Tag Archives: Fossil Fuels

How the Fossil Fuel Industry is Subverting Democracy and Undermining Sustainable Development in America

The fossil fuel industry buys legislators to do their bidding at the cost of American jobs and a sustainable future

While most know that the fossil fuel industry is the leading source of climate change causing greenhouse gas emissions, few appreciate the extent of their control over federal and state legislators. Oil and gas companies have donated $238.7 million to candidates and parties since the 1990 election cycle, 75 percent of which has gone to Republicans. One of the biggest political spenders is the …

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Mitt Romney’s Love Affair with the Fossil Fuel Industry

The fossil fuel industry buys legislators to do their bidding at the cost of American jobs and a sustainable future

Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s “new” energy plan, relies on 19th century fossil fuel technology. It is but the latest incarnation of a longstanding Republican obsession with oil and gas. Romney’s energy strategy is reliant on Canada’s environmentally disastrous tar sands. He wants to expedite the Keystone XL pipeline, reduce regulations on hydraulic fracturing and ease the permitting process for offshore oil and gas. Romney wants to take regulatory power …

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Peak Oil from How to Boil a Frog

What is peak oil and what does it mean for the future of our society? These videos from filmmaker How to Boil a Frog takes a look at the reality of our almost complete dependence on petroleum and fossil fuels in almost all aspects of modern civilization. The following videos provide an introductory look at peak oil. Part one: [yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAMDVt_gor4′] Part two: [yframe …

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Dirty Energy: Interior Dept. Clear Path for More Wyoming Coal; Michigan Oil Spill Clean-Up Unfinished

Is the Obama administration serious about a clean energy economy of just greenwashing?

The Weekly Mulch from the Media Consortium by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger (reposted with permission) The renewable era is still far away. Despite the attention and rhetoric that has been given over to green energy projects, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced this week that coal companies would be able to take a whack at mining 2.35 billion tons of coal in Wyoming’s Powder …

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Toronto G20 Summit Marked by Inaction on Climate Change

A protestor at the Toronto G20 summit calling for an end to oil subsidies

Despite the disappointing outcome at the Toronto 2010 Summit, the G20 remains our best hope of managing climate change. The G20 accounts for about 85 percent of the global economy and its members are responsible for the vast majority of climate change causing emissions. A healthy global economy is an essential precondition to an international effort to combat climate change.  The G20 has the ability to make decisions that can foster …

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Obama on the Gulf Oil Spill: Where’s the Bully Pulpit? More Committees, Commissions, Plans and Prayers

Last night, in his first Oval Office speech, President Obama had the perfect opportunity to define his executive, leadership and inspirational skills and abilities, as the leader of the free of the world, the Commander in Chief, the President of the United States. Did he succeed? Alas, while his rhetoric was somewhat soaring, or perhaps hovering, he yet again missed the tanker and failed …

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BP, Meet Cassandra

BP’s Deepwater Horizon’s blowout is the largest oil disaster in the United States, far  surpassing Exxon Valdez, which 21 years ago contaminated 1500 miles of coastline, slaughtered hundreds of thousands of birds, otters, seals and whales, and devastated local communities, which are still dealing with the consequences even today. The lessons to be learned of this incredibly horrific event are as numerous and massive …

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