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A compendium of articles, reports, essays and investigations into the effects of militarism on the environment and human society. Send additional documents to editor@envirosagainstwar.org.


The Demands of the Yellow Vest Movement Are Growing into Real Systemic Change
(Phillip J. Watt, / The Washington Times & Popular Resistance)

French citizens have revolted for the fourth week in a row calling for changes in governmental and corporate design. Even though UN Military and thousands of French police have been deployed in response, the police have actually been filmed removing their helmets in solidarity with the French people. The YVM want real change, which is the good. The bad is that they haven't yet identified the key priorities required for real systemic change. And the looting is counter-productive behaviour.

At World Climate Summit, Trump Team at Odds With Own Scientists
(James Rainey / NBC News)

The Trump administration continued its rejection of mainstream climate science -- and embraced Earth-warming fossil fuels -- in the second week of the UN climate conference in Poland. Those contrarian views emerged even as US government scientists reported that humanity's actions are driving up temperatures rapidly, with devastating impacts for the Arctic and the rest of the globe. Trump further divorced the US from most other nations by promoting the long-term burning of coal and natural gas.

Why Green New Deal Advocates Must Address Militarism & An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders
(Medea Benjamin and Alice Slater / Common Dreams & World BEYOND War)

Where is the call for the New Peace Deal that would free up hundreds of billions from the overblown military budget to invest in green infrastructure? Environmentalists need to contest the Pentagon's staggering global footprint. The US military is the world's largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels and the largest source of greenhouse gasses, contributing about 5 percent of global warming emissions.

Can We Feed Humanity without Destroying the Planet?
(Tim Searchinger, et al. / World Resources Institute)

By 2050, nearly 10 billion people will live on the planet. Can we produce enough food sustainably? Sustainably feeding nearly 10 billion people by 2050 is possible -- but it will require significant innovation and investment by the public and private sector.

As Glaciers Melt into the Sea Climate Denial Amounts to Mass Murder
(Mort Rosenblum / Reader Supported News & World Beyond War)

Commentary: Let's be clear before it is too late. Any government leader or corporate executive who flouts irrefutable evidence of climatic shifts is complicit in murdering the human race. Barack Obama bragging to a crowd in Texas of his great increases in fossil fuel production is part of a grand fictional enterprise in which eliminating humanity is praised by portions of humanity. Crocodiles and cockroaches will survive as temperatures rise, but humans will be among the first to go. When? Does it matter?

Young Blue-Wave Dems Unmask Corporate Attempt at "Bipartisan" Political Indoctrination
(Harvard Kennedy School & Jake Johnson / San Diego Free Press)

Pulling back the curtain on the ostensibly "bipartisan" orientation for newly elected members of Congress at Harvard's Kennedy School in Boston, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib have revealed how -- contrary to the ideologically neutral advertising -- the private "orientation" session (sponsored by the oil-baron Koch brothers) featured a heavy dose of speeches by corporate CEOs and completely shut out the voices of organized labor and members of the progressive community.

The 'Great Dying': Rapid Warming Caused "Largest Extinction Event Ever" Scientists Report
(Oliver Milman / The Guardian UK)

Scientists have concluded that a mass extinction known as the "Great Dying" -- that occurred around 252 million years ago and marked the end of the Permian geologic period – was the result of rapid global warming caused by a huge spike in greenhouse gas emissions. The single greatest calamity ever to befall life on Earth, the Great Dying wiped out the vast majority of all marine and terrestrial life on the planet.

The Great Drying and the Great Dying: How Extreme Weather Is Shrinking the Planet
(Bill McKibben / The New Yorker)

With wildfires, heat waves, and rising sea levels, large tracts of the Earth are at risk of becoming uninhabitable. But the fossil-fuel industry continues its assault on the facts at the same time it conducts its increasingly destructive assault of the planet.

Climate Change Requires that We Convert the US War Machine Now
(Bruce K. Gagnon / Organizing Notes )

"Climate Change Requires Conversion." This is the message we will be carrying to Bath Iron Works (BIW) during the next Navy destroyer 'christening' protest calling for the conversion of the shipyard to build sustainable technologies so that we can give the future generations a real chance to live on our Mother Earth. The Pentagon is the largest carbon polluter on the planet. We cannot effectively deal with the ravages of climate change by ignoring the colossus in the middle of the teashop.

"I Don't Believe It": Trump v US on Climate Change
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News )

"I don't believe it" is not, by definition, a rational argument supported by evidence. It's a statement of faith and, as such, is useless to effective governance. "I don't believe it" is the empty opposite of the Fourth National Climate Assessment that is part of a continuing, multi-disciplinary, real-world examination of climate change that began in 1990. The NCA is the latest report in a 30-year climate watch that has seen steady, unchanging trends toward global catastrophe. And Trump doesn't believe it.

Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Sound a Planetary Alarm on Climate Change
(Naomi Klein / The Intercept & Jason Murdock / Newsweek)

The bold moral leadership of newly elected members of Congress like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has me feeling more optimistic about our collective chances of averting climate breakdown than I have in years. But a whole lot of things need to happen very quickly if the political tide is going to shift in time -- including finding new ways to engage the public in this fight.

Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg on Humanity's Two Existential Threats: Climate Change and Nuclear War
(Amy Goodman / Democracy Now! & Paul Jay / The Real News)

World-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky says Republican leaders are dedicated to "enriching themselves and their friends" at the cost of the planet, and warns: "We have to make decisions now which will literally determine whether organized human life can survive in any decent form." And Daniel Ellsberg argues that massive reductions in ICBM's and transforming the economy away from the military-industrial complex are prerequisites for human survival.

Portrait of a Planet on the Verge of Climate Catastrophe
(Robin McKie / The Guardian UK)

As hundreds of politicians, government officials and scientists will gather in Poland for the annual UN climate conference, this year's will be a grim. As recent reports have made clear, the world may no longer be hovering at the edge of destruction but has probably staggered beyond a crucial point of no return. Climate catastrophe is now looking inevitable.

Two Presidents Bush; Two Iraq Wars; One Shared Goal: US Access to Oil
(Middle East Research and Information Project & History.com & Naval History and Heritage Command & Antonia Juhasz / CNN & Portside)

In 2000, Big Oil, including Exxon, Chevron, BP and Shell, spent more money to get fellow oilmen Bush and Cheney into office than they had spent on any previous election. The National Energy Policy Development Group, chaired by Cheney, brought the administration and the oil companies together to plot our collective energy future. In March, the task force reviewed list of targets, outlining Iraq's entire oil productive capacity. Planning for a military invasion was soon under way.

"I Don't Believe It": Trump vs. US on Climate Change
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News )

The Fourth National Climate Assessment is part of a continuing, multi-disciplinary, real-world examination of climate change that began in 1990. Produced by the 13 government agencies that comprise the US Global Change Research Program, the report warned that climate change is driven by human activity -- including the massive reliance on burning coal, oil and gas. If humans fail to take immediate action, a global catastrophe will strike civilization. Donald Trump's response: "I don't believe it."

The Progressive International: A Global Movement against Fascism, War and Planetary Extinction
(The Common Dreams Staff & Nemonte Nenquimo / Common Dreams)

With fascist movements on the rise and controlling the levers of power in the US and across the world, the Sanders Institute and Europe's DiEM25 have announced the launch of Progressive International with the goal of standing up against right-wing forces with an organized "grassroots movement for global justice." And, from the forests of the Amazon, Nemonte Nenquimo, brings inspiration and a call for Indigenous Resistance against forces that are destroying the natural world.

ACTION ALERT: An Open Letter to Senator Bernie Sanders
(World BEYOND War et al.)

Dear Senator Sanders: We write to you as US residents with great respect for your domestic policies. We support the position of more than 25,000 people who signed a petition during your presidential campaign urging you to take on militarism. We believe that Dr. Martin Luther King was correct to assert that racism, extreme materialism, and militarism needed to be challenged together rather than separately, and that this remains true today.

The Three Most Chilling Conclusions From the White House Climate Report
(Rachel Gutman / The Atlantic)

The National Climate Assessment, prepared by scientists at 13 federal agencies, traces the effects that climate change has already wrought upon every region of the United States, from nationwide heat waves to dwindling snowpacks in the West. In blunt and disturbing terms, it also envisions the devastation yet to come.

White House Study Warns Climate Change Will Cost US $500 Billion a Year. Trump's Response: "I Don't Believe It"
(Joe Romm / ThinkProgress & The Huffington Post & Grist & USGS, Department of the Interior)

The White House stands accused of trying to "bury" a 1,700-page scientific report that concludes US temperatures will warm at least 3 more degrees by 2100 unless the use of fossil fuels is dramatically curtailed. It also confirmed that climate change is linked to outbreaks of deadly and costly wildfires, floods, and storms, and quantifies the staggering cost of Trump's climate science denial. The report projects our current path of unrestricted carbon pollution will devastate America.

UN Warns Climate Window Is Closing: Greenhouse Gases Hit Level Not Seen for Millions of Years
(Harry Cockburn / The Independent & World Meteorological Organization)

The last time a comparable level of carbon dioxide was in the atmosphere, temperatures were over 2C warmer and sea levels 10-20m higher, UN scientists warn. The urgency and extent of the actions needed to address climate change have not sunk in. 'The science is clear. Without rapid cuts in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, climate change will have increasingly destructive and irreversible impacts on life on Earth. The window of opportunity for action is almost closed."

Gore Accuses Trump of Trying to
(Steve Franl / CBS News & Bill McKibben / The New York Review of Books)

Former VP Al Gore has blasted the White House for trying to "bury" a critical government report on climate change by releasing it the day after Thanksgiving. The National Climate Assessment directly contradicts Trump's claim that climate change is not "man-made." Bill McKibben adds: "We're running out of options, and we're running out of decades" and that means that climate change will cease to be a "problem" that can be "solved" and will become a calamity that can't be reversed.

Climate Change Action Would Kill Imperialism
(Manuel Garcia, Jr. / CounterPunch & Blood and Oil: The Middle East in World War I)

Climate change action would kill imperialism, and that is why we can't have it in America. American political power is based on fossil fuels and the US military is the engine that consumes those fuels to produce that power. So long as there is an American political elite that craves lucrative personal prestige and the ability to dominate internationally, the US economy will be fossil-fueled capitalism that maintains the military colossus that enables and protects those elite ambitions.

Our Planet Is Being Destroyed for Short-term Profit: It's Time to Join the Extinction Rebellion
(Bill McKibben / 350.org & Bill McKibben / The New Yorker)

Commentary from Bill McKibben: "Every once in a great while, I write a piece that I think is important to share. This time it's an essay in this week's New Yorker. I warn you, it's not all easy reading. In fact, given the horrific fires still burning in California, an almost literal pall hangs over the words. But I want you to know I write it from a place of engagement, not despair. So do me the favor of reading this essay, and sharing it with others who might appreciate it. And then back to the fight!"

Trump's Sorry Saudi Saga: "America First" Means "Money First"
(Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept)

Donald Trump has proclaimed that, dispute the anger toward the Saudi regime over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, "the United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region." To justify his decision, Trump noted that "Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producing nation in the world" and a big client for "Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and many other great US defense contractors."

ACTION ALERT: Lawless Trump to Open Arctic to Offshore Drilling
(Sabrina Shankman / InsideClimate News & Brandy Doyle / CREDO Action & & Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

The Trump administration has begun the process to open a large area of federal waters off Alaska to oil and gas drilling -- a plan that is already being challenged in court. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will be accepting public comments about oil drilling in 65 million acres of offshore waters in the Beaufort Sea and hold a lease sale in 2019. In one of his final acts as president, Barack Obama placed these water off limits to drilling. One of Trump's earliest acts was to overturn rule with an executive order.

Congressional Blue Wave's New Crusade: A "Green New Deal" for America
(E. A. Crunden / ThinkProgress & The People's Demands for Climate Justice )

A bold new generation of Democrats are already pushing forward on climate action, in a dramatic change of pace that could spell a very different tune in Washington come January, as well as within the wider party. Republicans and Democrats alike have largely waffled on addressing climate change, to the dismay of activists. But that could be about to change and news faces in Washington a are demanding a "Green New Deal" to get to achieve 100 percent renewables energy "because our lives depend on it."

UK Climate Activists Block London's Bridges and Glue Hands to Entrance of Government Building
(Matthew Taylor and Damien Gayle / The Observer and The Guardian)

Protesters, including families and pensioners, blocked five of London's main bridges in one of the biggest acts of peaceful civil disobedience in the UK in decades. The move was part of a mass civil disobedience campaign organised by Extinction Rebellion, which hopes to force governments to treat the threats of climate collapse and extinction as an existential crisis. The group is calling on the UK government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 -- or face a global catastrophe in as little as 12 years.

Big Oil v. the Planet Is the Fight of Our Lives
(David Sirota / The Guardian UK)

The Carbon Industry's control of the "Oil & Gas Caucus" in Congress has given it political supremacy -- even in left-leaning states -- but immediate action by an incoming Blue Wave of young, dynamic, and progressive congressmembers might make it possible to hold off an impending environmental state of emergency.

GOP House Crushes Attempt to End US Role in Genocidal Yemen War
(Hon. Tulsi Gabbard / US Congress & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

Late last night, House Republicans on the Rules Committee voted to block our bill, HConRes 138, from coming to the House floor for a vote. The bill would have ended US support for Saudi Arabia's genocidal war in Yemen, which has resulted in the worst humanitarian crisis in generations. It's time to end US support for Saudi Arabia's atrocities and bring HConRes 138 up for a vote. Become a citizen co-sponsor and support HConRes 138 today. See which 77 Democrats and 4 Republicans support HConRes 138.

US Threatens World: Ban Iranian Oil Tankers or Risk Catastrophic "Accidents"
(AntiWar.com & Agence France-Presse & Channel News Asia & Associated Press)

The US State Department has issued a series of warnings demanding that all world ports avoid even nominal contact with Iranian commercial ships, warning that even limited contact could lead to US sanctions. All ports and maritime insurance companies were ordered to "steer clear" of Iranian ships or face US sanctions. The US warned that any country that allowed an Iranian oil tanker to even enter its territorial waters would suffer "catastrophic economic damage."

The Risk of Extinction from Climate Change May Be Worse than the IPCC Predicted
(Arctic News Blogspot)

Commentary: According to the IPCC's latest report on global warming, things aren't looking good. But, instead of providing good advice, the IPCC bends over backward in efforts to maintain the oil-burning addiction. The Paris Agreement calls for all nations to keep the temperature rise below 1.5ºC. The IPCC should have honored this commitment. Instead, the IPCC report contrives to make it look as if temperatures are lower than they really are -- so polluters can be allowed to keep polluting.

US Supreme Court Sides with Kids over Trump on Climate Change Trial
(Reuters & RT News)

The US Supreme Court on Friday rejected for now a bid by the President Donald Trump's administration to block a trial in a lawsuit filed by young activists who have accused the US government of ignoring the perils of climate change. The administration now faces a high-profile examination of US climate change policy.

Why Jair Bolsonaro's Presidency Threatens Disaster for the Brazilian Amazon
(Avaaz & Christian Poirier / Amazon Watch & Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept)

The extreme right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro was elected Brazil's president on Sunday in a victory that hands him a powerful mandate to enact a series of sweeping changes to the country's political, economic, social, and environmental order. His victory represents a profound setback for human rights and ecological preservation in the world's fourth largest democracy, with implications for the entire planet, particularly global climate stability.

Will Congress Have the Spine to Defy Trump and Defend the US-Russia Nuclear Treaty?
(Bruce Fein / The American Conservative & Jacob Heilbrunn / The National Interest)

Congress commands clear constitutional authority to prohibit Donald Trump from terminating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia. But does it have the spine? As Alexander Hamilton explained, the president was denied plenary power over treaties because presidential venality or narcissism might compromise the national interest. Among other things, Hamilton emphasized, "An avaricious man might be tempted to betray the interests of the state to the acquisition of wealth."

United Nations Meeting; Statement on War and Pollution
(Conflict and Environment Observatory & Toxic Remnants of War Network Statement)

Across the UN system, initiatives are underway to address the environmental dimensions of armed conflicts. The Security Council is exploring early warning and risk management in connection with climate change, resource conflicts and water scarcity. This statement is delivered on behalf of 15 organisations working to strengthen the protection of civilians and the environment from the impact of conflicts and military activities.

NASA Chief to Trump: 'No Reason to Dismiss' Recent UN Climate Report
(Timothy Cama / The Hill)

he head of NASA bucked President Trump this week, saying that he sees no reason to reject the findings of a major climate change report from the United Nations. Trump previously said he would review the dire report issued this month by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, but he was also skeptical of it. "It was given to me, and I want to look at who drew it," Trump said, seeming to mistake the detailed and extensive scientific report for a comic book.

14-year Gulf Oil Spill Could Be Worst in US History
(Kristin Hugo / The Independent & National Geographic & Diane Hoskins / The Hill)

Oil has been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico for the last 14 years in what may soon become the worst oil spill in US history. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan disrupted an offshore drilling operation owned by Taylor Energy. Between 300 and 700 barrels leak into the Gulf each day. That's 12,600 to 29,400 gallons per day for 14 years, and it continues to this day, just 12 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Taylor Energy has argued that there's no evidence to prove any of the wells are leaking.

ACTION ALERT: Ryan Zinke, Interior's Corrupt and Unfit Secretary, Must Resign
(Josh Nelson / CREDO Action)

The evidence of corruption and incompetence just keeps piling up for Trump's Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Considered "the most scandal-plagued member" of Trump's cabinet, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke -- public lands-enemy number-one -- is facing a dozen federal investigations into shady business dealings, unethical behavior, violations of federal law and misuse of taxpayer money.

Politicians, Media and Scientists Call for Action on Earth's Climate Emergency
(The Climate Mobilization & The Portland Press Herald & The Guardian & The Young Turks & NYMagazine)

The publication of the IPCC's report on climate change has dramatically underscored the fact that we face an existential climate emergency, and only a WWII-scale climate mobilization can protect humanity and the natural world. The consequences of catastrophic warming will be political and even military, not just environmental.

12 Years to Catastrophe and a Bold Agenda to Save Planet Is Missing!
(Jake Johnson / Common Dreams)

Hundreds of mammal species have been wiped out due to human activity, planetary warming has sparked global insect die-off that is horrifying scientists, and United Nations experts are warning that the international community has just 12 years to transform global energy systems in order to avert climate catastrophe. But in Washington, Republicans and House Democrats are brushing aside widespread and growing public demands for urgent action in favor of "incremental steps and hearings."

Why Catastrophic Climate Change is Probably Inevitable Now: Thank Facism
(Umair Haque / Eudaimonia & Co)

Commentary: It strikes me that the planet's fate is now probably sealed. We have just a decade in which to control climate change  -- or goodbye, an unknown level of catastrophic, inescapable, runaway warming is inevitable. The reality is: we're probably not going to make it. It's highly dubious at this juncture that humanity is going to win the fight against climate change. That is for a very unexpected -- yet perfectly predictable -- reason: the sudden explosion in global fascism.

ACTION ALERT: No Coal from Military Bases
(CREDO Action from Working Assets & Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Bloomberg)

Trump's scandal-plagued Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is considering a dangerously misguided proposal to use West Coast military bases to ship coal and natural gas overseas. Using military bases to ship coal and natural gas overseas would fuel climate change and undermine national security. Demand a halt to this climate destabilizing plan. It threatens both national security and international security.

An Act of Desperation: Trump Wants US Military Bases to Store, Export Oil, Coal
(Matthew Brown / Associated Press)

The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military bases or other federal properties as transit points for shipments of US coal and natural gas to Asia, as officials seek to bolster the domestic energy industry and circumvent environmental opposition to fossil fuel exports. Trump's plan amounts to a "neo-colonial" end-run around West Coast officials who have rejected private-sector efforts to build new coal ports in their states in order to protect both local health and the global climate.

America's Secret War on Yemen. Q: Why Yemen? A: It's About Oil
(Jack Dresser / CounterPunch and United National Antiwar Coalition)

Far too few Americans seem to be asking an obvious question, why is the United States supporting the genocidal Saudi war upon Yemen? Considering that Yemen's humanitarian crisis now exceeds every other disaster in the world, this vital question deserves an informed and serious answer incorporating the geography and history that Americans learn neither from their schools nor their media.

Ignoring Climate Change Warnings, Hurricane Trump Continues to Tear Apart the EPA
(Marianne Lavelle / InsideClimate News & Lisa Friedman / The New York Times)

Jeffrey Bossert Clark has repeatedly challenged the science underpinning US climate policy. He'll be defending the administration's policy rollbacks. At the same time, an EPA panel that advises the agency's leadership on the latest scientific information about soot in the atmosphere is apparently to be shut down next year at Donald Trump's order.

12 Years Left to Act: What Climate Failure Would Mean
(Bob Berwyn / InsideClimate News)

Another half-degree Celsius rise in global temperatures will dramatically increase risks to people and ecosystems they depend on, a new report shows. Stopping it means cutting emissions fast. Without a radical transformation of energy, transportation and agriculture systems the planet with confront unprecedented risks to human civilization and the ecosystems that sustain life on Earth.

Can Carbon Farming Save Our Planet?
(The Daily Beast, et al.)

In an apocalyptic report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned the world the planet has 12 years, or until 2030, to reverse global warming. Without drastic change, the Earth is on track to see temperatures rise by almost 5 degrees C by 2100 -- far beyond the 2 degrees needed to contain global warming. Scientists are now working to figure out a technology that can pull carbon out of the air and convert it into useful products. Can "carbon farming" save us -- if we act in time?

Trump Dismisses UN Report That Sounds Climate Change Alarm; Trump's Supreme Court Writes Off the Planet's Future
(Lydia O'Connor / The Huffington Post & Chris D'Angelo / The Huffington Post & Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast)

Donald Trump sounded skeptical about the United Nation's dire new report on the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change, telling reporters that he wants to look into those who crafted it. Trump said the report "was given to me. And I want to look at who drew it" (appearing to mistake the report for a children's coloring book).

This Is the Way the World Ends: Will We Soon See Category 6 Hurricanes?
(Jeff Nesbit / The Guardian)

There is no such thing as a category 6 hurricane or tropical storm -- yet. But a combination of warmer oceans and more water in the atmosphere could make the devastation of 2017 pale in comparison.

World Scientists Issue Stark Warning: A Final Call to Save the World From 'Climate Catastrophe'
(Matt McGrath / BBC News & Phil Mckenna / Inside Climate News )

A landmark report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns the world is running out of time to make the changes needed to stop a global climate catastrophe. To head off a mass-extinction, we need to take dramatic and costly action over the next decade. Instead, the Trump administration is promoting the dying coal and oil industries by rolling back regulations on the toxic emissions that threaten our existence.

The Fate of Our 190,000-Years-Old Human Race Depends on a Massive Greening Effort Over Just 30 Years
(Juan Cole / Informed Comment)

Commentary: In a new scientific report, terrified scientists are warning -- as vehemently as these polite researchers know how -- that we need to be Net Zero Carbon by 2050 and we have to jump on getting there RIGHT NOW -- during the next decade -- or else, Very Bad Things will happen. What can we do? It isn't so hard, folks. And it isn't expensive. It will actually save us all massive amounts of money. Above all, elect Green politicians: Government has the levers necessary to make things happen quickly.

ACTION ALERT: Block Trump's 'Easy-fire' Nukes; Challenge the Expanded Nuclear-War-Powers Obama Created
(Win Without War & Marc Ambiner / Politico)

Can you imagine Donald Trump having access to a nuclear bomb that he and his advisers think is safe to use? Well, the Pentagon is on track to give him exactly that. Thanks to Barack Obama, our current nuclear war plans -- OPLAN 8010-12 -- specifically envision a scenario where the president orders a limited nuclear strike to deter proliferators of weapons of mass destruction. Sarin gas qualifies. So, under Obama's expanded nuclear war plan, Trump could have ordered a nuclear bomb dropped on Syria..

As Climate Warms, Trump Attacks Pollution Laws, Sabotages Regulators
(James Osborne / The Houston Chronicle & Scott Waldman / E&E News Climatewire)

Trump's plans to bail out the financially struggling coal and nuclear power sectors drew criticism from both parties but his policy of "Polluters First" continues to put the country -- and the planet -- at risk. Trump now plans to install Bernard McNamee, a fossil-fuel promoter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In addition, Trump wants to rewrite regulations to undermine the positive health and social benefits of reducing exposure to pollutants like mercury, industrial gases, and radiation.

Latest UN Report on Global Warming Carries "Life-or-Death Warning"
(Associated Press & The New Arab & Agence France-Presse & Phil McKenna / Inside Climate News & Carolyn Gramling / Science News)

In a 728-page report, the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change detailed how Earth's weather, health and ecosystems would be in better shape if the world's leaders could limit future human-caused planetary warming to just 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit (a half degree Celsius) instead of the currently agreed-upon goal of 1.8 degrees F. A lead author of the report warned that the planet is now facing "a life-or-death situation without a doubt."

The US Military Is The Worst Polluter on the Planet -- And It's Totally Unregulated
(Project Censored 2010)

The US military is responsible for the most egregious and widespread pollution of the planet. Impacts include: uninhibited use of fossil fuels, massive creation of greenhouse gases, and extensive release of radioactive and chemical contaminants into the air, water, and soil. In spite of the evidence, the environmental impact of the US military goes largely unaddressed by environmental organizations and was not the focus of any discussions at the 2010 UN Climate Change Conference.

Regenerative Farming: The Next Stage of Organic Food -- and Civilization
(Project Censored & Ronnie Cummins / Organic Consumers Association)

Regenerative agriculture represents not only an alternative food production strategy but a fundamental shift in our culture's relationship to nature. As Ronnie Cummins, director of the Organic Consumers Association and a founding member of Regeneration International, wrote, regenerative agriculture offers a "world-changing paradigm" that can help solve many of today's environmental and public health problems.

Costa Rica Sets an Example for the World: Carbon Neutral by 2021
(Fabiola Ortiz / In Depth News)

In the 1980s, Costa Rica was on the brink of an environmental crisis losing around 70,000 hectares of forests a year, the equivalent to 1.7 percent of the national territory. 22 years ago, Costa Rica introduced a national program to pay landowners to keep the forests standing for people and the planet. Today, the country hosts 5 percent of the world's biodiversity, more than half of its territory is covered with forests, and nearly all of the country's energy needs are met by renewable power sources.

Trump's EPA: Science Out, Politics In
(Mark Hand / ThinkProgress)

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to combine the Office of Science Policy and the Office of the Science Advisor, a move that critics contend is another example of the Trump administration trying to diminish the role of scientists at the agency. The merger would downgrade the science advisor's role by placing it into a position lower in the agency, according to experts.

ACTION ALERT: Support Senate Bill to Block the Trump/Bolton Push for War with Iran
(Win Without War & Julia Conley / Common Dreams & World BEYOND War & Hon. Tom Udall / US Senate & CREDO Action)

Yesterday, at the United Nations, Trump demanded a roomful of world leaders get behind "regime change" in Iran. That's Washington-speak for war. We cannot let this terrible administration drag us into war with Iran. We've got to fight back the best and strongest way we know how: People power. Support Tom Udall's Senate bill to block a preemptive strike against Iran as illegal under the War Powers Act and the United States Constitution which states that only Congress can declare wars.

Pentagon Races to Empty Its Coffers by Month's End
(Frank Konkel / Defense One)

The federal government is primed to spend as much as $300 billion in the final quarter of fiscal 2018 as agencies rush to obligate money appropriated by Congress before Sept. 30. Because any unspent funds must be returned to the Treasury Department, the Pentagon is on a spending spree to burn through as much money as possible. But to spend all the money appropriated, they may have to obligate well over $200 billion more in the final quarter of fiscal 2018, which ends in two weeks.

ACTION ALERT: Aug. 24 Deadline -- Big Oil & Gas vs. Endangered Species
(Miranda Carter / Food & Water Watch)

Bald eagles, grizzly bears, California condors, grey wolves, American alligators . . . The Endangered Species Act (ESA) successfully brought these and other iconic species back from the brink. That's pretty amazing. Now the Trump administration is trying to gut endangered species protections for the benefit of the oil and gas industry. It's possible to stop this if we all speak up loudly and refuse to back down -- but the deadline for comments is September 24.

Is Donald Trump Encouraging Climate Change to Promote Fascism and Genocide?
(Matthew Barad / Keep Colorado Green & Tim Hollo / At the Well & Gaby Galvin / US News and World Report)

Commentary: While the wealthy remain safe in their bunkers, while the nationalists hide behind their borders, the rest of humanity will be left to starve, wither, drown, and burn. This is the world of Donald Trump. This is the future of Climate Fascism.

ACTION ALERT: Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice. Marches Erupt in 95 Countries around the World
(Rise for Climate.org & Oliver Milman / The Guardian)

Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice is taking off all over the world -- in more than 900 locations in 95 countries! We've seen massive events and actions from Uganda to Paris, across the country and now in San Francisco, where the official count was 30,000. We'll have another end of day recap later today so look out for that. But here's what we got form the middle of the march here in SF!

Ecuador Ordered To Pay Exxon for Oil Spill Aftermath

Ecuador will be forced to pay economic reparations to the oil giant. The over 30,000 affected people in the Amazon haven't received any compensation. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has ruled in favor of oil giant Chevron and declared Ecuador guilty of violating a bilateral investment treaty signed with the United States in 1997, of withholding justice from the company, and for not providing Chevron with "just and equitable" treatment.

Keystone Pipeline Protesters Fear Federal Surveillance and Crackdowns
(Phil McKenna / Inside Climate News & Nicholas Kusnetz / Inside Climate News)

The US Army Corps of Engineers is defending its claim that the Dakota Access pipeline will have no significant environmental impact, but it issued only a brief summary of its court-ordered reassessment while refusing to release crucial details about potential oil spills. With the Keystone XL pipeline expected to draw protests from indigenous and environmental activists the ACLU is worried that federal law enforcement agencies may be planning a massive surveillance and a militarized crackdown on protesters.

Why Is ExxonMobil Still Funding Climate Science Denier Groups?
(Elliot Negin / Union of Concerned Scientists)

A decade after pledging to end its support for climate science deniers, ExxonMobil gave $1.5 million last year to 11 think tanks and lobby groups that reject established climate science and openly oppose the oil and gas giant's professed climate policy preferences. Until ExxonMobil stops funding these groups, its avowed support for a carbon tax, the Paris Climate Agreement and other climate initiatives can't be seen as anything more than a cynical PR ploy.

NYC's Plan to Protect Climate Targets Big Oil and Trump Tower
(Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post )

Drastic climate action in New York City could include laws to mandate dramatic energy-use cuts in big buildings -- by far the largest source of Manhatan's air pollution. This historic move could set a new standard for cities worldwide. On the target list: Trump Tower. Meanwhile, Mayor de Blasio and the city are suing five major oil companies over infrastructure damage from encroaching climate change. The mayor also plans to divest roughly $5 billion in fossil fuel investments from the city's five pension plans.

EPA Scientists Rebel over Trump's Pro-Petrol Pollution Plan
(Chris Mooney and Dino Grandoni / The Washington Post)

Staffers at the EPA strongly criticized the logic behind a recent move to loosen future gas mileage rules for cars -- at one point requesting that the EPA's name and logo be removed from a key regulatory report. Documents released Tuesday provide a window into a tense technical battle between experts at two separate government agencies -- the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Weeks before the rollout of a massive new proposal, the two agencies had major disagreements.

Big Oil's War on America's Endangered Water Supply
(Joe Romm / ThinkProgress)

An alarming new study reveals fracking is quite simply destroying America's water supply. The natural gas released in the fracking process, is mostly methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Methane emissions are responsible for about a quarter of the human-caused global warming we're suffering today. Thanks to fracking, we are losing potable water forever in many semi-arid regions of the US, while simultaneously producing more carbon pollution that, in turn, is driving ever-worsening droughts in those same regions.

ACTION ALERT: Say NO to Trump's Pro-polluter Environmental Rollbacks
(Democratic Climate Action & Emily Holden / Politico)

Trump's official climate plan reinforces what we've known about the president all along: He is anti-environment to the core. We need concerned Americans to step up NOW and make their voices heard on Trump's destructive agenda: a whole range of extreme, anti-environment actions with absolutely no check from the federal government. That means already dangerous weather could get even more dangerous, high temperatures could rise even higher and the costs to respond to catastrophes could get even costlier.

Warming Warning: US Oil Industry Was Warned of Climate Catastrophe . . . in 1959
(Benjamin Franta / The Guardian & Neela Banerjee / Inside Climate News)

In 1959, Edward Teller warned the US Oil Industry: "Energy resources will run short as we use more and more of the fossil fuels. . . . But [there is] another reason why we probably have to look for additional fuel supplies. And this, strangely, is the question of contaminating the atmosphere. Whenever you burn conventional fuel, you create carbon dioxide. A temperature rise corresponding to a 10 percent increase in CO2 will be sufficient to melt the icecap and submerge New York."

US, Trump, Raytheon Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen
(Katy Kelly / AntiWar.com & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Helene Cooper / The New York Times)

Why is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia spending $200 million per day to bomb Yemen? Many believe the goal is to seize control over "a gold mine" of oil reserves, natural gas, minerals, and a strategic location. The US has provided the Saudis with 6,700 Raytheon missiles -- like the one used in the mass slaughter of 40 Yemeni children in a school bus. Donald Trump claims the right to ignore Congressional requirements that he address Saudi war crimes committed with US funds and bombs.

Wildfires Increasing Threat to Planet: Trump Won't Act but California's Governor Just Might
(Amy Goodman, Michael Mann and Michael Brune / Democracy Now! & Michael Brune / Medium.com & )

Even as we deal with the Trump administration's cascade of corruption, the climate-change clock keeps ticking. The math is merciless: If we don't accelerate a phaseout of fossil fuels, today's wildfires, droughts, and extreme weather will seem mild compared to what's coming. We can't count on Washington to tackle this problem. The solution? Take the challenge to the one state that's got the political, moral, and environmental clout to challenge Trump's devastating denial of a visible, existential danger.

ACTION ALERT: The World Is Disappearing in Flames: Can We Protect Half to Save the Planet?
(Jeff Goodell / Rolling Stone & Avaaz: The World in Action)

"Our future," James Lovelock observed, "is like that of the passengers on a small pleasure boat sailing quietly above the Niagara Falls, not knowing that the engines are about to fail." By 2020, two-thirds of wild animals will be gone. Life is being extinguished as fast as when the dinosaurs disappeared because humanity is taking a chainsaw to the tree of life. Our best chance to save our ecosystems and 80-90% of all species is giving them enough safe space to thrive -- by keeping half the Earth intact.

Climate Change and War: Why a Waring Planet Is a Warming Planet
(Stacy Bannerman / Common Dreams)

Commentary: The big environmental organizations seem to have tacitly agreed that the US military is the one entity we won't mention when we talk about the biggest contributors to climate change. Yet the Pentagon uses more petroleum per day than 175 of the world's 210 nations and generates more than 70% of total US greenhouse gas emissions. We cannot cure this man-made cancer on the climate without addressing the socially sanctioned, institutionalized violence perpetrated by US foreign policy.

America Spends Over $20 Billion Per Year on Fossil Fuel Subsidies. Abolish Them!
(Dana Nuccitelli / The Guardian)

In the 2015-2016 election cycle oil, gas, and coal companies spent $354 million in campaign contributions and lobbying and received $29.4 billion in federal subsidies in total over those same years -- an 8,200% return on investment. Some 88% of Big Carbon's lobbying funds went to Republicans, 97% of whom the voted against taxing carbon pollution. Meanwhile, Donald Trump continues to prop up the dying coal industry. The GOP might as well rebrand itself as the "Grand Oil Party."

Big Oil Defeats Big Wind as Trump's Uranium Fuel Policies Disintegrate
(Dan Gearino / Inside Climate News & Stephen Lee / BNA News)

Wind Catcher, a 2,000 megawatt wind-power farm planned in Oklahoma, needed clearance from four states but oil and gas industry-connected groups campaigned to stop it. Meanwhile, the nuclear industry says Donald Trump's uranium policies are affecting purchasing decisions. Cameco, world's biggest uranium miner, says prices already too low to make economic sense.

Kids and Lawyers vs. Big Oil: Climate Suits Dismissed and Sustained
(Lawrence Hurley / Reuters & Nicholas Kusnetz and David Hasemyer / InsideClimate News)

The US Supreme Court has rejected a bid by the Trump' administration to halt a lawsuit filed by 21 young activists who have accused Washington of ignoring the perils of climate change. Meanwhile New York City has lost a bid to hold the oil industry responsible for the costs of adapting to sea-level rise triggered by increasing heat. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to appeal the ruling.

Big-Oil GOP Decrees Which Animals Must Perish to Protect Polluters' Profits
(Jake Bullinger / Guardian UK)

Republicans have been trying to whittle away the Endangered Species Act since Donald Trump took office. Under new proposals, wildlife managers would limit protections for threatened species, consider the economic costs of protecting a species, and de-emphasize long-term threats such as climate change. These Republican-led changes to the Endangered Species Act would put plants and animals across America at risk. Here are the ones you should be most concerned about.

Profits over Planet Trump Ramps Up Attacks on Land, Air, Rivers, Oceans, Climate
(McClatchy News & E&E News & The Hill)

California and like-minded states are girding for a legal battle with the Trump administration on whether those states have gone too far in controlling greenhouse gases from automobiles, a prospective case that is sure to reach the US Supreme Court. Meanwhile, Trump's team continues to target protected wilderness and ocean sanctuaries, which are being opened to drilling and mining operations. At the same time, farmers are being encouraged to expand activities that pollute land, air, and water.

New Openness at EPA but Same Policies: New Obstacles at Interior
(The Society of Environmental Journalists)

Now that Andrew Wheeler has started settling into office at the EPA, many are asking what his new regime means. On the one hand, he may be easier on journalists than departed head Scott Pruitt, whose tenure was marked by exclusion and secrecy. On the other hand, he is expected to continue Trump's anti-environmental agenda. Meanwhile, journalists have written Interior Secretary Zinke urging him to drop plans to interpose political appointees between reporters and the scientists they need to interview.

The Impacts of Militarism on Climate Change
(Florian Polsterer / University of Luxembourg & the Global Campus Open Knowledge Repository )

The Military-Industrial-Media and Entertainment Complex, is possibly the world's biggest producer of greenhouse gases and ecological degradation. Regardless of whether it is during war or peacetime, the world's armed forces consume enormous amounts of fossil fuels and produce immense quantities of toxic waste. According to the Treadmill of Destruction Theory, war is waged mainly to secure the natural resources needed to fight wars -- thereby creating a self-perpetuating cycle of destruction.

Trump's Oil Dreams: For Mountains and Wildlife, It's the Pits
(Zack Colman / Reveal News & Elizabeth Shogren / Reveal News)

Ten thousand feet up, it's possible to see all of Colorado's North Fork Valley -- sloping mesas with snow-dusted mountains, the land below resembles a vintage pioneer landscape. But if Donald Trump has his way, this sweeping vista could soon be replaced by an invasion of oil and gas pumps. Trump's administration is opening vast stretches of public land to energy companies and, in the case of North Fork, up to 95 percent of the valley's forests and fields could be handed over to drillers.

ACTION ALERT: Whales Versus Oil. Our Seas Are at Risk
(Amelia Meister / SumOfUs.org & Lindsay Jones / The Globe and Mail)

Experts are raising the alarm: The Northern right whale is in danger of extinction. The Canadian government vowed to take "every possible measure" to protect the whales. Yet at the same time, Canadian Environment Minister McKenna approved BP's offshore oil wells running right through the homes of the Northern right whale. This could be the nail in the coffin for these beautiful creatures.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Gov. Jerry Brown: It's Time To Protect the Climate by Ending Fossil Fuel Production
(David Turnbull / Climate Truth.org)

All-time heat records have been broken all across the planet this month, and the impacts are growing more dangerous. Los Angeles hit a record 111 degrees on Friday. Montreal hit 97.9 degrees on July 2nd, as part of a heat wave that caused 70 deaths. An emergency of this scale requires a response commensurate with the problem we face -- we just need California Governor Jerry Brown to show the courage to take on Big Oil.

Warships Sailing on Dying Oceans
(Sophie M. Lavoie / NB Media Coop)

Tamara Lorincz asked a Fredericton audience if it would be happy to take leave of the planet while sailing on a warship in a lifeless ocean. "Federal budgets are "moral documents" and our priorities are not on the environment. What about environmental and human security? Do we want to spend 'the precious reserves' we have on military spending? The environment is essential to our sustained survival and there is a need for peaceful alternatives."

