READ MORE



The Empire Strikes Back

U.S. imperialism and vicious corporate exploitation have returned to Latin America, and the region’s populist governments and movements are broken or in disarray. The defeat of the Latin American left is our defeat.

Posted on Oct 2, 2016 READ MORE



U.N. Experts to United States: Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline Now

Standing Rock Sioux were “denied access to information and excluded from consultations,” a United Nations special rapporteur charges.

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 READ MORE



Dakota Access Construction Will Continue, Says Pipeline Company CEO

As the head of the company building the pipeline vows to move forward with the controversial project, nonviolent protesters bring work to a halt at one North Dakota site.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE



California and EPA Poised to Expand Program With Potential to Pollute Water Reserves

Under federal environmental law, a little-known program is being used to permit oil and gas companies to inject waste into the state’s aquifers, even as the thirst for groundwater grows.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE



Pray With Your Feet

Civil disobedience to halt the assault by the oil and gas industry is an act of faith for retired Episcopal Bishop George Packard. His church is wherever protesters gather to stop corporations from destroying our rights or our ecosystem.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE



California Back in Big Oil’s Crosshairs as Feds Quietly OK Offshore Fracking

“This move paves the way for offshore fracking permits that were previously frozen and the dumping of toxic wastewater directly into the Pacific Ocean.”

Posted on May 29, 2016 READ MORE



Major Oil Companies Tread Cautiously Toward Renewables

In face of falling oil prices and plunging profits, big oil companies are investing in renewables and clean energy, but still focusing on fossil fuels.

Posted on May 23, 2016 READ MORE



Oil Industry’s Suppression of Climate Science Began in 1940s, Documents Reveal

“What we found is they knew a great deal, and they knew it much earlier and with greater certainty than anyone has recognized or that the industry has admitted.”

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 READ MORE



Three Surprising Reasons Saudi Arabia May Be Getting Out of the Oil Business (Video)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman announced Friday that Saudi Arabia would use its oil assets to back a $2 trillion sovereign wealth fund.

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE



Trade Officials Promised Exxon That U.S.-EU Pact Would Erase Environmental ‘Obstacles’ Worldwide

European Union trade officials soothed the oil giant as it fretted about new regulations popping up in the global south as the proposed agreement was being discussed in 2013.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 READ MORE



Why I Support Dr. Jill Stein for President

The candidate, seeking the Green Party nomination, is the only presidential hopeful who understands that what’s important is not the election—it’s the construction of anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist global movements. The building of these movements alone will save us.

Posted on Feb 21, 2016 READ MORE



More Than Exxon: Big Oil Companies for Years Shared Damning Climate Research

New investigative reporting exposes that a task force headed by the American Petroleum Institute also knew about global warming since the 1970s.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



Capitalism’s Cult of Human Sacrifice

Manchester, a poor Mexican-American neighborhood in Houston, is just one example of how industrial capitalism is killing us on an altar of profit.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE



Exxon Targets Journalists Who Exposed Massive Climate Change Cover-Up

“We’ve often wondered if Exxon actually hates our children because they so consistently stand in the way of safeguarding their future,” a campaigner said. “It turns out they apparently hate good journalism as well.”

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Urges Us to Wake Up to How Big Oil Is Killing People and Destroying North Dakota

In another informative and funny segment of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver explores what has happened to North Dakota since the start of its oil boom.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Local Resistance Can Overthrow Our Political Masters

Two prominent Green Party members call for third-party involvement in city council and other local races. This, they rightly say, is a fundamental step toward the large-scale changes needed to save society.

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 3, 2015 ENLARGE



In Alternative Energy Tussle, Obama Takes On Kochs, Fossil Fuel Companies

President Obama is letting it be known that he isn’t on the same side as David and Charles Koch and Big Oil when it comes to their approach to keeping consumers hooked on fossil fuels and discouraging them from exploring other options.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE



The New Battle of Seattle

When the pope and paddlers unite, change cannot be far off.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Making Polluters Pay Us Is Step 9 to Saving the Economy

Instead of investing in dirty fuels, let’s start charging polluters for poisoning our skies—and then invest the revenue so that it benefits everyone.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE



Green Energy Is Surging, and You’ll Never Guess Why

The adoption of wind and solar for electricity generation around the world is happening at a growing pace, and the likelihood is that it will displace hydrocarbons in 15 to 20 years (decades sooner than Big Coal, Big Oil and Big Gas expect).

