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A Global Warming President Presides Over Drill-Baby-Drill America

We should certainly be witnessing real progress toward a post-petroleum economy. But the opposite is occurring. U.S. oil consumption climbed by 400,000 barrels per day in 2013 alone and is set to rise again both this year and next.

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Iraq: If Terrorists Hit Southern Iraq Oil Fields, $5-$7 a Gallon Gas?

Iraq’s former oil minister, Ibrahim Bahr al-Ulum, warned Thursday that the so-called Islamic State terrorist organization could hit the Iraqi oil fields in the south around Basra.

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Top 20 Oil Projects Put Investors’ Billions at Risk

An oil industry think tank warns that high-cost extraction projects failing to match oil demand with global emissions reduction targets could waste $91 billion of investors’ money over the next decade.

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Canada Puts Oil Exploitation Before Forests

Having repudiated the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Canada is still exploiting tar sands for oil—despite accepting that climate change is destroying its forests.

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Climate Deniers, All Washed Up

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Twenty-First-Century Energy Wars

The world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts that appear to be independent events, driven by their own unique and idiosyncratic circumstances. But look more closely and they share several key characteristics—notably, a witch’s brew of ethnic, religious, and national antagonisms that have been stirred to the boiling point by a fixation on energy.

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Iraq That Was and Could Have Been

The British Pathé archive gives us an opportunity to resist historical forgetting and know a modernizing Iraq that was prouder and more self-determined than the hothouse of anxiety and ruin that latter-20th century U.S. aggression made it today.

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It’s the Oil, Stupid!

Sunni insurgents are not only in a struggle against what they see as oppression by a largely Shiite government in Baghdad and its security forces, but also over who will control and benefit from what Nouri al-Maliki—speaking for most of his constituents—told The Wall Street Journal is Iraq’s “national patrimony.”

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Why You Need an Electric Vehicle: Radicalism in Iraq Menaces World’s Most Important Oil Fields

The virtual collapse of the Iraqi army and its inability to take back any territory from Sunni forces coordinated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria brings into question our earlier insouciance about the oil impact of ISIS advances.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE



300 U.S. Troops Are Heading to Iraq

President Obama announced Thursday that up to 300 “military advisers” will assist Iraq’s embattled army against advancing Sunni insurgents, and insisted that the U.S. would not be drawn into another war in the country.

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ISIS Moves on Iraq’s Biggest Oil Refinery

Militant Islamists have attacked Iraq’s largest oil refinery in the city of Baiji, 155 miles north of Baghdad.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



New Environmentalists Taking Bold Actions, and They’re Working

No longer dominated by the traditional “Big Green” groups that were taking large donations from corporate polluters, the new environmental movement is broader, more assertive and more creative.

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The Birth of a Eurasian Century

A specter is haunting Washington, an unnerving vision of a Sino-Russian alliance wedded to an expansive symbiosis of trade and commerce across much of the Eurasian land mass—at the expense of the United States.

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Why Don’t We Care About Congo’s Dead?

What happens when millions of Africans die in a conflict in which some of the world’s most desired natural resources are at stake? Very little, it turns out.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



Oil Companies Take Trillion Dollar Gamble

Oil companies are using investors’ money on high-risk extraction projects based on the dubious belief that oil prices will go on rising, and with little regard for climate change factors.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE


Oil Rail Disaster

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Top 5 Reasons Solar Energy Will Save the World

The research and development monies now going into solar energy are great enough to fuel innovation and bring down prices rapidly.

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Keystone XL

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Driving Climate Denial

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Lap Dancers, the CIA, Payoffs and BP’s Deepwater Horizon

Four years ago this Sunday, the Deepwater Horizon blowout incinerated 11 men and poisoned 600 miles of Gulf coastline. What political fairy dust allows BP to remain virtually immune from the consequences?

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Russian Sanctions-Busting? Putin’s Bruited 500k B/D Oil Deal With Iran Draws U.S. Threats

Russia has rejected U.S. criticism of a plan that has been floated to import 500,000 barrels a day of petroleum from Iran on a barter basis.

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Oil Spill

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5 Signs Solar Power Is Taking Over the World

Burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas and oil) is putting 32 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide annually into the atmosphere.

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Two Giant Oil Pipelines Would Double Tar Sands Production

Two new pipeline projects announced earlier this month would bring to market a “neck-breaking 1.1 million barrels of oil per day” and almost double the region’s daily petroleum output to 760,000 barrels without requiring President Obama’s approval.

