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How to Destroy a Planet Without Really Trying

Imagine you’re a historian 100 years from now—assuming there are any historians 100 years from now, which is not obvious—and you’re looking back at what’s happening today. For the first time in the history of the human species, you’d see we have clearly developed the capacity to destroy ourselves.

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE


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China Benefits From Bush’s Folly

What the Chinese have demonstrated is that in the modern world, to the conquerors do not go the spoils.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 READ MORE



Abode of Chaos (CC BY 2.0)

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



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Fracking Ourselves to Death in Pennsylvania

More than 70 years ago, a chemical attack was launched against Washington state and Nevada. It poisoned people, animals, everything that grew, breathed air, and drank water. As their cancers developed, the victims of atomic testing and nuclear weapons development got a name: downwinders.

Posted on May 2, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 3, 2013 ENLARGE


Tomas Young Out Loud

The 33-year-old veteran and author of “The Last Letter: A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from a Dying Veteran,” appeared with his wife on “Democracy Now!” on Thursday to talk about his decision to end his life amid unrelenting pain and suffering from wounds sustained in the Iraq War, and to read his letter aloud.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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Who Was Hugo Chavez?

Much is being written about former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in the wake of his death Tuesday. Australian journalist John Pilger’s 2007 documentary on the United States’ hostile, decades-long campaign against Latin American democracy helps separate fact from fiction in Chavez’s legacy.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Arctic Oil and Gas Will Exact High Price

As ice melts in the Arctic, there are conflicting views on whether exploiting new oil and gas reserves will be commercially viable. The future of this pristine environment may depend more on the price of fuel than anything else.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE



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A Global Warming Resource Rush

The disappearance of ice from the planet’s North Pole currently in progress means unprecedented access to minerals and energy that have been trapped beneath the surface for ages.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 READ MORE



The Webhamster (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Fossil Fuels ‘May Prove Worthless’

As concern grows about how much fossil fuel the world can afford to burn, a British university launches a program to research what to do about “stranded assets” such as coal and oil that may have to be left unexploited.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 READ MORE



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A Presidential Decision That Could Change the World

In the near future, President Obama is expected to give construction on the Keystone XL pipeline a definitive thumbs up or thumbs down. The decision he makes could determine the fate of the Canadian tar-sands industry and, with it, the future well-being of the planet. If that sounds overly dramatic, let me explain.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE



Örlygur Hnefill (CC BY 2.0)

U.S. Tightens Sanctions on Iran

The West escalated the economic war against Tehran on Wednesday, imposing a new set of restrictions intended to deter the country’s nuclear ambitions by forcing it into what amounts to a form of barter trade for oil, The New York Times reports.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE



Desmond Kavanagh (CC BY-ND 2.0)

The Paranoia of the Superrich and Superpowerful

While the major energy-producing countries in the Middle East are still firmly under the control of the Western-backed dictatorships, the Western-controlled dictatorial system is eroding. In fact, it’s been eroding for some time.

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate Action ‘Could Halve Energy Firms’ Worth’

Oil and gas multinationals could lose up to 60 percent of their market value if the world cuts its carbon emissions to limit climate change, according to the world’s second-largest bank.

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Fossil Fuels ‘Too Valuable to Burn’

Burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas is a disastrous waste of finite natural resources that prevents their use for the manufacture of fertilizer, medicines, clothing and other vital goods.

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Powder Keg in the Pacific

China’s determination to assert control over disputed islands in the potentially energy-rich waters of the East and South China Seas spells trouble not just regionally, but potentially globally.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE



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World Energy Report 2012: The Good, the Bad, and the Really, Truly Ugly

The “good news” of the World Energy Outlook 2012 is really the bad news: The energy industry’s ability to boost production of oil, coal, and natural gas in North America is feeding a global surge in demand for these commodities, ensuring ever higher levels of carbon emissions.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE


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InsideClimate News/Osha Gray Davidson

How Germany Is Getting to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

There is no debate on climate change in Germany, where architects of the clean energy movement estimate that from 80 percent to 100 percent of the country’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2050.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Could Overtake Saudi Arabia as World’s Biggest Oil Producer

By the end of the decade, the United States will produce more barrels of oil per day than Saudia Arabia and more gas than Russia, according to a report by the intergovernmental International Energy Agency.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE


Romney Would Hand Oil Decisions to the States

“[W]hat Romney seeks to do is roll back 50 years of environmental legislation in the United States,” says Nation magazine defense correspondent Michael T. Klare in a podcast discussion of his new piece “The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources.”

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



AP/Nati Harnik

Join the Blockade of the Keystone Pipeline

The planned route of this six-state, 1,700-mile proposed pipeline is fast becoming a flashpoint in the war of attrition against the corporate state.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 READ MORE



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The New ‘Golden Age of Oil’ That Wasn’t

Last winter, fossil-fuel enthusiasts began trumpeting the dawn of a new “golden age of oil” that would kick-start the American economy, generate millions of new jobs, and free this country from its dependence on imported petroleum. But the future may prove far more recalcitrant than these prophets of an American energy cornucopia imagine.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 READ MORE


The Trillion-Gallon Loophole: Lax Rules for Drillers That Inject Pollutants Into the Earth

Injection wells have proliferated over the past 60 years, in large part because they are the cheapest, most expedient way to manage hundreds of billions of gallons of industrial waste generated in the U.S. each year. Yet the dangers of injection are well known: In accidents dating to the 1960s, toxic materials have bubbled up to the surface or escaped, contaminating aquifers that store supplies of drinking water.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Fracturing Some Oil Myths

A recent Wall Street Journal article highlighted fracking as a way to reduce American dependence on Middle Eastern oil. But Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum points out that we don’t rely all that much on Arab oil, and fracking is almost beside the point.

