Tag Archives: environment

Could Global Tide Be Starting To Turn Against Fossil Fuels?

Could Global Tide Be Starting  To Turn Against Fossil Fuels?
From an oil chill in the financial world to the recent U.S.-China agreement on climate change, recent developments are raising a question that might once have been considered unthinkable: Could this be the beginning of a long, steady decline for the oil and coal industries? Alarm bells are ringing for the masters of the financial universe, too. The governor of the Bank of England, Canadian banker Mark Carney, warned repeatedly during 2014 ... Read more

How Solar Power Could Slay The Fossil Fuel Empire By 2030

How Solar Power Could Slay The Fossil Fuel Empire By 2030
​Above: Abengoa Solar’s Solnova Solar Power Station ​In just 15 years, the world as we know it will have transformed forever. The ​age of oil, gas, coal and nuclear will be over. A new age of clean power and smarter cars will fundamentally, totally, and permanently disrupt the existing fossil fuel-dependent industrial infrastructure in a way that even the most starry-eyed proponents of ‘green energy’ could never have imagined.  We are ... Read more

How Wall Street Really Is Failing The Planet

How Wall Street Really Is Failing The Planet
Investors are putting short-term rewards ahead of the long-term health of the planet. The International Energy Agency estimates that another $10.5 trillion will need to be invested in clean energy by 2030 to avoid raising the planet’s temperature by more than 2 degrees Celsius. If warming exceeds that level — or even if it falls short — it could have catastrophic, irreversible effects. Financing for fossil fuels snapped ... Read more

Oil refinery threatened by sea-level rise, asks government to fix problem

Oil refinery threatened by sea-level rise, asks government to fix problem
I pointed out last week that the major oil companies are actually much more willing than Republican politicians to admit the reality of climate change. I offered a few explanations as to why, but left out an important one: If you’re in business, you simply cannot afford to ignore the effects of climate change. The oil industry in particular builds expensive infrastructure, and its scientists and engineers use the best available science to ... Read more

Naomi Klein: Big Green is in denial

Naomi Klein: Big Green is in denial
As I was writing The Shock Doctrine, I was covering the Iraq War and profiteering from the war, and I started to see these patterns repeat in the aftermath of natural disasters, like the Asian tsunami and then Hurricane Katrina. There are chapters in that book on both of those events. Then I came to the idea that climate change could be a kind of a “people’s shock,” an answer to the shock doctrine – not just another opportunity by the ... Read more

The Yes Men Secure the Homeland

The Yes Men Secure the Homeland
The Yes Men chose the Homeland Security Congress as our audience for this plan precisely because they were not our people. Many of them would be bonafide, gun-loving, flag-toting, rightwing patriots. Our goal was to see if we could promote this revolutionary (but entirely feasible) plan to people on the exact opposite end of the political spectrum. If we could get even those on the “Dark Side” to embrace a plan to end fossil fuels and ... Read more

Baltimore air polluter fumbles, and kids score one for their hard-hit community

Baltimore air polluter fumbles, and kids score one for their hard-hit community
After close to three years of youth-led organizing against a massive incinerator planned for their South Baltimore Fairfield neighborhood, the young activists got their first taste of victory recently, when the state of Maryland ordered Energy Answers International, the company building the incinerator, to stop construction on the project. In this South Baltimore area, which has some of the worst air quality in the country thanks to the ... Read more

Global economic sharing: the most important debate of our time?

Global economic sharing: the most important debate of our time?
The implications of moving towards a global sharing economy are immense, but there are many reasons to embrace this simple concept - which is far more radical and urgent than it may at first seem. As a primer from STWR makes clear, the necessity of sharing the world’s resources is central to the most critical issues that face humanity in the 21st century. Read more

Rank-and-File Environmentalism

Rank-and-File Environmentalism
That the emergence of ecological consciousness among coal miners was intimately linked to a union democracy movement isn’t a coincidence. Fighting for democratic, rank and file-run unions is necessary for both opening the space for energy workers to discuss how to confront ecological destruction and to build the kind of power that will be necessary to confront the energy giants. Read more

Monkey Wrenching the Frackers

Monkey Wrenching the Frackers
The make-believe cops have been supplied with blaze orange construction vests, plastic badges and faux police caps, which combine with their many tattoos and piercings to make them look like a punk version of the Village People. This mock police ambush was part of a three-hour crash course in “Responsible Direct Action” held at last week’s Energy Exports Action Camp in Maryland’s Jug Bay Natural Area, a county park some 25 miles southeast of ... Read more