Oil Drilling Plan Threatens Endangered Gorillas in Congo National Park
( & Chloe Farand / The Independent)

Democratic Republic of Congo's government has announced it has decided to open up parts of Virunga and Salonga National Parks -- home to mountain gorillas, bonobos and other rare species -- to oil drilling. Earlier proposals to allow oil exploration in the parks met fierce resistance from environmental activists, who say drilling would place wildlife at risk and release huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, causing global warming.

The Peoples' Grid: Unplugging from the Monopoly Paradigm
(Wenonah Hauter / The San Francisco Chronicle & Nick Chaset / San Francisco Chronicle & Peter Fimrite / San Francisco Chronicle)

California's energy future is at a crossroads. The state must decide how it will replace its fossil fuels with renewable energy to avoid climate disaster. The Legislature is considering legislation to hand energy oversight management of the energy grid to an unelected regional board that would govern a single energy market across the Western US. A better option: Community choice aggregators -- public agencies that contract for cleaner, low-cost electricity -- that already provide clean power to millions of Californians.

Lybian Oil Crescent Ablaze: Satellite Imagery Captures Burning Oil Tanks in Libya
(Wim Zwijnenburg / Bellingcat)

Recent eruptions of violence in Libya's so-called 'oil cresent' between armed forces loyal to Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) and rival armed groups resulted in another row of burning oil tanks. In the areas around oil terminals at Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, clashes continued for days. As a result, various oil tanks at the Fida Oil Farm, west of the Ras Lanuf oil terminal were hit and caught fire. They are still burning.

Notes from Paraguay: Return of the Colorado Party and A Forgotten War in South America
(Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War & A Global World & Nikolas Kozloff / Al Jazeera)

June 12 was a national holiday in Paraguay. Chaco Armistice Day, commemorates peace – and the end of a bloody war between Paraguay and its neighbor Bolivia. The conflict erupted over the control of the Chaco region, a contested area that was believed to harbor immense stores of untapped underground oil. The surprising part of the story involves the covert involvement of the US government and, allegedly, the role of major US oil companies in fomenting the conflict.

ACTION ALERT: Troops at Risk from Burn Pits: The VA Must Be Held Accountable
(Kelley Beaucar Vlahos / The American Conservative & Hon. Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representatives)

"For the nearly 3 million troops who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11, burn pit exposure has proven to be prevalent and has contributed to cancer diagnoses, respiratory illness, and neurological and pulmonary damage. There's a registry for veterans who have been affected, but too many veterans are not yet on that registry, with some being rejected care and not receiving the support they deserve. We must do more." -- Hon. Tulsi Gabbard.

ACTION ALERT: How Does Coal-Friendly Power-abusing Scott Pruitt Still Have a Job?
(ClimateTruth.org Action & The New York Times)

How does Scott Pruitt still have a job? With every passing day the list of Pruitt's scandals grows larger, and ever more bizarre. It's enough to make your head spin. This week we learned that Pruitt had his staff assisting him with improper personal tasks. A growing number of critics and DC colleagues claim Pruitt's extreme anti-science, anti-environment, climate-denier agenda is a danger to the American people -- and his dirty dealings and unethical conduct are unacceptable. It's time for him to go.

Trump Has Plenty of Accomplices in His Reckless Energy Policies
(Harvey Wasserman / The Progressive)

Some 360,000 Americans now work in the solar industry, more than in nukes and coal combined. In fact, more Americans are now working in California's solar industry than are digging coal nationwide. And the US wind business now employs more than 100,000 people. But President Donald Trump wants to change that. He has already slammed the solar industry's growth by slapping a 30 percent tariff on imported Chinese panels, slowing installations nationwide.

Hurricane Maria's Deadly Aftermath: The Tragic Failure of Washington's Response
(Carolina Moreno / Huffington Post)

An extensive Harvard study has found that about 4,645 people -- not the 64 officially reported -- died as a result of Hurricane Maria, and it provided some damning details about life on the island after the storm. Most of the deaths occurred in the aftermath of the storm. Data from this large-scale survey also revealed some sobering information about what life has been like for those trying to manage their health on the island in the wake of the storm.

Humans 0.01% of Life Have Destroyed 83% Wild Mammals
(Damian Carrington / The Guardian)

A groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity's surprisingly tiny part in it -- as well as our disproportionate impact. Humankind is simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth. While the world's 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of all living things, since the dawn of civilisation, humanity has caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and half of plants.

Carbon Crooks Breaking the Planet as Water Resources Are Stretched Thin
(Bill McKibben / RNZ Community Scoop & Eric Holthaus / Grist)

With half the Arctic summer sea ice gone, the impacts of climate change are becoming dramatically visible -- despite the Carbon Baron's decades-long coverup of the damage they knew they were inflicting on the planet. Meanwhile, as humans have harnessed rivers, built dams, and dug wells to quench our growing civilization, we now have -- for the first time -- a picture of what all those generations have wrought on our blue planet's most defining resource.

Oil Tankers Threaten an Environmental Disaster off the Coast of Yemen
(The Conflict and Environment Observatory)

Oil infrastructure often poses environmental risks during conflicts and Yemen is no exception. On March 7, the Yemeni government called for international assistance in dealing with a potentially serious oil pollution threat in the Red Sea. The case has served to highlight the wider threat from terrestrial and marine oil pollution in Yemen's civil war and the risks it poses to the Red Sea's ecology. But dealing with the threat will be impossible without cooperation between the warring parties and the international community.

ACTION ALERT: Stop Trump from Drilling in Alaska National Wildlife Refuge
(CREDO Action & Pamela King / E&E News & Ben Stewart / Greenpeace)

When Big Oil is giving the orders, the Trump administration can move frighteningly fast. Immediately after a sneaky provision in the Trump Tax Scam opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, the Trump team has rushed to seal the deal. Drilling threatens caribou and the cultural future of the Alaska Native Gwich'in people whose way of life depends on this sacred place. Sign the petition to stop this catastrophe before it's too late.

Billions in Extreme Weather Damage and FEMA Plan "Forgets" to Mention Climate Change
(Kate Yoder / Grist & Ryan Grenoble / Huffington Post)

In 2017, an unprecedented string of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and wildfires cost the US a record-shattering $306 billion -- four times more than average over the past decade, adjusted for inflation. In March, after a year of record-shattering natural disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency released its long-term strategic plan. And that 37-page document somehow neglected to mention climate change. The official explanation: We forgot to mention it.

Move Over Chernobyl, Fukushima is Now the World's Worst Nuclear Disaster
(John LaForge / CounterPunch & ZeroHedge)

The radiation dispersed into the environment by the three reactor meltdowns at Fukushima-Daiichi in Japan has exceeded that of the April 26, 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe, so we may stop calling it the "second worst" nuclear power disaster in history. Total atmospheric releases from Fukushima are estimated to be between 5.6 and 8.1 times that of Chernobyl. Chernobyl's reactor No. 4 blew apart and burned for 40 days, spreading fallout across the Northern Hemisphere. Fukushima was much worse.

Top 100 Reasons Not to Bomb Iran
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War & RootsAction)

Commentary: (1.) There are over 80 million men, women, and children in Iran. Bombing them would be mass-murder. (2.) If the US government and its allies bomb Libya and Iran when their governments choose not to have nuclear weapons, you can forget about North Korea and the rest of the world choosing not to have nuclear weapons. (3.) The longer the world has nuclear weapons, and the more countries that have them, the greater the likelihood of nuclear war. And 97 more reasons.

ACTION ALERT: Tell EPA's Scott Pruitt: "Stop Your War on Science"
(CREDO Action & Madison Dapcevich / Forbes & ILF Science)

EPA chief Scott Pruitt's escalating war on science has a clear goal: ending the regulations that protect us from smog, pesticides, climate change and other dangerous threats to our health and the environment. Pruitt and the rest of the Trump regime are willing to risk human lives to make their friends a little richer. Pruitt must go. Instead of throwing out hallmark research, much of it funded by taxpayers through the EPA, Pruitt should be following the guidance of real scientific experts.

Combating Militarism on Earth Day
(Steve Fake / Just World Educational)

On April 19, as a prelude to Earth Day, Just World Educational hosted a live Facebook discussion on its Earth Day Appeal, "To Save the Earth, Curb Militarism!" The Live discussion featured Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation and National Co-convener of United for Peace and Justice, and Gar Smith, the director of Environmentalists Against War, a member of the coordinating council at World Beyond War, and editor of The War and Environment Reader.

On Earth Day: "Why We Oppose War and Militarism"
(Environmentalists Against War)

On February 20, 2003, Environmentalists Against War (a global coalition of antiwar organizations) held a press conference at the San Francisco office of the Sierra Club to announce its opposition to the George W. Bush administration’s imminent attack on Iraq. A joint statement -- signed by more than 100 environmental, antiwar, and social-justice organizations from around the world -- enumerated 11 reasons to reject war and militarism.

An Appeal for Earth Day, 2018: To Save the Earth, Curb Militarism!
(CODEPINK, Environmentalists Against War, Just World Educational, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, and World Beyond War)

CODEPINK, Environmentalists Against War, Just World Educational, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, and World Beyond War, invite citizens and organizations in the US and around the world to express support for the statement that follows. We are hoping to gather as many individual signatures and organizational endorsements as possible between now and Earth Day, April 22.

Rising Seas Threaten Half of US Bases: Pentagon Warned of Climate Change 52 Years Ago
(Sammy Roth / USA TODAY & Dana Nuccitelli / The Guardian)

Military leaders are sounding another alarm about the dangers of climate change, saying in a new report that half of US military sites have already been affected by floods, wildfires, droughts and other weather extremes that are exacerbated by rising global temperatures. It's not like the Pentagon wasn't warned: In 1965, US president Lyndon Johnson's science advisory committee sent him a report predicting climate change that was being triggered by "Carbon Dioxide from Fossil Fuels -- the Invisible Pollutant."

Climate Change Has Become A Major Threat to Global Wildlife
(Chelsea Harvey / E&E News & Scientific American & Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services / Science Daily)

Biodiversity -- the essential variety of life forms on Earth -- continues to decline in every region of the world, significantly reducing nature's capacity to contribute to people's well-being. This alarming trend endangers economies, livelihoods, food security and the quality of life of people everywhere, according to four landmark science reports written by more than 550 leading experts, from over 100 countries.

Lawmakers Are Trying to Criminalize Pipeline Protesters for "Conspiracy"
(Justine Calma / Grist & Steve Hardy / The Advocate & Nikhil Swaminathan / Grist)

Efforts to prosecute environmental activists with felony or eco-terrorism charges have intensified since Standing Rock. Those tensions are coming to a head in Louisiana and Minnesota, where newly introduced bills seek to make it a felony to plan to trespass, damage, or disrupt pipeline operations -- even if the individuals didn't physically participate or go through with the action.

Burlington Vermont Votes to Block F-35 Fighter Jets
(The Burlington Peace and Justice Center)

Burlington's City Council voted 9-3 to block USAF plans to base F-35 fighter jets at Burlington's International Airport. The vote came three weeks after the voters approved a citizen initiative to cancel the planned F-35 basing. Noise from the F-35 can damage hearing, children's cognitive abilities, and trigger heart attacks in adults. Nearly 3,000 local homes would become unlivable do to the increased noise. Meanwhile, the F-35 drains $1.4 trillion from health care, education, affordable housing, and infrastructure.

Revealing the Pentagon's Unaddressed Burn Pit Perils
(Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News Investigative Unit Exclusive)

Fox News has discovered pits as large as football fields existed next to a number of military bases during the Iraq War; makeshift junkyards, many ignited by jet fuel, left to smolder 24 hours a day. More than 130,000 vets have reported exposure; Will Carr reports from Los Angeles.

From Venezuela to Ghana, a Call for Activists to Confront and Reject US Warmongering
(Ajamu Baraka / Black Alliance for Peace & Seth Kwame Awuku, Esq. / MyJoyOnline)

Commentary: We need an independent movement to address both the economic needs of poor and working people and the escalating attacks on the Black community, immigrants, women, unions, the LGBTQ community, refugees, Muslims, the physically and mentally challenged, youth, students, the elderly, Mother Earth -- all of us.

Leaked Memo: EPA Shows Workers How To Downplay Climate Change
(Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

The Environmental Protection Agency has sent employees a list of eight approved "talking points" on climate change from its Office of Public Affairs -- guidelines that promote a message of uncertainty about climate science and gloss over proposed cuts to key adaptation programs. The talking points boil down to the sort of climate misinformation that Trump-appointee EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has long trumpeted.

Army Document: US Plan to 'Dethrone' Putin for Oil Risks WWIII
(Nafeez Ahmed / Medium.com & Insurge Intelligence)

The overwhelming chorus from traditional reporting on Russia, presents the United States as being under threat from fanatical Russian expansionism. Meanwhile, Russia sees the US as a meddling, global aggressor. Now, a candid US Army document concedes the real interests driving US military strategy toward Russia. The goal is to "dethrone" Putin in order to dominate oil pipeline routes, access the vast natural resources of Central Asia, and enforce the expansion of American capitalism worldwide.

The Fight to Save the EPA & the Struggle to Block Arctic Drilling
(John R. Platt / The Revalator & NationOfChange & Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch )

Saving the EPA could be a tough task considering the recent actions by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, which include rolling back regulations for clean air and water, recommending the repeal of the Clean Power Plan, removing climate change from official policies (and from EPA web pages), and extending the use of toxic pesticides. But direct action by Greenpeace/Norway "kayaktivists" has halted drilling for oil in the waters of the Arctic.

Trump's Interior Department Calls Wildlife Protection Laws "Totalitarian Tactics"
(Elizabeth Shogren / Reveal @ The Center for Investigative Reporting)

Since the 1970s, federal officials had used the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to prosecute and fine companies that accidentally killed birds with oil pits, wind turbines, spills or other industrial hazards. But a legal decision issued in December by the Interior Department revoked that ability. Under the new interpretation, the law no longer applies to oil spills. Wildlife officials predict deadly consequences for migratory birds.

Los Angeles's Power Plans on Track to Go 100% Renewable!
(Food & Water Watch)

Los Angeles, like other cities and states across the country, is grappling with the question of how to transition to 100 percent renewable energy. This is no small feat for a city with nearly 1.5 million electricity customers and an energy system that relies on fossil fuels. Fortunately, an analysis conducted by Synapse shows that the pathway to renew- able energy can be readily achieved in Los Angeles by 2030.

As Half of the Pentagon's Infrastructure Suffers Damage from Extreme Weather, FEMA Deletes All References to "Climate Change"
(Nick Sobczyk /E&E News & Science Magazine & Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

At the same time the Pentagon reports that half of the military's infrastructure has been affected by extreme weather and other climate-related risks, FEMA's new Strategic Plan has removed all mentions of climate change, censoring the terms "climate change," "sea level rise" and "extreme weather." The only phrasing that comes close is "rising natural hazard risk" and "pre-disaster mitigation." Still, ignoring Trump's orders, the DOD appears to have no plans to stop preparing for a warmer future.

Fight Climate Change, Not Wars
(Naomi Klein / EnviroNation & Stephen Kretzmann / Oil Change International)

In 2009, the Obama administration's climate negotiators in Geneva suggested that Washington might be willing to contribute a paltry $1.4-billion to an international climate change fund. Meanwhile, the cost of the the Pentagon's planned "surge" inside Afghanistan was estimated to cost $30-40-billion. Wars drain money that could be spent helping countries adapt to climate change and shift to green energy. Wars also deepen the climate crisis because they are themselves major sources of greenhouse gasses.

ACTION ALERT: To Save the Earth, Curb Militarism! An Appeal for Earth Day, 2018
(CODEPINK, Environmentalists Against War, Just World Educational, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, and World Beyond War)

Our five organizations, CODEPINK, Environmentalists Against War, Just World Educational, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, and World Beyond War, invite citizens and organizations around the US to express support for the statement that follows.

Long before Trump's "Big Lie" Tactics, The Pentagon Saw Climate Change as a Real Threat
(Johanna Peace / Inside Climate News)

In 2009, long before the rise of Donald Trump, a spate of Pentagon reports and intelligence studies made headlines for their common conclusion: Climate change is a real threat to national security. In response, the Pentagon set a goal of cutting its greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2015. (An earlier 2007 executive order by President Bush required federal agencies to reduce their energy intensity.) The administration's internal aim was to produce 25 percent of the military's electricity from renewables by 2025.

Top Military Brass Warn The Pentagon Is Losing the Battle Against Climate Change as Bases Worldwide Begin to Flood
(Neela Banerjee / Inside Climate News & John H. Cushman, Jr. / Inside Climate News & Nicholas Kusnetz / Inside Climate News & The Weather Channel & Phil McKenna / Inside Climate News)

A growing number of US military sites are being damaged by sea level rise fueled by climate change, and that will threaten the military's ability to protect vital national security interests if the Pentagon and Congress don't take faster action, a panel of retired admirals and generals warns in a new report. The retired admirals and generals say climate change is putting key military facilities at risk of costly damage that could knock out critical operations for weeks.

Scientists Raise Alarm: Arctic Melting Is in Overdrive
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & Justin Mikulka / Desmog Blog)

Over the past few days, many climate scientists took to social media to express dismay over the Arctic's unseasonably warm temperatures and record-low sea ice. At the height of winter, the region is clocking temperatures normally seen in May. "The northernmost permanent weather station in the world -- just 440 miles from the North Pole -- has warmed to 43°F today" and this warming comes "in the middle of months-long darkness during what is normally the coldest time of the year."

How Trump and Pruitt Are Destroying the EPA
(Peter Fimrite /The San Francisco Chronicle)

Lynda Deschambault knew her career at the Environmental Protection Agency had taken a hard turn in July when her supervisor told her during a performance review to "be as invisible as possible." The next month, she took early retirement. The request, she said, was jarring for a woman who had spent two decades enforcing pollution laws and the cleanup of toxic lands for the EPA's Pacific Southwest region. Managing Superfund sites is not a position that lends itself to blending in.

Power to the People: Socialize Renewable Energy
(Christine Marie / Socialist Action & The United National Antiwar Coalition & Sean Sweeney and John Treat / Trade Unions for Energy Democracy)

As Bill McKibben and others keep reminding us, as the cost of solar and wind energy keeps dropping government efforts to incentivize private investment with guarantees of profitable it would make renewables competitive with fossil fuels and lead to a green capitalism. But the chances of this happening, under the current paradigm of public-private partnerships that guarantee profits, is zero. The global labor movement should demand a green energy transition anchored in public financing, social ownership and democratic control.

Rivers of Plastic: Oceans of Waste; Corals Are Wasting Away
(Prachi Patel / Scientific American & Wenonah Hauter / YES! Magazine & Chelsea Harvey / Scientific American & Helen Briggs / BBC)

Our seas are choking on plastic. Eight million metric tons wind up in oceans every year. A recent study estimates that more than a quarter of all that waste could be pouring in from just 10 rivers, eight of them in Asia. The Yangtze alone pours up to an estimated 1.5 million metric tons into the Yellow Sea. Meanwhile, new data show that ocean acidification not only stops corals from building, it tears them down.

14 Environmental Programs Eliminated in Trump's Budget Proposal
(John R. Platt / The Revelatory)

President Trump released his proposed federal budget for 2019 on Monday, and in the process pushed for the complete elimination of more than a dozen key environmental programs. These include, but are not limited to, areas of the government focusing on climate change, public lands and energy efficiency. Trump's proposal also drastically slashes the budgets of the Environmental Protection Agency, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies critical to a sustainable future.

Big Oil Continues to Lie about Climate Change While Its Critics Are Strong-armed and Silenced
(Elliott Negin / EcoWatch)

ExxonMobil is still very much engaged in trying to stymie any government attempt to seriously address climate change. Meanwhile, Lissa Lucas, a West Virginia resident who is running for a House seat, traveled over 100 miles to testify against an oil-and-gas-industry sponsored bill. She was physically removed from the podium when she began listing oil lobbyists' contributions to local politicians.

On the Occasion of the 39th Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution
(Phil Wilayto / UNAC Editor Revolution)

The very first attack on a foreign government by the newly formed Central Intelligence Agency was directed against Iran in 1953, when Kermit Roosevelt, orchestrated the overthrow of the immensely popular Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh, whose only "crime" was to be the world's first head of state to nationalize his own country's oil resources. The hated Mohammad Reza Shah was placed in power and the US gained control over 40 percent of Iran's oil, previously controlled by the British.

Militarizing America's Energy Policy
(Tom Englehardt / TomDispatch & Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch )

According to the Congressional Budget Office, government cash reserves are already starting to fall faster than expected as a result of lost revenue from Trump's "tax reform" bill. At the same time, Mr. Trump's addiction to fossil fuels -- and his belief that freeing Big Energy from every form of restriction and regulation -- remains at the core of the GOP's vision of global domination. Every great power has sought to control energy resources as a means to control the planet -- but this path threatens to destroy the planet.

Russia Charges US Target in Syria Isn't ISIS, It's Oil
(Tass Russian News Agency)

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Washington's illegal military presence in Syria is not aimed at destroying Islamic insurgents but its actually designed to seize Syria's economic assets -- including the al-Isba oil refinery, the Conoco gas field in the Deir ez-Zor province, and the al-Omar and al-Tanak oil fields -- believed to be the largest in Syria with a daily yield of 27,000 barrels of oil.

As Congress Feeds the Merchants of Death, the People Must Divest
(Medea Benjamin / NationofChange )

In recent budget negotiations, Senate Democrats agreed to a boost in military spending that exceeded the cap for fiscal 2018 by $70 billion, bringing the total request to an enormous $716 billion. Inevitably, this means more Pentagon contracts will be awarded to private corporations that use endless war to line their pockets. If neither major political party will stand up to this status quo, what can be done? One answer might be found in the recent push to divest from fossil fuel -- from Norway to New York City.

Trump's Arctic Oil Plan Violates Law, Could Lead to Extinction of Polar Bears
(Sabrina Shankman / InsideClimate News & Zahid Mahmood / CNN)

A new study warns that polar bears are starving as a result of fossil-fuel-driven climate change and could face extinction faster than previously thought. Meanwhile, Earthjustice and other groups warn that a proposed National Petroleum Reserve lease sale failed to consider how burning the fossil fuels might impact climate change. There is also concern that the areas made available for leasing included the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area, which is among the largest and most ecologically significant wetlands in the world.

US Petcoke: A Carbon-based Weapon of Mass Destruction
(Tammy Webber and Katy Daigle / Associated Press)

US oil refineries that are unable to sell a dirty fuel waste product at home are exporting vast quantities of it to India instead. Petroleum coke, the bottom-of-the-barrel leftover from refining Canadian tar sands crude and other heavy oils, is cheaper and burns hotter than coal. But it also contains more planet-warming carbon and far more heart- and lung-damaging sulfur -- a key reason few American companies use it. Instead, US refineries are sending it around the world, especially to energy-hungry India.

Remembering Investigative Journalist Robert Parry
(Marc Ash / Reader Supported News & Norman Solomon / The Nation)

In 1995, award-winning investigative journalists Bob Parry launched a unique journalistic space called Consortiumnews, where he worked intensely as publisher, editor, and writer for the next 22 years. Last month, he died suddenly following a stroke. He will be missed. What made Bob Parry a trailblazer for independent journalism also made him a bridge burner with the media establishment. He refused to take on faith the official story, whether from governments or news outlets.

Behind Trump's Attack on Solar: A Carbon/Nuclear Energy Crisis
(Harvey Wasserman / The Progressive)

There is virtually no economic margin for any other new energy production construction beyond solar, except wind and natural gas. Even gas -- with its uncertain long-term supply -- is on the cusp of being priced out. The shutdown of four more major reactors would be a huge blow to the downwardly spiraling atomic energy industry.

2017 Was the Hottest Year on Record for Oceans
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

Last year wasn't just one of the hottest years on Earth's surface, as it was the hottest year on record for the global ocean, according to a new study from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP)/Chinese Academy of Science. Researchers Lijing Cheng and Jiang Zhu found that the top 2,000 meters of ocean waters are hotter than ever recorded.

Trump Calls for Unneeded and Costly Offshore Drilling While Attacking Solar Panels
(Karl Grossman / NationofChange & Yossarian Johnson / The Intellectualist)

The Trump administration's push for increased offshore drilling is completely unnecessary. The US is awash in petroleum and oil drilling in the sea ten times more costly than drilling for oil on land. Plus, renewable energy, led by solar and wind, is now well-developed and cheaper than fossil fuels. At the same time, renewable energy, led by solar and wind, is now well-developed and cheaper than fossil fuels. Trump's response? A tariff on imported solar panels that could cost 48,000 to 63,000 US jobs.

ACTION ALERT / VIDEOS: Uncovering and Opposing the Pentagon's Global Empire of Bases
(No Foreign Bases Coalition & World Beyond War & Popular Resistance)

Unknown to most Americans, the Pentagon operates a vast, global empire of military bases that circles the planet. This hidden empire consists of nearly 562,000 facilities worth more than $585 billion located on more than 4,800 sites in 42 nations and covering over 24.9 million acres -- equal in size to the entire state of Kentucky. The US cannot be a moral or ethical country until it faces up to the realities of US empire and the destruction it causes around the world.

Sen.Warren Condemns Trump's Offshore Oil Plan
(Andrew Emett / NationofChange)

In response to Donald Trump's announcement to permit offshore drilling along US coastlines, Sen. Elizabeth Warren strongly condemned his plan while accusing the president of being "weak-kneed" and beholden to Big Oil, instead of the American people. Enumerating recent natural disasters and oil spills, Warren warned Trump that he will be held responsible for the economic and environmental impact caused by climate change and Big Oil's dwindling safety regulations.

In Trump's White House, Coal Is in Control
(The Us Campaign & Lisa Friedman / The New York Times)

President Trump's first year in office has been a boon for the coal industry, with the Trump administration rolling back regulations on coal-fired power plants and withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate change agreement. Weeks after Trump's inauguration, Robert E. Murray (a coal company owner and major Trump contributor) sent a memo to the White House with a wish-list of environmental rollbacks. A year later, Trump is on track to fulfill most of Murray's 16 detailed Earth-exploiting demands.

New York City Just Declared War on the Oil Industry
(Bill McKibben / The Guardian UK & Naomi Klein / The Intercept & Suzanne Goldenberg / The Guardian)

New York City, the home of Wall Street, announced on Wednesday that it will be divesting its massive pension fund from fossil fuels. That hits fossil fuel giants where it hurts. Five years after the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, New York announced it was divesting its massive pension fund from fossil fuels -- and suing the five biggest oil companies for damages. Our planet's most important city is now at war with its richest industry.

Trump's Wars Mean Big Profits for Oil Companies
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Sharon Cho / Bloomberg)

In the last three and a half years, crude oil prices fell precipitously and have languished at prices rarely seen in the post-9/11 era. Citigroup analysts say they expect that to reverse in 2018, as the Pentagon's mounting wars once again drive prices higher. Citigroup says that Donald Trump "looms large" as a potential wildcard whose various overseas wars are likely to drive the price of oil to $80 a barrel within the next year.

Energy Agency Rejects Trump Bid to Boost Coal, Nuclear Power
(Matthew Daly / Associated Press)

An independent energy agency on Monday rejected a Trump administration plan to bolster coal-fired and nuclear power plants, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump's efforts to boost the struggling coal industry. The decision by the Republican-controlled Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was unexpected and comes amid repeated promises by Trump to revive coal as the nation's top power source.

The 10 Most Ridiculous Things Media Figures Said About Climate Change and the Environment in 2017
(Kevin Kalhoefer / Media Matters for America / Research)

When it comes to climate change denial, various pundits and media sources unleashed a storefront of fake news during 2017. Here is a short-list of some of the most outlandish whoppers.

Germany Generates Such a Huge Excess of Wind Energy Consumers Are Paid to Use It!
(Josie Cox / The Independent & Josh Gabbatiss / The Independent)

In Germany -- thanks to the growth of clean, renewable energy -- demand for energy has been outstripped by supply on weekends. This year, when factories across the country powered down and many offices closed, wind power generated such a glut of energy that customers were paid to use it. Germany aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 95 percent by 2050. Meanwhile, in Britain, the latest government figures show 'record high' for electrical power produced from sources like wind and solar.

The GOP Tax Bill: How the Environment Lost
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

The Republican tax bill has major repercussions for our precious environment. While the electric vehicle industry and the wind and solar sector can breathe a little easier that the sweeping legislation preserves their tax credits, fossil fuel producers are likely cheering the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. Environment America notes that the bill continues massive incentives for fossil fuel production amounting to tens of billions of dollars over the next decade.

Carbon Colonialism: The Failure of Carbon Offset Projects in Uganda
(Anuradha Mittal / The Oakland Institute)

As the One Climate Summit began in Paris, the Oakland Institute's new report, Carbon Colonialism: Failure of Green Resources' Carbon Offset Project in Uganda, exposed the false solutions to climate change promoted by some Western corporations and institutions in Africa. In Uganda, one major carbon-offset project -- supported by a number of international financial institutions -- illustrates how climate change is increasingly misused as a pretext for imposing a new form of "carbon colonialism" in Africa.

US Oil: A Weapon of Mass Destruction
(Tammy Webber and Katy Daigle / Associated Press)

US oil refineries that are unable to sell a dirty fuel waste product at home are exporting vast quantities of it around the world, to more than 30 countries, especially to energy-hungry India. Petroleum coke, the bottom-of-the-barrel leftover from refining Canadian tar sands crude and other heavy oils, is cheaper and burns hotter than coal. But "petcoke" also contains more planet-warming carbon and far more heart- and lung-damaging sulfur.

Will Puerto Rico Be Re-born as Singapore or Solartopia?
(Harvey Wasserman / The Progressive)

Warring visions have now erupted over the energy and economic futures of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Will the islands become a green-powered solartopia or a fossil-fueled robber baron playground like Hong Kong or Singapore? Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have proposed a $146 billion green "Marshall Plan" to rebuild Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Solar panels are already pouring in.

Cuba Verde: Can Cuba's Low-carbon Ecological Adaptations Endure?
(Bill Weinberg / Earth Island Journal)

After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia cut off the flow of cheap oil and ended the guaranteed prices for Cuban sugar, devastating the island's economy. As food supplies dwindled, malnutrition became alarmingly common. The country's leaders responded by implementing a number of petroleum-free alternatives aimed at making the country self-sufficient. With cars few and far between, bicycles became nearly ubiquitous on Havana's streets. Urban gardens sprang up on unused patches of land.

Oil and Gas Industry Is Causing Texas Earthquakes, a 'Landmark' Study Suggests
(Ben Guarino / The Washington Post)

An unnatural number of earthquakes hit Texas in the past decade. In 2008, two earthquakes stronger than magnitude 3 struck the state. Eight years later, the number of strong quakes increased four-fold. The tremors have multiplied along with a recent increase in natural gas extraction -- including fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, but other techniques as well -- which produces a lot of wastewater that is injected deep into the ground where it can work its way into dormant faults, triggering quakes.

ACTION ALERT: Welcome to the Swamp: EPA on the Corporate Chopping Block
(Chris Riotta / Newsweek & CREDO Action)

Wall Street billionaires, corporate lobbyists and far right conservatives flooded the White House almost immediately after Donald Trump's presidential victory, according to records of visitor logs the White House was forced to reveal following a Freedom of Information lawsuit. Meanwhile, Trump's climate-change-denying EPA pick, Scott Pruitt, is moving to replace independent scientists on EPA advisory boards with representatives of the fossil fuel and chemical industries.

ACTION ALERT: House Tax Bill Attacks Clean Energy: Meanwhile, Costa Rica Has Been Carbon-free for 300 Days
(Union of Concerned Scientists & Alexandra Jacobo / NationofChange)

The tax bill being debated in the House is a bad deal. In addition to cutting taxes for the wealthy at the expense of middle class and low-income families, it poses a major threat to the success of electric vehicles and renewable energy technologies that save consumers money, create jobs, and reduce climate and air pollution. Meanwhile, as of November 22, Costa Rica had run on 100% renewable energy for more than 300 days. In 2016, the US generated only about 15 percent of its power from renewables.

Trump Targets Appalachia; Plots to Plunder America's Wilderness
(Nigel Sizer / The Rainforest Alliance & Adam Federman / The Nation & Adam Federman / The Nation & Kate Aronoff / The Nation)

The Appalachian woodlands, an ecological treasure covering 61,500 square miles of the country's southeast, are now threatened by the Trump administration's unsustainable commercial energy and timber exploitation. A leaked draft of a five-year plan reveals how the DOI plans to prioritize "energy dominance" over conservation. Meanwhile, the Department of the Interior is poised to open up millions of wilderness acres to commercial drilling and mining -- from Utah's red-rock country to Alaska's frigid coastal waters.

World's Scientists Issue Second "Warning to Humanity"
(William J. Ripple, Christopher Wolf, Thomas M. Newsmen, Mauro Galetti, Mohammed Alamgir, Eileen Crist, Mahmoud I. Mahmoud, William F. Laurance / BioScience / The American Institute of Biological Sciences)

Since 1992 -- with the exception of stabilizing the stratospheric ozone layer -- humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in solving our major environmental challenges. Most are getting far worse. In this paper, a team of leading scientists examine the troubling trends over the last 25 years and suggest possible remedies. The article has received support from more than 15,000 signatories from all ends of the Earth -- the most scientists to ever co-sign and formally support a published journal article.

Warning: Climate Change Threatens Mass Extinction of Life in Pacific
(Sydney Pereira / Newsweek & Mac Slavo / SHTFPlan.com)

According to an alarming study published in the Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program in Marine Policy, Pacific Island nations -- surrounded by the warmest waters of the global ocean -- are expected to lose 50 to 80 percent of fish species by the end of the century. Meanwhile, the Gulf of Alaska cod populations appear to have taken a nose-dive -- the "worst they've ever seen." The warming water, which has spread to depths of more than 1,000 feet, "hit the cod like a kind of a double-whammy."

Weathering the Heat: The Desertification of Northern California
(Alastair Bland / The East Bay Express)

In 2003, Europe sweltered in 100-degreeheat that killed between 35,000 and possibly 70,000 people. Seven years later, a similar hot spell killed 55,000 people in Russia. Five years later, record heat killed more than 2,000 people in India and Pakistan. In the decades ahead, as temperatures rise and droughts intensify, Northern California's climate, vegetation, and wildlife may begin to look more like Southern California does today.

Noam Chomsky: Trump Represents Severe Threats to "Organized Human Life"
(Lucien Crowder and Noam Chomsky / Bulletin of Atomic Scientists)

Noam Chomsky, a noted linguist and a pointed criticic of US foreign policy speaks with Bulletin of Atomic Scientist's senior editor Lucien Crowder about the Trump administration's policies on climate change, nuclear modernization, North Korea, and Iran -- and about an intensification of "the extremely severe threats that all of us face." According to Chomsky, the US, under Trump and the Republican Party, is racing toward disaster.

ACTION ALERT: Stop Trump from Gutting Climate Efforts, Clean Car Standards, Solar Energy, Net Energy Metering, Solar Roofs . . .
(Union of Concerned Scientists & NRDC & Rainforest Action Network & Food and Water Watch)

Tell Scott Pruitt to do his job to protect our health and stop ignoring the growing risks from climate change. Push back against Trump's efforts to kill clean car standards that would double the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks. Pressure two of the biggest banks on Wall St. -- JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo -- to say NO to the Keystone XL pipeline. Bombard Trump's Department of Energy with support for solar power.

Oil Spills: On the Ground and in the GOP Tax Bill
(Yessenia Funes / Earther & Mayra Cuevas and Steve Almasy / CNN)

A total of 210,000 gallons of oil leaked Thursday from the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota. This is the largest Keystone oil spill to date and comes just days before Nebraska officials will announce a decision on whether the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline can move forward. Meanwhile, in the Senate, the GOP has added a clause to its tax bill to allow oil and gas drilling in the 19-million acre Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.

Trump-frackers Target Nevada Wilderness and the Arctic Wildlife Refuge
(Center for Biological Diversity / EcoWatch & Nation of Change & Chris D'Angelo / The Huffington Post)

Three conservation groups filed an administrative protest Monday against an enormous Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction, scheduled for Dec. 12, that would allow fracking on more than 600 square miles of Nevada public lands. The protest says the BLM has violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act by failing to analyze the risks of drilling for oil and fracking with dangerous chemicals on such a massive scale.

Conservatives Probably Can't Be Persuaded on Climate Change. So Now What?
(David Roberts / Vox)

When it comes to climate change, US conservatives inhabit a unique position, as part of the only major political party in the democratic world to reject the legitimacy of climate science and any domestic policy or international agreement meant to address it. Instead, the GOP is working actively to increase production and consumption of fossil fuels and to slow the transition to renewable energy.

Bonn Climate Marchers Demand End to Era of Fossil Fuels
(Jake Johnson / Common Dreams)

Just days before world leaders are set to gather in Bonn, Germany for the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), tens of thousands of activists from across the globe kicked off a series of planned actions on Saturday by taking to the streets to demand an end to coal, denounce US President Donald Trump's climate denial, and highlight the necessity of moving toward 100 percent renewable energy as quickly as possible.

Big Oil and GOP Collude to Make Protest a Terrorist Act
(Steve Horn / DeSmog Blog)

On October 23, 84 Congressional representatives made a splash when they published a letter to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking if those engaged in activism disrupting or damaging pipeline operations should face criminal prosecution as an act of terrorism under the USA PATRIOT ACT. The move was championed by the industry lobbying and trade association, the American Petroleum Institute, which said it "welcomed" the letter. It turns out that the API actually was involved in the creation of the letter.

White House OKs Report Warning Climate Change Is Caused by Humans
(Jean-Louis Santini and Kerry Sheridan / Agence France-Presse & Executive Summary / US Global Change Research Program )

The US government has released a major scientific report that says climate change is "extremely likely" to be caused by human activity and will get worse without major cuts to carbon emissions. The findings of the federally mandated report were approved by the White House, even though they are starkly at odds with the position of Donald Trump, who has labeled global warming a Chinese hoax and named Scott Pruitt. a fossil fuel ally, to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION ALERT: Strongest Climate Bill Ever -- The OFF Act. It's Time to Get It ON!
(Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representaitves)

The Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act could not be more needed or timely -- it details how we ethically get to 100% renewable energy by 2035. This visionary bill comes as the nation bears witness to the devastation brought by the climate change-super charged storm Harvey to Texas and Louisiana and braces for Irma's impacts. Gabbard's bill -- the strongest yet introduced in Congress -- will put us on a path towards avoiding increased climate chaos by moving the country to 100% renewable energy.

ACTION ALERT: Popular Resistance Is Demanding US Banks "Divest from Oil"
(Brandon Jordan / Waging Nonviolence)

While banking executives from over 90 of the world's largest financial institutions gathered in Sao Paulo, Brazil for the start of a three-day meeting on the environmental and social impacts of their infrastructure investments, activists in at least 15 US states and several other countries staged protests under the banner of "Divest The Globe." Their message to the banks was simple: "Cut ties with fossil fuel companies, or face major divestment campaigns targeting your financial operations."

ACTION ALERT: Trump's War on Clean Air and Climate Conservation
(Robert Weissman / Public Citizen & Rhea Suh / The NRDC & Adam Federman / The Nation)

Millions of families are still struggling to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of devastating hurricanes. Entire neighborhoods have been reduced to ash by wildfires that have raged across the American west. Yet President Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt just officially proposed to repeal the Clean Power Plan, our country's best hope for reversing the worst impacts of climate change. Meanwhile, a leaked draft of a five-year plan reveals how the DOI plans to prioritize "energy dominance" over conservation.

ACTION ALERT: Stop Trump's War on Solar Energy: Defend Rooftop Solar. Act by October 30!
(Food and Water Watch & Natural Resources Defense Council)

The Trump administration is attacking solar energy. One of the most successful solar policies we've ever seen -- net metering -- is on the chopping block. It's outrageous. Under Trump's orders, the Department of Energy is attacking solar energy through a study aimed at undermining net metering. Public comment ends on October 30. Meanwhile environmental organizations are encouraging people to sign on online petition to support net metering and defend renewable energy.