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE



Big Oil Soon to Be Extinct

Fossil fuels are on their way out as a new generation embraces renewable energy and such ideas as ride-sharing, biking and a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE



Big Oil Gets $10 Million From Taxpayers Every Minute (Video)

Governments give fossil fuel companies $5.3 trillion in subsidies every year—more than the world spends on health care, a new estimate by the International Monetary Fund says.

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE



Chibok Girls Remembered, One Year On

The loss of hundreds of schoolgirls to Boko Haram has shown that in Nigeria, the powerful care nothing about the powerless until an international tragedy embarrasses them.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE



Mind-Boggling Conundrums in the Middle East

As we look to the future of the Afghanistan-Pakistan area, it’s important to understand the historic role of American geostrategic shenanigans. A shifting global economic balance and the fortunes of American arms manufacturers are further complicating matters.

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 READ MORE



In Morocco, the Dawn of a Green Energy Revolution

In the Arab world, Morocco is the most serious about renewable energy, which is now powering its transformation from a poverty-stricken agricultural country to a modern industrial nation.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE



Why Did Christie Settle With Exxon?

Last week, Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s administration settled New Jersey’s long-standing environmental lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. for pennies on the dollar.

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 READ MORE



Some Surprisingly Progressive Outcomes of the 2014 Midterm Elections

We all knew Republicans would take control of the Senate, but American voters had a few surprises up their sleeves.

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE



How Lowering Oil Prices Could Actually Change the World

If oil goes lower and stays there for a while, what are the implications?

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 READ MORE



Oil and Gas Companies Are Rigging Wages and Cheating Their Workers

U.S. Department of Labor investigations have uncovered hundreds of cases in which oil and gas workers, many involved in dangerous jobs, are being cheated of earnings.

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart Explains Climate Change for Dummies or the House Committee on Science and Technology

Using a cup of water and bowl of ice, the “Daily Show” host tries to show an exceptionally stubborn House representative why his metaphor about climate change is faulty.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Sep 20, 2014 ENLARGE


Climate Deniers, All Washed Up









Posted on Jul 17, 2014 ENLARGE



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Rep. Cathy Rodgers Exemplifies GOP: Benefit From Gov’t Yourself, Deny Benefits to Others

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in giving her response to President Obama’s State of the Union message exemplified everything wrong with today’s Republican Party.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Jan 12, 2014 ENLARGE


Climate Denial Cancer









Posted on Dec 3, 2013 ENLARGE



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The Saboteurs

Wiebo Ludwig, a messianic Christian minister, took God’s law seriously. And to him that meant blowing up oil and gas drilling stations in northern Alberta to protect his children, his livestock, his water and the planet.

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 READ MORE



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In the Battle for Tax Subsidies, Big Oil Beats Renewables and the Poor

A collection of articles and studies questions our commitments to a better world. As Big Oil rakes in near-record profits and massive tax subsidies, renewable energy ventures remain under-subsidized. And some 50 million Americans remain mired in poverty.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE


Healthful Tar Sands









Posted on Oct 28, 2013 ENLARGE


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Posted on Jul 22, 2013 ENLARGE



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Terracide and the Terrarists: Destroying the Planet for Record Profits

We have a word for the conscious slaughter of a racial or ethnic group, and one for the conscious destruction of aspects of the environment. But we don’t have one for the conscious act of destroying the planet we live on. “Terracide,” from the Latin word for earth, has the right ring, given its similarity to the commonplace danger word of our era: terrorist.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE


Big Oil









Posted on Apr 3, 2013 ENLARGE



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Time to Challenge Obama on Gas Prices

Here we go again. A sudden surge in the price of gasoline and heating oil is followed by reported expressions of frustrated despair by hard-pressed consumers in the midst of silence from the oil companies and abdication of responsibility by the elected and appointed officials of federal and state governments.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Big Oil Raked in Billions as Consumers Paid Record Gas Prices

While you were paying record prices at the pump in 2012, the cash was flowing to oil companies such as Exxon Mobil and Chevron, according to recently released earning reports.

Posted on Feb 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Mission Accomplished for Big Oil?

Big Oil has replaced U.S. troops in Iraq, and the country’s oil output, crippled for decades, is growing again, with Iraq recently reclaiming the number two position in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. Now there’s talk of a new world petroleum glut. So is this finally mission accomplished?

This piece originally appeared at TomDispatch.

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 READ MORE


Muppets 1, Fox News 0

Bet you never thought you’d watch a press conference involving Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy holding forth about Fox News, but here’s your chance to see just that. And when it comes to defending their latest movie and their honor from politicized attacks by certain Murdochian operatives, these felty friends don’t play.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


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