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Hey Millennials, Here’s What Gary Johnson Believes (Video)

For starters, the Libertarian Party presidential candidate supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership, fracking and “massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and social welfare programs of all kinds,” writes Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE


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How to Stop Capitalism’s Deadly War With Nature

It’s not humanity alone that threatens life on earth. The bigger culprit is an economic and political system that relies on endless global appropriation of cheap food, energy, raw materials and labor.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE



In This Election, the Climate Should Trump Everything Else

No matter who becomes president, if we fail to make the environmental health of the planet the top issue, we will drive humanity over the precipice.

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 READ MORE



Earthquake Rattles Oklahoma Amid Warnings of ‘Inherent’ Fracking Risks

A 5.6-magnitude quake, one of the strongest in Oklahoma’s history, shook a seven-state area. And “it could have been prevented,” said a leading activist.

Posted on Sep 5, 2016 READ MORE


Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Tim Canova Debate Fracking, Israel, Marijuana and More (Video)

The former head of the Democratic National Committee and her challenger in Florida’s 23rd District primary clash in an illuminating debate broadcast by a Miami TV station.

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Hillary Clinton’s Choice of Ken Salazar Comes Under Fire (Video)

David Sirota argues that the former interior secretary, appointed to Clinton’s transition team, holds anti-environment, pro-business ideologies that could nudge government policies in harmful directions during the next presidency.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Clinton Transition Team Headed by Anti-Climate ‘Power Broker’ Ken Salazar

The former secretary of the interior has claimed that “there’s not a single case where hydraulic fracking has created an environmental problem for anyone.”

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 READ MORE


Bill Clinton’s Convention Speech About Hillary Clinton Was Filled With Inaccuracies (Video)

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) co-founder Jeff Cohen dissected the former president’s 43-minute talk and found many of the policy claims he made to be wrong.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Pro-Fracking, Pro-Colonialism, Anti-Single Payer: The Democrats’ Platform Sucks

Progressives vow to “take the fight to Philadelphia” and battle for a stronger platform at the Democratic Party convention.

Posted on Jul 11, 2016 READ MORE



Breaking Americans’ Addiction to ‘Meth’ (Methane Gas, That Is)

Official proposals to address climate change ignore the deadly math of methane gas. On July 24, thousands of people will march to change that, and some will call for an “ecosocialist” emergency response.

Posted on Jun 18, 2016 READ MORE



‘Bomb Train’ Derailment Sparks Fire in Columbia River Gorge (Video)

“Moving oil by rail constantly puts our communities and environment at risk,” a lawyer for an environmental group commented.

Posted on Jun 4, 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



Emails Confirm Hillary Clinton Used Her State Department Role to Press Countries to Embrace Fracking

The emails belie both an upstate New York campaign commercial in April touting Clinton’s work as secretary of state forcing “some of the world’s worst polluters” to make “real change” and her promise to “stand firm with New Yorkers opposing fracking, giving communities the right to say ‘no.’ ”

Posted on May 28, 2016 READ MORE



Angelenos Press for Change in California With Fossil Fuel Industry Protest

Although the state is ahead of the curve on renewable energy, Saturday’s rally in Los Angeles was a reminder to politicians that there’s far to go before we “Break Free” of our dependence on coal, oil and gas.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE



President Obama Calls for Support of TPP; Sanders Calls TPP a ‘Disaster’

Amid the recent hubbub about the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), it’s easy to lose sight of that other international trade deal with two Ts and a P in its abbreviation that’s caused a worldwide backlash in recent months.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE



A Big Win for the Anti-Fracking Movement as Another Major Pipeline Proposal Bites the Dust

After an energized grass-roots campaign, the state of New York rejects a permit for the controversial Constitution Pipeline.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 READ MORE



Tom Hayden Article Endorsing Hillary Clinton Produces a Flood of Angry Responses

The progressive activist declared himself “a Bernie supporter” in September, but now he’s backing the former secretary of state in the California Democratic primary.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE


Bernie Backstage: Here’s How a President Sanders Would Rally the Grass Roots (Video)

Footage of a private meeting with local leaders before Sanders’ rally in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Tuesday provides insight into how he might work with grass-roots activists to pursue a national populist agenda.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Ahead of New York Primary, Bernie Sanders Calls Hillary Clinton’s Judgment ‘Clearly Lacking’ (Video)

Sen. Sanders made the comment on “Meet the Press” in the wake of his double-digit win Saturday in the Wyoming caucus.

Posted on Apr 10, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Susan Sarandon, Defender of Those Who’ll Vote for Bernie Sanders Only

In an interview with Chris Hayes, the Academy Award-winning actress denounced the premise that Hillary Clinton would represent people over her big-money backers as “naive and egotistical.”

Posted on Apr 2, 2016 READ MORE



Ted Cruz Today, the Rapture Tomorrow

The Texas senator’s measured pro-Israel comments mask the extremist views of “God’s candidate.” His Christian Zionist backers see Israel’s continued grip on Palestine as key to the second coming of Jesus.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE



Energy Wars of Attrition: The Irony of Oil Abundance

The oil attrition wars may not lead us into a future of North American triumphalism or even to a more modest Saudi version of the same but into a strange new world in which an unlimited capacity to produce oil meets an increasingly crippled capitalist system without the capacity to absorb it.