Posted on Jun 30, 2012 READ MORE


Don’t Fall for Corporate Blackmail

They may balk at regulation, but unlike textile or electronics firms, fossil fuel companies are extracting a resource that is relatively rare, altogether finite and—most important—tied to specific geographies.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Drone Warfare Foretells an Ever-Expanding and Illegal War

President Barack Obama’s acts consciously undermine the civilized order of modern society. The United States has quite deliberately made itself an outlaw state.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE



Ivo Mijnssen

Russia’s Answer to Broken Roads

Like the United States, Russia struggles with crumbling infrastructure, but Moscow has devised a novel solution: lower standards.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE



Space & Light (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Russia and Exxon Mobil Sign Arctic Oil Deal

In a bid to remain the world’s top oil producer, Russia is partnering with Exxon Mobil and a number of other foreign oil companies to develop plans to get at reserves deep beneath the Arctic crust as early as 2020.

Posted on May 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Big Trouble in Little North Dakota

With 18 million Americans unemployed, thousands from across the country are flocking to North Dakota amid an oil boom there. The state now produces more oil than many members of OPEC and could soon make America the world’s top oil producer.

Posted on May 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Study Raises New Concerns About Fracking

A study into the safety of gas drilling in New York state’s Marcellus Shale concludes that natural faults and fractures, exacerbated by the effects of fracking, could allow chemicals to reach the surface and contaminate drinking water supplies much sooner than experts previously predicted.

Posted on May 3, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mahesh Kumar A.

Welcome to the Asylum

The World Health Organization calculates that one in four people in the United States suffers from chronic anxiety, a mood disorder or depression—which seems to me to be a normal reaction to our march toward collective suicide.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE



nestor galina (CC-BY)

Oil as a Public Good: Coming to Argentina

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has infuriated Spanish oil barons by proposing a bill that would recover a majority share of a petroleum company from a foreign firm that has owned it since the early ’90s.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE


Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need New Roads

Instead of beefing up public transit, cities build neighborhood-destroying highways, cars fill up those highways, cities then build more highways to alleviate traffic, and then yet more cars flood the roads, creating even more traffic.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Amr Nabil

Dispatches From Cairo: Fuel for the Fire

Those who can have chosen to selectively forget the worst of recent memories, but most sense a new wave of conflict, gathering at a distance and surging toward them.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE


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AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

Obama Makes Room for New Sanctions Against Iran

On Friday, President Obama prepared to put the squeeze on Iran’s international oil business as an oblique, but not ambiguous, means of pressuring Tehran about its nuclear program by laying the groundwork for more sanctions.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE



Kim G. Appels (CC-BY)

We Screwed Up: A Letter of Apology to My Granddaughter

There were plenty of signs we took a wrong turn but we kept on going. Dumb, stubborn, blind: Who knows why we couldn’t stop? Greed maybe—powerful corporations we couldn’t overcome. It won’t matter much to you who is to blame. You’ll be too busy coping in the diminished world we bequeath you.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE


Backed Into the Corner









Posted on Mar 25, 2012 ENLARGE



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Obama Fast-Tracks Southern Portion of Keystone Pipeline

Responding to criticism from Republicans for supposedly stonewalling development of the nation’s oil supplies, President Obama has ordered the government to accelerate work on a 485-mile Texas-to-Oklahoma portion of the recently rejected 1,170-mile Keystone XL pipeline.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE


The Layer Ploy

Of all the political tactics used to protect business interests, none is as powerful as the one in which an ugly corporate giveaway is hidden one layer beneath something popular.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 READ MORE


What Are We Doing in Afghanistan?

For everyone who originally supported the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan to oust the Taliban, the question today is how what was once a righteous mission can end in anything but ruin.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE



Azzazello (CC-BY)

A Tough-Oil World

The world still harbors large reserves of petroleum, but they are of the hard-to-reach, hard-to-refine, “tough oil” variety that will be more costly to extract, refine and buy at the pump.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Dmitry Lovetsky

Russia Expects More From Putin

His opponents in last week’s presidential election did not stand a chance, but 12 years into the Putin regime, Russians are more demanding.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

AIPAC Works for the 1 Percent

AIPAC does not speak for Jews or for Israel. It is a mouthpiece for right-wing ideologues and defense contractors.

Posted on Mar 4, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Recession Economics According to Rick Santorum

Did you know that it was actually jumping gas costs, and not deceptive lending practices on the part of mortgage financiers and deregulation madness on Wall Street, that got us into the recessionary quandary in which the majority of Americans still find themselves?

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC2 Justin E. Stumberg

Judge Puts Deepwater Horizon Trial on Hold

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who will ultimately put a price tag on the worst oil spill in American history if the many lawsuits against BP go to trial, has given the oil giant and its many, many plaintiffs another week to reach a settlement.

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Nariman El-Mofty

Dispatches From Cairo: Blood, Money and Revolution

As American NGO employees await trial, propagandists beat the drums of public suspicion and the military maneuvers to preserve U.S. aid.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



DoD / MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

Focus on Iran and China Could Hasten American Decline

Americans might do better to give up their China obsession and go back to their traditional vision of a European threat.

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 READ MORE


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