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James Howard Kunstler – Amazon vs Walmart, the monster battle that’s destroying our cities

As the empire deliquesces into a fetid slurry of economic failure, we stand ankle deep in the rising swamp waters witnessing the futile battle of the giants, Walmart and Amazon. Neil Howe, co-author of The Fourth Turning, wrote this week that “[t]he Amazon-Walmart rivalry will determine the future of retail.” Well, it seems that way, perhaps, and […]

August 11th

Why is Chevron trying to intimidate journalists? And why is Google helping them?

It’s been more than a year since Chevron lost a landmark lawsuit saying they had to compensate Amazon rainforest natives they poisoned. But instead of doing the right thing and paying to clean up their mess, Chevron is acting like a six-year-old, stomping its feet and saying “I won’t, it’s not my fault, it’s YOUR […]

October 3rd

Chevron is at it again

Chevron may have lost in court, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to give up its 18-year battle to refuse to pay to clean up the mess it made in Ecuador.

Clearly, the oil giant is terrified that if it has to take responsibility for its actions in Ecuador, it may be forced to clean up the toxic legacy of its slovenly business practices all around the world, from Indonesia to Nigeria.

March 17th

Drilling in the Amazon

Unlike the debate occurring over exploration in the ANWR, the Western Amazon is located in a remote part of the South American continent, rather than in one of America’s states. As a result, while there is immense pressure on local leaders to open the region up for drilling, as these can be important sources of government revenue for nations that are part of the global South, there rarely is the same level of pressure to avoid actions with potentially huge environmental costs as there is in the U.S.

August 19th