The Danger of a President Pence
(Jane Mayer / The New Yorker)

Commentary: Pence, who has dutifully stood by the President, mustering a devotional gaze rarely seen since the days of Nancy Reagan, serves as a daily reminder that the Constitution offers an alternative to Trump. The worse the President looks, the more desirable his understudy seems. If the job is a gamble for Pence, he himself is something of a gamble for the country. "If Pence were to become President for any reason, the government would be run by the Koch brothers -- period. He's been their tool for years."

The Shadow War in the Sahara
(Al Jazeera News)

Africa remains a key territory on the global chessboard. Rich in oil and natural resources, the continent holds a strategic position. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to six of the world's 10 fastest growing economies. The Sahara holds vast oil and natural gas deposits, the most strategic nuclear ore, and coltan, gold, and copper are abundant in the continent. But despite its position and resources, conflict and chaos have spread throughout the continent. At the heart of this turmoil is a strategic territory: the Sahel.

How Big Oil Harms Our Children's Brains and Corrupts America's 'Greenest' Governor
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & CREDO Action & Kate Aronoff / In These Times & Michael J. Mishak / Center for Public Integrity and The Nation)

A new study from the Center for Environmental Health adds to the growing body of evidence that unconventional oil and gas (UOG), which includes fracking, is harmful to human healthand especially hazardous to vulnerable populations, including newborns and children. Meanwhile, in California, America's greenest state, the oil industry has spent $122 million in the past six years to shape regulation and legislation.

ACTION ALERT: With Another Massive Spill in the Gulf of Mexico It's Time to Pass the OFF Act and Move Beyond Oil
(Hon. Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representatives & Alexandra Jacobo / Nation of Change)

A pipeline spilled at least 672,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and almost no one in Washington wants to talk about it. It's the worst environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico since Deepwater Horizon. This oil spill should set off alarms across the EPA. Instead, EPA head Scott Pruitt is pushing to permit a mining company to excavate an area the size of the Grand Canyon in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The "Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act" (H.R. 3671) would curtail pollution and promote clean energy.

Trump Bans Three EPA Scientists from Speaking about Climate Change Dangers
(Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

The Environmental Protection Agency has reportedly barred three agency scientists from publicly discussing their climate change research just days before they were scheduled to speak at a Rhode Island Conference. The researchers were booked to appear at the State of the Narragansett Bay and Watershed workshop, an event highlighting the health of New England's largest estuary, where temperatures have risen 3 degrees Fahrenheit and water has risen up to seven inches over the past century.

Senate Votes to Open Arctic Wilderness to Oil Drilling: Sierra Club Halts Oil Trains in California
(Juliet Eilperin / The Washington Post & Monica Vaughan / The Tribune-News)

The Senate rejected an amendment Thursday that sought to block a key panel from raising revenue through drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a move that could make it easier for future oil and gas drilling to take place there. In other news, the plan by Phillips 66 to transport crude oil by rail to its Nipomo Mesa refinery is dead, environmental groups say, after the company agreed to drop its lawsuit against San Luis Obispo County.

Pollution Is Causing More Deaths Worldwide Than War or Smoking
(The Associated Press)

Environmental pollution -- from filthy air to contaminated water -- is killing more people every year than all war and violence. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. According to a major study in the Lancet medical journal, one of out every six premature deaths in the world in 2015 -- about nine million -- was attributed to disease from toxic exposure. The estimated financial cost from pollution-related death, sickness and welfare is $4.6 trillion.

ACTION ALERT: Stopping Trump's Coal and Nuclear Bailout While Oz Veers toward Coal
(Robert Weissman / Public Citizen & Jacqueline Williams / The New York Times)

Coal not only is too dirty and dangerous, it's too expensive to compete with clean and affordable wind and solar power. Same for nuclear. But Donald Trump wants to bail out the coal and nuclear industries. If he succeeds, US taxpayers will pay -- both in dollars and in damaged health. Meanwhile, the Australian government is considering a proposal to build one of the world's largest coalmines in a remote wilderness. Given the threat of climate change, the plan has met intense opposition at home and abroad.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Stop Diesel Pollution Cheating
(Eleanor Fort / The Union of Concerned Scientists)

Your legislator has the chance to stop reckless pollution. Congress is considering legislation that would reduce oversight of the defeat device industry -- the same types of devices that led to the Volkswagen "Dieselgate" scandal. Tell your members of Congress that they have the duty to fix this bill before it turns into a Dieselgate 2.0. Take Action Today!

Standing Rock: One Year Later
(Liz Blood / Sierra Magazine and EcoWatch)

A little over a year ago, Morgun Frejo, a member of the Pawnee, Otoe-Missouria, Navajo nations, began camping at Oceti Sakowin at Standing Rock. The Missouri River is sacred to both his Pawnee and Otoe-Missouria tribes and Frejo recalls elders in both tribes telling him stories of its importance as a child. He lived at Standing Rock from mid-August 2016 to late February 2017, just before the camp was evicted and closed by the National Guard and local law enforcement.

Corporate Militarism Is Driving Climate Change and War
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org )

In their new book, "The Secure and the Dispossessed," Nick Buxton and Ben Hayes have collected an unflinching survey of a species gone mad. The book's subtitle is "How the Military and Corporations Are Shaping a Climate-Changed World." The reluctance to tackle famines or disease epidemics, for instance, is linked to the wider problem of the massive arms-for-oil trade deals between the wealthy warmongering permanent members of the UN "Security" Council and the oil-rich dictatorships.

RAN Hails Tar Sands Divestment Victory! Healthy Forests Can Slow Climate Change
(Rainforest Action Network & Rainforest Alliance)

Thanks to the thousands of petition signatures and on the ground activism, BNP Paribas -- Europe's 2nd largest bank -- just set the new standard for global bank policies on extreme oil and gas by agreeing to halt funding for tar sands development, tar sands pipelines, fracking, LNG, and Arctic oil projects. Now it's time to focus on the worst US bank when it comes to financing extreme energy -- JPMorgan Chase.

Divest from Oil and Coal: Mazaska Talks Global Day of Action (Oct 23rd-25th)
(Divest the Globe And the Action Network)

For far too long, banks have operated in the shadows -- financing the very industries that are driving climate disaster and violating Indigenous rights. The time has come to finally hold these financial institutions across the world accountable. The fossil fuel divestment movement that struck like wildfire at Standing Rock has now been taken global. Will you join #DivestTheGlobe?

ACTION ALERT: Trump's EPA to Repeal the Clean Power Plan
(The NRDC & Climate Hawks & Food & Water Watch & The Baltimore Sun)

Trump's EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is formally proposing to repeal the Clean Power Plan, America's best hope for fighting climate change. In lock step with the fossil fuel industry, Trump and Scott Pruitt are doing everything they can to turn back the clock on our energy future.

Syria's War Spurred by Contest for Gas Delivery to Europe, Not Muslim Sectarianism
(Project Censored)

"The Middle East is being torn to shreds by manipulative plans to gain oil and gas access by pitting people against one another based on religion." In 2011–12, after Syrian president Bashar al-Assad refused to cooperate with Turkey's plan to create a natural gas pipeline between Qatar and Turkey through Syria, Turkey and its allies became "the major architects of Syria's "civil war." The proposed pipeline would have bypassed Russia to reach European markets currently dominated by Russian gas giant Gazprom.

Time for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands to Go All Green
(Harvey Wasserman / Truthdig.com & David R. Baker and Wendy Lee / San Francisco Chronicle)

The terrible global-warmed tragedy that has ripped through Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands now offers us a unique opportunity -- and a vital imperative. As Elon Musk and others in the business of clean, green power have made clear, the islands' centralized fossil-fueled electric grids should not be rebuilt. Instead, they advocate entirely replacing them with decentralized, community-owned micro-grids, powered by solar panels, wind turbines and locally grown biofuels.

In Maria's Wake, Could Puerto Rico Go Totally Green?
(Harvey Wasserman / The Progressive & Bold Progressives.org)

The ecological and humanitarian destruction of Puerto Rico has left the world aghast. But there is a hopeful green-powered opportunity in this disaster that could vastly improve the island's future while offering the world a critical showcase for a sane energy future. Instead of oil-fueled pole-and-powerline power, a decentralized network of green micro-grids with solar panels and battery backups could provide access to dependable local power that would promote self-sufficiency in the face of future storms.

Nicaragua to Sign Paris Agreement, Leaving Trump Alone With Syria
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & 100 News1)

When Donald Trump decided to pull out of the Paris climate agreement in June, that left three of the United Nations' 197 countries that refused to sign the 2015 accord. Syria was embroiled in a full-scale civil war. Nicaragua claimed the pact was not strong enough). Nicaragua now plans to sign the accord out of "solidarity" with the "first victims" of climate change. Today, Trump's only ally is --Bashar al-Assad.

How Trump Tramples Honest EPA Scientists with Harassment and Censorship
(PBS News Hour & The Washington Post & Reuters & QZ.com & E&E News & The New York Times)

The Interior Department's former top climate policy official has filed an official complaint charging the Trump administration is threatening public health and safety by trying to silence honest scientists. Meanwhile, Trump's EPA has chastised scientists who linked super-hurricanes to climate change, calling it "an attempt to politicize an ongoing tragedy." And the person who handles EPA grants is a political operative who has said he doesn't want to see the phrase "climate change" in grant applications.

Trump's Climate Denialism Is Killing Us
(Mark Hertsgaard / The Nation & Laila Lalami / The Nation)

The horrors hurled at Houston and the Himalayan lowlands were heartbreaking. How many times must we see this disaster movie -- Hurricanes Harvey in 2017, Sandy in 2012, and Katrina in 2005 -- before we intervene to change the ending? Multiply the death and destruction in Texas a hundredfold to comprehend the devastation in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, where 16 million children "are in urgent need of life-saving support." This is murder, even if Trump's willful ignorance of climate science prevents him from seeing it.

San Juan's Mayor Rebukes Trump over Failure to Address Puerto Rico's Climate Crisis
(Katherine Krueger / Splinter News & Justin T. Westbrook / Jalopnik.com)

Donald Trump took a break from feuding with the NFL last night to tweet about the crisis in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, but the mayor of San Juan says the president only muddled matters by equating the lack of food, water, and shelter for millions with the island's debt crisis. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has denied a request to grant a waiver of the Jones Act for Puerto Rico to ease the shipping of food, fuel and other hurricane relief supplies despite previous waivers earlier this year.

The Powerful Corporations that Influence Washington's Climate Policy
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & Climate Nexus )

For better or worse, corporations have a major influence on climate change policy. Koch Industries, a multinational owned by billionaires Charles and David Koch, has contributed hundreds of millions to candidates and lobbying over the last 25 years. The data shows the climate policy agenda is being driven by a small number of massive global corporations. Meanwhile, Investing giant Vanguard has voted to require ExxonMobil to include more detailed assessments of how climate policies impact its bottom line.

California Cities, Counties Sue Oil Companies over Climate Change
(Timothy Cama / The Hill & Natasha Geiling / ThinkProgress)

San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., are suing five major oil companies, blaming them for the effects of climate change. The cities announced Wednesday they each filed a lawsuit in their respective county courts against Chevron Corp., ConocoPhillips Co., ExxonMobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell and BP. The lawsuits by add to an emerging legal strategy to try to hold individual fossil fuel companies responsible for rising sea levels, extreme weather and other effects of human-induced climate change.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Protect our Public Lands
(Sierra Club & Juliet Eilperin / The Washington Post)

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that Donald Trump modify 10 national monuments created by his immediate predecessors, shrink the borders of four national monuments, and open six other national monuments to mining, drilling, logging, and commercial fishing. Zinke's memorandum is silent on the fate of the remaining 11 monuments, including Papahanaumokuakea, which Bush created but Obama expanded to more than 582,578 square miles of land and sea in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Beyond Harvey and Irma: Militarizing Homeland Security in the Climate-Change Era
(Tom Engelhard and Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch)

Deployed to Houston to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief, US troops hadn't even completed their assignments when they were hurriedly dispatched to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands to face Irma, the fiercest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded. This is the new face of homeland security -- containing the damage to US coasts, forests, and other areas wracked by extreme weather made all the more frequent and destructive thanks to climate change. It is a "war" the Trump White House fails to acknowledge.

Trump to Aim Oil-seeking Airgun Blasts on Atlantic Whales, Dolphins
(Mike Gaworecki / Mongabay)

The Trump Administration has taken steps to open up the US' Atlantic waters to offshore oil exploration and drilling, sparking fierce resistance up and down the coast. Oil exploration involves vessels armed with airguns blasting intense bursts of noise into the water every 10 to 12 seconds to determine what resources might lie beneath the ocean floor -- blasts so loud they can be heard underwater as far as 2,500 miles away. The blasting can go on for months. Such blasts can prove deadly to marine mammals.

US Solar Industry Sees Phenomenal Growth
(Solar Energy Industries Association & EcoWatch)

The US solar market continued its years-long expansion in the second quarter of 2017 as the industry installed 2,387 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV), the largest total in a second quarter to date. This tops Q1's total and represents an 8 percent year-over-year gain. Last year, solar companies added jobs 17 times faster than the rest of the economy and increased our GDP by billions of dollars.

Climate Change Could Extinguish Vital Parasites that Support Life on Earth
(Amy Goodman and Colin Carlson / Democracy Now!)

As the United States continues to deal with unprecedented floods and hurricanes, a new study has revealed climate change is also driving the mass extinction of parasites that are critical to natural ecosystems, and could add to the planet's sixth great mass extinction event that's currently underway -- about a third of all parasite species could go extinct by 2070 due to human activity. The loss could have profound ripple effects on the environment and might pave the way for disastrous health outcomes.

UK Unions to Vote on Public Ownership of Energy
(The Campaign Against Climate Change & Trade Unions for Energy Democracy)

As the impacts of climate change are increasingly felt, urgent action is needed. Yet UK Prime Minister Theresa May's weak and divided government puts deregulation first. And Donald Trump's outright climate denial protects the interests of fossil fuel oligarchs behind false promises of jobs for workers. But the Campaign Against Climate Change believes that another world is possible, with workers leading the transition to a low carbon economy.

New Study: Greenhouse Emissions Linked to Fossil Fuel Companies
(Dan Rather / Facebook & Farron Cousins / Nation of Change)

The data provided in this report could likely become one of the most valuable tools in the fight to hold corporations accountable for the harm they have caused to the planet. Documents have shown that ExxonMobil knew about the damage that fossil fuel emissions were causing to the environment in the 1970s and covered up the damage that fossil fuel companies were inflicting on the planet. This cover-up could result in lawsuits against the oil giant.

Climate Denialism Was Literally Killing Us While Exxon Hid the Truth
(Mark Hertsgaard / The Nation & Connor Gibson / EcoWatch)

Multiply the death and destruction Hurricane Harvey a hundredfold to comprehend the scale of devastation in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, where a staggering 16 million children "are in urgent need of life-saving support" after "torrential monsoon rains and catastrophic flooding." Meanwhile, a breakthrough study from Harvard reveals how Exxon covered up its climate-disrupting pollution with an extensive propaganda campaign designed to destroy public trust in climate change science.

Bill McKibben on Hurricanes and the Dangerous New Planet We Have Created
(Democracy Now & The Huffington Post & The New York Times)

Hurricane Irma is the most powerful storm ever recorded over the Atlantic. Houston -- the nerve center of the world hydrocarbon industry -- has been devastated by Hurricane Harvey, one of the most powerful hurricanes in US history. The Pacific Northwest is aflame with wildfires raging over hundreds of thousands of acres. Suddenly, our once-familiar planet is melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways that no human has ever seen. We have, in effect, created a new, and increasingly dangerous planet.

ACTION ALERT The Politicians Who Voted Against Hurricane Relief
(Brad Johnson / Climate Hawks)

In the wake of tens of billions of dollars of damage from Hurricane Harvey, 107 members of Congress in the Senate and House -- including 4 from Texas -- voted "NO" on an aid package to help survivors in the Gulf and to keep FEMA funded. Their excuse? They wanted the cost of this disaster relief to threaten a government shutdown in order to secure tax cuts for billionaire polluters while making the rest of America suffer the consequences of rampant climate change and an entrenched oligarchy.

The Lofoten Declaration: 220 Organizations Call for Rapid, Global Transition to Achieve Low Carbon Future
(Julia Conley / Common Dreams)

As scientists stress that climate change has fueled to the enormous strength of hurricanes that have flooded Houston, devastated the Caribbean, and now threatens Florida, a coalition of more than 220 organizations called for a "managed decline of fossil fuel production" with an immediate end to new oil, gas, and coal development. The Lofoten Declaration demands "unprecedented action to avoid the worst consequences of our dependence on oil, coal, and gas."

ACTION ALERT: Rising Seas -- Brought To You By ExxonMobil
(The Union of Concerned Scientists / Special to Environmentalists Against War)

As Hurricane Harvey finally retreats from the Gulf Coast and Hurricane Irma threatens Florida's coastline, communities are surveying the devastating damage done by these storms. After extreme weather events, communities face years of recovery and costly rebuilding. As the costs add up, it raises the question: Who should be held accountable for the costs being borne by communities across the United States?

ACTION ALERT: Congress to Consider Bill to Get Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future
(Katy Kiefer / Food & Water Action Fund)

This is the kind of transformational energy bill we've been waiting for. As we witness the devastation of Harvey and now Irma, our hearts are with the communities impacted by these terrible storms. With a warming climate, extreme weather catastrophes will become more frequent and deadly, with low-income areas and communities of color hit hardest. The Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act is based on the most recent science and is the strongest piece of climate legislation in Congress to date.

ACTION ALERT: Stop Trump's Appointment of Climate-Denying Non-Scientist to Head NASA
(Joe Romm / ThinkProgress & RL Miller / Climate Hawks)

Donald Trump just nominated an anti-science climate denier to run NASA. Jim Bridenstine is not a scientist. He's a member of Congress with no experience in space. And he has an ugly history of anti-science rants. On the House floor in 2013, Bridenstine demanded President Obama apologize for dedicating federal resources to studying climate change, citing junk science and outright lies to justify his assertion that climate change isn't real.

Oil Company Files Suit to Destroy Greenpeace Calling it an "Eco-Terrorist Organization"
(Amy Goodman, Annie Leonard, Tara Houska, and Antonia Juhasz / Democracy Now!)

The company that owns the Dakota Access pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, has sued Greenpeace International, Earth First! and other environmental groups, accusing them of inciting "eco-terrorism" for their protests targeting construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. The lawsuit is part of a well-organized corporate crackdown on environmental activists who dare to challenge the fossil fuel industry by exposing the reality of human-driven climate change.

73 Years Ago, Vice President Henry A. Wallace Warned of the Rise of American Fascism
(Henry Scott Wallace / Peace in Our Times / Veterans for Peace & Henry A. Wallace / The New York Times)

The perfect type of fascist throughout recent centuries has been [a leader] who developed such hatred for other races and such allegiance to a military clique as to make him willing at all times to engage in any degree of deceit and violence necessary to place his culture and race astride the world. In every big nation of the world are at least a few people who have the fascist temperament. An American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings.

ACTION ALERT: Houston Hurricane -- A Harbinger of Climate Change
(Jim Hightower / Our Revolution)

Devastating floods along the Gulf Coast and across the world this week are not isolated incidents -- they are our new climate reality. We need members of Congress to take radical steps to combat the worst effects of climate change now before things get even worse. Senators Bernie Sanders and Jeff Merkley, and Representatives Tulsi Gabbard, Pramila Jayapaul, Raul Grijalva and many others have introduced legislation to transition our energy economy off of dangerous fossil fuels to renewable energy.

Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan
(Book Review by Justin Raimondo / AntiWar.com)

After 16 years of writing about it, I thought I knew a lot about the war in Afghanistan, but Scott Horton's new book, "Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan," revealed how much I didn't know. Did you know that the Taliban tried desperately to surrender, offering to turn over Osama bin Laden to the country of Washington's choice -- but that George W. Bush would have none of it? In July 2001, the Taliban warned the White House that an attack on US soil was coming. The Bush team ignored the warning.

Hurricane Harvey Triggers Chemical Clouds over Houston: Climate Deniers Close Ranks
(The New Republic & Ellie Shechet / The Slot)

There are huge public health risks from pollution releases during any hurricane, but the risk is particularly high with Harvey. The plants in the area hit directly by the storm "are responsible for roughly 25 percent of the United States' petroleum refining, more than 44 percent of its ethylene production, 40 percent of its specialty chemical feed stock and more than half of its jet fuel."

The Uninhabitable Earth: Climate Change Could Trigger Famine and Economic Collapse Sooner Than You Think
(David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine)

Commentary: If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. It is, I promise, worse than you think. Absent a significant adjustment to how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth will likely become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century.

Uninhabitable Planet: Humanity Is Getting Very Close to Extinction
(Nathan Curry / VICE )

Commentary: With "Doomsday Preppers" the highest-rated show on the National Geographic Channel, the general public seems to be getting ready for societal collapse. Recent climate data suggest we may have already tripped several irrevocable, positive feedback loops -- as temperatures soar, the permafrost is melting, arctic ice is falling into the sea. The link between climate change and human extinction is basically this: the planet becomes uninhabitable for humans if the average temperature goes up by 4° to 6°C.

Warming Arctic Spurs Battles for Riches, Shipping Routes
(Frank Jordan / Associated Press)

As climate change pushes the cold and ice a little farther north each year, it is spurring talk of a gold rush for the Arctic's abundant natural resources, prized shipping routes and business opportunities in tourism and fishing. The Arctic, including the fabled Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific, is among the last regions on earth to remain largely unexplored. In April, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to reverse Obama-era restrictions on oil drilling.

Trump's Attorney Attempts to Bankrupt Greenpeace with $300 Million Lawsuit over Pipeline
(Steve Horn / The DeSmog Blog)

The owners of the Dakota Access pipeline have hired Marc Kasowitz, Donald Trump's personal attorney, to file a $300 million Racketeering lawsuit against Greenpeace and other environmental groups to punish them for their active opposition to the long-contested North Dakota-to-Illinois oil-transfer project. Kasowitz' complaint charges that the actions of "putative not-for-profits and rogue eco-terrorist groups" have caused the company to lose "billions of dollars" in potential revenue.

Climate Migrants to Soar but Wind and Solar Could Save Lives and Money
(Baher Kamal / Nation of Change & Marlee Kokotovic / Nation of Change)

Imagine a world with as many as one billion people facing harsh climate change impacts resulting in devastating droughts and/or floods, extreme weather, destruction of natural resources, in particular lands, soils and water, and the consequence of severe livelihoods conditions, famine and starvation. The proven speed with which the process of climate change has been taking place, might lead to such a scenario by 2050. If so, 1 in 9 human beings would be on the move by then. Wind and solar could save lives.

13 US Agencies Confirm Burning Fossil Fuels Is Driving Climate Change and Extreme Weather
(Michael Biesecker and Seth Borenstein / Associated Press)

Directly contradicting Donald Trump, a draft report produced by 13 federal agencies concludes that the United States is already feeling the negative impacts of climate change, with a stark increase in the frequency of heat waves, heavy rains and other extreme weather over the last four decades.The report calls the long-term evidence that global warming is being driven by human activities "unambiguous . . . . There are no alternative explanations." Plus: Trump names climate denier to Ag Dept. post.

Global Warming, the Tipping Point, and Environmental/Economic Justice
(SBS News & Kate Aronoff / The Nation)

Scientists report that world temperatures are likely to rise by more than 2 degrees Celsius this century, surpassing a "tipping point" that a global climate deal aims to avert Al Gore's latest film draws climate change back into the political limelight, but fails to draw connections between environmental and economic justice. Seriously confronting the warming of our planet would essentially spell the end for free market capitalism.

Senior Officials Resign from EPA to Protest Scott Pruitt
(Sam Knight / Nation of Change & Kristin Brown / League of Conservation Voters)

An inside look at the Trump administration's deregulatory agenda was proffered in the resignation of a 30-year veteran of the Environmental Protection Agency. Elizabeth Southerland announced this week that she was leaving her post at the agency, where she served as a senior executive with both the Water and Superfund programs. On her way out, she sent a lengthy farewell message to her colleagues criticizing Pruitt's anti-regulatory, polluter-friendly policies.

Peaceful Oil Pipeline Protesters Treated Like Terrorists: Behind the Secret Surveillance Operation at Standing Rock
(Rose Aguilar and Sana Saleem / KALX & Alleen Brown, Will Parrish, and Alice Speri / The Intercept)

Leaked documents and public records reveal a troubling fusion of private security, public law enforcement, and corporate money in the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline. The way TigerSwan discusses protesters as "terrorists," their direct actions as "attacks," and the camps as a "battlefield," reveals how the protesters' dissent was not only criminalized but treated as a national security threat.

Goodbye Nuclear Power; So Long, Oil and Gas
(Harvey Wasserman / Progressive.org & Kate Aronoff / Nation of Change)

Two of the last four commercial nuclear power plants under construction in the US -- at the V.C. Summer site in South Carolina -- have been cancelled. A decision on the remaining two in Georgia will be made in August. The US may soon be free of all new commercial reactor construction for the first time since the 1950s, marking the definitive death of the dream of "too cheap to meter" radioactive energy. Most teens now see the fossil fuels as bad for society while jobs with oil and gas companies are unappealing.

The 'Great Game' of Global Energy Imperialism
(Zoltan Zigedy / ZZS-Blog)

During June 29 Energy Department meeting, Donald Trump declared a US policy of "energy dominance." Clearly, Russia is a target of the emerging policy. Despite the near total neglect of the foreign policy implications of this emerging policy by US commentators, they have not gone unnoticed in important circles internationally. Trump's recent European tour was a sales trip for US liquified natural gas interests as much as it was a photo-op the G20 summit. It's a battle of OPEC monopoly vs US hegemony.

China's Great Green Grid: Capturing China's "Wasted" Wind and Solar Power
(Molly Bradtke / New Security Beat)

In 2016 alone, China installed 34.2GW of solar PV and 23.4GW of wind capacity -- nearly 50 percent of the world's new solar and wind capacity. Yet, many of these renewable energy sources remain untapped as provinces continued to build their own local coal-fired plants.

The Race to Solar-power Africa
(Bill McKibben / Reporter at Large @ The New Yorker)

There is a boom in boom in solar power in sub-Saharan Africa. From Ghana, to Ivory Coast, to Tanzania, and along the way you can a variety of new solar ventures, most of them US-led. Some, such as Ghana's Black Star Energy install solar micrograms -- small-scale versions of the giant grid Americans are familiar with -- while others, such as Off-Grid Electric, in Tanzania and Ivory Coast, market home-based solar systems that run on a panel installed on each individual house.

ACTION ALERT: Why and How to Bring Environmental and Peace Movements Together
(David Swanson / World Beyond War)

If war were moral, legal, defensive, beneficial to securing freedom, and inexpensive, we still would be obliged to make abolishing it our top priority -- solely because of the destruction that war and preparing for war inflict on our natural environment. The Pentagon is the world's leading consumer of petroleum and a major polluter. The funds spent on F-35 fighter jets could convert every US home to clean energy. Join us in Washington, DC on September 22-24 for a meeting to unite environmental and peace activists.

Environmental Decisions in the Context of War: Bombing ISIL's Oil
(David C. Harary / The Center for Development and Strategy)

Based on this paper's analysis, the best option for military and intelligence decision-makers to choose, would be to target ISIL's petroleum transportation vehicles. This option would pose 26 percent less risk towards the social, environmental, and economic elements of society in Iraq and Syria than not deploying precision-guided munitions at all. So a "war for oil" becomes a "war ON oil."

Trump's New Interior Pick Loves Oil, Hates Wildlife
(Chris D'Angelo / The Huffington Post & Eric Dexheimer / American-Statesman)

Former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs once likened proposed Endangered Species Act listings to "incoming Scud missiles" headed for her state's oil and gas-rich economy. Combs, also a former state representative and agriculture commissioner, regularly sparred with the US Fish and Wildlife Service over species listings. In 2015, she petitioned to have protections removed for an endangered songbird native to central Texas, claiming the bird jeopardized military readiness.

The Environmental Impact of Trump's Border Wall and Dirty Energy Plans
(Emily Flitter / Reuters & Jessica Corbett / Nation of Change & Natasha Geiling / ThinkProgress)

The US Customs and Border Patrol plans to use a 2005 anti-terror law to sidestep an environmental impact study for a section of Donald Trump's border wall that will pass through a Texas national refuge for endangered ocelots. Meanwhile, as Senate Democrats stay silent on an energy bill that environmentalists call "a pro-fracking giveaway to oil and gas interests that would commit America to decades more of dangerous fossil fuel dependence," Sen. Bernie Sanders is being hailed for speaking out against it.

An Inconvenient Sequel: "It Is RIGHT to to Save Humanity! It Is WRONG to Pollute This Earth!"
(Steve Inskeep / Morning Edition)

Former Vice President Al Gore helped shape the conversation about climate change with An Inconvenient Truth. Now he's back with a sequel -- called An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, due out next month -- and it follows Gore as he continues the crusade he made famous with that first film. The movie shows Gore standing in Miami floodwater, flying over imploding boulders of ice in Greenland and in Paris -- trying to push the climate agreement over the finish line.

Why James Cromwell Faces Arrest, Jail to Oppose Fossil Fuels
(Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan / Nation of Change)

Actor James Cromwell was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the hit movie "Babe," and throughout his career for numerous Emmys. But on a cold December day in 2015, the drama he participated in was no act. Cromwell and five others were arrested in upstate Wawayanda, New York, protesting against the construction of a 650-megawatt fracked gas power plant. He and two others refused to pay their fines and were sentenced to a week behind bars.

ACTION ALERT: Trump and Perry Planning to Cut Clean Energy Funding by 70%
(Public Citizen & NRDC & Nation of Change & League of Conservation Voters)

The bipartisan Energy and Natural Resources Act is supposed to be voted on in the Senate this week has been called "a pro-fracking giveaway to oil and gas interests that would commit America to decades more of dangerous fossil fuel dependence." In a statement opposing the bill Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders declared: "Our job is to move away from fossil fuels toward sustainable energy and energy efficiency. This bill does the opposite."

Climate Scientist Blows the Whistle after Trump Administration Tries to Silence Him
(Walter Einenkel / The Daily Kos)

Joel Clement used to be the director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the US Interior Department. Last week, Mr. Clement lost his job and Wednesday he became a whistleblower on the Trump administration and their practice of trying to silence facts and reality. In an op-ed written over at the Washington Post, Clement explains how things have changed since Trump and his fossil-fueled cabinet appointments took over.

ACTION ALERT: Stop the Trump/McConnell Fracking Bill
(Food and Water Watch & Common Dreams)

The US Senate is poised to make this hot, dirty summer even worse. As fossil-fueled heat waves bring wildfires, drought, and killer storms to the nation, Donald Trump continues to stack his administration with fossil-fuel lobbyists and climate change deniers. Now our allies on Capitol Hill warn us that Mitch McConnell will try to pass a pro-fracking, pro-drilling, pro-coal energy bill next week to give Trump and the Kochs a much-needed victory.

Interior Selling off Public Lands as Farmers Raise Solar Panels to Block Oil Pipeline
(Greenpeace & Phil McKenna / Nation of Change)

The Interior Department are currently reviewing the status of national monuments, marine sanctuaries, and protections from offshore oil and gas drilling, potentially opening up new drilling activity in the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Meanwhile, Trump's Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is meeting almost exclusively with fossil fuel lobbyists, ignoring the voices of people in this country.

Al Gore's 'Inconvenient Truth' Sequel to Include Trump's Exit From Paris Accord
(Dave McNary and Ricardo Lopez / Variety & Democracy Now!)

Al Gore's new climate-change documentary, "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" will get a last-minute edit to incorporate Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement. Paramount said the filmmakers have revised the movie to include Trump's controversial move. "An Inconvenient Sequel" is slated for release July 28.

California Extends Landmark Climate Change Law; The Age of the Gas Guzzlers Is Ending
(Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press & Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

California lawmakers voted Monday to extend a climate change initiative that Governor Jerry Brown holds up as a model for states and nations looking to lower carbon emissions. Brown's signature will add another decade of life to the state's cap-and-trade program, bolstering the Democratic governor's quest to portray California as a leader in the fight against climate change at a time when Donald Trump is pulling back and gas-powered cars are about to pass from the scene.

ACTION ALERT: Mitch McConnell's Dirty Energy Bill
(Mark Ruffalo and Fisher Stevens / The New York Daily News)

Commentary: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has devised to kill three birds with one dirty energy bill: a legislative victory, a giveaway to the fossil fuel industry, and paving the way to pass Trumpcare after. McConnell is rushing the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017 to the floor as early as next week, foregoing committees and hearings. The massive, 850-plus-page energy bill includes much of the fossil fuel industry's wish list.

ACTION ALERT: Our Greenest US Senators and Trump's New Threat to America's National Monuments
(Alexandra Jacobo / Nation of Change Staff & The Center for Biological Diversity)

The administration is threatening to roll back protections for 11 marine monuments and sanctuaries. Now for some good news: Check out which Senators have the best environmental records. The list is made up entirely of Democrats and no Republicans. Are you surprised?

ACTION ALERT: No Drilling in Arctic Refuge
(Josh Nelson / CREDO Action & Matt Egan / CNN & Alaska Wild.org)

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is an irreplaceable, unspoiled wilderness. But If Donald Trump gets his way, millions of acres of our nation's most fragile wildlife lands will be opened up to drilling -- for his friends and donors in the oil and gas industry. Only Congress can vote to hand over this iconic landscape to the fossil fuel industry, and it is currently working out the details of the 2018 fiscal year budget, which includes Trump's proposal. We must pressure Congress to protect ANWR's 19 million acres.

ACTION ALERT: No Drilling in Arctic Refuge

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is an irreplaceable, unspoiled wilderness. If Donald Trump gets his way, millions of acres of our nation's most fragile wildlife lands will be opened up to drilling for his friends and donors in the oil and gas industry.

G-20 Protests: "Welcome to Hell" and Goodbye to Gasoline
(teleSURtv & Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

"Welcome to Hell." That's the greeting for Donald Trump and other world leaders from tens of thousands of anti-capitalist protesters in Hamburg who aim to disrupt the July 7-8 G20 summit. The Carbon Paradigm has also been disrupted by Volvo's announcement that it is halting production of petroleum-fueled cars. France, Germany, and Norway also have declared plans to ban and abandon the internal combustion engine in favor of clean, renewable, climate-friendly non-carbon transportation.

Trump's Administration Pursues Radical Expansion of Offshore Oil Drilling
(Shiva Polefka / ThinkProgress)

New offshore oil drilling in Atlantic, Arctic, and Pacific may be the next phase in Donald Trump's new "energy dominance" strategy. Despite the risk of massive oil spills, mounting bipartisan opposition, and growing public concern, Trump's Department of Interior is moving forward with offshore drilling plans. EarthJustice attorney Erik Grafe has vowed: "We will resist this attempt to sacrifice the health of our coastal communities, wildlife and climate all for the benefit of the oil industry."

Isreal Seizes and Dismantles Solar Power Farm in Palestine
(International Middle East Media Center & Steve Hanley / Clean Technica)

The Netherlands has reacted with outrage after Israeli authorities seized dozens of solar panels, from a remote occupied West Bank village, that were donated by the Dutch government. Between 60 and 96 solar panels were seized and taken down, along with related electronic equipment. Equipment not seized was destroyed by Israeli forces and left behind. The cost of the confiscated and damaged equipment was valued at 40,000 euros. Thirty families have lost access to electricity for their homes.

ACTION ALERT: Resist Chemical War on Earth's Climate
(Oil Change International & Rainforest Action Network)

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released its Final Environmental Impact Statement Friday for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a controversial 303-mile pipeline that would carry two billion cubic feet of fracked gas per day from West Virginia through Virginia. Oil Change International found that the Mountain Valley Pipeline will cause nearly 90 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution per year.

ACTION ALERT: Stop Fracking Waste from Being Dumped into the Gulf of Mexico
(Nation of Change & The Center for Biological Diversity)

Nation of Change, the Center for Biological Diversity and others, hope to convince the EPA to reject a planl that would allow for unlimited dumping of fracking wastes into the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed permit violates the Clean Water Act because it causes an undue degradation of the marine environment and fails to account how dumping wastewater containing chemicals from fracking and acidizing operations would impact water quality and marine wildlife.

Saudis Face the End of Oil as Dubai Builds a Sun-powered Sustainable City
(Juan Cole / Nation of Change & Jon Jensen and Tom Page / CNN)

Crude oil prices are cratering, down 20% this year, in the biggest 6-month free fall in years. Muhammad bin Salman is in a hurry to find something else for his kingdom to do for a living. As investment guru Dennis Garten recently admitted: these days, petroleum is "a worthless commodity." The future lies in electric automobiles and sustainable energy. Dubai and UAE have announced a $163 billion investment in alternative energy and has built a Sustainable City of 500 homes powered by solar panels.

US Cities Could Shift Nearly 42 Percent of US Electricity to Renewables By 2035
(Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

The US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is prompting more than 1,400 mayors to make their own climate-protection pledges. The Conference of Mayors -- the country's largest coalition of city leaders -- recently pledged to make 100 percent renewable power a top policy priority over the next decade. The five states that are the worst emitters of greenhouse gases are: Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Florida and Ohio.

GOP Politician Proposes Law to Criminalize Pipeline Protests
(Itai Vardi / EcoWatch & DeSmogBlog)

A recent intensification in protests against the planned Atlantic Sunrise pipeline in Pennsylvania has prompted a state senator to propose legislation aimed at limiting demonstrations. The proposed legislation would pass the costs of law enforcement responding to protests onto the demonstrators, essentially forcing protesters to pay for their own arrests – and giving police departments a financial incentive to violate the First Amendment.

Trump vs. Planet Earth
(Associated Press & Jeff Goodell / Rolling Stone)

Commentary: "The outrage over Trump's move runs deep because the Paris climate deal was never about just the climate. It was also about unity, equality, trust, sympathy - in short, all the qualities that make it possible for seven billion human beings to live together peacefully on the planet."

With US Reactors Failing Financially, China Proposes Building "Mini-Nukes"
(Bloomberg & The Japan News & Channel News Asia)

With more than half of America's nuclear reactors bleeding cash and racking up losses totaling about $2.9 billion a year, China is betting on new, small-scale nuclear reactor designs to be used in isolated regions, on ships and even aircraft -- all part of China's ambitious plan to wrest control of the global nuclear market.

Japan Restarts Takahama Nuclear Reactor amid Protests
(Tetsuya Kasai / Asahi Shimbun & Eric Johnston / The Japan Times)

Kansai Electric Power Co. restarted its Takahama No. 3 reactor June 6, making it the fifth in operation nationwide under stricter safety standards introduced after the Fukushuima nuclear disaster. The company plans to start generating electricity from the reactor on a commercial basis in July. KEPCO restarted Takahama's No. 4 reactor in May following the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture and the No. 3 reactor at Shikoku Electric Power Co.'s Ikata reactor.

ACTION ALERT: We, the People of the United States, Sign on to the Paris Agreement
(Patrick McHeffey / MoveOn Petition & Mark Schapiro / The Pacific Standard)

In 2015, a group of young Americans filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, claiming that the government's failure to take sufficient action on climate change was unconstitutional. With legal guidance from Our Children’s Trust, the 21 plaintiffs --  between the ages of nine and 21 --  allege that the government's inaction on climate has violated their Constitutional right to "life, liberty, and property." The case is due to go to trial this year.

ACTION ALERT: An Unprecedented Threat: Trump's Decision on the Paris Climate Accord
(Michael Brune / EcoWatch & Ken Kimmell / The Union of Concerned Scientists & Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis / Washington Post)

Donald Trump is about to announce whether he'll keep the US in the Paris Climate Agreement. It is abundantly clear that the Trump and his administration doesn't treat climate change as a real threat. He is willing to cede US leadership in the fight against climate change to other countries. That's why it is necessary to redouble our efforts to protect science -- and fight for science-based policies that protect us all.

World to Cut Emissions With or Without Trump
(Zofeen Ebrahim / Nation of Change)

In March, Donald Trump threatened to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord and roll back the widely supported climate protection policies of former president Barack Obama. World leaders are trying to convince Trump to recognize the science and the critical need to address climate change, noting that future climate action will require farsightedness, political courage, intelligent regulations and getting corporations on board.

GE & Blackstone Use Trump's Visit to Strike Saudi Deals; Congresswoman Condemns US/Saudi Arms Agreement
(Reuters & Agence France-Presse & AntiWar.com)

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has condemned the Trump Administration's $460 billion arms deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia -- a country with a devastating record of human rights violations and a long history of providing support to terrorist organizations that threaten the American people. Meanwhile, GE used Trump's trip to sign $15 billion worth of deals with Saudi Arabia to increase oil production and finance medical health research.