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How the Oil Lobby Rigged the Keystone Pipeline Environmental Review

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Shell Apparently Won’t Drill in the Arctic

The giant fossil fuel corporation announced Thursday that it would shelve plans to drill in the Alaskan Arctic in 2014.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE



Oil on the Tracks

More crude oil was spilled in U.S. rail incidents in 2013 than in the previous 37 years combined.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Iran Breakthrough a Triumph for Pragmatists and a Defeat for the Warmongers

As with all good diplomacy, the Iran accord is a win-win for that country and the United Nations Security Council’s permanent members.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE


B-i-g O-i-l M-o-u-s-e

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McKibben on Obama, Environment: The Cynics ‘Were Right’

Writer and environmental activist Bill McKibben slaps the administration for taking on easy battles, sidestepping the tough ones and trying to claim environmental progress. Meanwhile, the earth continues to heat up as Obama pursues oil- and coal-based energy policies, and then brags about them.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Team Makes Oil From Algae—Fast

Although it’s still a long way from commercial viability, a U.S. team has produced oil from algae in less than an hour, in contrast with the millions of years the natural process needs.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE


Indigenous Groups Win Right to Try to Seize Chevron’s Canadian Assets

A Canadian court Tuesday granted Ecuadorean farmers and fishermen the right to attempt to seize the oil giant’s Canadian assets due to a 2011 decision in an Ecuadorean court that found the company liable for nearly three decades of soil and water pollution and the ruined health and livelihoods of people living in nearby areas of the Amazon rainforest.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE



Why Isn’t Anybody Talking About the Major Oil Discovery in Australia?

Crude found outside a small town in the land down under nearly outnumbers all the reserves in Saudi Arabia; former Cuban President Fidel Castro believes JFK’s assassination was part of a larger conspiracy; meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande stands up to Israel. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE



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How to Reverse a Slow-Motion Apocalypse

Corporations and governments promote the burning of fossil fuels, which means the dumping of its waste product, carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere where, in record amounts, it heats the planet. This is not an oversight; it is a business model.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Israel to Drill for Oil in the West Bank

A new oil reservoir holding as many as 3.5 billion barrels was discovered directly beneath the 1948 armistice line that formally divides Israel from the occupied Palestinian territories. Israel has moved the border to get access to the well. Will Palestinians get a cut?

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Healthful Tar Sands

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X-Ray of a Flagging Presidency

The two-plus year battle over the Keystone XL pipeline has illuminated the Obama presidency like no other issue. It offers the president not just a choice of policies, but a choice of friends, worldviews, styles.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Fossil Fuel Euphoria

For years, energy analysts had been anticipating an imminent decline in global oil supplies. Suddenly they’re singing a new song, and the expected boost in energy is predicted to provide the United States with a cornucopia of economic and political rewards, including industrial expansion at home and enhanced geopolitical clout abroad.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 READ MORE



Oil, Azerbaijan and the Strange Case of Rick Bourke

Oil is the source of so much pain in the world. Around the globe, wherever oil is extracted, people suffer a constellation of injuries, from coups and dictatorship to pollution, displacement and death.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Tar Sands Catastrophe: Months-Long Leak Still Bubbling Away

Four months after a leak was first noticed in a northern Alberta, Canada, tar sands field, operators still don’t know what caused it or how to stop it. Now a lake will be drained to try to find the source—a catastrophe that points up the industry’s failure to understand its own processes.

Posted on Sep 27, 2013 READ MORE



Climate-Change Protests Heat Up

Last week, far out in the Arctic Ocean, the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise approached a Russian oil-drilling platform and launched a nonviolent protest, with several protesters scaling the side of the platform.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Floods Damage Colorado Oil and Gas Drilling Sites; Leaks Feared

Environmentalists and state inspectors are trying to track thousands of oil and gas wells, pipelines and fracking storage tanks to determine the scope of impairment from the region’s massive floods. “They’re just overwhelmed,” one expert says.

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: Skeptics of Obama’s Syrian Weapons Claims

This week we honor those who retain their commitment to truth in the face of easy answers, incomplete reporting and official misinformation, such as former Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE


Fracking

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The Third Carbon Age

Don’t imagine for a second that we’re headed for an age dominated by renewable energy. Instead, humanity is pioneering the third great carbon era, the Age of Unconventional Oil and Gas.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE


Black Rush Life: Working the Oil Fields of North Dakota

For some Americans, a North Dakota oil rig is the only place to get a job. The days are long, and compared to what they’re used to making, the pay is big. But the relative rewards come with deep personal costs, as a new movie by a pair of Brooklyn filmmakers shows.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC2 Matthew D. Leistikow

Conflicts Within Islam Complicate U.S. Foreign Policy

The unforeseen consequences of American Middle Eastern policy since the Second World War are now making themselves apparent.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE


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Confirmed: Fracking Triggers Quakes (Video)

A study published in the journal Science on Thursday shows that major earthquakes can trigger reflex temblors thousands of miles away in areas where fluids used in fracking and other industrial operations have been injected into the ground.

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 READ MORE



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EPA’s Abandoned Fracking Study One Retreat of Many

In 2011, the agency issued a draft report saying that the controversial practice of fracking was to blame for the pollution of an aquifer deep below the town of Pavillion, Wyo., the first time such a claim had been based on a scientific analysis. Now the EPA will hand the study over to Wyoming, whose research will be funded by EnCana—the very drilling company whose wells may have caused the contamination.

Posted on Jul 7, 2013 READ MORE


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