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South Africa Strike

2 Million South Africans on Strike

A national strike left South Africa’s streets largely deserted Wednesday as 2 million people refused to work in protest of soaring food and fuel prices. The action, led by a coalition of trade unions, was symbolic and precautionary, suggesting additional strikes if the government and business remained inept at managing the national economy.

Posted on Aug 6, 2008 READ MORE

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Pelosi Takes the Heat on Drilling

According to the Politico, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has given her blessing to vulnerable Democrats to rebel against the party’s position on offshore drilling. The strategy goes something like this: Pelosi plays the liberal from San Francisco while representatives of more conservative districts berate her. With a majority intact, the Democrats push through a comprehensive energy policy sometime in 2009.

Posted on Aug 5, 2008 READ MORE

Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton: ‘I’ll See You at the Debates, Bitches’

In her video response to John McCain’s “celeb” commercial, the heiress unveils her own energy policy and threatens to paint the White House pink. Thanks again, Sen. McCain, for making this campaign about the issues. Or not.

Posted on Aug 5, 2008 READ MORE

Pocket ad

Obama and McCain Spar Over Oil

Both Barack Obama and John McCain have recently changed their positions when it comes to dealing with the burgeoning energy crisis and America’s all-too-apparent dependence on foreign oil, but that doesn’t mean each presumptive nominee isn’t going to keep pointing out the other’s potential inconsistencies and flaws, as Obama’s new ad here demonstrates.

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 READ MORE

Republicans Go Web 2.0 for House Protest

House Republicans are camping out in the Capitol, trying to pressure an up-or-down vote on offshore drilling. The lights and the C-SPAN cameras are off, but a number of lawmakers have turned to new media sites such as YouTube and even Twitter to microblog their dissent.

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 READ MORE

McCain’s Oil Drilling Hoax

John McCain’s newfound enthusiasm for oil drilling probably has more to do with campaign donations than any public benefit—that’s because there isn’t any.

Posted on Jul 30, 2008 READ MORE

Al Gore

Al Gore’s Netroots Cameo

The former vice president had some choice words for big oil on Saturday, when he stopped by the Netroots Nation conference in the liberal heart of Texas to elaborate on his energy ideas and connect the dots between America’s economic and foreign policy quandaries.

Posted on Jul 20, 2008 READ MORE

The Democrats’ Visionary

On the issue of gasoline prices, Republicans think they have a winner in their call for new drilling and Democrats are playing defense. Democrats need—this is a technical term—a lot more oomph. Al Gore wants to help them.

Posted on Jul 17, 2008 READ MORE

Al Gore
Flickr / World Resources Institute Staff, File

Al Gore’s Apollo Mission

The former vice president has given America 10 years to completely shuck carbon energy or face dire national security consequences. In remarks to an energy conference in the nation’s capital, Gore compared his challenge to John Kennedy’s 1961 moongazing.

Posted on Jul 17, 2008 READ MORE

Don’t Drink the Nuclear Kool-Aid

While the presidential candidates trade barbs and accuse each other of flip-flopping, they agree with President Bush on their enthusiastic support for nuclear power.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE

gas prices
AP photo / Lisa Poole

Inflation Runs at a 26-Year High

The once-mighty U.S. dollar is full of hot air, or at least the rate of inflation is at a 26-year high due to the recent economic toils and astronomical energy prices. Prices U.S. consumers pay shot up 1.1 percent in June—or more directly, your paycheck just got 1.1 percent smaller.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE


Obama on Foreign Policy and the ‘Tyranny of Oil’

Sen. Barack Obama was careful to praise U.S. troops in Iraq during Tuesday’s speech outlining his foreign policy strategies, while declaring that Iraq has been a costly distraction for America. “This war distracts us from every threat that we face and so many opportunities we could seize,” he said, before laying out his five goals “essential to making America safer.”

Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE

Oil Mania

There’s nothing like the Saudi version of straight talk to put in perspective the tongue-twisting of American politicians.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Nadine Y. Barclay

The Clean-Energy State

The Guardian reports that New Mexico, with its thousands of square miles of sun-soaked, wind-swept land, is vying to become the epicenter of the new green economy. Given the right tax breaks and technological breakthroughs, the Land of Enchantment could become the Saudi Arabia of sun.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


Toyota Gets Ready to Plug In

Fuel economy has done wonders for Toyota’s bottom line, so the hybrid pioneer has decided to add a plug-in to its lineup by 2010 and will have a hybrid version of every vehicle it makes sometime in the 2020s. Why so long? Because new batteries have to be developed in order to make the plan work.

Posted on Jun 11, 2008 READ MORE

oil barrels
Flickr / XcBiker

Senate Blocks Oil Tax

Forty-one Senate Republicans stayed in lock step with the oil industry Tuesday as record gas prices have big oil rolling in profits at consumers’ expense. Even as they face another tough election, Republicans in Congress refused to allow a tax on oil companies’ “unreasonable” revenue.