Trump's War on Clean Energy and the EPA
(Andrea Germanos / EcoWatch & CommonDreams)

According to a draft of the government's 2018 budget proposal, he Trump administration is planning to gut the US Department of Energy's budget for its renewable energy and energy efficiency program -- with a proposal to slash it by 70 percent. Support for sustainable transportation would be cut nearly 70-percent. Energy efficiency programs would be cut 79%. The cuts are so draconian that observers predict the plan is unlikely to win congressional approval.

Climate Activists Face Jail for Shutting Tar-sand Valves: Judge Forbids Mention of Climate Change during Trial
(Climate Direct Action & Democracy Now!)

The Climate Action Five are facing jail terms for daring to shut down five oil sand pipeline valves that fuel climate change. Their direct action shut down 15% of US crude oil imports for nearly a day. The defendants hoped to use the "necessity defense," to argue that they acted to prevent greater harm. But the judge has barred the defense team from arguing that these actions were needed to prevent worse climate harms.The court also banned the defense from mentioning the impacts of climate change.

ACTION ALERT: The Dakota Pipeline Is Already Leaking: Write to the 17 Banks Funding Polluting US Pipelines
(Julian Brave NoiseCat / The Guardian & James Trimarco / Nation of Change)

On April 4, Energy Transfer Partners' not-yet-operational Dakota Access pipeline leaked a bathtub-full of shale oil at a pump station in Spink County, South Dakota. The leaks prove that the water protectors have been right all along: Pipelines leaks all the time. The pool of tar left behind is just a warning of what's to come. Of the more than 60 banks helping to finance the expansion of tar sands infrastructure, the indigenous-led environmental campaign Mazaska Talks has identified 17 as worst offenders.

Trump OKs Seismic War on Whales in the Atlantic
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & Lauren McCauley / Common Dreams)

The Interior Department is moving forward with seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean following Donald Trump's executive order to aggressively expand offshore drilling in protected areas off the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. US government estimates expect that seismic blasting in the Atlantic will injure as many as 138,000 marine mammals -- dolphins and whales. 120 East Coast cities, 1,200 elected officials, 35,000 businesses, and 500,000 fishing families publicly oppose offshore drilling and seismic blasting.

Win for Environmentalists: Senate Keeps an Obama-Era Climate Change Rule Limiting Methane Emissions
(The New York Times & EarthJustice & The League of Conservation Voters)

In a surprising victory for President Barack Obama's environmental legacy, a bipartisan majority of pro-environment allies in the US Senate voted 51 to 49 to block consideration of a resolution to repeal the 2016 Interior Department rule to curb emissions of methane, a powerful planet-warming greenhouse gas. Also blocked: planned GOP-backed reductions in the EPA budget designed to gut clean energy funding and use the funds to build Donald Trump's border wall.

Worried World Urges Trump Not to Pull Out of Paris Climate Agreement
(Oliver Milman, Jonathan Watts and Tom Phillips / The Guardian)

Donald Trump's scorched-earth approach to environmental protections has shocked current and former government officials overseas who are waiting nervously to see whether the US will destabilize the Paris Climate Agreement. With Trump already peeling away pollution reducing rules imposed by President Obama, alarmed officials around the world are warning Trump – a notorious climate-change denier -- not to reverse historic global climate protection efforts.

"The Planet's Most Important Lawsuit": Kids Sue Trump over Climate
(John Light / Nation of Change)

As hundreds of thousands gathered in Washington for the People's Climate March, 14 young Americans, ranging in age from 9 to 21, held a press conference in front the Supreme Court. They are among 21 young plaintiffs suing the US government to force it to take action on climate change arguing that federal energy policy threatens to deprive them of "life and liberty." Environmental activists Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein -- and legal scholars alike -- call this "the most important lawsuit on the planet right now."

The "100 by '50 Act" Is Not Sufficient to Prevent a Climate Catastrophe
(Ezra Silk / CommonDreams)

Commentary: The "100 by '50 Act," billed as "the most ambitious piece of climate legislation Congress has ever seen," is a largely symbolic gesture. Environmental critics warn that this bill will not solve the climate crisis. The bill is incremental, non-comprehensive, and fails to meet the challenge of this historic moment. It's time to go back to the drawing board. We need a true climate emergency bill grounded in climate truth.

Exxon Fined $20 Million for Polluting our Air: Sanders Has a Bill to Protect Our Air
(Alexandra Jacobo / Nation of Change)

ExxonMobil has been ordered to pay nearly $20 million in fines after finding that one of the company's chemical plants released millions of pounds of pollutants into the environment. Between 2005 and 2013 Exxon gained more than $14 million in benefits by failing to follow provisions of the Clean Air Act. Senators Jeff Merkley, Bernie Sanders and Ed Markey, along with climate movement leaders responsible for the People's Climate March, announced legislation calling for 100% clean energy by 2050.

Energy Transfer Partners Spills Oil over Wetlands; Judge Says Companies Can Keep Oil Spills Secret
(Natasha Geiling / ThinkProgress)

Energy Transfer Partners -- the company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline -- has spilled drilling fluid into two pristine Ohio wetlands this month. The company spilled as much as 2 million gallons of drilling fluid on April 13, and as much as 50,000 gallons a day later and 100 miles from the first spill. Meanwhile, federal judge has ruled that the pipeline's developer can keep some information about spill risks secret from the public.

Monkey Wrenching the Sky: The Age of Geoengineering
(Ian Baldwin / The Vermont Independent)

According to the publisher's introduction: "Earth Day 2017 marks the beginning of our series on geoengineering, the most important and underreported global environmental phenomenon of our time, researched and written by Chelsea Green co-founder Ian Baldwin." A wall of silence surrounds the subject of geoengineering but for nearly three-quarters of a century geoengineering has been conducted for reasons that have little to do with addressing climate change and much to do with war and commerce.

ACTION ALERT: Trump Targets Protected Wilderness Areas -- A "Monumental Disaster"
(Center for Biological Diversity & VoteVets & Greenpeace USA)

Donald Trump is poised to threaten more than 1 billion acres of national monument protection in a devastating and unprecedented attack on America's public lands and oceans. No president has ever attempted to withdraw a monument named by a predecessor. Trump is expected to issue an executive order calling for a review of every national monument that's been protected by presidential proclamation since 1996. His goal is to turn these natural wonders over to special interests -- including mining and logging industries.

Trump Hides Benefits of Renewables as CO2 Levels Reach Highest Mark in Human History
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & Lauren McCauley / Common Dreams)

By now it shouldn't be a surprise that the Trump administration is wiping Obama-era climate initiatives off the Internet. This time, the Department of Energy has altered its websites on renewable energy, removing references on how clean energy technologies can reduce the nation's reliance on fossil fuels and help lower climate-changing emissions. At the same time, the amount of carbon in the Earth's atmosphere last week breached the 410 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history

Donald Trump's War on the Environment
(Carolyn Lochhead / The San Francisco Chronicle)

Analysis: Nearly 100 days into a presidency remarkably thin on legislative success, one area where the Trump administration and Republican-led Congress have notched indisputable gains is on the environment. Overshadowed by the implosion on health care and standstill on tax reform, the GOP drive to dismantle, defang and defund environmental laws, rules and science is yielding many of President Trump's most significant victories to date.

The F-35 and the Incinerating Ski Slope
(David Swanson's Earth Day Address / World Beyond War)

Commentary: A cost estimate for F-35 program (a plane that incinerates human beings when it works and itself when it doesn't) is $1.4 trillion.I have yet to hear anyone suggest that Trump is bombing various countries because he has some sort of intelligent plan to solve some problem. The closest I've heard to that has been the Nixonian theory that it's good to make the world's governments believe you are a nuclear-armed lunatic. But exactly how that is good has not been explained to my satisfaction.

Fracking Comes to the Alaskan Arctic
(Scott L. Montgomery / EcoWatch & The Conversation)

Arctic lands and waters hold irresistible allure for global oil companies. Despite opposition from environmental groups and President Obama's 2016 ban on drilling in federal Arctic waters, exploration in Alaska has revealed massive new volumes of oil. This comes at a time of low oil prices, when many observers felt the Arctic would remain off limits.

The Spoils of War: Trump Lavished With Media and Bipartisan Praise For Bombing Syria
(Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept)

All wars -- even the most malicious and aggressive -- are wrapped in humanitarian packaging. If humanitarianism really were the motive, there are many things the US could do besides bombing Syria and killing civilians, such as giving refuge and humanitarian aid. But the idea that a war can be justified by appealing to the vague imperative that we must "do something" is incredibly irrational and immoral.

Resistance: New York Says 'No' to US-Canadian Fracked-Gas Pipeline
(Kimberly Ong / Natural Resources Defense Council)

New York State has blocked the Northern Access Project on April 7, a pipeline that would have carried fracked gas from Pennsylvania to Canada via New York. This is a huge victory not just for New Yorkers but for the entire planet. After a careful and exhaustive study, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation exercised its right under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act to deny certification to the proposed 24-inch diameter, 99-mile pipeline.

What Happens if the EPA Is Stripped of Its Power to Fight Climate Change?
(Natasha Geiling / ThinkProgress)

Every year since 2009, a member of Congress has introduced a bill aimed at revoking or delaying the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases. And every year, those bills have died. But the specter of an EPA rendered toothless on climate change by the will of Congress is certainly more likely than perhaps at any other point in the agency's history. Which raises the question, what happens if the EPA legally can't regulate greenhouse gas emissions?

Native American and Environmental Groups Sue Over Trump's Keystone XL Pipeline Permit
(Dan Bacher / Daily Kos)

The Indigenous Environmental Network and North Coast Rivers Alliance filed suit on March 27, challenging the Presidential Permit issued by President Trump allowing construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline. "For too long, the US Government has pushed around Indigenous peoples and undervalued our inherent rights, sovereignty, culture, and our responsibilities as guardians of Mother Earth and all life while fueling catastrophic extreme weather and climate change with an addiction to fossil fuels."

Global Trade Is a Major Cause of Death; City Living Promotes Early Dying
(Nikhil Swaminathan / Grist & Seth Borenstein / Associated Press & Qiang Zhang, et al. / Nature & Florence Williams / The Guardian)

Air quality and mortality are affected by local air pollution that can be fed by atmospheric transport of pollutants from distant sources. Some of the pollution in one region is due to the production of consumer goods in another. Nearly 500,000 people succumb to smog-related illness each year on the Asian continent. Meanwhile, more people than ever live in urban environments, where dirty air, noise and stress pose a deadly risk. Heart disease, lung cancer, and strokes are caused by breathing filthy air.

World Leaders Decry Trump's Attack on Clean Energy and Climate
(Alissa Scheller, Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post & Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post)

Donald Trump has signed a sweeping executive order aimed at reversing former President Barack Obama's efforts to shrink the US' carbon footprint. By undoing the Clean Power Plan, the Trump administration is putting carbon emissions back on an upward trajectory, thereby abandoning any hope of meeting the US emissions reduction targets set out in 2015 in the 195-country Paris Agreement -- the first global climate pact to include China and the US, the world's top polluters.

Nuclear Plant Failure in Japan Leads Westinghouse to Declare Bankruptcy: Future Safety of US Nuclear Navy in Doubt
(The New York Times & OilPrice.com & The Real News)

After years of delays and billions in losses, the Toshiba-owned atomic energy firm Westinghouse has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. The collapse of Westinghouse Electric Company, which helped drive the development of nuclear energy and the electric grid itself, casts a long shadow over the global nuclear industry and, in particular, Westinghouse's troubled nuclear projects in the US. Now, those projects -- once hailed as the leading edge of a renaissance for nuclear energy -- are in doubt.

Trump's War on the Environment: Moves to Destroy Obama's Climate-change Record
(Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis / The Washington Post)

Donald Trump's sweeping executive order -- signed with great fanfare in the Environmental Protection Agency's Map Room -- would obliterate Barack Obama's environmental record: instructing regulators to rewrite rules curbing US carbon emissions; lifting a moratorium on coal leasing; removing the requirement that federal officials consider the impacts and costs of climate change when making decisions. Instead, Trump has chosen to back coal -- the dirtiest and most dangerous energy option.

Trump Declares War on Clean Energy and the Climate
(The League of Conservation Voters & Jennifer A Dlouhy / Bloomberg)

Donald Trump has just signed an executive order tearing up the Clean Power Plan and allowing power plants to emit unlimited levels of carbon pollution. This had been the single most important piece of President Obama's environmental legacy. "He's trying to undo more than a decade of progress in fighting climate change and protecting public health," says the Natural Resources Defense Council's David Doniger. Americans did not vote for this, he added, predicting Trump's action "will meet a great wall of opposition."

Keystone Pipeline Approved for Construction -- with Russian Steel?
(The Huffington Post & Snopes.com)

Donald Trump's administration has greenlighted the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Trump previously promised the pipeline would be constructed with domestic steel but abandoned that pledge and granted TransCanada an exemption to use foreign steel during construction. The DeSmogBlog reports that 40 percent of the steel was manufactured by a Canadian subsidiary of Evraz, a company 31-percent owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who is a close ally of Putin and a Trump family friend.

Trump Budget Would Make America Dirty and Sick Again
(David Lewis / Save the Bay & The San Francisco Chronicle)

Trump's budget proposal is a direct assault on our health and safety. The enormous cuts he is proposing to the US Environmental Protection Agency and other departments will hurt people and the planet by gutting enforcement of laws that protect the water we drink, the air we breathe and the environment that sustains us.

Trump's Budget: America First; Americans and the Environment Last
(Harvey Wasserman / Reader Supported News)

Donald Trump's first budget makes his antipathy to the environment -- and his love for fossil fuels and nuclear power -- clear. In addition to slashing funds to the EPA, he wants massive rollbacks in auto fuel efficiency standards and billions in new investments in nuclear weapons. These cuts hand $54 billion to the Pentagon while crippling air and water protections by ending restrictions on industrial emissions. Adding insult to injury, Trump would add $120 million to the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump.

Fierce, Critical Reactions to Trump's 'Cruel, Stupid Budget'
(Public Citizen & The Democratic National Committee & Seth Moulton for Congress & Kamala Harris / US Senate & The Washington Post)

Trump's appalling budget would destroy America to empower military, surveillance, incarceration, and pollution interests. It slashes $4.7 billion from the Agriculture Department -- hurting rural communities; cuts job-creating funding for infrastructure repair; guts spending to protect clean air and drinking water; defunds the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; and suspends the Manufacturing Extension Partnership -- a program that helped create and retain more than 86,602 jobs last year.

Naval Exercises Add Trillions of Bits of Plastic to the World's Oceans
(Dahr Jamail / Truthout)

For the next two decades, the US Navy will inject hundreds of thousands of pounds of flares and billions of metal-coated glass fibers into ocean waters off Washington and Oregon. By 2037, the Navy will have left behind more than half a million pounds of flares and trillions of microfibers of chaff (a radar countermeasure dropped by aircraft) in the world's oceans. And a single, upcoming naval exercises will inject 20,000 tons of heavy metals and explosives into the seas.

17 House Republicans Try To Make Donald Trump Care About Climate Change
(Marina Fang / The Huffington Post & Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

The White House wants to cut one-quarter of the Environmental Protection Agency's funding and eliminate 1 in 5 EPA employees but 17 House Republicans have done something Donald Trump and most members of their party have refused to do: acknowledge that climate change is real and commit to finding solutions to combat it.

GOP Cheers Destruction of EPA
(Oliver Milman / The Guardian)

The Trump administration's zeal for deregulation is seen by environmentalists as a recipe for fossil fuel cronyism, runaway climate change, and a toxic water crises. In 2009 the EPA determined that CO2 emissions "endanger both the public health and the public welfare of current and future generations." Now Trump's EPA pick -- ignoring a preponderance of scientific evidence -- is claiming that carbon dioxide isn't the primary catalyst of global warming.

Meteorologists Debunk EPA Chief's Climate Change Denial
(Mark Moore / The New York Post)

The nation's top meteorological organization debunked Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt's claim that carbon dioxide is not a main factor in climate change, saying it's a fact based on "indisputable findings." In an interview last week, Pruitt said carbon dioxide is not the pollutant it's made out to be. The meteorologists said he's flat-out wrong.

The Surge Delusion: An Iraq War Anniversary to Forget
(Tom Englehardt / TomDispatch & Danny Sjursen / TomDispatch)

On the 10th anniversary of the original "surge" in Iraq, Major Danny Sjursen, TomDispatch regular, former history instructor at West Point, and the author of Ghost Riders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge, offers a personal look at the building of a legend, which helped make careers, including those of Trump's top generals, and kept a disastrous war going.

Trump Targets DoE's Successful Energy Star Conservation Program
(Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

Over the past 25 years, the federal government's Energy Star program has become a valuable marker for all kinds of industries. Real estate agents upsell buildings that have been Energy Star-certified as energy efficient. Homeowners seek out its blue logo on electricity-guzzling appliances and devices. But the White House has proposed eliminating funding for Energy Star and privatizing the $57 million program, which could upend entire industries and kneecap cities' efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Trump's "Racist" Environmental Protection Cuts

Donald Trump's proposal to destroy the Environmental Protection Agency has been criticized as an attack on the environment that will have a racist impact among the poor and communities of color. The proposal would remove EPA's environmental justice office, a division tasked with bridging gap in pollution that afflicts black, Hispanic and low-income areas much more than areas occupied by wealthier and white residents.

Stealing Yemen's Oil as Millions Starve
(Matthew Allen / Russia Insider & Sputnik News)

Why does Saudi Arabia continue to bomb Yemen back into the Stone Age? The crux of the matter is that Yemen has oil reserves, while Riyadh is steadily running out of the commodity. The Saudis and French are illegally siphoning 63% of Yemen's oil as millions of Yemenis suffer from food shortages as Washington wages yet another US-backed "war for democracy and Western values."

Trump Plots to Destroy the Environmental Protection Agency
(John Flesher, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey / Associated Press & Democracy Now!)

The Trump administration plans to slash programs aimed at slowing climate change and improving water safety and air quality, while eliminating thousands of jobs, according to a draft of the Environmental Protection Agency budget proposal obtained by The Associated Press. Under the tentative plan from the Office of Management and Budget, the agency's funding would be reduced by roughly 25 percent and about 3,000 jobs would be cut -- about 19 percent of the agency's staff.

ACTION ALERT: Stop the Senate's Methane Pollution Bill
(Kristin Brown / League of Conservation Voters)

This usurpation of public trust is breathtaking. Literally. To imagine that elected leaders would abandon our communities and side with polluters is not a new story. But the fact that they are willing to sacrifice the health of our children to a legacy of polluted water and particulate-filled air is a scandal beyond measure. It is the equivalent of a "war crime" in peacetime. Sign the petition: Tell the Senate to vote NO on H.J. Res 36 and protect our climate and health.

Trump Seeks Massive 9% Military Spending Hike: GOP Hawks Slam Plan as Insufficient
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Alex Emmons / The Intercept)

President Trump today unveiled some new details on his budget priorities, seeking a 9% increase, or about $54 billion, in increased military spending for next year, with a series of plans to reduce domestic spending to try to cover the different. The State Department and the EPA are both said to also be marked for substantial cuts in the range of tens of billions of dollars.

ACTION ALERT: Stand against Trump's Anti-environment Agenda
(The Natural Resources Defense Council & Kristen Brown / League of Conservation Voters)

Donald Trump has promised to expand oil and gas drilling, kill the Clean Power Plan and roll back some of our most fundamental environmental protections. It's up to us to show President Trump that we are ready to act -- in and out of court -- against any attempts to derail the progress we've made and force us down a path toward climate chaos. Urge Trump not to threaten our wildlife and wild places or reverse our progress in fighting climate change.

Standing Rock Is Burning -- but Our Resistance Isn't Over
(Julian Brave NoiseCat / The Guardian & Michael Sainato / The Observer)

Just north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, water protectors set their makeshift and traditional structures ablaze in a final act of prayer and defiance against Energy Transfer Partner's Dakota Access Pipeline, sending columns of black smoke billowing into the winter sky above the Oceti Sakowin protest camp. The majority of the few hundred remaining protesters marched out, arm in arm.

Plastic Trash Threatens our Oceans: Microplastics in Oceans Outnumber Stars in Our Galaxy by 500 Times
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

An estimated 8 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans every year, damaging aquatic life and costing at least $8 billion in damage to marine ecosystems. If plastic continues to be dumped at this rate, the oceans will carry more plastic than fish by 2050. On February 23, the UN "declared war" on the main threat of planetary pollution -- ocean plastic. Governments are being urged to eliminate microplastics from cosmetics and personal care items, ban plastic bags and reduce other disposable plastic items.

EPA Head Scott Pruitt Says Destruction of the EPA Is "Justified"
(Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post & Rebecca Leber / Mother Jones)

Donald Trump's new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, climate-change-denier Scott Pruitt, recently told a gathering of conservatives that those who want to eliminate the EPA are "justified" in their beliefs, adding: "I think people across this county look at the EPA much as they look at the IRS." Pruitt's statement was seen as a signal of the White House's intent to roll out a series of executive actions gutting the EPA, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and a host of Clean Energy programs.

Trump's Terrorism Fearmongering vs. The Facts
(A. Trevor Thrall and Erik Goepner / The New York Daily News & the Cato Institute)

When it comes to "fake news," what's disturbing is how loose with the facts Donald Trump has been when it comes to talking about terrorism. Speaking at a law enforcement conference, he stated that terrorism is "a far greater threat than people in our country understand. Believe me." Trump's claims, however, are unsubstantiated, strongly refuted by the data, and even contradicted by his own administration.

Emails Reveal Pruitt's Behind-the-scenes Collaboration with Oil and Natural Gas Interests
(Jeremy Diamond and Rene Marsh / CNN)

In June 2013, a top lobbyist at Devon Energy, an Oklahoma-based oil and natural gas giant, sent one of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's top officials a draft letter objecting to proposed federal regulations on fracking. Two months later, Pruitt (now head of the Environmental Protection Agency), signed a nearly identical version of that letter and sent it to Interior Secretary. More than 7,500 pages of recently revealed emails from Pruitt's office reveal frequents exchanges with polluting energy firms over many years.

Thousands of Emails Detail EPA Head's Close Ties to Fossil Fuel Industry
(Brady Dennis and Steven Mufson / The Washington Post & Steve Horn, Sharon Kelly and Graham Readfearn / DeSmogBlog)

The Center for Media and Democracy has obtained previously unreleased emails from the office of former Oklahoma Attorney General, Scott Pruitt, who was recently sworn in as the head of the US Environmental Protection Agency. According to the email record, Pruitt regularly huddled with fossil fuel firms and electric utilities to discuss how to combat federal environmental regulations and spoke to conservative political groups about what they call government"overreach."

Trump Prepares to Destroy the EPA
(Rebecca Leber / Grist & Amy Davidson / The New Yorker)

Scott Pruitt, Trump's choice to run the Environmental Protection Agency, was expected to sail through Senate -- possibly as soon as Friday -- despite Democrats' protests that he is unfit to lead an agency that he has repeatedly sued. Meanwhile a cache of documents that might show whether Pruitt was too compromised to deserve the job was due to be released in a few days. So why did Senate Republicans insist on rushing the confirmation vote before the requested document could be released to the public?

Five Things Scott Pruitt Can Do to Cripple the EPA
(Annie Snider / Politico & Wenonah Hauter / EcoWatch)

Donald Trump vowed to gut the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Senate has just confirmed his man to do it -- climate denier Scott Pruitt. The new administrator and President Donald Trump are expected to move quickly to begin unraveling the agency's rules on water and climate change. Meanwhile, the White House completed its pipeline trifecta Thursday by rubber-stamping the Enbridge-Spectra merger after approving the Dakota Access Pipeline and reversing the blocked Keystone XL pipeline.

The 4 Koch-funded Pols Behind the Plan to Kill the EPA -- and What to Expect from Scott Pruitt
(lex Kotch / DeSmogBlog and EcoWatch & Ken Kimmell / Union of Concerned Scientists)

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz turned heads when he introduced a bill on February 3, 2017 to "completely abolish" the US Environmental Protection Agency. Gaetz's bill came the day after a Senate committee voted to confirm Scott Pruitt (a fossil fuel-friendly attorney general who has sued the EPA 14 times) to head the agency. Meet the four GOP reps who have raked in cash from some of the biggest corporations peddling fossil fuels, including Koch Industries, Duke Energy, Chevron and ExxonMobil.

Idaho Schools Ban Climate Science
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

Idaho lawmakers have approved new K-12 science standards that do not reference the established science of climate change and the impact of human activity on the environment. The Feb. 9 vote from the House Education Committee followed party lines. The 11 Republicans on the panel approved the proposed science standards -- but only after five paragraphs mentioning the climate change were removed from the initial draft. The committee's three Democrats voted against removing the climate change language.

Radiation at Fukushima Getting Worse Six Years after Meltdowns
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News & The Asahi Shimbun & Nuclear News)

Radiation levels inside the collapsed remains of Fukushima Unit 2 reactor are significantly higher than "unimaginable." Whatever is going on at Fukushima has horrifying possibilities. The triple-meltdown disaster is still out of control. Meanwhile, TEPCO, the firm responsible for the catastrophe, is in charge of the clean-up and the Japanese government is more an enabler of cover-up than a protector. It took five years to discover that Cesium-137 fallout on Tokyo wasn't properly cleaned up.

Trump Names Another Climate Denier to Key Energy Post
(Steve Horn / DeSmog Blog)

GreenWire has reported that climate change denier Mike Catanzaro -- a lobbyist for oil and gas companies Noble Energy, Devon Energy, Encana Oil and Gas, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), and Hess Corporation -- will soon become a top energy policy aide for Presidential Runner-up Donald Trump.

Trump's Pipeline and America's Shame
(Bill McKibben / The New Yorker)

Commentary: The Trump Administration is breaking with tradition on so many fronts that it seems noteworthy when it exhibits some continuity with American custom. And so let us focus for a moment on the news that construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline will resume -- a development that fits in perfectly with a national cultural tradition going back to the days of Plymouth Rock: repressing Native Americans.

Huge Victory in War Against Wind Power; GOP Moves to Stop EPA from Reducing Greenhouse Gasses
(Stefanie Spear / EcoWatch & Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to increase the use of wind and solar power to 25 percent by 2020, has been overridden by Maryland state lawmakers. Meanwhile, in DC, 114 GOP lawmakers have endorsed a bill that declares carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride are no longer "air pollutants."

Huge Victory in War Against Wind Power; GOP Moves to Stop EPA from Reducing Greenhouse Gasses
(Stefanie Spear / EcoWatch & Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to increase the use of wind and solar power to 25 percent by 2020, has been overridden by Maryland state lawmakers. Meanwhile, in DC, 114 GOP lawmakers have endorsed a bill that declares carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride are no longer "air pollutants."

The Environmental Impacts of Trump's Rulings
(The Center for Biological Diversity & Emma Foehringer Merchant / Grist & Brian Palmer / EcoWatch)

Donald Trump's desire to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, would perpetuate human suffering, harm border communities and halt the cross-border movement of jaguars, ocelots, wolves and other wildlife. The wall would be particularly harmful to highly endangered jaguars. Trump has vowed to solve problems we don't have. His America First Energy Plan would "decrease our dependence of foreign oil" by killing US jobs in clean alternative energy and subsidizing costly. dirty, old-fashioned fossil fuels.

Climate Extremists Are Losing Ground
(Kevin Grandia / EcoWatch)

In his Senate confirmation hearing, Secretary of State-pick Rex Tillerson stated: "The risk of climate change does exist, and the consequences could be serious enough that action should be taken." Given ExxonMobil's shady past regarding climate change, Tillerson's words are likely seen as empty rhetoric by many political observers. And considering Trump's recent executive orders to restart the process of constructing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, it seems highly probable that is the case.

Corruption Watch: Looking Back on the Pentagon's $43 Million Gas Station Debacle in 2015
(Avi Asher-Schapiro / Vice News)

Somewhere in Sheberghan, a medium-sized Afghan city in the northern province of Jowzjan, lies a simple gas station with just a handful of pumps. The humble facility, which was supposed to provide cheap natural gas to local Afghan drivers, cost $43 million to build -- and the US Department of Defense footed the bill.

From Pipelines to Refugees, Everything Trump Does Is Connected
(Kate Aronoff / The Guardian)

Analysis: Donald Trump is the fossil fuel industry's puppet, and he's spent the first few days of his administration doing its bidding. A former ExxonMobil executive is en route to become the country's top diplomat, and the Centers for Disease Control has cancelled a long-planned conference to discuss the impacts of climate change on public health. Meanwhile, too comfortable in their separate silos, activists on the left need to learn that the only way to fight a unified rightwing agenda is to unify in response.

Earth to Pruitt: At a Confirmation Hearing, Denialism Stands while Temperatures Rise
(Elizabeth Kolbert / The New Yorker)

Either it was a cleverly engineered plan or some kind of cosmic joke: just as the confirmation hearing for Scott Pruitt, the climate denier who is Donald Trump's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, was getting under way Wednesday, on Capitol Hill, two federal agencies -- the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- announced that 2016 was the warmest year since modern record-keeping began, in 1880.

Prepare for Trump's Program of Disaster Capitalism
(Naomi Klein / The Intercept)

Commentary: We already know that the Trump administration plans to deregulate markets, wage all-out war on "radical Islamic terrorism," trash climate science and unleash a fossil-fuel frenzy. It's a vision that can be counted on to generate a tsunami of crises and shocks. All this is dangerous enough. What's even worse is the way the Trump administration can be counted on to exploit these shocks politically and economically.

West Antarctica Is Breaking Up: Global Floods Could Follow
(The Daily Kos )

A berg the size of Scotland is poised to break off the Larsen ice shelf in West Antartica at any time. West Antartica is quite literally cracking up. The culprit is anthropogenic climate change, a steady rise in global temperatures produced by accumulating industrial emissions. Climate change is particularly virulent near the poles. Meanwhile, the ice shelves of South Antarctica, located in the Bellingshausen sea, are in rapid melt. A 17 mile crack threatens to put the Larsen C ice shelf at risk of collapse.

Trump's Energy Pick Feels the Heat
(Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner / Reuters )

President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the US Environmental Protection Agency expressed doubt about the science behind global climate change during a contentious Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, but added he would be obliged for now to uphold the EPA's finding carbon dioxide poses a public danger.

Green Groups Confront Trump's Cabinet Nominees
(Natasha Geiling / ThinkProgress)

Environmental groups around the country are mobilizing to oppose Trump's picks for EPA, Secretary of State, and more. At the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week, Rex Tillerson's opening statement (despite his more than 40 years working for the world's largest oil company) mentioned neither Exxon nor climate change. From the back of the chamber, the shouting began. By the end of the nine-hour hearing, four Greenpeace protesters had been arrested and charged with disrupting Congress.

Crumbling Reactors and Other Nightmares of a Trump-Perry Energy Policy
(Harvey Wasserman / The Progressive)

Trump's commitment to nuclear energy and fossil fuels contrasts sharply with China's massive new solar- and wind-power programs. If China, the world's number-two economy, joins Germany (number four) and possibly Japan (number three) in converting to 100 percent renewable sources, the US economy will be left in the dust. Meanwhile, the nation's 99 aging nuclear plants are literally crumbling. New York's Indian Point and California's Diablo Canyon are surrounded by active earthquake faults.

Trump's Energy Pick Feels the Heat
(Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner / Reuters )

President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the US Environmental Protection Agency expressed doubt about the science behind global climate change during a contentious Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, but added he would be obliged for now to uphold the EPA's finding carbon dioxide poses a public danger.

Warming Oceans Causing Massive Destruction of World's Coral Reefs
(Tim Radford / Climate News Network & Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

Some time this century, if humans go on burning fossil fuels at the present rate, severe bleaching will hit 99 percent of coral reefs every year. Coral bleaching happens when the organisms become uncomfortably hot, and reject the algae on which their lives ultimately depend. Right now, the world's reefs are caught up in the longest global coral bleaching event ever recorded.

Military Officials Alarmed at Trump's Denial of Climate Change as a Major National Security Risk
(Damian Carrington / The Guardian & George Monbiot / The Guardian)

Senior military officials are concerned that Donald Trump refuses to recognize what the Pentagon has known for years -- "unchecked global warming is greatest threat to 21st-century security where mass migration could be 'new normal'." The generals said the impacts of climate change were already factors in the conflicts driving a current crisis of migration into Europe, having been linked to the Arab Spring, the war in Syria and the Boko Haram terrorist insurgency.

ExxonMobil Facing Orders to Provide Background on Fake News Coverup of the Oil Industry's Impact on Climate Change
(Stephanie Ebbert / The Boston Globe)

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey won a major legal showdown against Exxon Mobil on Wednesday, when a judge ruled that the company must turn over 40 years of documents detailing a coordinated campaign to coverup, deny and obfuscate the company's knowledge that climate change was, in fact, happening and that the oil industry was, in large measure, responsible.

Did Climate-denier Jeff Sessions Try to Hide His Carbon Footprint?
(Tom Hamburger / The Washington Post & Amber Phillips / The Washington Post)

Attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions did not disclose his ownership of oil interests on land in Alabama as required by federal ethics rules, according to an examination of state records and independent ethics lawyers who reviewed the documents. The Alabama records show that Sessions owns subsurface rights to oil and other minerals on more than 600 acres in his home state, some of which are adjacent to a federal wildlife preserve.

Thawing Arctic Is Turning Oceans into Graveyards
(Steve Connor / The Guardian & Associated Press & Lars Ostenfeld / The Guardian)

In November 2016, Canada's Hudson Bay was as ice-free as on a summer's day. Polar bears could be extinct here by mid-century. If the bears are in trouble, so are we. NASA research shows that ice-free summers are now imminent, posing a peril to us all. Unfortunately, the US strategy offers no solution to address threat of greenhouse gases on decline of sea ice habitat.

'We're Ready to Fight.' Gov. Jerry Brown Unloads on Trump and Climate Issues
(Office of the Governor & John Myers / The Los Angeles Times)

Rallying thousands of scientists at one of the largest international gatherings of its kind, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has called on the scientific community -- the "truth-tellers" and "truth seekers" -- to mobilize for the climate fight. "The time has never been more urgent or your work never more important. The climate is changing, temperatures are rising, oceans are becoming more acidified, habitats are under stress -- the world is facing tremendous danger," Brown told the annual meeting of the AGU.

Environmental Catastrophe: Iraqi Oil Fires Still Burning after 4 Months
(Gareth Davies / The Daily Mail)

The battle to liberate the Iraqi city is leaving a lasting legacy of environmental damage and health risks. ISIS set fire to the oil wells in the Qayyarah area in a last-ditch attempt to confuse coalition soldiers in August. Four months later and the flames are still spewing plumes of thick, black smoke into the air near Mosul. It has caused havoc with farmers who are not able to sell sheep because the animals have turned black.

Obama 'Permanently Bans' Oil Drilling in Millions of Acres of Ocean
(BBC World News & Josh Lederman and Kathleen Hennessey / Associated Press)

Outgoing US President Barack Obama has permanently banned offshore oil and gas drilling in the "vast majority" of US-owned northern waters. Mr. Obama designated areas in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans as "indefinitely off limits" to future leasing. The move is widely seen as an attempt to protect the region before Mr. Obama leaves office in January. Supporters of president-elect Donald Trump could find it difficult to reverse the decision.

Trump Taps 'Dancing with the Stars' Contestant to Oversee Nuclear Weapons
(Jen Hayden / The Daily Kos)

During a 2011 Republican primary, former Texas Governor Rick Perry proclaimed that if he were president, he would eliminate three government agencies: the Department of Education, the Department of Commerce and . . . he couldn't remember the name of the other agency he wanted to eliminate. That forgettable agency was the Department of Energy, which Donald Trump has announced he'll nominate Rick Perry to lead.

How Media Did and Did Not Report on Standing Rock
(Tristan Ahtone / Al Jazeera)

Native American issues are only media sexy when natives with painted faces and horses are around. It's been entertaining to watch the press crowd come out to Indian Country. They didn't want to, of course, but after a few months of US security forces using tear gas, rubber bullets, mace, water cannon and concussion grenades on indigenous protesters intent on stopping an oil pipeline, they had to. When the mainstream media finally showed up en masse, the scene played out like a revisionist western movie.

Donald Trump's Energy Policies Would Pave a Path to Hell
(Tom Englehardt / TomDispatch & Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch)

Scroll through Donald Trump's campaign promises and you could easily conclude that his energy policy consists of little more than a wish list drawn up by the major fossil fuel companies. If, however, you take a closer look at this morass of pro-carbon proposals, an obvious, if as yet unnoted, contradiction becomes apparent. If all of Trump's policies were enacted, many fossil fuel companies would be annihilated, thanks to the rock-bottom fuel prices produced by a colossal oversupply of oil, coal, and natural gas.

Obama Calls for Rerouting Dakota Oil Pipeline; GOP Vows to Retaliate
(NBC News & Caroline Kenny and Gregory Krieg / CNN )

Celebrations, tears of joy, chanting and drumming rang out among thousands of protesters at the Standing Rock site after the Army Corp of Engineers announced it will look for an alternate route for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.

ISIS Oil Fires Trigger Environmental Catastrophe in Iraq
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & CNN & Daily News & Andrea DiCenzo / Al Jazeera)

In the months leading up to the telegraphed Iraqi invasion of the major ISIS city of Mosul, ISIS had ample time to set up myriad defenses. Among these was setting fire to oil wells, aiming to provide a cloud of smoke that would hinder US airstrikes. 19 wells were set on fire and, after 100 days, only three have been sealed. Extinguishing the rest could take months and cost millions. Meanwhile, the smoke is complicating the air war, and also sickening people on the ground.

ACTION ALERT: 2,000 US Vets to Dakota. Declare Standing Rock a National Monument
(Charley Lanyon / New York Magazine & CREDO Action & The Ring of Fire Network)

More than 2,000 US veterans are headed for North Dakota this weekend to form a human shield around besieged oil-pipeline protesters. More than 7,000 people are camped out in support of the Standing Rock Sioux in opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatens tribal lands. President Obama can end this standoff now -- before Donald Trump closes in on the White House -- by declaring Standing Rock a national monument, forever protecting its cultural sites.

Barack Obama's Surprising Toxic Legacy of Carbon Pollution
(Asaf Shalev, Michael Phillis, Elah Feder and Susanne Rust / The Guardian)

President Barack Obama has staked his environmental legacy on his administration's reputation as the most progressive on climate change in US history. However, an obscure US agency has spoiled his record by promoting overseas fossil fuel emissions -- effectively erasing gains expected from Obama's Clean Power Plan and fuel efficiency standards. The US Export-Import Bank has poured more than $33 billion into fossil fuel projects that will lead to a massive increase in global carbon emissions.

Standing Rock Is Our Civil Rights Event
(Bill McKibben / The Guardian & Josh Fox / Democracy Now!)

We're seeing a scene as explosive as the Freedom Rides or the bus boycotts play out in real time on the high plains of the Dakotas. In the 1960s, the US government sent helpers to protect integration efforts. Why not do more to protect the Dakota Pipeline protesters today?

Parks at Risk: Trump's Interior Secretary Could be an Oil Baron, Sarah Palin, or Trump's Son

Drilling in the massive Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? Oil wells inside Yosemite National Park? Uranium mines in the Grand Canyon? These are some of the possibilities emerging under a Trump administration as leading candidates for Secretary of the Interior reportedly include Sarah Palin, various oil company executives, and Donald Trump, Jr.

What Would a Trump EPA Look Like? Environmental Leaders on Hope And Progress in the Age of Trump
(Grist Staff)

Donald Trump, a climate denier who has promised to gut the Paris accord, scrap the Clean Power Plan, bring back coal, and roll back pollution restrictions is our next president, and the civil and human rights of so many in this country are threatened. Hateful, violent acts committed in his name continue to populate the news. As we've done before in similar times, we've turned to politicians and other green leaders to ask how we keep working toward climate action, sustainability, and social justice? And what gives them hope, inspiration, or determination in such a trying time?

