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Gridlock
From enterstageright.com

A Brit Ponders America’s Love Affair With Cars

Next time you’re stuck in gridlock, keep in mind that many American cities had fantastic public rail systems until Big Auto bought up all the tracks and scrapped them to make way for cars. The Observer reminds us that “it did not have to be like this.”

Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


Big Oil Launches Attack on Al Gore

A think tank bankrolled in part by oil companies has launched a disinformation campaign against Gore’s “global warming alarmism” in his movie “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Posted on May 17, 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


approval polls
From the N.Y. Times

Bush at New Low in N.Y. Times/CBS Poll

Bush’s 31% rating (which echoes a USA Today/Gallup poll) equals the low-water mark of his father’s presidency, and is the third-lowest approval rating of any president in the last 50 years.

Posted on May 9, 2006 READ MORE


Conservatives Drive Down Bush’s Poll Numbers

A staggering 45% of the president’s supposed base disapproves of his performance. And it gets worse for the president….

Posted on May 5, 2006 READ MORE


Potato Chips
From lays.com

Lay’s Chips to Use Healthier Oil

In an industry-rocking move, the nation’s leading potato chip manufacturer will reduce saturated fat by switching from cottonseed oil to sunflower oil.

Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


The Big Oil Bribe

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Posted on May 2, 2006 READ MORE


Luckovich -- Gas Rebate
Luckovich

GOP Tax Rebate Proposal Dying Quick Death

Even the House majority leader, a Republican, has rejected the Republican Senate leadership’s idea to send taxpayers a $100 check to cover rising gas prices.

Posted on May 2, 2006 READ MORE


GOP Gas Company Loyalists

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Posted on Apr 28, 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


Iran Flag
Karen Spector

Nuke Expert: Some U.S. Officials Set on Hitting Iran

A growing number of high level American officials have already decided they want to attack Iran, according to one of the world’s leading nuclear proliferations experts.

Posted on Apr 1, 2006 READ MORE


America: Iraq on Its Own to Rebuild

The U.S. has apparently just told Iraq that it should no longer expect American dollars to aid in the country’s reconstruction—rather, Iraq must rely on its own revenues.
Did anyone know this was coming?

Posted on Mar 25, 2006 READ MORE


iran_nuclear
Karen Spector

Fishing for a Pretext to Squeeze Iran

Truthdig’s Middle Eastern affairs expert argues that the Iranian nuclear issue “has not reached the point of crisis, and therefore other motivations must be sought for the Bush administration’s breathless rhetoric.”
UPDATE: Cole says that Bush’s recent linking of Iran to Iraqi roadside bombs is “wholly implausible.”

Posted on Mar 13, 2006 READ MORE


Say What? Bush Pushing International Engagement?

According to the N.Y. Times, Bush is beginning to look for international help on issues of national security and global economics.
Hmmm ... maybe he shouldn’t have set the stage for such a request by pissing off the entire world. On the “you gotta be kidding me” scale, this ranks right up there with his recent declaration that the nation must break its “oil addiction.”

Posted on Mar 12, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Lacked Iraq Rebuilding Plan

The Washington Times (of all publications) says that a new government report claims the White House “never drew up a comprehensive plan for rebuilding Iraq” after the 2003 invasion.
In the last week, Bush has lost:

  • Bill O’Reilly
  • William F. Buckley
  • William Kristol
  • Now even the staunchly conservative Washington Times is giving the White House a hard time.
    All of a sudden the ranks of Bush supporters seem about as robust as our “coalition of the willing.”

    Posted on Mar 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Iran Ascendant After Iraq War

    The L.A. Times charts how America’s war in Iraq has made Iran the dominant power in the region, with a stronger nuclear program, strengthened ties to Hamas and a burgeoning core of anti-U.S. Shiites.

    Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Plans $7-Billion Royalty Windfall to Oil Companies

    On the heels of Exxon Mobil’s record-setting $10-billion quarterly profit, the “federal government is on the verge of one of the biggest giveaways of oil and gas in American history, worth an estimated $7 billion over five years.”
    It’s nice being an oil baron when two oilmen head the government.

    Posted on Feb 18, 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


    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


    Budget Terror
    Illustration by Karen Spector

    Take From the Poor, Give to the Military

    Where would the Bush administration be without terrorism?  The sweeping rationale for irrational governance has wrought yet another outrage: the $2.77-trillion budget the president proposed to Congress on Monday.

    Posted on Feb 7, 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


    Pentagon Requests Billions More for War

    Remember when that genius Paul Wolfowitz told Congress that Iraqi oil would more than cover the cost of the occupation? Oops, we need $120 billion more just to get through this year. And Bush made this guy the head of the World Bank? | story

    Posted on Feb 3, 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


    Iran Has Us Over a Barrel—Of Oil

    This New York Times piece spells out how fiendishly hard it’s going to be to threaten Iran over its nukes while simultaneously guzzling its oil. | story
    It’s sort of like admonishing a drug dealer for selling heroin to kids, and then scoring a dime bag of blow for yourself.

    Posted on Jan 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Senate Dems Block Arctic Refuge Drilling

    The threat of a filibuster holds up as Republicans fail to get enough votes to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) tried to force the measure through Congress as part of a must-have defense spending bill. See our coverage to find out what was at stake: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) filed a report after the House passed the measure earlier this week. See the related story by Robert Collier and the photo essay by Deddeda Stemler to learn more.

    Posted on Dec 21, 2005 READ MORE


    Thumbnail Image of Yukon Territory

    Lives in the Balance

    The Gwich’in people’s way of life is at stake whenever oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is proposed. Award-winning photographer Deddeda Stemler chronicles their existence on the banks of the Porcupine River in the Yukon Territory.

    View: Photo Gallery

    Posted on Dec 18, 2005 READ MORE



    Deddeda Stemler/Truthdig

    Threat to Tribe, Caribou Is Averted — for Now

    GOP-led proposal to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge fails.

    Posted on Dec 18, 2005 READ MORE


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