Author: Meteor Blades

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TransCanada plugs leak in Keystone I pipeline and turns on the flow from the tar sands again

By Meteor Blades Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. found the leak in Keystone I pipeline late Friday, patched it and opened the valves Sunday. The leak was found nine days ago by a farmer (NOT by the pipeline company) near a pump station in Freeman, South Dakota, a rural area. Nearly 17,000 gallons—400 barrels—of oil had leaked before the pipeline was shut down […]

April 11th

DEA poised to end decades of stupid marijuana law

By Meteor Blades For more than four decades, the U.S. government has malignly and stupidly and outrageously labeled marijuana to be as dangerous as heroin, the drug that killed 11,000 people in 2015. As my colleague Jen Hayden noted Wednesday, this may be about to change: In a memo to lawmakers this week, the DEA [Drug […]

April 7th

Panama Papers fallout – from US to Iceland (bankster PM quits!)

By Meteor Blades The prime minister of Iceland resigned Tuesday as the weekend exposé of off-shore tax haven shenanigans from the Panama Papers claimed its first major casualty. The year-long investigation carried out by 370 journalists of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (a project of the Center for Public Integrity) was sparked by a massive document leak from the files of the Mossack Fonseca law firm. Their work […]

April 6th

Fossil fuel dinosaurs need to adapt to the new energy climate or go extinct

By Meteor Blades The three-year-old fossil-fuel divestment movement, initiated by Bill McKibben and other climate activists, has been fairly successful at getting institutions—foundations, municipalities, universities and pension funds—to divest fossil fuels from their stock portfolios. In fact, 509 divesters have shed fossil-fuel investments worth an estimated $3.4 trillion. The latest example is the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Although the […]

March 25th

Spotlight on green news – Murdering eco-activists; Rep. Cummings lambastes Gov. Snyder

By Meteor Blades OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES  joedemocrat writes—Building An Environmental Movement That Almost Everyone Can Connect With: “I’ve wondered for a long time why the environmental movement hasn’t been more successful. While the majority of Americans accept climate science, polls indicate most people do not have a sense of urgency about it. The public rates climate […]

March 20th

Obama admin reverses course, will NOT open up more offshore drilling

By Meteor Blades Back in January 2015, the Obama administration pleased oil companies and kindled fierce opposition when it announced the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s five-year plan for offshore oil development off the southeast Atlantic Coast. Tuesday, Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell announced a surprising retreat: “We heard from many corners that now is not the time […]

March 15th

NASA reports a shocking climate change milestone

By Meteor Blades Jeff Masters and Bob Henson at Wunderblog at Weather Underground have posted a stunning analysis and commentary. The headline: “February Smashes Earth’s All-Time Global Heat Record by a Jaw-Dropping Margin.” Here’s what they had to say about it: On Saturday, NASA dropped a bombshell of a climate report. February 2016 has soared past all […]

March 14th

Another headline you should get used to seeing: Warmest Winter Ever

By Meteor Blades The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported Tuesday that this was the warmest winter ever recorded for the 48 contiguous states in the 122 years records have been kept. Alaska had its second warmest winter. This followed the warmest fall ever for the contiguous states. And the hottest year on record. And it appears […]

March 9th

Seven more lead-poisoned families sue over tainted Flint water supply

By Meteor Blades Seven families have filed another federal lawsuit over the Flint water crisis in which an unknown number of people have been poisoned by lead. The lead leached from water pipes due to corrosive river water after the city switched its water source in 2014. Lawyers for the families seek to hold city and state officials responsible for […]

March 7th

At the Flint debate, any friggin chance of climate questions for Hillary & Bernie?

By Meteor Blades Eleven Republican debates. Six Democratic debates. Tonight, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will participate in their seventh. Watch the Flint debate TONIGHT – we’re streaming it live then posting the video and transcript. So far, in all these debates, perhaps five minutes have been spent talking about climate change. About the same amount as has been […]

March 6th

If you’re thinking of voting for Trump because you can’t stand Clinton you aren’t thinking very hard

By Meteor Blades I’m a Bernie Sanders supporter. I have admired him for a long time and have contributed money to most of his campaigns for public office since his initial run for Congress in 1990. In December 2014, I wrote an essay urging his candidacy as a Democrat for the presidency, nearly six months before he declared […]

March 4th