Should Oil Executives Be Blamed for Current Gasoline and Natural Gas Prices?

Published on May 22nd, 2008 | by

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Executives from five major US based oil companies testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. I am sure they were well prepared for the questions; they have been making similar journeys to Capitol Hill since at least 2005 when their profits soared and gasoline prices temporarily touched $3.00 per gallon in the wake of Hurricane […] read more

Dems Aim to Leave Green Legacy in Denver

Published on May 20th, 2008 | by

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My colleague Jennifer Lance recently wrote that both of the major parties would be trying to “out-green” each other for this summer’s national conventions. Republicans and Democrats alike have made efforts to green (or appear to green) what is, for all intents and purposes, a very non-green affair. But Democrats want this August’s convention in […] read more

Germans Debate Renewable Energy Supports

Published on May 19th, 2008 | by

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Conservatives call into question highly successful feed-in tariff There is a reason that Germany has half of the world’s installed solar generating capacity, and it is not the Northern European country’s boundless sunshine. Renewable energy capacity has achieved such tremendous growth because of the German government’s aggressive energy policy. The policy vehicle responsible for the […] read more

Addiction to Oil is not a Good Negotiation Position

Published on May 16th, 2008 | by

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During the past 5 years, Americans have done a lot of talking about our oil addiction. In that same time period, oil suppliers (aka pushers) have had an amazing run of economic success. There are now major efforts underway by the suppliers to tell us not to worry our little heads about how much money […] read more

The John McCain 100% Organic Cotton ‘Onesie?’

Published on May 14th, 2008 | by

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Greenwash on warm and discard as needed [social_buttons]Has your newborn already outgrown those Ronald Reagan ‘Trickle-Down Diaper Covers’ that were hand-me-downs from your cousin? Well, the long wait is finally over, because you can now wrap your newest neo-cons in the soft organic cotton of the John McCain ‘Onesie.’ And no, I’m not kidding. In […] read more

Obama: Blame the Iraq War for Lack of US Climate Change Leadership

Published on May 14th, 2008 | by

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Oh, I admit it; I’ve fallen hard for Obama. Perhaps it is his handsome face or eloquent manner of speech, or perhaps it is because he is the first viable candidate (sorry Kucinich and Nader) to speak the truth. First, Obama opposed the gas tax holiday, designed to distract Americans from the bigger picture of […] read more

Bill McKibben Discusses Obama, the Dems, and the Environmental Movement [video]

Published on May 13th, 2008 | by

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I just stumbled across this video of the well-known author, activist, and environmental scholar Bill McKibben explaining that, while he has been actively supporting Barrack Obama as part of “environmentalists for Obama,” he thinks the most important task at hand is to elect a Democrat to the White House. McKibben is a champion of the […] read more

McCain Begins Environmental PR Push Across West [w/video]

Published on May 12th, 2008 | by

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Tries to woo Western Dems by touting climate change as key It might be argued, that the only way for John McCain to win in November’s general election would be by setting himself apart from President Bush enough to attract support from the middle – and one way he is doing that is by emphasizing […] read more

ANWR Drilling Promoted…Can You Make a Difference?

Published on May 9th, 2008 | by

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Alaska Public Radio Network reports, at a recent press conference President Bush pushed for ANWR drilling as he “scolded” congress for preventing it thus far. Citing estimates from the Department of Energy, the President stated the possibility of ANWR producing 1 million barrels of oil per day translates to 27 million gallons of gas and […] read more

Mean Joe Green #9: Big Oil’s Mess? It MTBE, It Could Be, It Is!!!

Published on May 9th, 2008 | by

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We learned it in Kindergarten–“If you make a mess, CLEAN IT UP!” Especially if that mess is the gasoline additive MTBE, a possible carcinogen that has leaked into our groundwater. It’s been around since 1979 (ironically, when I was in kindergarten) and is now banned in 23 states, and has not been used by oil […] read more

Consumer-First Energy Act of 2008 Lacks Support

Published on May 8th, 2008 | by

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Six Democratic Senators joined together on Wednesday to announce a comprehensive energy bill that would tax windfall profits and “force” investment in renewable energy. Among other things, the Consumer-First Energy Act of 2008 would roll back tax breaks for oil companies and invest the money in renewable energy development and energy efficiency technology. It also […] read more

US Drug War Policies Spur Sales of Afghan Child Brides

Published on May 7th, 2008 | by

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The US Government’s Drug War has spurred many social and environmental consequences throughout the world. Widespread aerial herbicide spraying aimed at eradication has caused environmental damage from Central America to Central Asia. Recently, I learned you can add the sale of child brides in Afghanistan to the list of social ills caused by the Drug […] read more

Peripheral Canal Bill a No Go – Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Canal Shot Down by California State Assembly

Published on May 6th, 2008 | by

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A California State Assembly committee last week declined to entertain a controversial bill set to build a canal around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and shelved it until next year. Senator Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, has worked on gaining approval from various parties for Senate Bill 27 for two years. Ultimately, farmers, environmentalists and Delta locals […] read more

MMS Receives 40,000+ Comments On Cape Wind

Published on May 6th, 2008 | by

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Agency permanently extends comment period for alt. energy leases In the fall of 2001, Jim Gordon of Energy Management Inc. (EMI) announced his intentions to build a 420 megawatt wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts – the nation’s first. Now, the long permitting process that was made even longer by powerful opposition groups, is […] read more