Posted on Mar 11, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Takes a Walk on the Greener Side

As Nevada short-circuits its solar boom, the White House gets more committed to renewable energy.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE



Rallying for Bernie Sanders, Seminar-Style

Pundits say voter anger is what characterizes this year’s presidential race, but it was a different story at a recent Sanders campaign gathering in Beverly Hills, where the candidate’s supporters quietly sought serious answers to issues including health insurance, fracking and campaign finance.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Amid the Gloom Covering Our Planet, Some Rays of Light

On the winter solstice, a Truthdig review of the year’s environmental stories finds cause for hope in our poison-riddled world.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’ With Chris Hedges: The Fracking Revolution Must Be Local

“People think we have a fracking problem,” Thomas Linzey of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund says. “It’s not. It’s a democracy problem.”

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Secret Trade Talks Could Weaken Climate Targets Set in Paris

Secret trade negotiations in Geneva could outlaw public subsidies for renewable energy across the world, undermining climate talks in Paris that aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to unions and anti-poverty campaigners.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE



Saving Humanity From Climate Chaos Means Saying No to Business as Usual

Corporations should not be a part of climate negotiations at the upcoming United Nations talks in Paris. They are part of the problem, not the solution.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



Are the Fracking Vampires Going Bust?

Oil is crashing, and gas prices at the pump keep sliding lower and lower. As of October, a barrel of Brent crude (the global standard) is selling for less than $50—nearly half of what a barrel cost last year at this time. What does all of this mean? You wouldn’t think that a significant drop in oil prices could actually be a good thing for the environment and a bad thing for Big Oil and dirty frackers, yet it may well be.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE



Death by Fracking

We are committing suicide by failing to rise up in large numbers to oppose a practice that poisons our air and water, causes epidemics of cancers and other diseases, and lays a hellish hand on the ecosystem. The longer we wait for the political process to work, the more assured is our mutual destruction.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 READ MORE



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



Why an Oil Glut May Lead to a New World of Energy

While most oil-company executives continue to insist that a turnaround is sure to occur in the near future, some analysts are beginning to wonder if oil’s diminished profitability doesn’t actually signal a fundamental transformation of the industry.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton’s State Department Emails, Mexico’s Energy Privatization and the Revolving Door

Recently released emails confirm that Clinton’s State Department helped break state-owned company Pemex’s oil and gas industry monopoly in Mexico and open the resource to international businesses. And two of the people responsible now work in the private sector and stand to gain financially from the reforms they helped create.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE



Dirty Energy vs. Clean Power: The Past and the Future at Seneca Lake

Against corporate efforts to turn the region around New York state’s Seneca Lake into a gas storage and transportation hub for the entire northeastern U.S., a coalition of farmers and vintners, doctors and lawyers, clean energy companies and reluctant do-it-yourself activists is working to guide their home toward a fossil-fuel-free future.

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE


Fracking Chemical in Water









Posted on May 12, 2015 ENLARGE


Nebraska Farmer Invites Pro-Fracking Commission Members to Drink Contaminated Water

Pro-fracking members of the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission were silent when a farmer and former pipeline worker invited them to drink water contaminated with chemicals used in the petroleum and natural gas extraction process.

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Real Story Behind the Oil Price Collapse

With demand stagnant and excess production the story of the moment, the very strategy that once generated record-breaking profits for the oil industry has suddenly become hopelessly dysfunctional.

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 READ MORE



Low Oil Prices Threaten U.S. Fracking Industry

Some North Dakota companies have shut down 40 percent of their operations as plummeting oil prices render the industry far less viable than during the boom of the past five years.

Posted on Feb 8, 2015 READ MORE



What Happened to Narendra Modi’s Childhood Bride?

The Indian prime minister concealed his somewhat mysterious marriage throughout most of his political career; Pope Francis is now suffering rightwing backlash for some of his more progressive views; meanwhile, two children have been banned for life from discussing fracking. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Jan 5, 2015 ENLARGE


‘Left, Right & Center’: 2014, The Year That Was

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ponder the most consequential stories of 2014: the fracking revolution, the global economic slowdown, technological advances and police and race.

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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New York State Bans Fracking

When natural gas companies first pressed into New York in 2008, state environmental regulators barely understood the process of “hydraulic fracturing.”

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE



Scientists Refute Lower Emissions Claim for Fracking

As advanced technology triggers the boom in extraction of natural gas, a new study warns that market forces mean the cheaper fossil fuel could replace not just coal, but also low-emission renewable and nuclear energy.

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Fracking for the Cure?

One of the world’s largest fossil fuel services firms is partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation on a breast cancer awareness campaign, despite possible links between fracking and cancer.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE



A Trip to Kuwait (on the Prairie)

At 9 p.m. on that August night, when I arrived for my first shift as a cocktail waitress at Whispers, one of the two strip clubs in downtown Williston, I didn’t expect a 25-year-old man to get beaten to death outside the joint. Then again, I didn’t really expect most of the things I encountered reporting on the oil boom in western North Dakota this past summer.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Strikes Islamic State Oil Fields in Quest to Defund It: But Will It Replace Oil With Fracking?

Sawt al-Iraq (Voice of Iraq) reports that during the past two days, Saudi, UAE and American fighter jets attack small oil refineries originally built for Syria by Turkey, which had been run by IS in Deir Ezzor.

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 READ MORE


Couch Potato Congress









Posted on Aug 7, 2014 ENLARGE


GOP Par for the Course









Posted on Aug 6, 2014 ENLARGE



Report Criticizes EPA Oversight of Injection Wells

The Government Accountability Office says environmental regulators are failing to adequately enforce rules for wells used to dispose of toxic waste from drilling.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE


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