How Many Police Are Needed to Subdue a Peaceful Protest?
(Thomas Dresslar / ACLU & Steve Horn / DeSmog Blog & The Huffington Post)

Almost exactly 20 years ago, President Bill Clinton signed into law a bill -- the Emergency Management Assistance Compact -- creating an interstate agreement for emergency management. That law has opened the door for the current flood of out-of-state law enforcement agents repressing the continuing protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. As of November 7, the assault against the Native protests had engaged law enforcement personnel from from 24 counties, 16 cities and 9 states.

UN Investigates Human Rights Abuses at Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

A United Nations group is investigating allegations of human rights abuses by North Dakota law enforcement against Native American protesters, with indigenous leaders testifying about "acts of war" they observed during mass arrests at an oil pipeline protest. Protesters who have raised concerns about excessive force, unlawful arrests and mistreatment in jail where some activists have been held in cages.

Trump Targets NASA's Climate Research as He Invests in Dakota Pipeline Project
(Oliver Milman / The Guardian & Daniel Gross / Slate)

NASA's Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding as president-elect Donald Trump seeks to shift focus away from our home planet in favor of deep space exploration. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Sunoco Logistics, a crude and natural gas pipeline company, has agreed to acquire Energy Transfer Partners, a large pipeline company, in a transaction worth $21 billion. On CNBC, Jim Cramer called it "the first Trump deal."

300 Injured; Young Woman Has Arm Blown Off as Media Ignore Standing Rock Protests
(Democracy Now! & Paul Gottinger / Reader Supported News & Prolific The Rapper)

Sunday's attack at Standing Rock included police firing rubber bullets, mace canisters and water cannons in subfreezing temperatures. As many as 300 people were injured in the attack. 21-year-old activist Sophia Wilansky is in critical condition and has been undergoing a series of surgeries, after reportedly being hit by a concussion grenade during the police attack against water protectors fighting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota Sunday night.

The Environmental Impact of Black Friday Shopping
(Green Business Watch)

Because the holidays are a time of excess, they have a major environmental impact. One 1999 study concluded that Black Friday was 50 times worse in terms of greenhouse gas emissions than Cyber Monday. The best way to minimize your environmental impact is simply to consume less: that's a gift your planet can live with.

Trump Is Ready to Bet the World
(Bill McKibben / The Washington Post & Ted Galen Carpenter / The National Interest)

Commentary: Donald Trump will enter the White House with an environmental policy agenda opposed to that of the Obama administration and many other nations that have pledged support to the Paris climate agreement. We simply don't know what a Trump administration foreign policy will look like with respect to Europe, East Asia or any other region. All we have are a number of statements that the candidate made during the heat of a political campaign.

ACTION ALERT: No Arctic Gas Oil Leases for 5 Years! Make It Last
(Greenpeace & Rebecca Hersher / National Public Radio & Kristin Brown / League of Conservation Voters)

President Obama just finalized the offshore drilling plan for the next five years, and Atlantic AND Arctic drilling are both off the table! LCV Members like you fought tooth and nail over the last year to protect these oceans, and President Obama listened. But the fight is not over. We need to save our shores -- FOREVER.

Thousands Around the World Rally Against Dakota Pipeline
(Scott Galindez / Reader Supported News)

On November 15, more than 200 actions took place around the world in solidarity with water protectors at Standing Rock. The actions were called by Native American leaders around the country. Standing Rock activist Fred Lemere fears that one of Trump's first acts will be to send troops to rough up Indian people at Standing Rock and clear them away from the path of the pipeline. He said the protest will need 50,000 not 5.000 people to go to Standing Rock and defend the land.

Donald Trump and the Future of the Paris Climate Accord
(Bill McKibben / The Guardian & Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic)

Commentary: "It seems likely that the Paris climate accords will offer one of the first real tests of just how nuts Donald Trump actually is. The Paris agreement was assembled over 25 years by many of the world's leading lights. It has now been handed, as a gift, to the new child-emperor, and everyone is waiting to see what he'll do. If the president-elect sabotages last year's agreement, he will own every disaster -- every hurricane a Hurricane Donald, every drought a moment for mockery."

Big Oil Versus Orcas: Canadian Pipeline Threatens Survival of Killer Whales
(Ashifa Kassam / The Guardian)

Conservationists say Canada's proposed Trans Mountain Expansion project poses the greatest risk yet to a killer whale population already on the edge of extinction. Known as the "southern resident killer whales," the group has long had a fraught relationship with the urban sprawl they live alongside, leaving them on the knife's edge of extinction. The latest threat: a $5 billion expansion proposal for a pipeline that would snake from Alberta to the Pacific coast.

ACTON ALERT: Trump, the Dakota Pipeline, and Native Rights
(Bill McKibben / EcoWatch & Our Revolution & Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. / Waterkeeper Alliance & Josh Fox / EcoWatch)

The ugly side of the American psyche that's propelled Donald Trump to the presidency is nothing new to Indigenous people. It's nothing new to people of color, to immigrants, to the vulnerable and the marginalized. This is a time for drawing together the many threads of our resistance -- to fossil fuels, yes, but also and just as importantly to widespread hatred. But President Obama could take dramatic and decisive action to safeguard native lands and the publics water -- by declaring Standing Rock a National Park.

The Standing Rock Protests Are About the Constitution; Snipers Kill 11-year-old Girl
(John Kiriakou / Reader Supported News)

The numbers of activists protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota continue to swell. The mainstream media continue to ignore it. National politicians continue to pretend that nothing is happening. And the local police continue to douse protestors in pepper spray, beat them, arrest them, and charge them with felonies for exercising their Constitutional right to freedom of speech.

The Paris Climate Accord Is a Big Deal
(Rebecca Leber / Grist & Naser Haghamed / Al Jazeera)

On Friday, November 4, 2016, the landmark Paris climate agreement officially entered into force. The news will surely be buried under a mudslide of US election coverage, but it shouldn't be. Paris was a big deal. As proof of the importance of this moment, a new coalition of climate groups -- the Global Muslim Climate Network -- has come together to tackle climate change in the Muslim world.

What Countries Have to Do To Meet the Paris Accord's 2-Degree Climate Target
(Eric Alterman / The Nation & Zoe Carpenter / The Nation)

Years from now, historians will marvel at the absence of global warming in the 2016 US presidential campaign debates. Pentagon planning recognizes climate change as "an urgent and growing threat to our national security, contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources such as food and water." And yet the Republican Party platform simply dismisses it. Planetary survival means no new drilling, no new fracking, no new coalminers, and no new pipelines.

A Small Unreported Victory at Standing Rock
(Desiree Kane / YES! Magazine & William Boardman / Reader Supported News)

On October 27, a colonial force of 250 armed with military weapons prepared to attack the campsite of oil pipeline protesters. The soldier-police faced off on a bridge against 40-50 veterans armed with only prayer. And the Natives won. Meanwhile, in Washington, the president equivocates. "We're monitoring this closely," Barack Obama says. "We're going to let it play out for several more weeks...."

$10 Million Spent to Brutalize Pipeline Protestors to Protect Texas Oilman's $3.8 Billion Project
(teleSURtv & Angelo Young / Salon & Protect Mother Earth)

North Dakota has spent $10 million in tax dollars to fund an armed police crackdown against the thousands of Native Americans and allies impeding the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Journalists have been arrested and shot. Nonviolent protestors have been tear-gassed, beaten, arrested and abused. Yet, despite the protests and outcry, Energy Transfer Partners and CEO Kelcy Warren remain bullish on the $3.8 billion project.

War Against Native Americans in the US: Hundreds Arrested, Scores Injured, One Horse Shot to Death
(Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn / YES! Magazine & teleSURtv)

To clear the way for a controversial oil pipeline project, North Dakota invoked a measure reserved for state emergencies like natural disasters to mobilize an army of police from seven different states and hired outside security firms. The founder of one of the security firms responsible for the brutal attacks on nonviolent native protesters, is a Delta Force veteran who once served as lead advisor to the CIA in the invasion of Afghanistan.

Self-inflicted Chemical Warfare: 92% of Earth's Population Forced to Breath Toxic Air
(Merrit Kennedy / National Public Radio)

Some 300 million children around the world are breathing highly toxic air. 92 percent of the world's population breathes air containing pollutants exceeding WHO limits. In 2012, one out of every nine deaths was the result of air pollution-related conditions. The number of deaths attributable to indoor and outdoor air pollution totaled approximately 6.5 million worldwide, of which 3 million deaths were blamed on outdoor air pollution.

Do Red Lives Matter? The Difference between Oregon and North Dakota
(Charles P. Pierce / Esquire Magazine)

Commentary: "There is a cruel, stupid irony about living in a country when, on the same day, a bunch of gun-toting rubes . . . get acquitted after an armed takeover of federal property in Oregon while, half a country away, peaceful protesters doing nothing but praying on land to which they have a right guaranteed by treaty get rousted, roughed up, and hauled away by a militarized police force acting largely at the behest of a private company."

The Stand-off at Standing Rock: Native Defenders Stand against Oil Pipeline
(Jim Hightower / Salon)

In 2014, ETP, a Texas oil behemoth, went public with its scheme to build a massive oil pipeline from the fracking wells of the Bakken oil fields in northwestern North Dakota. If the $3.8 billion line is completed, it would carry 570,000 barrels of oil a day through hundreds of farms and ranches and make 200 river crossings. Kelcy Warren, Energy Transfer Partners' well-heeled chief, appears to have met his match in North Dakota with the steadfast resolve of the Lakota Sioux.

Police Viciously Attack Peaceful Protesters at Dakota Access Pipeline
(Jihan Hafiz / The Intercept)

On October 22, just before dawn, hundreds of people gathered to march toward the Dakota Access pipeline construction site near Standing Rock, North Dakota. Native American organizers lit sage and prayed for protection from police brutality before setting off on the 8-mile trek. Dozens of officers, backed by military trucks, police vans, machine guns, and nonlethal weapons, violently approached the group without warning. “Don’t move, everyone is under arrest,” boomed the loudspeaker of the military vehicle.

Nonviolent Native Protestors Arrested at Standing Rock: Dakota Access Pipeline Wants War. Native Drones Shot Down!
(Navajo / The Daily Kos)

On October 22, 2016, Dallas Goldtooth reported, via Facebook Live about the 83 arrests that happened near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation where American Indian Nations are resisting the construction of a four-state oil pipeline being constructed under the Missouri River, the water source for 17 million people. DAPL wants war. Unfortunately for that goal, the activists are being peaceful and representing their concerns with prayer.

Documentary Filmmakers Face Decades in Prison for Videotaping Oil Pipeline Protests
(Sam Levin /The Guardian)

Filmmakers Deia Schlosberg and Lindsey Grayzel face felony charges for covering Native American protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline Project. Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was recently charged with trespassing for reporting on the protests and filming oil company attacks on unarmed activists. First Amendment advocates say are part of a growing number of attacks on freedom of the press.

ACTION ALERT: It's True: The Presidential Debates ARE Rigged
(Lilia Tamm Dixon / The Open Debate Coalition)

PresidentialOpenQuestions.com invited America to suggest questions to be asked of the presidential candidates. More than 3.6 million votes were cast on more than 15,800 suggested questions. During the debate, the moderators cited this history survey but only asked one of the least-important questions -- a question that had received only 13 votes.

Another Pipeline War
(Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. / EcoWatch)

The fossil fuel industry's business model is to externalize costs by clawing in obscene subsidies and tax deductions -- causing environmental harm, toxic pollution and global warming. Other costs of our addiction to oil include social chaos, war, terror, the refugee crisis, and the loss of democracy and civil rights abroad and at home. As we focus on the rise of ISIS and search for the source of its savagery the finger of blame points back at the champions of militarism, imperialism and petroleum here at home.

Pipelines or Pipe Dreams: The Roots of War in Syria
(Steve Weissman / Reader Supported News & Pepe Escobar / CounterPunch)

"Our war against Bashar Assad did not begin with the peaceful civil protests of the Arab Spring in 2011," writes Robert F. Kennedy Jr. "Instead it began in 2000 when Qatar proposed to construct a $10 billion, 1,500-km pipeline through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Turkey." But this disregards the historic conflict between Syria's Sunni Arabs and the ruling Alawites and their minority allies. Syria is an energy war featuring a vicious geopolitical competition between two proposed gas pipelines -- the ultimate Pipelinestan war.

Militarized Police Threaten and Arrest Dakota Pipeline Water Protectors
(The Daily Kos & teleSURtv)

In April 2016, Native peoples began protesting the 1,172-mile, four-state, Dakota Access Pipeline, calling the DAP a threat to sacred lands and water. On September 28, 2016 the Water Protectors' caravan was met with armored vehicles, helicopters dropping tear gas and police armed with military-style rifles. Videos show that, as the resisters are confronted, the militarized police start locking and loading their weapons as the protesters raise their hands in unison and yell that "We are not armed. We are praying!"

Pentagon Report Reveals US Created ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's Government
(Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge & Nafeez Ahmed / Medium)

Historical background: "While speculation was rife that, just like the CIA-funded al Qaeda had been used as a facade by the US to achieve its own geopolitical and national interests over the past two decades, so ISIS was nothing more than al Qaeda 2.0, there was no actual evidence of just this. Now a declassified US government document shows that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad."

How Nuclear Power Causes Global Warming
(Harvey Wasserman / The Progressive & Solartopia)

Supporters of nuclear power like to argue that nukes are the key to combatting climate change. Here's why they are dead wrong. Every nuclear generating station spews about two-thirds of the energy it burns inside its reactor core into the environment. Only one-third is converted into electricity. Another tenth of that is lost in transmission.

UK-based Multinational behind Attacks on Native American Protesters at Dakota Pipeline
(Telesur & Global Research)

G4SP, a UK-based security multinational, admitted to having personnel deployed at "remote sites" where Native Americans are defending their lands from the planned $3.8-million Dakota Access pipeline that they say would pollute the drinking water of millions. G4SP has been under fire for providing services to Israeli prisons and settlements, expanding across Afghanistan and Iraq, operating juvenile detention centers, and handling deportations from the US.

ACTION ALERT: Unarmed Dakota Pipeline Protesters Withstand Dogs and Mace, Drive Back Enbridge Security
(Marc Ash / Reader Supported News & Amy Goodman / Democracy now! & Josh Nelson / CREDO Action & Matt Agorist / MintPress News )

The bulldozers returned to the site of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline project Saturday. The protesters, anchored by Standing Rock Sioux tribal activists, rallied quickly to defend “the land.” The result was a chaotic confrontation between the all-white private security forces armed with mace and attack dogs and an unarmed multi-ethnic coalition of Americans determined to stop them in their tracks.

US and China Accept Climate Treaty; Antarctic Ice in Massive Meltdown; Ecuador Going 100% Renewable
(The Climate Reality Project & Futurism.com & TheCivilEngineer.org)

The US and China -- which together make up about 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions -- have become the first major economies to formally accept the Paris Agreement. Meanwhile, alarmed researchers report nearly 8,000 polar lakes have appeared across Antarctica between 2000 and 2013 -- a sign of potential ice-sheet collapse. In a hopeful sign, Ecuador continues to produce more than 99% of its electrical energy from renewables -- for a third year in a row.

An Oil Pipeline and a River: A Tale of Two Standoffs
(Winona LaDuke / Yes Magazine & Michael McLean / Jacobin Magazine)

It's 2016, and the weight of US corporate interests has come to the Missouri River, the Mother River. This time, instead of the Seventh Cavalry, or police dispatched to assassinate Sitting Bull, it is Enbridge and Dakota Access Pipeline. The federal response to Lakota protests against the Pipeline couldn't be more different than their reaction to this year's Bundy occupation. The pipeline decision has been delayed to Sept. 9. Thousands of indigenous activists continue protests.

What's Really behind the War in Syria? Another
(Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. / EcoWatch)

Commentary: Every violent US intervention has resulted in a catastrophic blowback far more costly to our country than any of the problems our meddling intended to solve. Our mischief has not made America safer. The only winners have been the military contractors and oil companies who pocketed historic profits. We have compromised our values, butchered our youth, and killed hundreds of thousands of innocents in fruitless and costly adventures abroad.

Brazil and the Olympics: Environmental Symbolism Cannot Offset the Murder of 23 Environmental Activists
(AIDA & Global Witness & TheLipTV)

Commentary: Last year, Brazil was the world´s most dangerous country for environmental activsts. At least 50 were killed. So far this year, 23 have been assassinated. The Amazon, where I was born, is the epicenter of these crimes. While the opening ceremony focussed on two issues critical issues -- deforestation and climate change -- It would have been stronger if the Amazon's indigenous people hadn't been portrayed only as relics from Brazil's past.

One Coal Company CEO's Salary Would Cover Solar Jobs for Coal Miners: GOP Military Budget Could Make Every Homeless Person a Millionaire
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani / ThinkProgress)

With US renewable energy growing leaps and bounds, many critics argue that a transition to clean power would leave fossil fuel industry workers without jobs. According to a new study, however, "relatively minor investment in retraining" could provide most coal workers with new, clean jobs in the booming solar energy sector. Meanwhile, the $602 billion the GOP wants for the FY 2017 military budget could, instead, be spent to make every homeless person in the a millionaire.

Secret Documents Confirm Obama DID 'Found' ISIS
(Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge & Nafeez Ahmed / Medium)

There now is abundant evidence that the US has supported the creation and growth of select "jihadist" movements, from the Taliban during the Russian presence in Afghanistan to rebel fighters in Syria. In Syria, the strategic goal is to depose Syria's president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of the construction of a critical Qatari natural gas pipeline that would dethrone Russia as Europe's dominant source of fossil fuel energy.

Exxon's Olympic Ads Mislead as Climate Change Threatens an End to the Olympics
(Climate Truth & The Huffington Post)

While Exxon peppers Olympic coverage with glossy ads promoting its concern for the environment, the truth is that the infrastructure and security issues bedeviling the Rio Olympics could be dwarfed by another huge problem for potential host cities in coming years -- as a result of fossil fuel burning and global warming, it could simply become too hot and humid for many cities to host the games at all.

In the Midst of War, Yemenis Turn to Alternative Energy
(Ahmed Alwly / Al-Monitor)

With the start of the civil war, solar panels found their way into the country fast. As the war continues in Yemen, increasing power cuts have driven more and more citizens to install solar panels. The value of the solar energy equipment that has entered Yemen since 2014 is estimated to exceed $2 billion. A solar panel no bigger than a textbook is enough for some people. This costs $21.

Can Chevron, ExxonMobil and BP Be Sued for Climate Change?
(John Vidal / The Guardian & Emma Howard / The Guardian & Arthur Neslen / The Guardian)

The Filipino government body gives 47 'carbon majors' 45 days to respond to allegations of human rights violations resulting from climate change. A legal case will consider if the emissions of 50 fossil fuel companies violate the human rights of those hit by extreme weather. In 2015, a Dutch court ordered the state to reduce emissions by 25% within five years to protect its citizens from climate change in world's first climate liability suit.

The Hidden Oil Spill that Polluted the Democratic Convention
(The Guardian & Robert Reich & The New York Times)

Environmentalists say panels sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute -- the nation's main fossil fuel lobby group -- helped to undermine the party platform's stance on energy and climate change. Environmental activists charged that a series of events sponsored by oil and gas industry lobbyists were designed to "pollute" the Democratic National Convention with climate denialism and should have been boycotted by leading Democrats.

Democrats Welcome Oil Lobby and Big Money Back Into the Convention
(Zaid Jilani and Alex Emmons / The Intercept )

By quietly dropping a ban on direct donations from registered federal lobbyists and political action committees, the Democratic National Committee in February reopened the floodgates for corruption that Barack Obama had put in place in 2008. What was going on inside the convention hall was also reflected outside, at costly events sponsored by the fossil fuel industry, technology companies, for-profit colleges, pharmaceutical companies, and railway companies.

New York Times Pushes Nukes While Claiming Renewables Fail to Fight Climate Change
(Harvey Wasserman / Counterpunch)

Commentary: The New York Times published an astonishing article last week that blames green power for difficulties countries are facing to mitigate climate change. The article by Eduardo Porter, "How Renewable Energy is Blowing Climate Change Efforts Off Course," serves as a flagship for an on-going attack on the growth of renewables. It is so convoluted and inaccurate that it requires a detailed response.

Proposed Fracking Projects Would Destroy US Climate Goals
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

The US will burst through its emission-reduction target under the Paris climate agreement if the 19 natural gas pipelines proposed in the Appalachian Basin come to fruition, according to a new study published by the environmental group Oil Change International in partnership with 11 other local, regional and national organizations.

The Republican Party Platform Would Sink Our Planet--Literally
(Mark Schlosberg / Food and Water Watch & Jordain Carney / The Hill)

The policies in the Republican Party's platform would be a disaster for our environment and the climate. The GOP held its convention in a state that has experienced earthquakes and pollution from fracking, a state whose governor turned a blind eye to the impacts of fracking and welcomed truckloads of fracking waste from Pennsylvania. So it is not surprising that the Party Platform takes us 180 degrees in the wrong direction on energy and the environment.

US Police State Caught Spying on EcoActivists Opposed to Fracking
(Lee Fang and Steve Horn / The Intercept)

Government emails reveal that, when more than 300 protesters assembled in May at the Holiday Inn in Colorado -- for a Bureau of Land Management auction of oil and gas leases on public lands -- several of the demonstrators were, in fact, undercover agents sent by law enforcement to spy on the anti-oil activists. Working with large oil and gas firms, police spies infiltrated 350.org, Break Free Movement, Rainforest Action Network, and WildEarth Guardians.

Obama's Model "Clean Coal" Project Fails
(Ian Urbina /The New York Times)

A fortress of steel and concrete towering above the pine forest was a first-of-its-kind power plant that builtto prove that it was possible to produce electricity from coal in a way that emits far less pollution, and to turn a profit while doing so. But the Mississippi "clean coal" project -- a centerpiece of President Obama's climate plan -- has been plagued by problems that managers tried to conceal, and by cost overruns and questions of who will pay.

The Age of Mass Graves: Pakistan Prepares for Climate Deaths
(im DeChristopher / TimDeChristopher.org)

Commenttary: "This week I took action to express the grief that has been weighing on my heart ever since I read about Pakistan digging mass graves in anticipation of their climate change induced heat waves last month. Even as someone who reads a lot of heartbreaking stories about climate change, the fact that we have now entered the age of anticipatory mass graves broke my heart in a whole new way."

Top 5 Green Energy Good News Stories Today
(Juan Cole / Informed Comment & The Reveal)

Solar power is poised to grow 6-fold by 2030 and could constitute between 9% and 13% of world electricity production by then. Price per kilowatt hour for solar is plummeting, so that it is on the verge of being the cheapest form of energy, outstripping coal in that regard. China now plans to get between 1/4 and 1/3 of it electricity from wind turbines by 2030.

Clinton Forces Dominate DNC Platform, Demolishing Key Sanders Issues
(The Real News Network)

According to many reports on Monday, DNC Platform Committee more or less disregarded Senator Sanders' policy positions on a number of fronts. Hillary Clinton's surrogates on that platform committee have produced a document that leaves plenty of room for Hillary Clinton to run a campaign without offending jobs-exporting corporations or bankers or energy companies or health industry profiteers or the Israel lobby.

Clinton Campaign Turns Democratic Platform into a Pro-oil, Pro-corporate, Pro-war Wish List
(Bill McKibben / Politico)

The DNC has abandoned its progressive claims. In a series of 7-6 votes, Clinton's delegates on the Platform Committee struck down proposals for carbon tax, a fracking ban, any effort to keep fossils in the ground, measures to mandate that federal agencies weigh climate impacts, and a plan to keep fossil fuel firms from taking private land by eminent domain. Bill McKibben reports only one pro-environment victory: "We did, however, reach unanimous consent on more bike paths!"

The Case Against Big Oil: A Vast Conspiracy to Profit by Poisoning a Planet
(James Osborne / The Houston Chronicle)

For years, efforts to hold energy companies and governments liable for the warming of the planet had moved through the court system with little fanfare or success. But with state governments probing Exxon Mobil's public and internal statements on climate change, lawyers warned their clients to get ready.

Israel Covets Golan's Water and Now Oil
(Jonathan Marshall / Consortium News & Nafeez Ahmed / Middle East Eye)

Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu is defiantly asserting permanent control over the occupied Golan Heights, a determination strengthened by Israel's extraction of water and now possibly oil from the land. On June 1, Israeli police arrested an Israeli journalist for "incitement to violence and terrorism" after the reporter exposed Israel's plans to seize oil from the Golan Heights, a 460-square-mile region of Syria seized by Israel during the Six Day War in 1967.

The Untold Story Behind Saudi Arabia's 41-Year US Debt Secret
(Andrea Wong / Bloomberg)

Nixon's Treasury Secretary William Simon understood how to sell the Saudis on the idea that the US was the safest place to park their petrodollars. This was Nixon's gambit -- a do-or-die plan that has come to influence nearly every aspect of US-Saudi relations. The basic idea was simple. The US would buy oil from the Saudis and provide military aid and weapons. In return, the Saudis would plow billions of petrodollars into US Treasuries to finance Washington's spending.

Global Climate Change Threatens to Create More Refugees
(Barın Kayaoglu / Al-Monitor & Andy Rowel / Oil Change International)

New reports are warning of the possibility that global warming could worsen the refugee crisis in the Middle East and North Africa. Several studies are warning that climate refugees could become the leading export of the Middle East and North Africa region by 2050. If world leaders ignore the promises they made at the Paris Climate Change Summit in December 2015, average summer temperatures soon will increase by 5 degrees Celsius (9 degrees Fahrenheit).

Study Argues Entire World Could Powered by Renewables by 2050
(The Climate Reality Project & Megan Treacy / Treehugger)

The US reached a renewable energy milestone recently when the one-millionth solar installation came online. At the rate the industry is going, it'll take just another two years to reach 2 million. And now, Stanford and University of California researchers report that the entire world could be fully powered by renewables by 2050 and the scientists outline the right mix of resources for each country.

Kochs Spend Big to Block Clean Climate Plans
(Aliya Haq / Natural Resources Defense Council & EcoWatch)

An alphabet soup of polluter-funded groups is taking credit for the latest state legislative push against climate action. The groups, including the American Legislative Exchange Council, the American Energy Alliance and the State Policy Network, all receive funding from the Koch brothers and their goal is to stymie the Clean Power Plan, President Obama's signature effort to cut carbon pollution from power plants.

How the GOP's New Budget Targets America's Environment
(Amanda D. Rodewald / The Hill)

House Republicans have released a new fiscal plan titled "A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America." But, if enacted, the GOP budget plan would significantly erode many regulations, rules and mandates designed to protect our environment, while at the same time expanding oil, coal and gas development likely to a carry hefty environmental toll. Like Donald Trump, the House members are preparing to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency.

South Sudan's Broken Oil Industry Is Increasingly Becoming an Environmental Hazard
(Wim Zwijnenburg /Toxic Remnants of War Network )

The environment has long been a factor in violent conflict in South Sudan, especially with respect to control over oil. PAX's Wim Zwijnenburg asks whether tackling the health and environmental risks from South Sudan's oil industry could help boost the legitimacy of a unity government.

ACTION ALERT: Largest Civil Disobedience in History of the Environmental Movement Underway from May 4-16
(350.org & Break Free.org)

2015 was the hottest year ever recorded and the impacts of climate change are already hitting communities around the world. From rising sea levels to extreme storms, the need to act on climate change has never been more urgent. Starting today, a global wave of peaceful direct actions lasting for 12 days will take place across six continents targeting the world's most dangerous fossil fuel projects, under the banner of "Break Free."

War and Environmental Collapse
(David Swanson / Excerpt From "War Is A Lie" (Just World Books, 2016))

Our planet will not survive nuclear war. It also may not survive "conventional" war, of the sorts the US government now wages. Intense damage has been done by wars and by the preparation for wars. War's environmental impact falls into four areas: "production and testing of nuclear weapons, aerial and naval bombardment of terrain, dispersal and persistence of land mines and buried ordnance, and use or storage of military despoliants, toxins, and waste." We must end war.

Crash and Burn: Capitalism Versus the Planet
(Kate Aronoff / Jacobin Magazine)

Commentary: Paths to economic growth have historically involved digging up and burning massive stores of carbon held in fossil fuels. For centuries, their fumes have produced the energy needed to build factories, plan modern cities, and increase living standards. Calls to find new paths to prosperity are met by cries from the Right that pit growth against environmental stewardship.

Money Wasted on Stranded Coal Assets Could End World Energy Poverty
(Nicole Ghio / Sierra Club )

Nearly a trillion dollars -- $981 billion to be exact. According to a report released today, that is the estimated amount that could be spent on the global coal plant pipeline. It is also more than one-and-a-half times the cost to end energy poverty according to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Energy for All Case. Constructing all proposed coal plants would cost $981 billion, more than 1.5 times the amount needed to end energy poverty for 1.2 billion people.

Top US Military Contactor Exposed in Panama Papers
(Fusion Investigative Unit)

The Panama Papers are the Wikileaks of the financial world: Nearly 12 million unearthed documents from one Panamanian law firm show how offshore shell companies keep trillions of dollars out of our global economy -- some of it held by drug traffickers, politicians, arms dealers, and defense contractors -- including Triple Canopy, one of military contracting's 800-pound gorillas, a private army that existed largely on paper.

War on the Planet: Enviros Sue over Pollution from Airliners
(Michael Beisecker / Associated Press & Gar Smith / Earth Island Journal)

A coalition of environmental groups has sued federal regulators over long-sought pollution standards for airliners and cargo jets. A UN panel has called for a 4 percent cut in fuel consumption starting in 2028 but the rule would not apply to take-offs and landings, when aircraft burn the most fuel. Jets have been crossing the skies since the 1950s, but scientists only began to notice signs of climate change occurring beneath well-traveled jet routes in the late 1990s.

War on the Amazon: Ecuador's Aggressive Amazonian Oil Push
(Kevin Koenig / Amazon Watch)

Ecuador has announced construction has begun on the first of 276 planned wells, ten drilling platforms, and multiple pipelines and production facilities in the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini oil field, which overlaps Yasuni National Park in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest. the slated drilling frenzy is part of a larger, aggressive move for new oil exploration as the country faces daunting oil-backed loan payments to China, its largest creditor.

Peabody Coal Declares Bankruptcy: Taxpayers Stuck with Clean-up Costs?
(Clayton Aldern / Grist)

In a move that has environmentalists dancing, Peabody Energy -- the world's largest private-sector coal company -- has filed for bankruptcy. It is the fourth major US coal company to go bankrupt in the last year. The dirtiest fossil fuel sector has been hit hard by the natural gas boom and dropping prices for renewables. Further adding to coal's woes are Obama's pending Clean Power Plan and aggressive anti-coal organizing by climate activists.

War and Environmental Collapse
(David Swanson / War Is a Lie)

Book excerpt: "The environment as we know it will not survive nuclear war. It also may not survive "conventional" war, understood to mean the sorts of wars the US government now wages. Intense damage has already been done by wars and by the research, testing, and production done in preparation for wars. . . . [W]ars have damaged the earth, both intentionally and -- more often -- as a reckless side-effect."

US Marines Enter Battle In Iraq To Defend Oil Fields From ISIS
(Erin Banco / The International Business Times & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

It's not about protecting Iraqi freedoms: it's about controlling Iraq's oil. ISIS is trying to retake control of the oil fields it lost two years ago in Iraqi Kurdistan by launching rockets at Kurdish and Iraqi soldiers -- in an attempt to earn back the massive amount of cash it once used to fund its activities. In response, US Marines have been sent back into Iraq and into front line combat roles -- tasked with protecting Iraq's oil fields and petroleum resources.

NRC Experts Warn of Aging Reactor Dangers; Solar Power Now Eclipses Nuclear Energy
(Harvey Wasserman / EcoWatch & Kyodo News Service)

According to Reuters, the NRC engineers worry the flaw leaves US reactors "vulnerable to so-called open-phase events in which an unbalanced voltage, such as an electrical short, could cause motors to burn out and reduce the ability of a reactor's emergency cooling system to function. If the motors are burned out, backup electricity systems would be of little help."

China, the World's Biggest Coal Polluter to Close Shop
(James West / Mother Jones Magazine & Cenk Uygur / The Young Turks)

China, the world's top coal producer, and the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, will shut down 1,000 coalmines this year. Constituting a whopping 70 percent of China's energy supply, coal has allowed the country to become the world's second-largest economy in just a few decades. But burning coal has also caused irreparable damage to the environment and the health of China's citizens. It's a crisis. And something has to change.

RFK Jr.: US 'Wants to Overthrow Syrian over Oil'; 'Plan B' Could Be WWIII
(Radio Sputnik)

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told Radio Sputnik in an exclusive interview that most Americans are unaware that Washington is intentionally plotting to overthrow democratically elected Syrian government. In a recent op-ed, the nephew of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy wrote that the US decided to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power after he refused to back a multi-billion dollar Qatari gas pipeline project.

Why the Arabs Don't Want Us in Syria
(Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. / Politico)

Commentary: "As we focus on the rise of the Islamic State and search for the source of the savagery that took so many innocent lives in Paris and San Bernardino, we might want to look beyond the convenient explanations of religion and ideology. Instead we should examine the more complex rationales of history and oil -- and how they often point the finger of blame back at our own shores."

Imperialism -- The Enemy of Freedom
(Senator John F Kennedy / The Floor of the US Senate (1957))

John Fitzgerald Kennedy: "The most powerful single force in the world today is neither communism nor capitalism, neither the H-bomb nor the guided missile. It is man's eternal desire to be free and independent. The great enemy of that tremendous force of freedom is called, for want of a more precise term, imperialism -- and today that means Soviet imperialism and (whether we like it or not and though they are not to be equated) Western imperialism."

Inconvenient Truths About Military Air Shows: Doing the Math
(Gary Kohls / FUBAR and Grill.org)

The Navy's Blue Angels perform across the US to promote militarism. They also promote cancer. The kerosene-based jet propellant used by the F-18s contains a mixture of volatile organic compounds (some of which are known carcinogens) as well as being liver, kidney and immune system toxins. The post-combustion exhaust from the jet engines contains equally carcinogenic pollutants capable of poisoning animals as well as plant and aquatic life.

Big Coal from China Wages War on Australia's Koalas

A Chinese-owned project could kill hundreds of the marsupials in one of Australia's most fertile agricultural regions. If the Shenhua coal mine goes ahead at Breeza on the Liverpool Plains, it will destroy 847 hectares of koala habitat, displacing an estimated 262 koalas. It's a clear case of Carbon versus Koalas.

Obama Calls for Carbon Tax on Oil as GOP Plots to Destroy Global Climate Agreement
(Matt Smith / VICE News)

The oil industry is reeling, and President Barack Obama wants to give it another swift kick in the barrels. The White House has proposed a $32 billion clean transportation plan, paid for with a $10-a-barrel tax on crude. The plan iwould fund low-carbon projects like mass transit and electric vehicles, to shrink the US carbon footprint. Meanwhile, the Republican leadership has vowed to fight implementation of the global Paris climate deal signed in Paris in December.

New Year Brings Some Good News for Earth's Imperiled Oceans
(Ayana Elizabeth Johnson / Waitt Institute & Victoria Woollastron / The Mail Online)

Overfishing, climate change, habitat destruction and pollution remain major threats to the world's ocean. But amidst all that there is some seriously good ocean conservation news worth celebrating. So, to continue the tradition started last year, here is a run-down of "14 Ocean Conservation Wins for 2015" plus a report on Boyan Slat, a 21-year-old inventor who has built a device to remove plastic wastes from the world's lakes, rivers and oceans.

Fire and Oil: The Collateral Damage of Airstrikes on ISIS Oil Facilities
(Wim Zwijnenburg and Annica Waleij / Toxic Remnants of War & the Wilson Center)

As the United States, Russia, and others step up attacks on the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), there is concern over their direct and long-term environmental and public health impacts. Many air strikes have targeted lucrative oil installations under the control of ISIS, and these could have severe detrimental effects for Syria's future, both environmentally and socio-economically.

The Pentagon's Carbon Boot Print
(Joyce Nelson / CounterPunch)

With both France and the UK now "at war" with ISIS in Syria and joining the US-led bombing mission, it's not likely that there are many voices at the COP21 climate change negotiations in Paris who would dare to discuss what a few critics have called "the elephant in the room" -- the fact that the military is not just the world's biggest institutional consumer of petroleum products, but the greatest source of global warming and climate change.

Obama's Global Warming Limits Under Attack from GOP Politicians
(Ken Kimmell / Union of Concerned Scientists & Chris Mooney / The Washington Post)

The Obama administration's new limits on global warming emissions from power plants are the single most effective climate action ever undertaken by our government. And since the day they went into effect, they've been under threat. Twenty-six states are suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop their implementation. Congress recently voted to dismantle the limits outright. And a majority of the presidential candidates oppose them.

When Will Republican Candidates Speak Out About Pentagon Waste?
(William Hartung / The Huffington Post)

The dominant theme of [the December 15] Republican debate was that only a "tough" Republican president who radically increases Pentagon spending can make America safe again. But throwing more money at the Pentagon will not make us safer. The Pentagon's $600 billion-plus budget wastes tens of billions of dollars that could be put to better use. We need more spending discipline at the Pentagon, not more spending.

The Future Belongs to Renewables
(Tom Englehardt and Michael Klare / TomDispatch)

Historically, the transition from one energy system to another, as from wood to coal or coal to oil, has proven enormously complicated, requiring decades to complete. It will take several years before renewable energy -- wind, solar, tidal, geothermal (and others still in development) -- replace fossil fuels as the world's leading energy providers. Nonetheless, 2015 can be viewed as the year in which the epochal transition took off. The end of the Fossil Fuel Era is in sight.

The Attack of the Nuclear Hucksters
(Jim Green / CounterPunch)

The nuclear industry and its supporters were busily promoting nuclear power -- and attacking environmentalists -- before and during the COP21 UN climate conference in Paris. The so-called Breakthrough Institute has been promoting its pro-nuclear "paradigm-shifting advocacy for an ecomodernist future" and arguing against the "reactionary apocalyptic pastoralism" of Naomi Klein and anyone who disagrees with them.

Greenpeace Stings Oily Professors
(Zaid Jilani / The Intercept)

Greenpeace sting exposes "climate professors" who were secretly in the pay of the fossil fuel lobby. Greenpeace confronted prominent climate change skeptic and Princeton physicist William Happer as he was preparing to testify before Sen. Ted Cruz's Commerce subcommittee. Harper was not happy. He angrily replied: "I haven't taken a dime, you son of a bitch." The encounter was captured on video.

The End of Fossil Fuels is Near
(Kumi Naidoo / EcoWatch )

The wheel of climate action turns slowly, but in Paris it has turned. There's much in this deal that frustrates and disappoints me, but it still puts the fossil fuel industry squarely on the wrong side of history. Parts of this deal have been diluted and polluted by the people who despoil our planet, but it contains a new temperature limit of 1.5 degrees.

Here's What You Need to Know about The New Paris Climate Agreement
(Ben Adler / Grist)

Analyses: The Paris Agreement is not a treaty. Its climate-change agreements are not binding. (The Obama administration insisted on this so the deal wouldn't require US Senate approval.) The Agreement commits 196 countries to limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels -- with a stretch goal of keeping below 1.5 C. But under the most optimistic assumptions, the Paris accord will set us on a path to 2.7 to 3.5 C of warming.

Court Charges Big Oil with Climate Change as Renewables Promise a Clean Energy Revolution
(Nadia Prupis / Common Dreams & Zachary Shahan / CleanTechnica)

The Philippines Commission on Human Rights has launched a first-ever criminal investigation charging major fossil fuel firms with human rights violations over the industry's role in worsening climate change. Meanwhile, a NOAA study says renewables could supply 70% of US electricity needs by 2030 and University of Delaware researchers predict that, "by 2030, renewable energy could power a large electrical grid a stunning 99.9%, and at close to today's energy costs!"

Day 4 at the Climate Summit; 500 Groups to Drop $3.4 Trillion in Fossil Fuel Investments
(Bridgette Burkholder / Climate Nexus & 350.org and Divest Invest & Sarayaku and Amazon Watch)

Day four of COP21 found negotiators embroiled in the details of a new draft of the agreement, while extreme weather events around the world highlighted the importance of the talks. Meanwhile, the fossil fuel divestment campaign broke a new record at COP21 with more than 500 institutions -- with more than $3.4 trillion in assets -- made commitments to divest from fossil fuels. "Let's leave our old perceptions and ideas, to be reborn and boost a collective transformation!"