Posted on Jun 10, 2008 READ MORE

Firing Congress

In 225 days, at least one high-ranking politician will become unemployed. How many will join President Bush in retirement?

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE

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The Democrats’ Lump of Coal

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton agree on many issues, but it’s a bit surprising to see two candidates who’ve talked so much about the climate crisis and a new green economy tout their love of coal. Obama has an ad up in Kentucky that claims “Barack understands” the plight of the coal industry, while Clinton has promised voters in the state she would put more money into coal programs.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE

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$10.9 Billion Ain’t What it Used to Be

Exxon Mobil made $10.9 billion last quarter, but investors were disappointed that the world’s biggest oil company had only its second-biggest quarter ever. With a product that is harder and harder to find, shareholders who demand even bigger windfalls and consumers who are about ready to revolt, you almost have to feel sorry for the oil companies. No, you really don’t.

Posted on May 1, 2008 READ MORE


Bush Ready to Stimulate America

President Bush announced that rebate checks will start winging their way to taxpayers as early as Monday, helpfully observing that Americans need a little help paying for necessities like groceries and gas during this economic “slowdown”—a slightly different story from his initial justification for this economic stimulus plan, and one that wasn’t lost on his critics.

Posted on Apr 25, 2008 READ MORE

Ahmadinejad Finger
The Sydney Morning Herald

Put Up Your Nukes

Iranian President and up-and-coming schoolyard brawler Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared in a televised address Wednesday his country’s willingness to “bloody the enemy’s nose” in order to defend its national sovereignty. At issue is Iran’s controversial nuclear program, which Ahmadinejad has declared is negotiable only with U.N. nuclear officials, not the politicized Security Council.

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE

Seven Years of Scandal

The latest plot twists are stunners, even as they unfold against the scandalous backdrop of the Bush administration’s sorry regulatory record.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE

For Gore, a Different Kind of Campaign

Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection has launched a $300-million ad campaign in hopes of getting every last SUV-driving, thermostat-cranking Bush voter to see the fluorescent light. Warm monger William H. Macy narrates the first of what will surely be many ads.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE

?Earth Hour?

Actor Jeremy Piven wants you to turn your lights off. Especially you, Atlanta. It’s part of a global campaign to raise awareness about climate change.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008 READ MORE

Up for a Debate

Posted on Mar 13, 2008 READ MORE

Bush’s Gas Gaffe

Of all the reasons to be hopping mad, helplessly shaking your head or hoping beyond reasonable hope that somehow the Bush presidency will get better before it ends, blaming the president for failure to know the price of gas at the pump isn’t one of them.

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE

No Time to Argue About the Economy

With the economy teetering on recession, there’s a way out of the usual political impasse, if the politicians want to find it.

Posted on Jan 15, 2008 READ MORE


Pope Goes Green for Christmas

During his midnight Christmas mass at the Vatican on Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI paid special attention to what he called the “ill-treated world” and our “selfish and reckless exploitation” of energy. He’s not just all talk: it turns out the Vatican bought carbon credits this holiday season to offset emissions. It’s just a little present to the world from the biggest little city in Italy.

Posted on Dec 25, 2007 READ MORE

From Oil Wars to Water Wars

While Al Gore and the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were once again warning the world about the devastating effects of global warming, Senate Republicans and the United States government were working at home and abroad to bring us closer to catastrophe.

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE

Climbing Out of the Oil Ditch

After a generation of self-indulgence, America is very close to taking a big step away from foreign oil and all of the environmental and security problems we’ve come to associate with that phrase. Now, if we can just keep the energy industry at bay… .

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE

Hold Politicians’ Feet to the Fire

Fires rage through Southern California. Massive rainstorms drench New Orleans. The Southeast is in the midst of what could be the worst drought on record there. Atlanta could run out of water. What links these crises? Global warming.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE

Living With Climate Change

Because the problem is likely to stretch on for decades, even centuries, even if humankind acts immediately, we had better get used to the idea of adapting.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE

Arctic Land Grab Update: Russia Claims Victory

Russian officials say they have proof to back up Moscow’s claim to the north pole—and nearly half a million square miles of neutral Arctic territory—but don’t expect Denmark, Canada and the U.S. to go down without a fight. It’s all part of a nakedly opportunistic attempt to cash in on energy resources made available by global warming and melting ice caps.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE

House Gets Busy Over the Weekend

A flurry of legislative activity over the weekend left a mixed bag of progress and surrender. While the House voted to require clean-energy standards for the first time and cut oil industry tax breaks, enough Democrats caved to the White House to pass the president’s preferred FISA rule changes.

Posted on Aug 5, 2007 READ MORE

Gore Vidal
Truthdig / Zuade Kaufman

Sun Shines Again on Chez Vidal

Those readers who have followed the saga of Gore Vidal’s bid to harness the sun may be heartened to hear that the esteemed author has emerged victorious in his green-minded mission: Vidal’s solar system is back in working order.  Here, he offers a wry retort to counter his detractors, along with a spirited response to a recent New York Times report about solar power that left him quite cold, it would seem.

