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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
From TreeHugger.com

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
From craphound.com

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
    From rotten.com

    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


    Small Miracle: House Votes Against Oil Subsidy

    In this time of record profits for oil companies, the House approved a measure to withdraw a $7-billion subsidy over the next five years. Unbelievably, 165 Republicans wanted to let the oil companies keep the public’s money.

    Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Kick the Oil Habit

    Kick the Oil Habit

    Check out this sobering video, which spells out the moral imperative we face to wean ourselves from dependence on oil. Robert Redford will be talking about this new campaign on Larry King tonight (May 17.)

    Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Smokestacks
    From chinadigitaltimes.net

    Report: 162 Million Africans at Direct Risk From Global Warming

    A charity group warns that over 100 million people in sub-Saharan Africa could die by the end of the century if global warming continues its march unabated.

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Greenpeace Founder Does Nuclear U-Turn

    The man who helped found the environmental aid organization argues that nuclear power—once his sworn enemy—is now the planet’s only hope for slowing global warming.

    Posted on Apr 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Poll: Most Don’t Trust Bush on Iran

    Forty-eight percent support striking Iran if it continues down its nuclear course, but a majority do not trust the president to make the “right decision,” according to an L.A. Times-Bloomberg poll.

    Posted on Apr 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Analysts: Iran Is Years Away From Making Bomb

    Tehran lacks the skills, materials and equipment to make a nuclear weapon, experts tell the New York Times.

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Barack Obama Slams Bush’s Oil Policy

    The Illinois senator says Bush’s “plan” to reduce dependence on oil is “like admitting alcoholism and then skipping the 12-step program.”

    Posted on Apr 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Global Warming: What, Me Worry?

    “On the premise that spring is too beautiful for a depressing topic like Iraq, I thought I’d take up a fun subject—global warming.”

    Posted on Apr 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Abramoff Ties to Russians Probed

    The federal government is examining lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s dealings with Russian energy executives, reports the Boston Globe. This is a scandal that could involve billions (not millions) of dollars.

    Posted on Feb 23, 2006 READ MORE


    syriana_iran_oil_china
    From moviereporter.net

    ‘Syriana 2’

    China is set to plumb Iranian oil fields in a $100-billion deal, complicating U.S. efforts to isolate Tehran and providing Iran more money to pursue its nuclear ambitions.
    Can someone please call Stephen Gaghan to figure this one out for us? Or maybe this is a case for Truthdig’s Orville Schell, who knows a thing or two about China?

    Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart Roasts Cheney

    “Don’t let your kids go hunting with the vice president. I don’t care what kind of lucrative contracts they’re trying to land or energy regulations they’re trying to get lifted. He’ll shoot them in the face.” | video

    Posted on Feb 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Sweden Plans to Be World’s First Oil-Free Economy

    The progressive European enclave has set a 15-year limit on its switch to renewable energy. | story
    Hey, they won’t even have to get on a plane to collect their Nobel Prize!

    Posted on Feb 8, 2006 READ MORE


    addicted
    Illustration by Karen Spector

    Kicking the Oil Addiction: Bush Lied, Again

    Cut imports? Medicare savings? Just kidding! As one White House official confessed, they just fib for your benefit. 

    Posted on Feb 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush’s Hypocrisy on Oil

    We agree with Arianna and the Washington Post on their incredulity about Bush’s plan to wean the U.S. off oil.

    Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Advisors: Don’t Take the President Literally on his Vow to Reduce Mideast Oil Imports

    One day after Bush pledged to reduce Middle East oil imports 75% by 2025, his energy secretary and national economic advisor tell reporters that the president misspoke. Their clarification is a bit confusing. | Read on to figure it out.
    Regardless, Reuters is reporting that Bush’s energy “plan” (skepticism ours) will not meaningfully reduce our dependence on foreign crude. | story

    Posted on Feb 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Rep. Dennis Kucinich
    From commondreams.org

    Kucinich Blasts Bush’s State of the Union

    In an exclusive Truthdig podcast, Rep. Dennis Kucinich swings away at the president. Excerpt: “[Bush] hasn’t gotten the message that all his underpinnings of the war have been knocked out. They’re standing totally on lies.” | podcast and transcript

    Posted on Jan 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Enron Elephant
    Illustration by Karen Spector

    Put the Politicians in the Enron Docket

    There simply would be no Enron story were it not for the deregulation of the energy market ushered in by Republican politicians.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Role as Iran’s Nuclear Midwife Is Noted

    A Brown University professor writes: “Every aspect of Iran’s current nuclear development was approved and encouraged by Washington in the 1970s.” | column

    Posted on Jan 30, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. To Rely On Private Sector To Defeat Climate Change

    Officials tell a global summit that fuel-efficient technologies will reduce greenhouse emissions. | story Meanwhile, German scientists say that plants may be producing greenhouse gases. | story

    Posted on Jan 11, 2006 READ MORE


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