Goodbye Fossil Fuels, Goodbye Nuclear, Hello Sun
(Keith Barnham / The Ecologist)

New research shows that wind and solar can meet 80% of Germany's power demand, with biogas and hydropower providing the balance, writes Keith Barnham. And if Germany can do it, so can other countries, many of them even more easily -- with no need for fossil fuels or nuclear power. COP21 should raise its ambitions and commit to a 100% renewable electricity future, everywhere.

World Leaders Hold World Hostage in Paris
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News)

If COP21, the UN climate conference that began November 30, actually manages to provide some reason to believe the world will not continue to stumble deliberately toward self-incineration, that would beat present expectations. Like the UN, UNFCCC is dominated by the richest and most powerful countries, whose perceived interests give little weight to the needs of the poorest or most vulnerable countries.

Day 4 at the Climate Summit; 500 Groups to Drop $3.4 Trillion in Fossil Fuel Investments
(Bridgette Burkholder / Climate Nexus & 350.org and Divest Invest & Sarayaku and Amazon Watch)

Day four of COP21 found negotiators embroiled in the details of a new draft of the agreement, while extreme weather events around the world highlighted the importance of the talks. Meanwhile, the fossil fuel divestment campaign broke a new record at COP21 with more than 500 institutions -- with more than $3.4 trillion in assets -- made commitments to divest from fossil fuels. "Let's leave our old perceptions and ideas, to be reborn and boost a collective transformation!"

The Hidden Villain of Global Warming -- The Pentagon
(Gar Smith / Common Dreams & The Next News Network)

From November 30 to December 11, delegates from more than 190 nations will convene in Paris to address the increasingly visible threats of climate disruption. But it is difficult to imagine the delegates reaching this goal when one of the largest contributors to global-warming has no intention of agreeing to reduce its pollution. The problem in this case is neither China nor the United States. Instead, the culprit is the Pentagon.

It's Too Late to "Save" the Climate, But Not Too Late to Save Ourselves
(Aaron Lehmer-Chang / World Shift Vision )

Analysis: Yet another UN climate confab is about to commence, this time in Paris, where the tragic backdrop of terrorism and a growing immigration crisis now grips the country. Perhaps the gravity of the moment will prompt the delegates to ponder a world where extreme weather, rising seas, and punishing droughts lead to rising conflict and misery. Still, we're unlikely to see an agreement from Paris that truly stems the tide of rising carbon pollution.

A Green Powered World Is Feasible: 139 Countries Could be 100% Renewable by 2050
(Michael Mathres / EcoWatch & Mark Fischetti / Scientific American & Renewable News)

Moving 139 national economies to 100% renewable power would lower emissions and create a net gain of about 22 million jobs. The transition from fossil fuels would prevent 3.3 to 4.6 million premature air pollution deaths a year through 2050. A major study explains how a cleaner, fossil-free world could derive all of its power from 1.7 billion rooftop solar systems, 40,000 photovoltaic power plants, 3.8 million wind turbines, 900 hydroelectric plants, 490,000 tidal turbines etc.

October 2015: Hottest on Record but Windpower Is Now Free in Texas
(USA Today & Utility Dive & The New York Times)

October 2015 was the hottest October on record worldwide, further cementing the likelihood that 2015 will be Earth's warmest year since records began in 1880. Meanwhile, in Texas, wind power is now so cheap -- and the competition for customers so fierce -- that many power providers have begun offering special deals that include free electricity during off-peak hours.

Big Coal Covered Up Planetcide: Peabody Coal (Like Exxon) Covered Up Climate Change, Lied to Investors
(Tim McDonnell / Mother Jones & Grist)

Just days after President Barack Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, environmentalists were handed another victory Monday morning when New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released the results of an investigation that found one of the world's largest coal companies had misled the public and its shareholders about the risks climate change could pose to its bottom line.

ACTION ALERT: The Koch Brothers Target the EPA
(David Anderson / Union of Concerned Scientists)

The US Senate is expected to vote before the end of the year on misguided proposals to nullify the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which sets first-ever limits on global warming pollution from power plants. Recordings from a secretive donor meeting have revealed that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised the Koch brothers he would "go after" the EPA, and now he is doing just that.

1 Degree C Warming Feared by Year End: Pacific Ocean Approaches 'Tipping Point'
(Al Jazeera America & The San Francisco Chronicle)

The planet's temperature is on track to rise 1 degree C before the end of this year -- halfway to a 'tipping point' that could unleash an unprecedented catastrophe of devastating storms, droughts, floods. Meanwhile, troubling changes in the waters of the Pacific suggest the planets oceans are also undergoing a dramatic shift that could trigger mass die-offs and a collapse of oceanic food systems

Missile Test Terrorism Over LA as Obama Pushes for $348 Billion in New Nuclear Weapons
(Dan Sanchez / Medium.com & AntiWar.com & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

As Cold War tensions between Washington and Moscow continue to ratchet up, the Pentagon staged an unannounced ICBM light show over the country's most densely populated region. A Pentagon spokesperson explained: "It's important that we test these missiles for our national security." But statements by War Department chief Ash Carter suggest it may have been part of a campaign to justify giving $348 billion to a few powerful firms that make nuclear weapons.

ACTION ALERT: The 'Keep Oil in the Ground' Bill:
(The Center for Biological Diversity)

Burning US fossil fuels has caused nearly a quarter of all US energy-related emissions. The remaining federal oil, gas, coal, oil shale and tar sands not yet leased to industry contain up to 450 billion tons of potential greenhouse gas pollution. Senators Jeff Merkley, Bernie Sanders, Ben Cardin and Barbara Boxer announced landmark climate legislation to end new federal fossil fuel leasing on public lands and oceans, and cancel existing offshore oil and gas leases in the Arctic.

ACTION ALERT: President Obama Rejects the Tar Sands Pipeline!
(MoveOn.org & 350.org & The New York Times)

President Obama has rejected the request from a Canadian company to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ending a seven-year review that had become a symbol of the debate over his climate policies. The President's denial of the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline -- which would have carried 800,000 barrels a day of carbon-heavy petroleum from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast -- comes as he seeks to build an ambitious legacy on climate change.

White Earth Tribe Members Voice Pipeline Concerns
(John Enger / Minnesota Public Radio)

White Earth doesn't want another oil pipeline. Some 100 people turned out to a community center on the White Earth Indian Reservation for one of 11 public hearings across the state on a pipeline replacement project proposed by Enbridge Energy. The Calgary-based energy company wants to re-route a 50-year-old oil pipeline known as Line 3 from its current path along Highway 2 to the proposed Sandpiper pipeline corridor, which will likely run near White Earth.

Fighting Fracking and Defending the Rights of Nature in Ecuador and Peru
(Shannon Biggs / Movement Rights & & Paul Paz y Mino / Amazon Watch)

Speaking before an International Tribunal meeting in Lima, Peru, activists from the Americas brought complaints against multinational oil companies for violating the Universal Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth. Faced with a likely multi-billion dollar verdict for deliberately polluting the Ecuadorian Amazon, Chevron fabricated an elaborate story of bribery, corruption and ghostwriting. In October, Chevron's lies were exposed and its legal challenge collapsed.

Air Shows Are a Crime against Climate that We Can Ill-afford
(Lisa Savage / Maine Today Media)

Why then the deafening silence about the Pentagon's enormous, unacknowledged contribution to climate change?According to its own study, in 2013 the Department of Defense consumed fuel equivalent to 90 million barrels of crude oil, or 80 percent of the total fuel used by the federal government. If it were burned as jet fuel, the oil would produce about 38.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

Exxon Knew Everything There Was to Know About Climate Change by the Mid-1980s -- and Denied It
(Bill McKibben / The Nation & Zoe Carpenter / The Nation)

Documents reveal Exxon knew as early as 1981 that carbon emissions drive climate change. As early as the late 1970s, Exxon scientists warned top executives that climate change was real, dangerous, and caused by their products. By the early 1980s, Exxon's own climate models were predicting -- with great accuracy -- the track the global temperature has taken ever since. This all adds weight to rising calls that fossil-fuel companies be prosecuted for criminal conspiracy.

Jail for Big Oil Execs? Sanders Calls For Federal Investigation of Exxon
(Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress & Nadia Prupis / Common Dreams & Democracy Now!)

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wants ExxonMobil investigated by the Department of Justice. Charging the oil giant with engaging in a cover-up to intentionally mislead the public about the environmental impacts of fossil fuels, Sanders called on US Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate the powerful corporation for criminal behavior. Congressional hearings (on the scale of those involving Big Tobacco) are also being called for.

What Exxon Knew about the Earth's Melting Arctic
(Sara Jerving, Katie Jennings, Masako Melissa Hirsch and Susanne Rust )

Back in 1990, as the climate change debate was heating up, a dissident shareholder petitioned the board of Exxon, imploring it to develop a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its facilities. The board's response: Exxon concluded the science was too murky to warrant action. The gulf between Exxon's internal and external approach to climate change from the 1980s through the early 2000s is evident in a review of hundreds of internal documents.

Sweden and Norway Announce Bold Plans for Coal-and-Oil-Free Futures
(William Brittlebank / Climate Action Program & Tierney Smith / EcoWatch)

As the crucial December summit on climate change approaches, more than 400 institutions and 2,000 individuals from across 43 countries, and managing more than $2.6 trillion in investments have pledged to ditch their holdings in fossil fuels. 45 cities around the world that have committed to ban investments in coal, oil and gas companies. Norway is divesting entirely from coal and Sweden vows to be 100% renewable by 2050.

ACTION ALERT: Dear World Leaders: Take Climate Action Now!
(The Climate Reality Project)

This December, world leaders will meet in Paris to determine the future of our planet. We're uniting voices around the world to deliver one simple message: Take Climate Action Now Zero global warming pollution. Zero extreme poverty.

Climate Change Could Be Catalyst to Build a Fairer Economic System
(Naomi Klein & Avi Lewis / Democracy Now!)

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has called the torrential rains that has triggered flooding and led to eight deaths a once-in-a-millennium downpour. This month also marks the third anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, one of the most destructive storms in the nation's history. Such extreme weather events are becoming more frequent with the effects of climate change. One fundamental solution is obvious: an accelerated transition away from oil-based economies.

How the Koch Brothers and Big Energy Groups Are Waging War on Solar
(EcoWatch & Environment America)

While American solar power has increased four-fold since 2010, state by state, utilities and powerful industry front groups have begun chipping away at key policies that helped spur this solar boom. The Koch brothers, Duke Energy and Arizona Public Service are among 12 special interest groups waging anti-solar campaigns across the country, often coordinated and behind the scenes, according to a new Environment America Research and Policy Center report.

Shrink the Pentagon's Massive Contribution to Climate Change
(Lenore M. Hitchler / Citizens Climate Lobby and 350.org)

A lot of talk about the causes of climate change emphasizes the contributions of individuals to the problem. One fact is seldom mentioned -- the single large contribution to global climate change is the military. Any discussion of the causes of climate change that omits the Pentagon's enormous use of petroleum products does not provide an adequate framework for understanding the causes of climate change.

The Hidden Terrorist Threat: Pollution from Global War Economies Kills 3.3 Million People Every Year

What are the true costs to society of fossil fuels? According to a recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) study, fossil fuel companies are benefiting from global subsidies of $5.3 trillion (£3.4 trillion) a year, $10 million per minute, every minute, each and every day -- this is greater than the total health spending of all the world's governments. Climate change, if we cannot slow it, does not merely promise poverty and despair on an unprecedented scale, but also war.

Field Notes to Life During the Apocalypse
(Arun Gupta / TeleSur)

Commentary: "Humanity, after taking over the driver's seat of evolution, has crashed it into the brick wall of industrial civilization. One world is ending because of the sixth great extinction, pollution, deforestation, collapse of fisheries, sea-level rise, wildfires, invasive species, and coral die-offs. For decades, states, corporations, and institutions have worked to block a transition from a fossil-fuel economy. In 2015, CO2 hit 400 parts per million, the highest level in 23 million years.

Russia Starts Bombing ISIS: China Sends Troops, Warships to Syria
(Patrick Cockburn / The Independent & WhatDoesItMean)

Russian military jets have carried out air strikes in Syria for the first time. The strikes were launched hours after the Russian parliament gave their seal of approval. (Note: The US Congress has not exercised its Constitutional mandate to approve the growing US war in Syria.) China has now joined the Russians to fight inside Syria. With support from Iranian forces and Hezb'allah, Assad's troops now have the kind of force projection previously match only the US.

Renewable Energy for All. Is It Possible?
(Shuk-Wah Chung / Greenpeace East Asia & Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress)

Not only is a transition to renewable power possible, but it will create jobs and is cost-competitive. The average additional investment needed in renewables until 2050 is about $1 trillion a year. But because renewables don't require fuel, the savings are $1.07 trillion a year, which more than meets the costs of the investment. A 100% renewable energy world by 2050, and it could start in as little as three months from now with a binding agreement at the COP 21 conference in Paris.

Obama's Russian Roulette: Risking a New War for Oil
(Kenneth G. Eade / AntiWar.com)

Commentary: "The current crisis in the Ukraine, orchestrated by the United States, only benefits the US military industrial machine and US oil and gas barons. US sanctions are tantamount to a declaration of war against Russia. The real reason the US in bombing Syria is the same reason that it bombed Iraq into oblivion. The real struggle is over oil and gas and its transmission to Europe in this critical region."

Climategate! Documents Reveal ExxonMobil's Secret Plot to Destroy the Planet for Profit
(Elliot Negin / The Union of Concerned Scientists)

Once-secret documents now reveal that 30 years ago, scientific experts commissioned by 50 US corporations --including British Petroleum, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon, Mobil, and Shell -- warned that fossil fuel use was clearly linked to global warming. The oil companies hid the studies and mounted a multimillion-dollar lobbying campaign and conspired to create and fund climate-change-denial studies to undermine efforts to address global warming.

ACTION ALERT: Don't Let Big Polluters Poison Global Climate Talks
(The DailyKos)

Protect the UN climate talks and climate policymaking around the world from the influence of big polluters, lead by Exxon, Citigroup and Peabody Coal. The world is looking to the next round of climate negotiations -- in Paris this December -- for decisive action. This is a pivotal moment to create real solutions. We need a strong outcome from the talks to seize the momentum of a growing global movement with leaders ready to take bold action to address the climate crisis.

Exxon's Plot to Destroy the Planet: Investigation Reveals Oil Company Conspired to Cover Up Its Climate Change Role
(Jason M. Breslow / PBS)

Despite its efforts for nearly two decades to raise doubts about the science of climate change, newly discovered company documents show that as early as 1977, Exxon research scientists warned company executives that carbon dioxide was increasing in the atmosphere and that the burning of fossil fuels was to blame.

The Pentagon's Strategy for World Domination: Full Spectrum Dominance, from Asia to Africa
(Bruce Gagnon / Global Research & Plymouth Institute for Peace Research)

Prof. Noam Chomsky says US foreign and military policy is now all about controlling the world's oil supply as a "lever of world domination." One way to keep Europe, China, India and other emerging markets dependent on the US and in sync with its policies is to maintain control of the fossil fuel supply they rely on. Even as the US economy is collapsing, the Pentagon appears to be saying, whoever controls the keys to the world's economic engine still remains in charge.

Canada Supreme Court Rules Ecuador Victims Can Seek Compensation from Chevron,

The Supreme Court determined that Canada is an appropriate jurisdiction and victims of contamination can seek compensation from the oil company. The Canadian Supreme Court, in a unanimous 7-0 ruling, determined Friday that victims of the contamination caused by the Chevron oil company in Ecuador can seek compensation from Chevron in Canada.

There's More to Obama's Arctic Trip than Just Hypocrisy
(Steve Horn / Al Jazeera)

Critics of the president's Alaska visit should examine the National Petroleum Council's role in pushing drilling. Odds are that the next president will do nothing to repeal the policy-making clout of the NPC. Critics have taken issue with the inherent hypocrisy and "greenwashing" of the endeavor. On August 17, Obama handed Shell Oil the green-light to tap into Arctic oil. Citicism misses the point behind the decision: the National Petroleum Council, which Obama's administration oversees.

What's Driving the President's Bafflingly Two-faced Climate Policy?
(Mark Hertsgaard / The Nation)

In 2008, Barack Obama pledged to make "a planet in peril" one of his top priorities but his "all-of-the-above" energy strategy is not sustainable. Rarely has Obama's climate change incoherence been more evident than when he approved plans to drill for oil in the Arctic -- despite scientific warnings that remaining fossil fuels must be left underground. The administration's own studies predict a 75 percent risk of an Arctic oil spill -- like the one that Shell Oil caused the last time it drilled in the region, in 2012.

The Arctic Wilderness Stands Imperiled by Obama's Oil Extraction Plans
(Rebecca Solnit / The Guardian)

On April 3, the Obama administration announced plans to recommend wilderness status for the most embattled parts of Alaska, a move that would forever ban oil extraction. However, on August 17, the administration turned around and gave Shell Oil a permit to drill for oil off Alaska's north coast. Recently, we were invited to this endangered wilderness as guests of the Sierra Club, whose experts introduced us to this remote, fragile, pristine place, to the wildlife and to its Indigenous inhabitants.

Obama Set to Visit Alaska's Arctic Circle Amid Charges of Hypocrisy
(Renee Lewis / Al Jazeera America)

President Barack Obama is set to become the first serving US president to witness firsthand the impact of global warming in Alaska's Arctic Circle when he visits the state this week to press for urgent action against climate change. But many activists have charged him with hypocrisy following his administration's recent decision to formalize Royal Dutch Shell's permit to drill for oil off Alaska's northwest coast.

Oil or Nature? The Battle to Protect Alaska's Great Wildlife Sanctuary
(Rebecca Solnit / The Guardian)

On 3 April, the Obama administration had announced a plan to recommend wilderness status for the most embattled parts of the ANWR, a move that would forever ban oil extraction from that land. However, on 17 August, the administration gave Shell Oil a permit for exploratory drilling just off the north coast of Alaska. As Barack Obama opens up the Arctic Ocean to oil drilling, how can this pristine wilderness withstand the human hunger for fossil fuels?

War Refugees: The Moral Bankruptcy of Italy and NATO
(Ramzy Baroud / AntiWar.com & Silvia Aloisi and James Mackenzie / Reuters)

On April 26, 2011, a meeting that can only be described as sinister took place between the then Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, and French President, Nicolas Sarkozy. The most pressing issue discussed at the meeting in Rome was how to deal with African immigrants. The Franco-Italian spat over immigration follows sharp differences over Libya, where Rome had been dragged into a war it wished to avoid, fearing a Paris-Benghazi nexus would effect its interests in Libyan oil and gas.

The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here
(Eric Holthaus / Rolling Stone Magazine)

In the past few months, record-setting heat waves in Pakistan and India killed more than 2,000 people. The rain forests in Washington state's Olympic National Park caught fire for the first time in living memory. In California, suffering from its worst drought in a millennium, an explosive fire incinerated cars trapped on the I-15 freeway during rush-hour traffic. A few days later, the region was pounded by an unprecedented summer deluge. Sea levels are now expected to rise 10 feet by 2065.

Major US Corps Hail the Clean Power Plan while Fossil Fuel Interests Plot its Defeat
(Michael Walsh / Yahoo News & The Energy & Policy Institute)

Hundreds of companies and investors have sent a letter to 29 US governors to proclaim their support for the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan to slash carbon emissions in the electricity sector. Meanwhile, fossil fuel and utility interests (abetted by the Koch Brothers' political network and front groups) continue to finance attacks on pro-clean energy policies in an effort to delay the growth of their competition in the marketplace.

ACTION ALERT: Pass the Low-Income Solar Act of 2015
(Credo Action & Elijah Zarlin / Credo Action & Zachary Shahan / CleanTechnica)

For the month of June 2015, 44% of new electric power capacity in the US came from wind power, 41.5% came from solar power, 13% came from biomass, and 2% came from natural gas. "While the cost of solar panels has gone down in recent years, it is still out of reach for millions of low-income families that need it the most," said Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders. Ttat's why Sanders introduced the Low Income Solar Act of 2015 -- a $200 million initiative to make solar power more accessible to all.

Solarizing Greece Is a Way Out of Its Financial Crisis
(Kumi Naidoo / EcoWatch)

Greece is facing a depression on a scale arguably comparable to the US Great Depression of the late 1920s. Huge unemployment rates and a dramatic drop in family incomes of more than 40 percent have Greek citizens pondering what the impacts will be of the new bailout agreement. Unending austerity and lack of hope are all it seems the future has to offer. But there is a way to start changing things for the better. It is time for Greece to seize its greatest and still largely unexploited asset -- the sun.

No Oil Drilling in the Arctic: We're Blocking Shell's Icebreaker
(Greenpeace Press Release)

In yet another daring act to confront and confound the planet-killing oil extraction industry, Greenpeace climbers plan to spend days hanging from the bridge in Portland, Oregon in an attempt to hinder Shell's Arctic oil drilling plans. Follow the latest news.

Fossil Fuel's Environmental Damage Outstrips Corporate Profits
(David Roberts / Vox)

It is well understood that releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere imposes an economic cost, in the form of climate change impacts. In most cases, however, those responsible for carbon emissions are not required to pay that cost. Instead, it's borne mainly by the world's poor and low-lying countries, and by future generations. According to the IMF, these unpaid costs are an "implicit subsidy" to polluting businesses that add up to a global subsidy that tops $5 trillion a year.

Renewable Energy Now Powers 50% of the World
(Richard Macauley / Quartz & John Farrell / Midwestern Energy News)

The dream of a low-carbon future thanks to nuclear power is already looking dated. The two most populous countries in the world -- China and India -- plus Japan, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Mexico, and Brazil already generate more electricity from (non-hydro) renewable sources than they do from nuclear, according to a global nuclear industry report (pdf). That's 45% of the world's population that rely on wind, solar, and other green energy more than they do on radioactive atoms.

Power Plays: Congress Says Burn Forests for Fuel; Toshiba Lied to Make Nukes Look Profitable
(Lukas Ross / Friends of the Earth & Jonathan Soble / The New York Times)

Some 46 US senators have called for chopping down trees and feeding them to power plants for electricity. This is a genuinely awful idea. It hurts biodiversity, belches toxic chemicals and contributes more to climate change than coal-all while masquerading as a source of clean "renewable" energy. Meanwhile, the Japanese industrial giant, Toshiba, has be charged with overstated its earnings by more than $1.2 billion over the last seven years, to make atomic power look profitable.

Al Gore Calls Obama's Arctic Oil OK 'Insane' as NOAA Proclaims Earth 'Gravely Ill'
(Suzanne Goldenberg / The Guardian & Seth Borenstein / Associated Press)

With Shell planning to begin drilling in the Chukchi Sea within days, Gore said that Obama was wrong to ever allow drilling in the Arctic. Meanwhile, in their annual, detailed physical of Earth's climate, NOAA scientists warn that the world is in increasingly hot and rising water. With about 93 percent of the man-made heat energy absorbed by the world's oceans,surface temperatures were the hottest recorded in 135 years, with the record levels of heat energy measured down to 2,300 feet below the surface.

Action Alert: Don't Drill for Oil in Ecuador's Amazon
(Amazon Watch)

Over one million people have already stood up to save Ecuador's threatened rainforests -- please join them and echo Pope Francis's warning that "the tapping of natural resources, which are so abundant in Ecuador, must not be concerned with short-term benefits." The Amazon's forests and its Indigenous inhabitants are threatened by plans to drill for oil in Ecuador's eastern wilderness. Amazon Watch is asking that you send messages of concern to Ecuador's President Rafael Correa.

Action Alert: Don't Drill for Oil in Ecuador's Amazon
(Amazon Watch)

Over one million people have already stood up to save Ecuador's threatened rainforests — please join them and echo Pope Francis's warning that "the tapping of natural resources, which are so abundant in Ecuador, must not be concerned with short-term benefits." The Amazon's forests and its Indigenous inhabitants are threatened by plans to drill for oil in Ecuador's eastern wilderness. Amazon Watch is asking that you send messages of concern to Ecuador's President Rafael Correa.

ACTION ALERT: Ban the "Oil Bomb" Trains
(Cole Mellino / EcoWatch & Anastasia Pantsios / EcoWatch )

Monday was the second anniversary of the tragic Lac-Megantic, Quebec, oil train disaster that killed 47 people. Since then, oil trains continue to derail and explode with five already this year. Four of the derailments occurred within just four weeks. In response, a coalition of environmental and social justice organizations has launched a week of action -- including more than 80 events across the US and Canada -- to call for an end to shipments of crude oil by rail.

An Encyclical Letter on Care for Our Common Home: Part 1
(The Holy Father Pope Francis)

"More than fifty years ago, with the world teetering on the brink of nuclear crisis, Pope Saint John XXIII wrote an Encyclical which not only rejected war but offered a proposal for peace. He addressed his message Pacem in Terris to the entire "Catholic world" and indeed "to all men and women of good will". Now, faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet . . . to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home."

ACTION ALERT: Urge President Obama to Suspend Arctic Oil Drilling
(Bob Fertik / EarthJustice & Rep. Scott Peters / House of Representatives)

The World Health Organization estimates that around 7 million people die per year as a result of air pollution exposure, and, as organizations across the board are noting, ocean acidification that hurts fisheries is a threat to both local economies and the people who rely on the ocean as a food source. Drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean is a very bad idea. Tell the Obama administration that it's not too late to get it right and keep drilling out of the Arctic Ocean.

Stop Shell: Arctic Drilling Is Obscene
(Jane Fonda / TIME Magazine)

Commentary: The China Syndrome actress on the dangers of Shell drilling for oil: "In less than 30 days, Royal Dutch Shell wants to begin drilling for oil in the newly ice-free parts of the Alaskan Arctic. The company is ignoring the advice of engineers and scientists around the world who say this type of extreme fossil fuel project can't go forward if we have any hope of stopping the most catastrophic effects of climate change."

US, UK Oil Firms Clash on Climate Change
(David R. Baker / San Francisco Chronicle)

The fight against climate change has opened a trans-Atlantic rift in an industry often seen as a monolith -- Big Oil. Unwilling to sit on the sidelines, Europe's largest oil companies issued a joint statement calling for a worldwide price on the greenhouse gas emissions that come from burning their products. This, they argued, would help the global transition to cleaner energy. The CEOs of BP, Eni, Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil and Total all signed the statement. None of their US counterparts did.

Would President Hillary Clinton Be Prepared to Wage a Cold War in the Arctic?
(John Hocevar / Greenpeace )

In 2011, as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton visited the Arctic ostensibly to discuss preserving its unique environment. However, a disturbing series of communications revealed by Wikileaks told another story. According to Greenpeace, "These cables confirm what we have long been saying: several nations -- including the US -- appear ready to go to war over Arctic oil."

The G-7 Embraces Decarbonization: Global Fossil-fuel-free Goal
(Jeffrey Sachs / Project Syndicate)

This week's G-7 meeting at Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps marked a major breakthrough in climate-change policy. The seven largest high-income economies (the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Canada) made the revolutionary decision to decarbonize their economies during this century. For the first time in history, the major rich economies have agreed on the need to end their dependence on fossil fuels.

Oil and US War in the Middle East
(Toby Craig Jones / The Journal of American History (Vol. 99, Issue 1))

Middle Eastern oil has enchanted global powers and global capital since the early twentieth century. Its allure has been particularly powerful for the United States. The American romance began in earnest in the 1930s, when geologists working for Standard Oil of California discovered commercial quantities of oil on the eastern shores of Saudi Arabia. In the years that followed, enchantment turned into obsession.

Hundreds of Protesters Block Access to Shell's Oil-drilling Rig at Seattle Port
(Al Jazeera America & Darren Ankrom / Vice.com)

Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Port of Seattle on Monday to block oil workers' access to a Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig temporarily docked there on its journey to the Arctic, where it will be used to resume exploration for oil and gas reserves. Holding signs reading "Shell no" and "Seattle loves the Arctic," protesters assembled early in the morning to prevent workers from reaching the rig, one of two that Shell plans on sending to the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast this summer.

Shell Oil Secretly Preparing for Hell on Earth
(The Daily Kos & Terry Macalister / The Guardian)

Shell Oil recognizes that burning oil fuels climate change but the company is planning to let the planet burn and put "profits before planet." Shell's New Lens planning document anticipates the burning of fossil fuels will lead to a 4C global rise by 2100, leading to widespread coastal flooding, widespread animal and plant extinctions and devastating impacts on global agriculture. Portions of the Arctic and western and southern Africa could experience warming up to 10C.

Tar Sands Bomb Trains: A Bigger Threat than ISIS or Al Qaeda?
(Josh Fox and Lee Ziesche / Solutions Grassroots & EcoWatch)

This week in Heimdal, North Dakota another "bomb train" derailed and exploded. These dangerous trains carrying crude-oil fracked in the Bakken Shale are rolling through the backyards of America, across rivers and streams and into major cities like Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Albany, New York.

Investors Warned: It'sTime to Abandon Fossil Fuels
(Simon Bowers / The Guardian )

David Blood and Howard Covington separately warn fund managers they are sleepwalking into a future where climate change leaves fossil fuels unburnable. The results are in: long-term investors must determinedly resolve to set companies on a rapid path to "decarbonising" their business. "Anything less represents a failure of fiduciary duty."

Russia To Power Arctic Drilling With Floating Nuclear Reactors
(Nick Cunningham / Oil Price.com)

Russia is looking to deploy a floating nuclear reactor that could help power ports, industries, and also offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic. In what sounds like a horrible nightmare for environmentalists, floating nuclear reactors could help produce more oil in the Arctic.

ACTION ALERT: From Yale to London Protests Target Fossil Fuels
(Katie McChesney / 350.org & The London Guardian)

Something amazing is unfolding on campuses across the country. Yesterday morning, 48 students launched a sit-in at Yale University to demand their administration divest from fossil fuels, and yesterday evening 19 were arrested. Students asked their administration to pick a side: the people or the polluters. Meanwhile, more than 180,000 readers have signed the London Guardian's online petition calling on the Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust to divest from fossil fuels.

The Chevron Tapes: Secret Videos Reveal Company Hid Oil Pollution in Ecuador
(Kevin Koenig / Amazon Watch)

In 2011, a mysterious package arrived at our DC office. Beat up, rumpled and with no return address, a staffer avoided opening it fearing it may have been a bomb. We could never have guessed that the contents would instead turn out to be a smoking gun in one of the largest and longest-running environmental cases in the world. Chevron has finally been proven -- in its own videos -- not only to have lied about contamination, but to have hidden evidence it knew would cost lives.

The Ethanol Lobby: How an Eco-cure became an Eco-curse
(Debra J. Saunders / The San Francisco Chronicle & Robert Bryce / The Manhattan Institute)

Imagine a government energy program that is such a disaster that the Environmental Working Group and the American Petroleum Institute both oppose it. The anti-poverty group ActionAid USA wants to get rid of it, as does the pro-business Competitive Enterprise Institute. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wants to end it. So does Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. They're both sponsors of the Corn-Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015.

The London Guardian Divests $1.2 Billion Fund From Fossil Fuels
(Bill McKibben / EcoWatch)

Here's how far we've come in just a couple of years: One of the world's most respected and influential news organizations -- The Guardian Media Group -- announced Wednesday that it will divest from fossil fuels. The move follows the launch of The Guardian's own climate change campaign, in partnership with 350.org, to press two of the world's largest charitable foundations to stop investing in oil, coal and gas companies.

Obama Auctions Alaska's Oceans to Shell Oil -- As Shell Knew He Would
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy / FuelFix.com)

The Obama administration has delivered a major victory to Shell Oil Co. by approving plans to resume exploratory drilling in Alaska's Chukchi Sea this summer. Even before the decision was announced, Shell Oil started moving its drilling rigs to the region. Shell's previous Arctic venture in 2011 was marred by mishaps, including higher-than-permitted air pollution and the forced beaching of a drilling unit on an Alaskan island.

GOP's Mitch McConnell Plots to 'Save' Coal by Destroying Planet
(Joe Romm / ClimateProgress & Coral Davenport / The New York Times)

Sen. Mitch McConnell is taking extraordinary measures to block modest efforts aimed at preventing catastrophic climate change. As the New York Times reports, he has begun an "aggressive campaign to block" EPA's carbon pollution standards "in statehouses and courtrooms across the country, arenas far beyond Mr. McConnell's official reach and authority." His efforts can't save the coal industry, but they will make it harder to save the US from Dust-Bowlification and the loss of its coastal cities.

Marshall Islanders: Disposessed by Atomic Bombs and Now, by Climate Change
(Karl Mathiesen / The Guardian)

People in the Pacific Marshall Islands and Kiribati are facing oblivion as the sea around them rises, and they are already suffering from food shortages, droughts and floods. Karl Mathiesen reports from the frontline of climate crisis.

Virunga Park's Mountain Gorillas Threatened by Oil Companies
(Maud Jullien / BBC News)

The Democratic Republic of Congo's vast Virunga National Park -- a World Heritage Site and one of the most ecologically diverse places on Earth -- has suffered from the years of lawlessness and conflict between armed groups. Now government leaders want to redraw the park's boundaries to permit oil exploration. Oil extraction or minerals excavation would threaten the survival of the park's endangered mountain gorillas.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Bill Gates to Divest from Fossil Fuels
(Damian Carrington / The Guardian & Alan Rusbridger, Editor / The Guardian)

Join The Guardian in asking the Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust to divest from the top 200 fossil fuel companies within five years. As progressive institutions, they should commit to taking their money out of the companies that are driving global warming. US and Chinese companies dominate list of the world's most-polluting coal plants while Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway is on the list of top 25 companies with least efficient and oldest 'sub-critical' coal power plants.

Virunga Park's Mountain Gorillas Threatened by Oil Companies
(Maud Jullien / BBC News)

The Democratic Republic of Congo's vast Virunga National Park -- a World Heritage Site and one of the most ecologically diverse places on Earth -- has suffered from the years of lawlessness and conflict between armed groups. Now government leaders want to redraw the park's boundaries to permit oil exploration. Oil extraction or minerals excavation would threaten the survival of the park's endangered mountain gorillas.

We Must Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground to Stop Climate Change
(George Monbiot / The Guardian)

In the fourth piece in The Guardian's major series on climate change, George Monbiot argues that once coal, oil and gas are produced, they will be used. And yet, after 23 years of UN negotiations there have been almost no steps taken to stop the production -- rather than the use of -- fossil fuels.

The Climate Crisis Alarms Are Ringing
(Naomi Klein / The Guardian)

The second in a major series of articles on the climate crisis and how humanity can solve it. In this extract taken from the Introduction to This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, the author calls the climate crisis a civilisational wake-up call to alter our economy, our lifestyles, now -- before they get changed for us.

Exposed: The Koch Brothers' Ties to the XL Pipeline and Cash to Congress
(Stefanie Spear / EcoWatch & The International Forum on Globalization & Bob Sloan / The Daily Kos)

The International Forum on Globalization has released new maps of tar sands assets in Alberta, Canada that reveal the connection between the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and the Koch Brothers. These billionaire brothers are top donors to the Republican Party and they have worked -- and spent heavily -- to make sure that fast-tracking the pipeline is the GOP-controlled Congress' top priority.

Greenland Reels While GOP Senator Inhofe Disputes Climate Change
(Don Mikulecky / The Daily Kos & Joe Romm / Think Progress)

It has been only a matter of time but things are happening faster than most anticipated. Greenland is warmer than it has been in more than 100,000 years and climate disrupting feedback loops have begun. Since 2000, ice loss has increased over 600 percent, and liquid water now exists inside the ice sheet year-round, no longer refreezing during winter. That is but part of the story.

Massive Glaciers Collapsing into Seas; Major Heat Surge Feared in Five Years
(Pakalolo / The Daily Kos )

The waters of the Arctic Ocean have warmed at a rapid pace relative to the rest of the world over recent years, and 2012 in particular was a year of exceptional melting and warmth in the arctic due to some extreme storms. 3,000-foot-thick glaciers have begun crumbling into the sea. A study in Geophysical Research Letters reports climate change is adding on average around 125 trillion Joules of heat to the oceans per second -- equal to the detonation of two Hiroshima -sized atomic bombs.

Canada Plans to Offer 'Oil Bribes' in Exchange for Seizing Native Lands
(Martin Lukacs / The Guardian)

News reports and newly revealed documents expose how Canada's Harper government has organized a series of private meetings between oil firms and Indigenous chiefs to try and gain support for oil and gas pipelines and other investments located on native lands. Planning papers reveal how the government hopes to promote its pipelines and resource agenda by pushing First Nations to the sidelines -- undercutting their aboriginal rights in exchange for business opportunities.

The Reckless Lies of War Mongers: Why the Rise of Fascism is Again the Issue
(John Pilger / CounterPunch)

The West wants Ukraine for its abundant gas; Vice President Joe Biden's son is on the board of Ukraine's biggest oil, gas and fracking company. The manufacturers of GM seeds, companies such as the infamous Monsanto, want Ukraine's rich farming soil. Above all, they want Ukraine's mighty neighbour, Russia. They want to Balkanise or dismember Russia and exploit the greatest source of natural gas on earth.

Washington Says Arctic Oil Spills Are Worth It
(Brian Palmer / One Earth.org & Susan Cosier / One Earth.org)

The Department of the Interior says there's a 75 percent chance of a major oil spill in the Arctic -- and it's willing to take that chance. Tell that to the polar bears, ringed seal pups, loons, Pacific brants, murres, puffins, and bowhead whales. Meanwhile, the industry is building mammoth 1,000-foot-long, 117,000-ton vessels to transport fossil fuels over the world's oceans.

The Military Assault on Global Climate: Pentagon Emissions Exempt from Global Pollution Treaty
(H. Patricia Hynes / Truthout & Oil Change International)

Militarism is the most oil-exhaustive activity on the planet, growing more so with faster, bigger, more fuel-guzzling planes, tanks and naval vessels employed in more intensive air and ground wars and, by every measure, the Pentagon is the largest institutional user of petroleum products and energy. Yet, the Pentagon has a blanket exemption from all international climate agreements. It's a loophole in the Kyoto Convention on Climate Change big enough to drive a tank through.

California Permitted Oilfield Discharge in Protected Water
(Ellen KKnickmeyer / Associated Press)

Regulators in California, the country's third-largest oil-producing state, have authorized oil companies to inject production fluids and waste into what are now federally protected aquifers more than 2,500 times, risking contamination of underground water supplies that could be used for drinking water or irrigation, state records show.

Plot for a US-Style Fracking Revolution Threatens British Homes, Environment
(Naomi Klein / This Changes Everything)

Commentary: "In rushing to exploit the UK's shale gas reserves, the industry has spent millions on public relations and brazenly overridden the democratic will of British citizens by overturning laws that had prevented drilling under homes. . . . It may seem that frackers in the UK and elsewhere will stop at nothing to have their way. But thanks to the rising global climate movement, this so-called bridge is already burning. And it's long past time to choose a different path."

Why does US Support Terrorist-state Saudi Arabia? It's All about Oil
(Washington's Blog & Global Research)

Commentary: Saudi Arabia was founded with terrorism: the country's dominant strand of religious identity derives directly from Muhammad ibn 'Abd al-Wahhab. "Wahhabism" calls for infidels to be killed, their wives and daughters violated, and their possessions confiscated. With the advent of the oil bonanza, Saudi goals were to spread Wahhabism across the Muslim world . . . to "Wahhabise" Islam, thereby seizing immense power by reducing Islam's "multitude of voices" to a "single creed."

GOP-backed XL Pipeline Would Be Worth $100 Billion to GOP's Billionaire Koch Brothers
(Victor Menotti / International Forum on Globalization)

Charles and David Koch, the owners of Koch Industries, will benefit should President Obama allow the Keystone XL Pipeline to be built. The Kochs reportedly hold up to 2 million acres in Alberta, Canada. Extracting the dirty tar sands in the region could generate roughly $100 billion in profits. This may explain why the Kochs have spent more than $50 million to influence congress and to fund think tanks that have produced studies to promote the controversial pipeline project.

Rockefellers Renounce Oil as Climate Collapse Worsens
(Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone Magazine)

When the fossil-fuel divestment movement first began three years ago, you could almost hear Big Oil and Wall Street laughing. But now, one of the biggest names in the history of Big Oil -- the Rockefellers -- announced last September that they would be purging the portfolio of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund of "risky" oil investments. As climate-change activists pressure public institutions to dump their carbon investments, it's becoming increasingly clear that the right thing to do is also the smart thing to do

Barack Obama's Secret Deal to Save the Planet
(Jeff Goodell / Rolling Stone Magazine)

A week after Democrats took a drubbing in the midterm elections, as pundits were advising President Obama to start packing up the Oval Office, he stood beside Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing and announced a historic climate deal that may be one of the most significant accomplishments of his presidency. In the works for nearly a year, the agreement unfolded in a series of secret meetings in the US and China and was carried out with the brinkmanship and bravado of a Vegas poker game.