Posted on Jul 28, 2007 READ MORE


Russia Claims Much of Arctic

Russia is launching an underwater expedition to the North Pole in order to back up its claim to a massive section of the Arctic, which may contain vast energy reserves. “The Arctic is ours and we should demonstrate our presence,” said a Russian parliamentarian and explorer who will participate in the flag-planting expedition.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE

Bush Plays the Green Card

President Bush is preparing for next week’s G8 summit in Germany by stressing the importance of long-range environmental action goals for the U.S. and several other nations, including China, to adopt by the end of next year. 

Posted on May 31, 2007 READ MORE


Iran’s Trump Card

Evidence of Iran’s influence over the global economy appeared Wednesday as the oil-rich nation agreed to release 15 British captives and petroleum prices consequently fell. If a relatively minor diplomatic dispute can perturb investors, imagine how invading or bombing Iran would affect global markets.

Posted on Apr 4, 2007 READ MORE

power lines

Who Are You Calling a Gas Guzzler?

Although California has a reputation for smog-choked freeways and self-indulgent excess, the Golden State consumes less energy per capita than any other state in the union. What’s the secret? A combination of tough regulation and high prices.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE

Willie Nelson
AP Photo / Denis Poroy

Annie Nelson on the ‘Fuel That Doesn’t Kill Us’

Annie Nelson, wife of Willie Nelson and co-chairperson of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, speaks to Truthdig about stomaching the State of the Union and the myth that alternative fuels are years away.

Posted on Jan 28, 2007 READ MORE

Power Exec Struggles With Industry

James Rogers may head the power industry’s main trade association, but he disagrees with the group’s opposition to emissions caps.  The forward-thinking CEO wants energy providers and the Bush administration to accept the reality of global warming and embrace the future: “The science says we need to act.”

Posted on Oct 22, 2006 READ MORE

The End of the World as We Know it

Mohamed El Baradei cautioned on Monday that as many as 30 nations could rapidly develop nuclear weapons. The International Atomic Energy Agency chief warned that countries are “hedging their bets” by developing peaceful nuclear programs that could provide the necessary technology and material for weaponization.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE

Kermit and the hyrbid

It (Actually) Is Easy Being Green

Kermit the Frog sang the blues about being green, but the author of this N.Y. Times piece chronicles how he made the relatively painless switch from being a profligate energy waster to an energy conserver.

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE

Sugar in the Gas Tank

As part of its drive toward energy independence, Brazil has encouraged the use of cars that run on any combination of ethanol and gasoline.  More than 2 million of the flex-fuel cars have now been sold in the country, accounting for 77% of the market.

Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE

Liquids on a Plane

First Snakes, Now Liquids (on a Plane)

It was looking like snakes were going to be the biggest threat to planes this summer, but energy drink bottles filled with explosive liquids turned out to be the real problem.

  • Check out the TSA’s hours-old official ban on liquids on planes.
  • Update #1: The terrorists were apparently “planning to smuggle hydrogen peroxide-based liquid/slurry explosives” (whatever that is) in the bottles, according to U.S. News.
  • Update #2
  • Someone came up with a fitting graphic (above)

    Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE

    Consumers Opt for Green Power Despite Price Tag

    In the absence of genuine government policy, more and more consumers are spending their own cash to support green energy.  Utility companies in 36 states offer energy from renewable sources to their customers for an added fee.  Despite increasingly high energy costs, enrollment in such programs is up 20%, according to the Energy Department.

    Posted on Jul 29, 2006 READ MORE

    Robert Redford
    From CNN

    Robert Redford: Americans Ready to Kick the Oil Habit

    “Today the American people are way out in front of our leaders,” says the actor and noted environmental activist. “I believe America is ready to kick the oil habit and launch a new movement for real solutions and a better future.”

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE

    Molly Ivins: Reform the System Or Lose the Democracy

    Kenny Lay paid heaps in campaign contributions to use our president as his “errand boy,” and democracy faltered.

    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE

    Bush and Ken Lay

    The Enron Story Everyone Is Missing: The Bush-Ken Lay Connection

    Former Enron Chief Ken Lay may stand convicted, but as Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer has been writing for years, no accounting of the Enron scandal will be complete until we have full disclosure of Lay’s entanglements with the White House. Check out this classic Scheer column: “Enron is Whitewater in spades. This isn’t just some rinky-dink land investment like the one dredged up by right-wing enemies to haunt the Clinton White House—but rather it has the makings of the greatest presidential scandal since the Teapot Dome.”

    Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE

    Lay and Skilling

    A Verdict on an Era?

    That’s what the N.Y. Times calls the conviction of Enron honchos Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling. But Truthdig contributing cartoonist Mr. Fish has a different perspective (click here to see the full cartoon).

  • Truthdig editor Robert Scheer has written about the crooks from Texas in his new book, “Playing President.” Click here to read some of those classic columns.

  • Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE

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