Planet Earth, RIP? Science Says 'Yes' Unless We Change Our Habits
(Joel Achenbach / The Washington Post)

The Journal Science this month reports: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond 4 of all 7 planetary boundaries essential for the survival of life. Sustainability is unlikely, and at best, questionable by end of century.

Methane Plume over Western US Illustrates Climate Cost of Gas Leaks
(Joby Warrick / The Washington Post)

The methane that leaks from 40,000 gas wells near the desert trading post of Cuba, New Mexico, may be colourless and odourless, but it's not invisible. It can be seen from space. Satellites that sweep over the north of the energy-rich state can spot the escaped gas as it snakes across the badlands. In the air it forms a giant plume: a permanent methane cloud. The biggest single source of climate-changing methane gas -- nearly 30% -- is the oil and gas industry.

Fracking Assualts the Ground from Texas to the Gulf of Mexico
(The Daily Beast & RT News)

After 11 quakes in the last two days -- with one registering at a 3.6 -- Irving, Texas' sudden onset tremor problem might be the fracking industry's nightmare. Meanwhile, environmentalists have filed a federal lawsuit in Washington, DC in an attempt to force the United States government into disclosing details about any hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, being done in the Gulf of Mexico.

2014 Was Officially the Hottest Year on Record
(Jack Linshi / TIME Magazine)

Scientists have declared 2014 officially the hottest year on record -- the warmest since 1891, the start of the data. The same day that scientists issued this warning, President Obama indicated that he would veto a bill that would allow for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline -- a GOP-backed, Big Oil boondoggle that would ship one of the world's dirtiest form of fossil fuels across the US midland to a Texas refinery which would sell petroleum byproducts to foreign markets.

Playground Politics: Political Polluters Don't Need to Follow the Rules
(Ken Kimmell / The Union of Concerned Scientists)

Twelve states are suing the EPA to block new rules on global warming pollution. And even if they lose, there are a string of bills in state houses around the country to gut progress on clean energy and protect fossil fuel interests -- in effect, to roll back years of work and victories you and I have made possible.

22 Years after the Earth Summit in Rio, 'We're Still on a Course Leading to Tragedy'
(David Simpson / Planet Drum Foundation )

Commentary: If rhetoric were effective action, the world would indeed have been saved on day seven of the 2014 UN climate change COP 20. This was officially the first day of the High Level negotiations and it was peppered by brief impassioned speeches from leaders of many nations, especially smaller ones. Plus: Secretary of State John Kerry's complete December 11 speech to the COP2 summit in Lima, Peru.

22 Years after the Earth Summit in Rio, 'We're Still on a Course Leading to Tragedy'
(David Simpson / Planet Drum Foundation )

Commentary: If rhetoric were effective action, the world would indeed have been saved on day seven of the 2014 UN climate change COP 20. This was officially the first day of the High Level negotiations and it was peppered by brief impassioned speeches from leaders of many nations, especially smaller ones. Plus: Secretary of State John Kerry's complete December 11 speech to the COP2 summit in Lima, Peru.

Former VA Official: Burn Pits Could Be the New Agent Orange
(Sameen Ami / America Tonight; Al Jazeera America)

The Department of Defense and, by extension, the Department of Veterans Affairs do not acknowledge that toxic exposures from burn pit smoke could have sickened servicemembers. That's left veterans fighting for compensation and recognition that they believe is owed to them. As a result of the lobbying efforts of advocacy groups like, Burn Pits 360, the VA started an online registry for people who feel they are sick from burn pits. After opening in June, 25,000 people have signed up so far.

How Investments in Fossil Fuels Could Trigger a 'Carbon Bubble' that Would Crash the World Economy
(Damian Carrington / The Guardian & Energy Marketprice.com)

The Bank of England is concerned that the fossil fuel industry could cause a major economic crash if future climate change rules render their coal, oil and gas assets worthless. The fear of a "carbon bubble" has gained traction since 2013, and is being taken seriously by major financial companies including Citi bank, HSBC and Moody's, but the Bank of England's enquiry is the most significant endorsement yet from a regulator. Meanwhile, Scotland's renewable economy has out-performed nuclear.

COP20 Lima Climate Summit Report #1
(David Simpson/ Planet Drum Foundation)

Despite a veritable barrage over the past few months of harsh scientific news about global warming, hope seemed to be springing anew on the first of December in the exotic soil of Peru's vast military training facility aptly referred to as the Pentagonito. It is there under the shadow of the fortress-like intelligence headquarters that the United Nations' enormous and complex annual initiative for dealing with climate change has been relaunched.

Hottest Year on Record as Climate Talks Start in Lima
(United Nations News Center & Alex Morales / Bloomberg)

With 2014 on track to be the world's hottest on record, United Nations officials pressed for urgent action to prevent the most damaging impacts of climate change at the opening of an annual summit on global warming in Lima. "There has never been so much scientific evidence of the severe and irreversible social and natural effects of climate change," said Peru's environment minister. "Never has it been so clear that the window of opportunity to reduce emissions is closing quickly."

Cautious Hope for Strong Draft Text Ahead of Peru Climate Summit on December 1
(Betwa Sharma / Al Jazeera America)

The two-week United Nations climate conference in Peru, which begins Monday, is the final stop before Paris in 2015, where climate negotiators will aim to strike a deal that will, for the first time, require all countries to combat climate change. Climate activists heading this critical global meeting have warned that developed nations' commitments are not in line with goal of keeping planetary warming below 2 degrees Celsius, after which, climate disaster would become "irreversible."

A Revolutionary Poop-Powered Bus Hits UK Roads
(Anastasia Pantsios / EcoWatch)

A new frontier in biofuel has been attained in the UK. Wessex Water in southern England announced that it is supplying fuel for a 40-seat "Bio-Bus," owned by the Bath Bus Company, that will be running regular trips from Bath in southwest England to the Bristol Airport. The fuel? Biomethane made from human excrement. Each tank of gas will be provided by the equivalent of the annual waste production from five people. Think of those trips to the loo as salvos in the battle against climate change!

$700 Million in Afghan Aid
(David Pugliese / The Ottawa Citizen & Joe Gould / Military Times)

John Sopko, the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, says he is investigating the Pentagon's efforts to spark that country's economic development, which cost between $700 million and $800 million and "accomplished nothing." Spoko complained: "We have gotten serious allegations about the management and mismanagement" including a Defense Department unit aimed at developing war zone mining, industrial development and fostering private investments.

Largest Quake in 140 Years: Is Fracking a Threat to Obama's New $687 Million Nuclear Bomb Facility?
(Associated Press & The Wichta Eagle & William J. Broad and David E. Sanger / The New York Times)

President Obama's plans to spend $1 trillion over the new 30 years building a new arsenal of new, more powerful nuclear weapons may have encountered a new problem. A swarm of unusually strong earthquakes surrounding fracking operations in south-central Missouri could pose a threat to a costly new bomb-making facility that has recently opened in Kansas City, about 100 miles from the strongest of the quakes.

Largest Quake in 140 Years: Is Fracking a Threat to Obama's New $687 Million Nuclear Bomb Facility?
(Associated Press & The Wichta Eagle & William J. Broad and David E. Sanger / The New York Times)

President Obama's plans to spend $1 trillion over the new 30 years building a new arsenal of new, more powerful nuclear weapons may have encountered a new problem. A swarm of unusually strong earthquakes surrounding fracking operations in south-central Missouri could pose a threat to a costly new bomb-making facility that has recently opened in Kansas City, about 100 miles from the strongest of the quakes.

Congress Commits an Act of War Against the Great Sioux Nation
(The Daily Kos & The Summit County Voice)

When Congress voted to approve the Keystone Pipeline they committed an act of war against the Great Sioux Nation. Apparently they completely forgot to check with the Sioux who live on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, who in February adopted tribal resolutions opposing the Keystone XL project.

World Climate at Risk: Denmark Shows the Way to a Sustainable Economy
(Paul Hockenos / Al Jazeera America)

Germany has been credited for paving Europe's way to a renewables-led, zero-carbon future. But the world's true climate champion is Denmark, which has just set the bar another notch higher than Germany by proposing to accelerate its phase-out of coal-fired power plants. Denmark could be coal-free by 2025 -- five years ahead of schedule -- and generate more than 70 percent of its energy from renewable sources.

China's Hunger for Clean Energy to Leave No Rooftop Behind
(Bloomberg News )

China, the world's biggest solar market for two years running, is pushing to install more panels at factories, schools and even greenhouses as it seeks to meet its goals under a historic climate agreement with the US. China expects to install up to 8 gigawatts of small solar systems this year -- including decentralized rooftop solar systems for homes -- more than 10 times what was built last year. The country had almost 20 gigawatts of solar capacity in 2013, comparable to about 20 nuclear reactors.

The Big Climate Deal: What It Is, and What It Isn't
(Bill McKibben / The Huffington Post & Naomi Klein / Huffington Post)

It is historic. John Kerry was right to use the phrase in his New York Times oped announcing the new climate deal: for the first time, a developing nation has agreed to eventually limit its emissions, which has become a necessity for advancing international climate negotiations. But the agreement isn't binding in any way and it is not remotely enough to keep us out of climate trouble.

Midterm Gains by Republicans Endanger Environmental Progress
(Renee Lewis / Al Jazeera America)

A former UN climate chief says there is "no such thing as safe rise" in global temperatures. Climate scientists fear an irreversible planetary tipping point soon will be met. The GOP's control of both houses of Congress threatens to stall -- or reverse -- efforts towards stabilizing the climate. While around 71 percent of Democrats acknowledge climate change as a serious problem, only 27 percent of Republicans believe fossil fuel extraction and incineration pose an existential threat.

The GOP Victory = Approval of the XL Pipeline, Profits for the Koch Brothers, Climate Catastrophe
(Victor Menotti / IFG Action - International Forum on Globalization)

Of the $500 million the oli-billionaire Koch brothers vowed to "raise" for the midterm elections, we have tracked more than $90 million in what we believe is the only effort to track the Koch network's record spending to take over Congress. The Kochs control "close to two million acres" in Alberta (more than Exxon, Chevron and Conoco combined). As oil prices drop, the Kochs will be more aggressive than ever in pushing for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline -- and igniting a global Climate Bomb.

How a GOP Victory Could Dismantle Climate Change Policy
(National Public Radio & Bloomberg BNA)

With fall elections just hours away, Republicans may be on the verge of wresting control of the Senate from Democrats who have blocked GOP attempts to roll back environmental rules on carbon dioxide pollution, ozone emissions and expanded Clean Water Act protections. A Republican-led Senate would energize House Republicans to pursue their nearly four-year battle to roll back environmental regulations they see as overly burdensome to the corporate fossil fuel interests.

Petrolify: The Poison Pill that Is Destroying the Planet
(The Post-Petroleum Institute & Steve Cutts / Grist)

Petroleum is a miracle substance. With millions of years of solar energy stored in every drop, it provides everything from plastic toys and mobile phones to complex global systems that feed, shelter, and govern billions of people. Unfortunately, our unparalleled levels of abundance come with significant side effects -- including environmental collapse, species extinction and resource wars. We don't have to continue down this highway to hell. We need to break our fossil fuel addiction.

The US Navy Goes Green, Despite Political Opposition
(Julia Whitty / Mother Jones )

The Pentagon burns more than 12 million gallons of oil a day defending foreign oil fields and shipping routes. Now, the Navy -- the world's largest, with a battle fleet tonnage exceeding the next 13 biggest navies combined -- has set a number of ambitious goals to reduce energy consumption, cut reliance on foreign oil, and increase the use of alternative energy. The Navy's Great Green Fleet -- battleships, aircraft carriers, fighter jets -- aims to be entirely powered by a 50-50 biofuel mix by 2020.

The Greenpeace Video that Prompted Lego to Dump Shell Oil
(Greenpeace International & James Turner / The Huffington Post)

Lego has said that Shell will no longer be allowed to sell its toys sets, following a Greenpeace campaign. The Danish toymaker decided not to renew its contract with the oil giant after a viral campaign -- involving a video depicting an Arctic landscape fashioned from Legos vanishing under a spreading tide of spilled oil -- highlighted the dangers of Arctic drilling.

Germany's Energy Model Can Save the World
(Paul Hockenos / Al Jazeera America)

If the US is now actively looking around for best-practice policies to address the imminent threat of climate collapse, one place to start is Germany's Energiewende ("clean energy transition"), which has turned nearly one-third of the country's electricity production green in just over 10 years. Some projections have Germany running solely on renewables by 2050. If Germany can do it, so can the US -- and China, too. The US and China can switch to renewables now -- and prosper from the transition.

Project Censored 2014: The Year's Biggest Ignored Stories
(The San Francisco Bay Guardian & Project Censored)

Ocean acidification tops the annual list of important stories ignored by the mainstream US media. Also: How the top ten recipients of US foreign aid practice wholesale torture against citizens and how the media's misreporting of US threats over Russia and Ukraine ignores a critical factor in the geopolitical squabble -- oil pipelines and Washington's desire to gain access to eastern Ukraine's fossil fuel reserves.

'Keep the Oil in the Ground!': Indigenous Voices Lead Largest Climate March Ever
(Amazon Watch & Al Jazeera America & Origin Magazine)

Amazonian indigenous spokespeople and social movement leaders joined the Indigenous Bloc in leading more than 400,000 others at the People's Climate March. Amazon Watch joined front-line indigenous communities and representatives in demanding that humanity keep the oil in the ground as a fundamental solution to climate chaos. From the Arctic to the Amazon, leadership of indigenous peoples in climate solutions was on full display.

UC Berkeley Students Call on Regents to Divest from Fossil Fuels
(Darwin BondGraham / The East Bay Express & Daniel Tutt / The Daily Californian)

For more than a century, the University of California has maintained extensive ties to the fossil fuel industry. A coalition of students, alumni, and climate scientists is trying to sever those bonds. With the Regents set to vote on September 17, a UC task force reveals its bias for fossil fuels and overrules students call for divestment from dirty-energy interests.

A State of Extreme Planetary Emergency
(Malcolm Light / Arctic News Blogspot & University of Utah News)

President Obama must declare a State of Extreme National Emergency and cease orchestrating a war with Russia. He must recall his entire army and navy personnel to the United States to begin a massive conversion of the US energy system to solar and wind power. All 600 coal power stations and nuclear stations must be completely shut down in the next 5 to 10 years. If this is not done, humanity will be facing total extinction in an Arctic Methane Firestorm between 2040 and 2050.

The Whys Behind the Ukraine Crisis: The Natural Gas Connection
(Robert Parry / Consortium News)

Given the very high stakes of a nuclear confrontation with Russia, some analysts wonder what's the real motive for taking this extraordinary risk over Ukraine. Could it pdossibly be about natural gas? If EU and US energy interests seize control of eastern Ukraine's energy reserves, fracking could mean a financial bonanza and an end to Russia's dominance of the natural gas supplies feeding central and eastern Europe. The economic and geopolitical payoff could be substantial.

Why Obama Wants Maliki Removed: It's Not about Sectarianism; It's about Oil
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Mike Whitney / CounterPunch)

The Obama administration is pushing for regime change in Iraq on the basis that current prime minister Nouri al Maliki is "too sectarian." The fact is, however, that Maliki's abusive treatment of Sunnis never factored into Washington's decision to have him removed. Whether he has been "too sectarian" or not is completely irrelevant. The real reason he's under attack is because he wouldn't sign the Status of Forces Agreement in 2011.

Oil a Key Motive for US Air Strikes in Iraq
(Andrew S. Ross / San Francisco Chronicle & Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge.com)

This week's US air strikes in northern Iraq are being accompanied with an undertow of "it's all about oil" talk. It's no secret that Iraqi Kurdistan has an abundance of oil reserves, nor that US oil companies, like San Ramon's Chevron Corp., are busy exploring there. Chevron has three "production sharing contracts" with the Kurdish government, covering a combined 444,000 acres, north of Irbil, where it's in the early testing and drilling stage. And it likes what it sees.

Behind the US Bombing of Iraq -- Oil Company Interests
(Brandon Turbeville / Activist Post & RT News)

What may have prompted American military action now, after allowing ISIS (entirely funded, directed, created, and armed by the West) to seize vast swaths of territory across Iraq? Why bomb the area surrounding Erbil? The answers to this question lie in the simple fact that the area surrounding Erbil -- the Kurdish region of Iraq -- is a "hub for US oil companies."

Israel's $4 Billion Gas Grab: The Destruction of Gaza Is About Gas Reserves
(Nafeez Ahmed / The Ecologist)

Never mind the 'war on terror' rhetoric, writes Nafeez Ahmed. The purpose of Israel's escalating assault on Gaza is to control the Territory's 1.4 trillion cubic feet of gas -- and so keep Palestine poor and weak, gain massive export revenues, and avert its own domestic energy crisis. Israel's defence minister is on record confirming that military plans to uproot Hamas' are about securing control of Gaza's gas reserves.

Germany Tops World in Renewable Energy; US at Bottom as Obama Preps for more Offshore Drilling
(Al Jazeera & Gregg Levine / Al Jazeera America)

Germany is the most energy efficient country in the world, according to a new study. While China is rapidly improving its energy efficiency, however, the US, the world's largest economy, was near the bottom of the list, at 13th place. In a move that spells immediate trouble for marine life and problems for global climate, the Obama administration has approved use of sonic cannons to map the ocean floor off the eastern US -- a step toward opening these coastal waters to oil and gas drilling.

The New Oil Wars in Iraq
(Tom Englehardt and Michael Schwartz / TomDispatch)

Analysis: As the US-backed Iraqi government began to collapse under the advance of a Sunni rebellion, President Obama managed to warn against "mission creep" even as he was laying out plans to send "military advisors" to Baghdad, in what could only be described as "mission creep." And while events in Iraq are headline news everywhere, once again there is no mention of the issue that underlies much of the violence -- control of Iraqi oil.

A Tale of Two Futures: Sustainable Buildings or Unsustainable Climate Change
(Jules Kortenhorst / Rocky Mountain Institute)

Earlier this week, the EPA announced new guidelines limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The move comes in the wake of the federal government's Third National Climate Assessment, exposing the serious risk climate change poses to the nation's economy and security. But we must do better. The US can build a new electricity system powered 80% by renewables for the same cost as simply maintaining the dirty, fossil-fuel-burning electricity system we have today.

Big Oil and Big Guns: Not So Strange Bedfellows
(Jamie Tarabay / Al Jazeera America)

Questions are starting to arise over why oil and gas companies are heavily donating money to gun groups that have seemingly opposing political aims. These are the first two articles in a three-part series investigating the complex relationship between the oil and gas industries, major gun groups and the hunting community.

Ecuador 'Green-lights Environmental Disaster' in Biodiversity Hotspot
(Andrea Germanos / Common Dreams)

In a move condemned as paving the way for an environmental disaster, the environment minister of Ecuador on Thursday authorized permits for oil exploration to begin within the Yasuni National Park, an area home to two indigenous communities living in voluntary isolation and an area some consider the most biodiverse place in the world. Oil production in the area could happen as soon as 2016.

Germany Sets New Record, Generating 74 Percent of Power Needs From Renewable Energy

(Kiley Kroh / ThinkProgress)

On May 11, 2014, Germany's impressive streak of renewable energy milestones hit a new high mark with renewable energy generation surging to a record portion -- nearly 75 percent -- of the country's overall electricity demand by midday. With wind and solar filling such a huge portion of the country's power demand, electricity prices actually dipped into the negative for much of the afternoon. Renewable generators produced 40.2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity.

Arctic Ice Melt to Release 1 Trillion Pieces of Plastic into Sea
(Renee Lewis / Al Jazeera America & Global Witness)

According to a new report on the "Microplastic Legacy Frozen in Arctic Sea Ice," as the Arctic ice melt accelerates due to climate change it could release more than 1 trillion pieces of plastic into the ocean over the next decade, possibly posing a major threat to marine life. The report reveals that ice in some remote locations contains at least twice as much plastic as previously reported in the surface of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an area of plastic waste estimated to be bigger than the state of Texas.

Colombia's U'Wa People Confront Government over Oil Pipeline
(Ouroboro / The Goldman Environmental Prize)

A recent escalation in oil exploration and the illegal bombing of an oil pipeline on U'Wa territory has once again ignited tensions between villagers and the Colombian government, as the U'Wa refuse to permit repairs to the broken pipeline until the government addresses their demands.

The Pentagon's Role in Global Environmental Catastrophe
(Sara Flounders / International Action Center)

By every measure, the Pentagon is the largest institutional user of petroleum products and energy, yet the Pentagon has a blanket exemption in all international climate agreements.The Pentagon wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; its secret operations in Pakistan; its equipment on more than 1,000 US bases around the world; its 6,000 US facilities; all NATO operations; its aircraft carriers, jet aircraft, weapons testing, training and sales will not be counted against US greenhouse gas limits or included in any count.

US Arctic Ambitions and the Militarization of the High North
(Dana Gabriel / Global Research)

The US has significant geopolitical and economic interests in the high north and has released a new national strategy which seeks to advance its Arctic ambitions. While the region has thus far been peaceful, stable and free of conflict, there is a danger of the militarization of the Arctic. It has the potential to become a front whereby the US and other NATO members are pitted against Russia or even China.

Rushing for the Arctic's Riches
(Michael T. Klare / The New York Times)

While many oil and gas reserves are facing steep decline, the Arctic is thought to possess vast untapped reservoirs. Approximately 13 percent of the world's undiscovered oil and 30 percent of its natural gas reserves are above the Arctic Circle. As countries push into the Arctic, the risk of accidents is bound to increase. The Arctic states have also asserted their right to defend their offshore territories with military force and have taken steps to enhance their ability to fight an Arctic war.

The Arctic Is Melting, So The US Military Has Another Place It Has To Defend
(Ryan Koronowski / Climate Progress )

For the first time, the Pentagon has a comprehensive strategy for the Arctic. This move is prompted because climate change is causing the sea ice to melt, allowing ships to access more of the Arctic Ocean. The Strategy opens by saying the Arctic is at a "strategic inflection point" that brings increasing "human activity, driven by economic opportunity" that ranges from shipping and fishing to fossil fuel extraction. Most experts believe there will be no Arctic sea ice by the summer by 2030.

44 Greenpeace Activists Arrested for Blocking Russian Arctic Oil Tanker at Dutch Port
(John Vidal / The Guardian & Greenpeace International)

On Thursday, 10 Dutch armed anti-terror police boarded the Rainbow Warrior, Greenpeace Internatinal's flagship vessel outside Rotterdam and arrested 44 activists trying to stop a Russian tanker from unloading its shipment of Arctic oil.

Cowboys and Indians Unite to Fight Keystone XL Pipeline!
(Kristin Moe / YES! Magazine)

The XL pipeline, if approved, will be built on land guaranteed to the Lakota people in the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868. The Cowboy Indian Alliance was Spotted Eagle's idea; she believes it's her responsibility to defend her people's land and water. As natives and ranchers work together to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, they're also learning to understand each other's history, culture, and relationship with the land.

Beneath the Ukraine Crisis: Shale Gas
(Nat Parry / Consortium News)

Behind the geopolitics pitting Russia against the West -- and the ethnic tensions tearing Ukraine east and west -- another backdrop for understanding this deepening conflict is the big-money competition for Ukraine's oil and natural gas, writes Nat Parry.

Archbishop Tutu: Save the Planet; Boycott Carbon
(Desmond Tutu / Popular Resistance & Solar Industry Magazine)

Recalling the boycott movement that helped liberate South Africa, Desmond Tutu recently declared: "We must stop climate change. And we can, if we use the tactics that worked in South Africa against the worst carbon emitters
." In December, the US Energy Information Administration predicted the US would get about 16% of its electricity from renewables by 2040. The Sun Day Campaign argues the evidence shows the US will reach this target in 2018 -- 22 years before the government’s estimate.

ACTION ALERT: Don't Frack Ukraine
(Mark Ruffalo / MoveOn)

The oil and gas industry is using the crisis in Ukraine as an excuse to pressure Congress to rubber-stamp approval of liquefied natural gas exports. But gas exports won't help the situation in Eastern Europe. It's just a ploy by the oil and gas industry to increase fracking and export US fracked gas to the highest bidder abroad, while causing irreparable damage to our climate and to water, air and health here at home.

Climate Change: The Vanishing Arctic Ice Cap
(Dahr Jamail /Truthout )

An Arctic largely devoid of ice, giant methane outbursts causing tsunamis in the North Atlantic, and global sea levels rising by several meters by mid-century sound like the stuff of science fiction. But to a growing number of scientists studying Anthropogenic Climate Disruption (ACD/climate change), these dramatic predictions are very real possibilities in our not-so-distant future, thanks to the vanishing Arctic ice cap, which is continuing its rapid decrease in both volume and area.

The IPCC Report Takes Us from Alarmism to Adaptation
(Simon Jenkins / The Guardian)

At last there are signs of a change of climate over climate change. Seven years of alarmism have yielded endless conferences and gargantuan sums of public expenditure, with no serious impact on carbon emissions. The International Panel on Climate Change's landmark study should silence the doubters, and steers us towards calm -- if urgent -- debate on how we act to protect the planet from the impacts of fossil fuel use.

US Africa Command, a Tool to Re-colonise the Continent; Foreign Corporations Seize Uganda's Oil
(Dr. Motsoko Pheko / Pambazuka News & Tony Otoa / Think Africa Press)

The USA Africa Command, which America calls 'Africom', is a military structure of the Defence Department of America. Africom was formed in 2007 during President George W Bush's second term of office. That was two months after America had bombed a small African country, Somalia, destabilising it to the ashes. Uganda has granted oil licenses to the China National Offshore Oil Corp Limited, the French oil major Total and the British firm Tullow.

Ukraine is About Oil. So Was World War I
(Robert Freeman / Common Dreams & Pavel Polityuk and Richard Balmforth / Reuters)

Ukraine is a lot more portentous than it appears. It is fundamentally about the play for Persian Gulf oil. So was World War I. The danger lies in the chance of runaway escalation, just like World War I. The draw-down on the world's finite supply of oil is accelerating. The rate at which known reserves are being depleted is four times that at which new oil is being discovered. That's why oil cost $26 a barrel in 2001, but $105 today. It's supply and demand. And that's why Chevron is now in Ukraine.

How the Pentagon Is Waging a War on the Earth
(Barry Sanders / The Huffington Post)

As we contemplate America in the opening years of the twenty-first century, we might reconsider George Washington's farewell warning that "overgrown military establishments ... under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty." Today, our own military has wrapped its arms of death around life itself and it will not let go. Unless we all garner the strength to confront the military, it will continue to work its evil.

The Military's Addiction To Oil
(Barry Sanders / The Huffington Post)

Military vehicles have no respect for Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, or fuel standards of any kind. After all, we are at war; fuel economy is a luxury. Indeed, the military refers to fuel consumption in terms of "gallons per mile," "gallons per minute," and "barrels per hour." One quickly realizes that military "assets," as the Pentagon likes to call its rolling arsenal, operate in a world all their own, free of restraints of any kind -- both in the fuel they consume and the pollutants they exhaust.

Leaked UN Report: Only 15 Years Left to Avoid Climate Catastrophe
(Justin Gillis / The New York Times & Jacob Chamberlain / Common Dreams)

Nations have dragged their feet in battling climate change so much that the situation has grown critical and the risk of severe economic disruption is rising. Another 15 years of failure to limit carbon emissions could make the problem virtually impossible to solve. The governments of the world are spending far more money to subsidize fossil fuels than to accelerate the shift to cleaner energy. Continued investment in coal-burning power plants poses an imminent climate risk.

Disney Flacks Kids for Frackers; Nonviolent Protestors Charged with 'Terrorism' for Using Glitter
(Peter Moskowitz / Al Jazeera America & Suzanne Goldenberg / The Guardian )

Radio Disney and the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program are promoting fracking in elementary schools. "Rocking in Ohio," a pro-fracking program toured 26 elementary schools and science centers abd Radio Disney plans to bring the program to other states. Meanwhile anti-fracking protesters have been charged with "terrorism" for dropping a banner and glitter at an oil company headquarters.

Obama and Climate Change: The Real Story
(Bill McKibben / Rolling Stone Magazine )

The president has said the right things about climate change -- and has taken some positive steps. But we're drilling for more oil and digging up more carbon than ever. If you want to understand how people will remember the Obama climate legacy, a few facts tell the tale: By the time Obama leaves office, the US will pass Saudi Arabia as the planet's biggest oil producer and Russia as the world's biggest producer of oil and gas combined.

Central African Republic: Humanitarian Intervention or Militarized Quest for Resources?
(Andrea Germanos / Common Dreams )

As a "humanitarian crisis that has been largely ignored by the rest of the world" continues to grip the Central African Republic, new military forces are on their way to intervene, causing some to question the motives when a country with military might sends troops into its resource-rich, former colony.

Free the 'Arctic 30'
(Phil Radford and Daryl Hannah / Common Dreams )

On September 19th, consistent with the tradition of peaceful direct action, Greenpeace activists scaled a Gazprom oil platform to hang a banner off of the side. The nonviolent protesters were fired on and seized. The illegal arrests on international waters and the outrageous charges have been condemned by governments and many human rights groups while people in 220 cities from Jakarta to Hong Kong to California marched, calling for the release of the Arctic 30.

Can Obama Stand Up to Big Oil & Block the Tar Sands Pipeline?
(Tom Englehardt and Bill McKibben / TomDispatch )

From the melting Arctic, where the Russians and others are staking out energy claims, to the southernmost tip of South America, the dream of new energy wealth is being pursued with a fervor and avidity that is hard to take in. There is a disconnect between hailing the US as the new Saudi Arabia and the recent report of the prestigious Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warning that fossil fuel reserves must be kept in the ground -- or else.

Study Reveals Billionaire Koch Brothers Could Make $100 Billion if Keystone XL Pipeline Approved
(Stefanie Spear / EcoWatch & Kevin Grandia / DeSmogBlog & The International Forum on Globalization)

The progressive think tank International Forum on Globalization released a report documenting how Koch Industries and its subsidiaries stand to make as much as $100 billion in profits if the Keystone XL pipeline is built. "The Kochs have repeatedly claimed that they have no interest in the Keystone XL pipeline. This report shows that is false," claims IFG. The report receals that the Koch brothers have sent $50 million to the Tea Party, think tanks and other parties that are pushing for the pipeline.

Green Machine: The Pentagon Confronts 'Peak Oil'
(Lt. Col. Robert Bateman / Earth Island Journal )

The US military is the world's single largest consumer of petroleum. The Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines consume roughly 300,000 barrels of oil each day -- about 120 million barrels annually. And each year the Pentagon churns through about 3.8 billion-kilowatt hours of electricity. All too aware of the risks poised by oil addiction, the military has set a new mission: to dramatically reduce the amount of energy troops need. This has little to do with "saving the planet."

US Oil Company Lobby Plots to Frack Europe, Cook Planet
(Eric Lipton and Danny Hakin / The New York Times )

Gathered at the Brussels office of Covington & Burling, a prominent Washington-based firm, were some of its lawyers and lobbyists, along with executives from some of the world's largest oil companies, including Chevron and Statoil. Their aim was to help shape the European Union's policies on the gas and oil drilling technology known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Beating Swords Into Solar Panels: Re-purposing America's War Machine
(Mattea Kramer and Miriam Pemberton / The Nation)

America's $600 billion war budget accounts for a staggering 40 percent of all military expenditures globally but the Pentagon has never successfully completed an audit and its officials can't even tell you where all that money goes. A great deal of good can happen if military contractors and militarized communities start to move away from economic dependence on Cold War weapons systems, investing instead in new, renewable, clean energy technology.

Will Solar Save the Planet?
(Mark Hertsgaard/ The Nation )

In a week when a landmark scientific report declares that humanity must quit fossil fuels within 30 years or risk catastrophic climate change, a former top Greenpeace activist-turner-solar-entrepreneur says that solar and wind power are growing so fast worldwide that they will displace fossil fuels much sooner than usually thought. "We're actually winning the fight against climate change, but most people don't know it yet," says Sungevity's Danny Kennedy.

Scotland Plans to Be 100% Renewable by 2020
(John Daly / OilPrice.com)

Scotland's renewable energy resources now produce 40% of the country's electrical demand and the country plans to be 100% renewable by 2020. Scotland's Energy Minister Fergus Ewing says the Scots are "firmly on course" to meet this renewable energy agenda, telling journalists: "We remain firmly on course to generate the equivalent of 100 percent of Scotland's electricity needs from renewables by 2020, with renewables generating more than enough electricity to supply every Scottish home."

Will Solar Save the Planet?
(Mark Hertsgaard/ The Nation )

In a week when a landmark scientific report declares that humanity must quit fossil fuels within 30 years or risk catastrophic climate change, a former top Greenpeace activist-turner-solar-entrepreneur says that solar and wind power are growing so fast worldwide that they will displace fossil fuels much sooner than usually thought. "We're actually winning the fight against climate change, but most people don't know it yet," says Sungevity's Danny Kennedy.

Beating Swords Into Solar Panels: Re-purposing America's War Machine
(Mattea Kramer and Miriam Pemberton / The Nation)

America's $600 billion war budget accounts for a staggering 40 percent of all military expenditures globally but the Pentagon has never successfully completed an audit and its officials can't even tell you where all that money goes. A great deal of good can happen if military contractors and militarized communities start to move away from economic dependence on Cold War weapons systems, investing instead in new, renewable, clean energy technology.

US Court Rules Transcanada's Keystone XL Profits More Important than Environment
(Steve Horn / DeSmogBlog )

The US Court's decision hinged on an "injury" balancing test: Would the Transcanada tar sands project be hurt more financially from receiving an injunction? Or would ecosystems suffer even greater and potentially incalculable damage from the 485-mile, 700,000 barrels per day pipeline crossing 2,227 streams? In a 2-1 decision, the Court sided with Transcanada.

Russia Fires on Greenpeace in Arctic Protest
(Common Dreams and Greenpeace)

Greenpeace activists challenged Russian oil interests by scaling a Gazprom drilling rig, vowing to halt oil exploration and extraction in the fragile region. The activists were arrested after a Russian Coast Guard ship intervened amid live fire directed at the unarmed environmentalists.

Syria Intervention Plan Fueled by Oil Interests, Not Chemical Weapons Concerns
(Nafeez Ahmed / The Guardian )

Massacres of Syrian civilians are being exploited for geopolitical purposes to control Mideast oil and gas pipelines Few recall that US agitation against Syria began long ago, in the context of wider operations targeting Iranian influence across the Middle East. Leaked emails from the Stratfor intelligence firm have revealed meetings with Pentagon officials confirming US-UK training of Syrian opposition forces in 2011 aimed at eliciting the "collapse" of Assad's regime "from within."

Oil-for-Guns Program Leaves Nigeria Feeling 'Shell-shocked'
(Rob Davies / This Is Money: The Daily Mail & World Bulletin / News Desk)

Oil theft in Nigeria cost Shell Oil £160 million in the last set of quarterly results. In response, the Anglo-Dutch firm sought government help to deal with the fragile security situation. Shell lobbied the British Government to send millions of pounds of weapons to Nigeria. Now it has been reported that the weapons may have fallen into the hands of militants guilty of human rights abuses. In other news, Shell has closed its offices in Egypt -- due to threats of violence.

Tensions Rise as Shell Oil's Pollution Robs Nigerians of Clean Water
(Akanimo Reports)

Hundreds of thousands of the Ogoni people in the Rivers State axis of Southern Nigeria, do no longer have safe drinking water due to decades of oil pollution from Shell facilities in the area. it is shocking that two years after the UNEP assessment was submitted to President Goodluck Jonathan, there is still virtually nothing to show the Nigerian government is ready to compel Shell to take responsibility for its environmental crimes of ecological disaster in Ogoniland.

Analysis: Oil Majors to Stay Onshore Nigeria Despite Grumbles
(Joe Brock / Reuters )

A wave of planned sales of onshore Nigerian assets by oil majors has prompted speculation that they are finally leaving the Niger Delta because of oil theft, gangsterism and political uncertainty. In reality, though, foreign firms such as Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, Eni and Total are here to stay.

US Secretly Threatens Pakistan over Pipeline
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Arshad Shaheen / The Express Tribune)

Claims of a return to "full partnership" between the US and Pakistan following Secretary of State John Kerry's visit may have been premature. After Kerry's departure, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif charged that the US had threatened him over plans to import much-needed natural gas via a pipeline from Iran. Pakistan was warned it risks sparking US sanctions if it pursues its plans to build the $7.5 billion gas IP pipeline.

The Global Warming Downside of Natural Gas
(Kent Jackson / The Standard-Speaker )

The view that natural gas is a source of clean, inexpensive energy undergoes scrutiny in Walter M. Brasch's new book, "Fracking Pennsylvania." Producing, distributing and using gas creates about half as much greenhouse gas as coal while releases of natural gas can trap 72 times as much heat as CO2. "The large (greenhouse gas) footprint of shale gas undercuts the logic of its use as a bridging fuel over coming decades, if the goal is to reduce global warming," Brasch reports.

Joint Russian-Chinese Naval Exercise has Energy Undertones
(John Daly / Oil Price.com )

For centuries, maritime powers have used their navies to "show the flag" in contested naval issues. Unlike armies, which must mobilize on frontiers, or air forces, which would need to overfly hostile space, navies can float in international waters of countries that naval powers wish to intimidate, sending a not so subtle signal all the while obeying international law.

The NSA's Metastasised Intelligence-industrial Complex Is Ripe for Abuse
(Valerie Plame Wilson and Joe Wilson / The Guardian )

Where oversight and accountability have failed, Edward Snowden's leaks have opened up a vital public debate on our rights and privacy. Snowden's disclosures have placed in sharp relief the essential issues of national security versus constitutional guarantees of privacy. More than 1.4 million Americans now hold "top secret" security clearances. We are now dealing with a vast intelligence-industrial complex that is largely unaccountable to its citizens.

The US Wants Syrian Oil, Not Democracy
(Carl Gibson / Reader Supported News )

All the hubbub over Syria is all about oil. And if you don't believe me, believe John Bolton. If the US were really concerned about spreading Democracy in the Middle East, we'd be helping the Occupy Gezi movement oust Turkish Prime Minister Ergodan and condemning his violent suppression of human rights, rather than assisting the Free Syrian Army.

Gore to Obama: Veto the Tar Sands Pipeline 'Atrocity'
(Suzanne Goldenberg / The Guardian)

Former Vice President and Presidential Candidate Al Gore has called on Barack Obama to veto the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, describing it as "an atrocity" and 'a losing proposition.' Gore has asked Obama to follow the example of British Columbia -- which last week rejected a similar pipeline project -- and shut down the Keystone XL pipeline project. Gore is also insisting that Obama follow through on the climate protection plan promised at his inauguration.

ACTION ALERT: Reject BLM's Call to Frack the Nation

The Obama administration just released its first major fracking policy -- the Bureau of Land Management's proposed rules for fracking on 600 million acres of public land. And it's even worse than we feared The Obama administration's rule for fracking on public lands is a major concession to the fracking industry. Please submit a comment telling the Obama administration to ban fracking on federal lands, not open them up to dangerous fracking.

ACTION ALERT: Tell John Kerry: Investigate Corruption in the KXL Pipeline Review
(Friends of the Earth)

In March, the State Department issued its environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline that Ignored the many studies warning the pipeline will accelerate climate change and endanger communities along its route. It has now been revealed that the firm hired by the State Department to write this flawed review is a dues-paying member of the American Petroleum Institute and sub-contractors hired to do the review have ties to the oil industry.

Fracking the Suburbs: An Explosive Combination?
(Peter Pearsall / Yes Magazine )

As oil and gas get harder to find, the industry is drilling in suburbia. As rural deposits of fossil fuel grow fewer and farther between, extractive industries are increasingly siting their operations in the next best location: suburban neighborhoods. The US Energy Information Agency reports the Marcellus shale formation beneath parts of the Midwest and Appalachia contains trillions of cubic feet of natural gas -- the most accessible of which lies beneath residential homes.

How 'Big Energy' Is Conspiring to Control, Constrict and Co-opt Renewable Power
(Giles Parkinson / Clean Technica & Rachel Dovey / The Bohemian)

According to a recent report by the Edison Electric Institute, a trade group that represents investor owned utilities in the US, solar panels and battery storage (along with fuel cells and storage from electric vehicles) could “directly threaten the centralised utility model” that has prevailed for a century or more. Utilities are now seeking to protect their business models by slowing or controlling the deployment of new energy technologies that don’t fit the decades-old model.

400 Parts Per Million: The Coming Carbon Apocalypse
(Al Gore / Reader Supported News & Google)

For the first time in human history, concentrations of carbon dioxide, the primary global warming pollutant, hit 400 parts per million. For the last 150 years we have been recklessly polluting the protective atmosphere that surrounds the Earth. Every day we pour 90 million tons of global warming pollution into the sky. The global warming pollution now traps enough extra heat energy to equal the energy released by 400,000 Hiroshima-scale atomic bombs exploding every day.

Microgrids for Military Bases to Surpass $377 Million in Annual Market Value by 2018
(Business Wire via The Motley Fool)

Microgrids hold strong appeal for the Pentagon. Microgrids can reduce the amount of fossil fuels consumed to create electricity by networking generators and can help integrate renewable energy resources (such as wind and solar) for military installations. Microgrids can enable military bases -- including forward operating bases -- to sustain operations, no matter what is happening in the theater of operations.

Wind Farms May Bring Lobsters Killed Off During WWII Back To Germany's North Coast
(Reuters & German Pulse & Christoph Seidler / Der Spiegel)

Germany once had a thriving lobster population off its north coast, but heavy bombing during WWII, nearly destroyed the lobster population. British bombers subjected the coastal area to one of the largest non-nuclear detonations with 7,000 metric tons of explosives in 1947. The lobster population may have a chance to recover now that Germany has begun building 5,000 offshore wind farms whose stone foundations on the seafloor will make an ideal habitat for lobsters.

Tim DeChristopher: Two Years in Jail for a Protest Bid on an Oil Lease
(Rose Aguilar / Your Call & Al Jazeera )

Climate activist Tim DeChristopher was released from a federal halfway house on April 21, just in time to speak out for environment justice at an Earth Day event in Salt Lake City. On July 26, 2011, DeChristopher was sentenced to two years in federal prison and fined $10,000 for violating the Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act. His crime? He bid on pristine Utah land that was being leased for oil and gas exploration with no intention to buy the land or drill on it.

Gulf Oil Spill Continues to Cause Death, Illness
(CBS & AP & Jacob Chamberlain / Common Dreams & Andrea Germanos / Common Dreams & Emily Dugan / The Independent)

On eve of the third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, lawsuits and a new report reveal a litany of BP lies and government collusion in the oil 'clean-up' as the Gulf and coastal residents continue to suffer from the legacy of the blow-out, explosion and massive spill. Meanwhile, chemicals used to disperse Gulf of Mexico spill are being blamed for mysterious dolphin die-offs, the appearance of shrimp without eyes and lingering human illnesses.

Global Warming's Terrifying New Math
(Bill McKibben / Rolling Stone )

In July 2012, the world's nations met in Rio for the 20th-anniversary reprise of a massive 1992 environmental summit -- and accomplished nothing. Unlike George H.W. Bush, who flew in for the first conclave, Barack Obama didn't even attend. People need to understand the cold, mathematical truth -- the fossil-fuel industry is systematically undermining the planet's physical systems. The industry's continued growth can only come at the expense of a global climate catastrophe.

The Fossil Fuel Resistance: Meet the New Green Heroes
(Bill McKibben / Rolling Stone Magazine)

Time is running out for our future on this planet, but the human race isn't going down without a fight. In recent years, a bold new wave of activists has stepped up to stop the fossil fuel industry before it's too late. This movement has no great charismatic leader and no central organization, The Fossil Fuel Resistance battles on a thousand fronts. But taken together, it's now big enough to matter, and it's growing fast.

ACTION ALERT: Stop the Pentagon's Sonic War on Whales
(Ted Danson / Oceana )

The Obama administration is considering allowing the use of deadly seismic airgun blasts to search for oil and gas under the ocean floor, the first harmful step toward expanding dangerous offshore drilling to the Atlantic. The US Department of the Interior estimates that 138,500 whales and dolphins will be injured and possibly killed along the East Coast if these tests are allowed to go through.

The Secret of the Seven Sisters: The History of the Oil Wars
(Inside Story / Al Jazeera & Fault Lines / Al Jazeera)

Since the discovery of oil, the powerful oil companies known as the "Seven Sisters" have sought to control the global balance of power. They have supported dictatorial monarchies, opposed the creation of OPEC, profited from the Iran-Iraq war and the US invasion of Iraq. Since their founding at a secret meeting at a Scottish castle in 1928, the Seven Sisters have always present -- and almost always came out on top. They have never ceased to plot, plan and scheme.

Peak Biofuels?
(Gerard Wynn / Reuters)

A stalled biofuel industry will need to produce far more efficient fuels to avoid setting off another bout of arguments over its contribution to boosting energy security and cutting carbon emissions. Biofuels had a difficult 2012. In the United States, Energy Information Administration data show production through November fell compared with the same period the previous year.

Israel OKs US Oil Drilling in Occupied Lebanon
(CBS News & AntiWar.com)

Israel says it has given the go-ahead for a gas exploration project in the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau it captured from Syria in the 1967 war. The oil company's board includes former US Vice President Dick Cheney, News Corporation Head Rupert Murdoch, and several other high profile figures. The drilling permit raises concerns it could draw international condemnation, especially ahead of President Barack Obama's visit to Israel.

UN to Big Oil: Don't Drill in the Arctic!
(Jon Queally / Common Dreams & Arctic Methane Emergency Group)

As part of their annual review, the UN says that melting of the world's Arctic waters should not be an excuse to encourage a race to exploit the mineral and energy resources that such melting have made accessible, and urged international caution to avoid damage to the fragile Arctic environment. If the current rate of warming continues, it will inevitably lead to uncontrollable accelerating global warming and "runaway" climate change.

Mali, Algeria, Libya and the New Front Line In 'Energy Diplomacy''

(Patrick Kane / The Huffington Post )

With the start of 2013 the 'War on Terror' has burst back into the headlines -- with the attack on a BP gas plant in Algeria. The truth behind the War on Terror is that it is part of Western powers' imperialistic quest to secure natural resource reserves for their corporations. We should all fear for the peoples of energy-rich regions as the global resource grab plummets new depths.

Will Obama Approve the XL Pipeline to Salvage a Sale of US Jets to Canada?
(Robert Naiman, Chelsea Mozen, Sarah Burns and Megan Iorio / Just Foreign Policy)

During his second inaugural address, President Obama promised to move the US forward on addressing climate change. So you'd think that rejecting the TransCanada Corporation's proposal to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have a significant carbon impact if implemented, would be a no-brainer, right? Not according to a recent New York Times report.

UN to Big Oil: Don't Drill in the Arctic!
(Jon Queally / Common Dreams & Arctic Methane Emergency Group)

As part of their annual review, the UN says that melting of the world's Arctic waters should not be an excuse to encourage a race to exploit the mineral and energy resources that such melting have made accessible, and urged international caution to avoid damage to the fragile Arctic environment. If the current rate of warming continues, it will inevitably lead to uncontrollable accelerating global warming and "runaway" climate change.

Keystone XL: Climate Game Over or Game On?
(Inside Story Americas / Al Jazeera )

Days after publically reaffirming his belief in the threat posed by climate change, US President Barack Obama is under pressure to prove he means it by ordering the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast. This is a make-or-break moment for the tar sands industry, and for the fight against global warming. Al Jazeera looks at the environmental and political impact if President Obama greenlights the construction of the pipeline.

Enviros -- including the Sierra Club -- Face Arrest over Tar Sands Pipeline
(CBS Local & The Sierra Club)

More than 40 celebrities and environmentalists -- including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Julian Bond, Bill McKibben, Daryl Hannah and NASA climate scientist James Hansen -- were arrested after tying themselves to the White House gate to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune also was arrested. It was the first time in the group's 120-year history that a club leader was arrested in an act of civil disobedience.

Kerry Misses the Keystone XL Pipeline Point
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News )

The same day that US Secretary of State John Kerry was promising a "fair and transparent" review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to the Texas Gulf Coast, the CEO of the company building that pipeline, TransCanada's Russ Girling, was reported as saying that his company's "Plan A" was finishing a different pipeline that would take the same tar sands oil to Canada's east coast.

Shell Oil Pollution Ruling Due in Dutch Court
(Al Jazeera)

A Dutch court is set to rule on whether Royal Dutch Shell is responsible for pollution in Nigeria, a case activists say could set a precedent for damage claims related to the foreign activities of multinational companies. Four Nigerians and the environmental group Friends of the Earth filed the suit in 2008 in The Hague, where Shell has its joint global headquarters, seeking unspecified reparations for lost income from contaminated land and waterways in the Niger Delta.

Chuck Hagel's Chevron Tie Not Criticized
(David R. Baker / The San Francisco Chronicle )

In his bid to become secretary of defense, former Sen. Chuck Hagel has come under fire from both the left and right for his comments on Iraq, Israel and gays. His membership on the board of one of America's largest oil companies, however, has caused barely a stir. Since 2010, Hagel has served on the board of Chevron Corp. Chevron is a major federal contractor, with more than $501 million in sales to the US government in the last fiscal year -- with most of the sales going to the Pentagon.

Making Petrol Out of Fresh Air?
(Andrew McFadyen / Al Jazeera )

Engineers have found a way to synthesize everyday vehicle fuel from air and water, in a revolutionary breakthrough. The process removes carbon dioxide from air and hydrogen from water and turns these elements into a petroleum-like fuel. While water and air are plentiful, is it wise to "mine" the planet's atmosphere and water supplies -- both essential to life on Earth -- to produce fuel for automobiles and power plants?

Slow-motion Environmental Disaster in Alaska, Courtesy of Shell Oil
(Orcas GeorgeFollow / Daily Kox )

While we were all enthralled by the drama in Washington over the fiscal cliff, Shell Oil slipped us a belated Christmas present. As you may know, Shell is drilling exploratory wells in the environmentally sensitive Beaufort sea, which happens to have some of the worst weather on the planet. They bought an old drill rig that was about to be scrapped, refitted it, and took it up to Alaska with a companion to see if mankind can conquer mother nature and win the mother lode of oil profits.

No War for Oil: US Dependency and the Middle East
(Ivan Eland /The Independent Institute )

Commentary: Dependence on foreign oil is not the problem that conventional wisdom makes it out to be. All the wars we have fought over oil have been largely unnecessary and immensely expensive. Why has the Pentagon essentially become an oil-protection force? Could it be that the US is employing military power not to protect oil supplies -- as Japan did before World War II -- but is using the military threat to keep a thumb on the oil lifelines of other nations.

Millions for Military's Microgrids: How About the Rest of the US?
(Procurment Leaders.com & Pike Research & OilPrice.com )

As awareness about the electrical grid's vulnerability to terrorist attacks has grown, the Pentagon has become one of the strongest proponents of microgrids. Microgrids offer the ultimate power security for fixed base military operations. Many army, navy and air force bases and offices already have microgrids in place. The opportunity to help build and sell microgrids has attracted a powerful technology companies including Lockheed Martin, GE, Honeywell and Boeing.

Climate Talks Go into Overtime as Saudi Arabia Prepares to 'Go Solar'
(Al Jazeera )

Rich and poor nations meeting to address climate change in Doha, Qatar, fundamentally disagree on funding as negotiators scramble to reach a global agreement on rising CO2 emissions. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich Gulf states are seeking $109 billion in solar energy investments -- a move some say could revolutionize the shift to green power around the world.

US Spends Five Times More on Fossil Fuel Pollution Than on Climate Change Mitigation
(Amy Goodman / Democracy Now! )

A new report by Oil Change International has found wealthy nations are spending five times more money on fossil fuel subsidies than climate aid. In 2011, rich nations spent $58 billion on subsidies and just $11 billion for climate adaptation and mitigation in developing countries. According to the study, the United States spent $13 billion on fossil fuel subsidies in 2011 and just $2.5 billion in climate aid.

The Battle for the Arctic: An Environmental and Human Disaster in the Making
(Fault Lines / Al Jazeera)

The UN has imposed a 2013 deadline for the submission of scientific claims to the Arctic seabed. It is the precursor to a resource boom, which would see Canada, the US, Russia, Norway and Greenland all attempt to exploit the region's fossil fuel resources. This would speed the global warming responsible for melting the Polar ice caps in the first place – and threaten an irreversible global climate collapse.

Global Warming Prompts Battle over Arctic Oil
(Chris Arsenault / Al Jazeera)

Arctic ice is melting faster than ever expected, leading oil companies and northern countries to jockey for position to access newly accessible wealth unlocked by global warming. In 2011, secret cables released by Wikileaks warned that resource wars would become more likely as global warming melts polar ice -- and opens new areas to oil exploitation. Will threats of military action and naval blockages next spread to the waters of the Arctic?

(David Swanson / War Is a Crime )

Commentary: Which came first, the oil business or the war machine that protects it? Who started this madness, the military that consumes so much oil or the corporations that distribute and profit from it? An answer of sorts can be found in the book, "Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil." US oil corporations were never strong enough to monopolize foreign oil without major military assistance. When "imperialism" went out of vogue, the phrase became "strategic interest."

Shell Gets Green Light to Harass Arctic Marine Mammals
(Will Race / The Beacon / Oceana Blog )

The Arctic Ocean is home to an abundance of wildlife. In the spring, consistent and extensive polynyas -- stretches of open water surrounded by sea ice -- create pathways into the Arctic for bowhead whales, seals, and birds. But now, the Shell oil company has been given the green light from the government to harass marine mammals and put them at risk of a major oil spill in the region.

Romney Plan: End US Support for Renewable Energy; Bailout Nuclear Plants
(Nick Juliano / E&E Daily & David Malakoff / Science Magazine )

Mitt Romney's campaign has called for ending a key wind industry tax credit. Romeny's position statement was part of his broader opposition to President Obama's support for renewable energy. Romeny called for " level playing field on which all sources of energy can compete on their merits." But, at the same time, Romney (like the President) insists that nuclear power should receive billions of dollars of federal loan guarantees.

Brazil Court Orders Chevron to Stop Drillingg
(Al Jazeera)

A federal court has given Chevron and Transocean 30 days to suspend all petroleum drilling and transportation operations in Brazil until investigations are completed into two oil spills off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. About 155,000 gallons of oil crude began seeping from cracks in the ocean floor at the site of a Chevron appraisal well in November. Chevron has placed the amount of oil that leaked at 110,000 gallons.

Oil and Rumors of War: Standoff at Scarborough Shoal
(101 East / Al Jazeera )

The South China Sea is a strategically important and resource-rich area in Asia. Around half of the world's merchant fleets pass through every year carrying an estimated $5 trillion worth of trade. Could valuable oil and gas deposits in the South China Sea be behind the growing military build-up in the region?

Military Spending Fight Hits Foreign Oil, Biofuel
(Oskar Garcia / Associated Press )

Some 100 nautical miles northeast of Oahu in the Pacific Ocean, a fleet of US Navy fighter jets slings from the deck of the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, leaving thin trails of smoke on the tight runway. The operation, part of maneuvers involving several thousand sailors as part of the world's largest naval exercises in waters off Hawaii, was at the center of a growing controversy involving defense spending and foreign oil.

ACTION ALERT: End Polluter Welfare
(Credo Action & Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Keith Ellison)

How much money will you give to the fossil fuel industry today? A lot -- even if you don't fill up your gas tank. $30 million of our tax dollars go to oil, coal and gas polluters daily in the form of subsidies, tax breaks and loopholes. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Keith Ellison have introduced the End Polluter Welfare Act to end these giveaways. Tell Congress: It's time to end polluter welfare. Click below to automatically sign this petition:

Culture-jamming Activists Prank Shell at Corporate Event
(The Yes Men & Greenpeace & the Occupy Movement)

Greenpeace, the Yes Lab, and members of the Occupy movement are claiming responsibility for a set of actions that have focused intense attention on Shell's Arctic drilling program. The centerpiece of the action was a lavish party in the Space Needle, in which a model of an Arctic-bound oil rig "accidentally" spewed liquid in the face of the rig designer's "widow" (84-year-old Occupy activist Dorli Rainey). To Shell's embarrassment, the stunt quickly went viral.

Oil Wars on the Horizon
(Michael T. Klare / CommonDreans & TomDispatch )

The Story Behind the Kony 2012 Campaign: Another White People's War for Oil
(keith harmon snow / Conscious Being Alliance)

Perhaps you have heard about this new short film, "KONY2012," which is something of a mad craze in the US right now. It was made by a group called "Invisible Children" that claims to be a nonprofit, non-government organization but which actually has complete US government and Pentagon support and is reaping millions of dollars in private profits. Well, never trust any group that is advocating the invasion of an African (or any other) country by the Pentagon. Read on.

Did EXXON Trigger Deadly Landslide Papua New Guinea?
(Rebekah Kebede / Reuters)

A deadly mountain landslide Papua New Guinea, near where Exxon Mobil is building a $15.7 billion gas project, is raising new questions about the global energy industry's scramble for ever harder-to-reach resources. The landslide tore through a quarry, killing at least 25 people, but it has stirred little international publicity, even though an expert report had questioned the safety of the excavations. The incident raises familiar issues aired by critics of "big oil" in previous disasters.

Exploding Pipelines: Oil Politics in the Middle Easst
(Ahram Online & OilPrice.com)

Unknown assailants carried out the 13th attack since on the Egyptian gas pipeline to Israel and Jordan since the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. 

Egypt's 20-year gas deal with Israel, signed in the Mubarak era, is unpopular with many Egyptians, with critics accusing Israel of not paying enough for the fuel. Meanwhile, Iran and Saudi Arabia are at odds over conflicting reports about the destruction of an oil pipeline in the Saudi Kingdom.

Israel Nixes Solar Energy for Palestinians
(Dalia Nammari and Karin Laub / Associated Press )

Electricity from solar panels and wind turbines has revolutionized life in rural Palestinian herding communities: Machines, instead of hands, churn goat milk into butter, refrigerators store food that used to spoil and children no longer have to hurry to get their homework done before dark. But the German-funded project, initiated by Israeli volunteers, is now in danger. Israeli authorities are threatening to demolish the installations.

Oil: The Industrialized World's Essential Resource Is Vanishing
(Dahr Jamail / Al Jazeera )

Oil touches nearly every single aspect of the lives of those in the industrialised world. Most of our food, clothing, electronics, and transportation simply would not exist without this resource. There is a reason why oil giants such as ExxonMobile, BP, and Shell generate more profit than most other companies on the planet. Our current global economy is based on continual growth, and that growth depends on cheap energy. But how much oil is left and what do we do when the oil runs out?

Big Oil, Not Green Energy, Is the Real Beneficiary of US Energy Subsidies
(David Sirota / Salon )

Commentary: "Listen to the typical conservative rhetoric about energy being thrown around on talk radio or in Republican presidential debates, and you're likely to hear that our government primarily uses its regulatory and financial power to create a destructive green energy boondoggle.... But the reality is something wholly different. Washington is aggressively favoring the fossil fuel industry in ways that give that industry a special economic advantage over clean energy."

Hotspots of Potential Conflict in the Geo-energy Era
(Michael Klare / TomDispatch & Al Jazeera )

Welcome to an edgy world -- where a single incident at an energy "chokepoint" could set a region aflame, provoking bloody encounters, boosting oil prices, and putting the global economy at risk. With energy demand on the rise and sources of supply dwindling, we are, in fact, entering a new epoch -- the Geo-Energy Era -- in which disputes over vital resources will dominate world affairs.

US, UK, Iran Threaten War over Access to Oil
(Russia Today & The Daily Mail & Associated Press & The Telegraph )

Following warnings from Washington, Britain's Defence Secretary has notified Tehran that the UK will not tolerate the 'very significant consequences' of a threat to block the Strait of Hormuz. In response, the US has threatened to challenge Iran's warning to keep US warships out of its territorial waters. Iran on Wednesday renewed its warning to America against keeping a US navy presence in the oil-rich Gulf, underlining a threat that Washington has dismissed as a sign of "weakness" from Tehran.

Iran to 'Block' Gulf Oil if Sanctions Proceed
(Al Jazeera )

No oil will be allowed to pass through the Strait of Hormuz if the West applies sanctions on Iran's oil exports, Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi has warned. "We have no desire for hostilities or violence ... but the West doesn't want to go back on its plan" to impose sanctions, he said. "The enemies will only drop their plots when we put them back in their place."

Iraq Throws Open Doors to US Firms as Army Exits
(Andrew Beatty / Agence France-Presse)

During a "goodwill" visit to Washington, Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki declared his war-scarred nation holds "limitless" opportunities for US corporations. "All sectors of the economy are there, open for business for American business," Maliki said. On the list of sectors open to business, oil is "first among equals." Many companies, including ExxonMobil, have piled into Iraq. Last month Exxon signed a deal with the authorities in Kurdistan -- against the wishes of Maliki's government.

US Navy and American Airlines Experiment with Biofuels
(Noah Shachtman / DangerRoom, Wired Magazine & John Terrett / Al Jazeera)

The Navy just signed deals to buy 450,000 gallons of biofuels -- arguably the biggest purchase of its kind in US government history -- to transform the service into an energy-efficient fleet. At $15 per gallon, however, biofuel is nearly four times the price of traditional fuel. Meanwhile, Alaska Airlines has begun fueling its passenger jets with biofuel. AA says if all its aircraft were powered this way for one year it'd be like taking 64,000 cars off the road.

Is Oil the Future of Energy?
(Inside Story / Al Jazeera)

For the first time in its history, the Middle East is hosting the World Petroleum Congress. The 5,000 participants gathered in the Qatari capital will be talking about the most pressing issues facing the energy sector. With the region undergoing a wave of political upheaval, the emir of Qatar was quick to reassure the world's biggest consumers that energy supplies will continue to flow. So, are we stuck with high energy prices? Will there be enough to meet global demand years from now?

Next Step After 'Withdrawal': Exploit Afghanistan's Natural Resources
( John Glaser / Anti-War.com)

Don't be fooled into believing the Obama administration's 2014 date of full withdrawal from Afghanistan. As one official notes: "2014 is not a withdrawal date -- it's an inflection point." The Pentagon's Task Force for Business and Stability Operations has already promised to provide training and equipment as part of the US's continuing efforts to help the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan identify and develop its vast deposits of oil and mineral resources.

Mission Accomplished: Shell Oil Signs $17.2 Billion Gas Deal with Iraq
(Wall Street Journal Online & Arab Oil & Gas News & Reuters)

Iraq has signed a $17.2 billion deal with Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Mitsubishi Corp. to capture and process flared gas from southern Iraqi oil fields, Iraqi and company officials said. The 25-year deal, one of the largest Iraq has signed with foreign energy companies, is meant to help harness more than 700 million cubic feet per day of gas being burned off at southern fields.

ACTION ALERT: Shell Eyes Oil Reserves in Iraq; Turns a Blind Eye to Pollution in Nigeria
(Reuters & Shell & Amnesty International USA )

Royal Dutch Shell has pulled out of oil-development talks with the Kurdistan Regional Government in an effort to protect its lucrative investments in southern Iraq. Shell has won a 44% stake in three major oil fields -- part of a $17 billion gas deal with the Iraqi government. Meanwhile, Shell has failed to clean up its legacy of pollution in Nigeria where two major oil spills in 2008, disrupted the lives of the 69,000 people in the Niger Delta. Shell has yet to take full responsibility for the spills or the clean-up.

IEA Warns: World Headed for 'Irreversible Climate Change' in Five Years
(Fiona Harvey, environment correspondent / The Guardian)

he world is likely to build so many fossil-fuelled power stations, energy-guzzling factories and inefficient buildings in the next five years that it will become impossible to hold global warming to safe levels, and the last chance of combating dangerous climate change will be "lost for ever", according to the most thorough analysis yet of world energy infrastructure.

IEA Warns: World Headed for 'Irreversible Climate Change' in Five Years
(Fiona Harvey, environment correspondent / The Guardian)

he world is likely to build so many fossil-fuelled power stations, energy-guzzling factories and inefficient buildings in the next five years that it will become impossible to hold global warming to safe levels, and the last chance of combating dangerous climate change will be "lost for ever", according to the most thorough analysis yet of world energy infrastructure.

Court Records Reveal Shell Hired Nigerian Army to Murder Thousands of Environmental Activists
(John Vidal / The Guardian & David Smith / The Guardian)

Shell has never denied that its oil operations have polluted large areas of the Niger Delta -- land and air. But it had resisted charges of complicity in human rights abuses. Court documents now reveal that in the 1990s Shell routinely worked with Nigeria's military and mobile police to suppress resistance to its oil activities, often from activists in Ogoniland, in the delta region.

ACTION ALERT: 1,252 Arrested in 14 Days of White House Protests against Tar Sands Pipeline
(TV News Lies & The Christian Science Monitor)

Protesters hope to persuade President Obama not to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline that would run from Canada to Texas. But the State Department already says its safe, and supporters point to thousands of new jobs. Earlier this year, the pipeline was ordered shut down after charges that its continued operation would be hazardous to lives and the environment. In addition to creating a terrorist target, a pipeline spill could devastate the aquifers of the US heartland.

ACTION: Today We Risk Arrest for Justice; Tomorrow We Organize for It
(Young Climate Activists / WeArePowerShift.org)

Moved by the two-year sentence meted out to environmental activist Tim DeChristopher, young activists opposed to the Keystone Tar Sands Pipeline issued this statement: "Today we sit to demand justice. A growing movement of young people has been organizing to build a more clean and just economy that works for all of us, addresses the climate crisis and creates jobs for those who need them. Together, we will build an economy steered by communities, not corporations."

NATO Nations Set to Reap Spoils of in Libya War

(Rachel Shabi / Al-Jazeera )

As rebels take Tripoli, foreign powers are eyeing the prize of Libya's high quality crude oil. There are no more illusions over how far NATO forces exceeded the UN security resolution that mandated its campaign. Now it is an "open secret" that NATO countries were operating undercover, on the ground. As Reuters reports, "Western companies look well positioned as billions of dollars in oil exploration and construction contracts come up for grabs as part of the reconstruction effort."

Dash for Profit in Post-war Libya Carve-up
(Jerome Taylor, Kevin Rawlinson, Laurie Martin and Charlotte Allen / The Independent)

The West's rush to compete in scavenging the spoils of the war-ravaged Libyan nation may be about to turn nasty. British businesses are scrambling to return to Libya in anticipation of the end to the country's civil war, but they are concerned that European and North American rivals are already stealing a march as a new race to turn a profit out of the war-torn nation begins.

Oil Companies Scramble for Libyan Oil
(John Glaser / AntiWar.com & UPI)

Oil companies from the United States, Europe, and Asia are scrambling for a share in Libyan oil as the rebels’ Transitional National Council gradually works to take the place of the Gadhafi regime. Many of the companies are eager to restart business deals they had with Gadhafi on more beneficial terms with the rebels. British Petroleum, Total of France, and ENI of Italy had major projects in Libya before the rebellion against Gadhafi began six months ago.

Oil Companies Plan Quick Return to Libya
(Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Newspapers )

With the regime of Moammar Gadhafi on the verge of collapse, international oil companies began preparing Monday for what they hope will be a quick return to production in Libya, a move that's expected to reduce the global price of crude and help drive down US gasoline prices.

19 NATO Oil Tankers Set Ablaze in Pakistan
(Big News Network.com)

Another NATO oil tanker convoy in Pakistan has been attacked. Nineteen of 20 tankers in the convoy were set ablaze in the Mastung District. Five gunmen attacked the convoy by firing on the trucks, which were carrying gasoline to frontline NATO troops in Afghanistan. Most of the trucks exploded as the gasoline caught fire. There have been no reports of casualties among the convoy drivers. The attackers also were unharmed, and reportedly escaped.

Foreign Intervention Behind Creation of South Sudan
(James Corbett & Keith Harmon Snow / Global Research TVJames Corbett & Keith Harmon Snow / Global Research TV)

Analysis: "Critics and independent journalists note that Sudan has long been the victim of outside interference by western powers with financial interests in the vast resource wealth of the region. They allege that mainstream western press about South Sudan has gone out of its way to find human interest angles in the story that are conspicuously free of historical context or geopolitical analysis." Or mention of the region's major resource -- oil.

Oil Is Biggest US Military Weakness
(Senator Mark Udall / Politico)

The US military is the world's single-largest industrial consumer of oil, using more oil than 85 percent of all other countries combined. By advancing "cutting-edge energy technologies" like portable solar power, algae-based diesel fuel and microgrids, the Pentagon's new energy strategy hopes to transform the way the Armed Forces carries out military its global military assaults.

Army Deploys Microgrids in Afghanistan for 'Smart' Battlefield Power
(Army.mil & Intelligent Utility Daily)

In the field, for instance, the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have repeatedly shown that fuel trucks traveling vulnerable supply lines to reach forward positions are prone to attack, resulting in casualties and tactical setbacks. With this in mind, the US Army is installing microgrid technologies in Afghanistan as part of a groundbreaking project that could significantly lower fossil fuel consumption on the battlefield.

The Repercussions of the Gas Agreement between Iraq and Shell
(Walid Khadduri / Daral Hayat )

The Iraqi Oil Ministry has signed an initial agreement with Shell and its partner Mitsubishi to develope several southern gas fields. This is a terrible loss for the country, which suffers from a sharp lack of power capacity. Many objections were voiced against the $12 billion agreement, including objections about awarding a contract through direct negotiations between the Oil Ministry and Shell, rather than through a public tender, as the Iraqi laws in force require.

Why the US Won't Leave Afghanistan
(Pepe Escobar / Al Jazeera )

Surge, bribe and run? Or surge, bribe and stay? How US military bases and the energy war play out in Afghanistan. Among multiple layers of deception and newspeak, the official Washington spin on the strategic quagmire in Afghanistan simply does not hold. 

It makes no sense that Washington would be spending $10 billion a month to battle, what the CIA admits are "no more than "50-75 'al-Qaeda types' in Afghanistan." It's really about the control of global oil reserves.

End the Oil Subsidies
(Carl Gibson / AlterNet )

Congress allows Big Oil companies to collect $4 billion per year in subsidies paid directly by the taxpayers. These are the same oil companies charging us $4 per gallon at the pump, making record profits every quarter, and paying $0 in taxes. In fact, ExxonMobil, the world's largest oil company (and beneificary of these taxpayer subsidies), made $19 billion in profits in 2009, and -- instead of paying federal taxes-- received a $156 million refund check from Uncle Sam.

Blood and Oil: The Greening of the Pentagon
(Edward Humes / Sierra Magazine )

The US military is embracing alternative energy -- but not because of climate change. Up to half of the yearly American casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan have been incurred guarding fuel convoys, and the Pentagon will no longer tolerate oil's "burden in blood."

Iraq Struggles to Boost Oil Production
(Aaron C. Davis / The Washington Post )

Efforts to boost oil production have pushed the country's dilapidated oil infrastructure to the brink. Rusted pipelines are running full and are in danger of rupturing on the floor of the Persian Gulf. Rickety pumps seize and spring leaks in the heat. The entire network meant to get oil from fields to tankers is maxed out and prone to backups that cause permanent damage to wells. Is the US willing to risk a new oil spill in the Persian Gulf?

Russia Prepares for War in the Arctic over Oil
(BBC News)

Russia's defence minister has said he plans to create two specialist army brigades to be based in the Arctic. The announcement comes days after Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Russia would strongly defend its interests -- to exploit the oil and mineral reserves of the polar region. The brigades could be based in Murmansk, Arkhangelsk or other areas, Russian news agencies reported.

Winners and Losers in the Great, Global Energy Struggle to Come
(Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch)

A 30-year war for energy preeminence? You wouldn't wish it even on a desperate planet. But that's where we're headed and there's no turning back. Over the coming decades, we will be embroiled at a global level in a succeed-or-perish contest among the major forms of energy, the corporations that supply them, and the countries that run on them. The question will be: Which will dominate the world's energy supply in the second half of the twenty-first century?

$20 Billion: Annual Cost for Air Conditioning Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan
(Daily Mail Reporter)

The US military forks out $20.2 billion a year to keep troops in Iraq and Afghanistan cool. The alarming figure is more than NASA's entire annual budget and trumps the bailout the G-8 has pledged to Egypt and Tunisia. It's more than the cleanup cost of BPs Gulf oil spill. The fuel in an AC unit burns fuel, (which adds the searing 125-degree heat) that has to be shipped into Karachi, then driven 800 miles to Afghanistan over 18 days on atrociously bad roads.

Obama's Faux Withdrawal and the TAPI Pipeline -- the Real Reason the US WIll Remain in Afghanistan
(David Swanson / War Is a Crime.org & Christopher Bollyn)

On April 15, the President declared: "I'm confident that the withdrawal will be significant. People will say this is a real process of transition; this is not just a token gesture." Instead, he has offered only a token withdrawal. Meanwhile, Christopher Bollyn writes: "The real reason for the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan is to build and secure a 1,080-mile long gas pipeline designed to carry trillions of dollars of Israeli-owned gas from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India."

Shell Oil Prepares to Exploit Iraq's Oil & Gas
(Nayla Razzouk / Bloomberg )

Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Mitsubishi Corp. are preparing to begin a delayed $12.5 billion natural-gas project to exploit Iraq's vast energy resources. In 2009, Shell won a 20-year service contract to raise oil output from Majnoon to 1.8 million barrels a day. In July, Shell will start installing 15 production wells and pipelines in the Majnoon oilfield in southern Iraq.

BP's Toxic Contamination of the Gulf Environment
(Erika Blumenfeld / Al Jazeera & Dahr Jamail / Al Jazeera)

In response to their oil disaster last summer that released at least 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP admitted to using at least 1.9 million gallons of widely banned toxic Corexit dispersants (which have been banned in 19 countries) to sink the oil. Researchers estimate that "approximately 6,000 sea turtles, 26,000 dolphins and whales, 82,000 birds, and countless fish and invertebrates may have been harmed by the disaster."

Probe Demanded After Worst Alberta Oil Spill in Four Decades
(Darcy Henton / Montreal Gazette & The Calgary Herald )

Aboriginal leaders are slamming the response of Alberta agencies to the province's largest oil spill in nearly four decades. The break in the 770-kilometre Rainbow Pipeline, in forest northeast of Peace River, has leaked nearly 4.5 million litres of crude oil since Friday. Residents of nearby First Nations communities say they didn't get information soon enough and the government response to their complaints of widespread illness has been "disappointing."

Greenpeace Activists Occupy Oil Rig in Fight to Prevent Arctic Drilling
(John Vidal / The Guardian )

The fight to stop the global oil industry exploring the pristine deep waters of the Arctic has been dubbed the new cold war, and early on Friday it escalated as environmental activists from 12 countries occupied the world's second largest rig on its way from Turkey to Greenland to drill among the icebergs.

Memos Reveal Western Oil Companies Plotted to Take Control of Iraq's Oil
(Paul Bignell / The Independent)

Plans to exploit Iraq's oil reserves were discussed by government ministers and the world's largest oil companies the year before Britain took a leading role in invading Iraq, government documents show. While BP was insisting in public that it had "no strategic interest" in Iraq, in private it told the Foreign Office that Iraq was "more important than anything we've seen for a long time."

They Denied It Was About Oil: But the Denials Never Rang True
(Patrick Cockburn / The Independent)

Western politicians and oil industry executives denied the invasion of Iraq was about "weapons of mass destruction" -- it was never about the country's oil resources. But the denials never rang true. Oil companies are intensely interested in what happens in Iraq because it contains some of the world's largest unexploited and under-exploited oilfields.

Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq
(Greg Muttitt / Random House (April 21, 2011))

Oil lies at the heart of Iraqi politics. Yet in the eight years since the bombs began to fall on Baghdad, it has been a taboo subject. In "Fuel on the Fire." Greg Muttitt’s gripping and far-reaching investigation, we are taken behind the scenes of the occupation to answer one of the war’s most pressing questions: What is happening to Iraq’s oil?

BP's Gulf Spill Anniversary: Toxicity, Suffering and Death
(Dahr Jamail /Al Jazeera )

April 20, 2011 marks the one-year anniversary of BP's catastrophic oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. t is, to date, the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster has caused the biggest chemical poisoning crisis in US history, experts say. BP now plans to restart deepwater drilling on 10 wells in the Gulf of Mexico this summer after being granted permission by US regulators.

Obama Administration Restricts Findings on Gulf's Dead Dolphins
(Lynn Herrmann / The Digital Journal)

The Obama Administration has issued a gag order on data over the recent spike of dead dolphins, including many stillborn infants, washing up on Mississippi and Alabama shorelines, and scientists say the restriction undermines the scientific process.

Petroleum and Empire in North Africa: The Struggle for Control of Libya
(keith harmon snow / Conscious Being Alliance)

Are events unfolding in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt about freedom and democracy or more about petro-terrorism? How much oil is there in North Africa? Who is in control of that oil? Is Muammar Gaddafi really the really the terrorist we've all been led to believe he is? Who is the Libyan "opposition" and who are the "rebels" we read about? A detailed examination from an award-winning war correspondent keith harmon snow.

Shell Oil Accused of Nigerian Crimes at Trial in The Netherlands
(Al Jazeera)

Environmental groups have accused oil giant Shell of abusing human rights and the environment in the Niger Delta at a Dutch parliamentary hearing. Amnesty International and environmental NGOs have accused the Anglo-Dutch company of failing to clean up oil spills and continuing the hazardous practice of flaring gas from around 100 wells in the region.

The US Role in Nigeria: Arms Sales and War Games for Oil
(Daniel Volman / All Africa & Hector Igbikiowubo / All Africa & Dulue Mbachu / ISN Security Watch)

With the US soon expected to import one-forth of its oil from Nigeria, the Pentagon is spending more time, attention and money on controlling events in the West African country. At the same time, the Pentagon has been practicing war games to explore how the US might stage invasions and military occupations of Nigeria and neighboring Somalia -- including sending 20,000 US troops "to secure the oil."

World's Oil Thirst Leads to Risks
(Harry R. Weber / Associated Press)

The world's thirst for crude is leading oil exploration companies into ever deeper waters and ventures fraught with environmental and political peril.

The Yemen Hidden Agenda: Behind the Al-Qaeda Scenarios, A Strategic Oil Transit Chokepoint
(F. William Engdahl / Global Research)

The evidence suggests that the Pentagon is moving to militarize a strategic chokepoint for the world's oil flows, Bab el-Mandab, and using the Somalia piracy incident and claims of a new Al Qaeda threat in Yemen to seize control over one of the world's most important oil transport routes. Undeveloped petroleum reserves in the territory between Yemen and Saudi Arabia are reportedly among the world's largest.

Navy Tries Fueling Ships and Jets with Algae-based Biofuel
(Jason Dearen / Associated Press)

While it may sound far-fetched, the US Navy in September ordered more than 150,000 gallons of ship and jet fuel from Solazyme, a company that uses "bioengineered" algae to turm sugar beets and other plants into oil that can be refined into jet fuel, bio-diesel, cooking oil or even cosmetics.

5000 Peruvian Protestors Block Oil Vessels
(Deborah Dupré / Human Rights Examiner)

On October 24, thousands of people took oil giant abuse matters in their own hands after years of continual leaking crude oil affecting their health and safety. They closed the passage of vessels for the important Amazon River, at height of the Puerto Orlando community.

Tea Party Climate Change Deniers Funded by BP and Other Major Polluters
(Suzanne Goldenberg / The Guardian/UK)

Major European companies are funding the election campaigns of Tea Party favorites -- including Jim DeMint and James Inhofe -- who oppose Barack Obama's energy agenda. BP, BASF, Bayer and Solvay (among Europe's biggest polluters) donated a total of $240,200 to senators who blocked action on global warming -- more than the $217,000 oil billionaires David and Charles Koch donated to the campaigns.

Midtern Election Scandal: Oil Interests Fueling Pro-pollution Politics
(Rebecca Solnit / TomDispatch)

Commentary: "This country is being run for the benefit of alien life forms. They've invaded; they've infiltrated; they've conquered; and a lot of the most powerful people on Earth do their bidding, including five out of our nine Supreme Court justices earlier this year and a whole lot of senators and other elected officials all the time."

Arctic Grab Is Mad Fight for Last Oil Frontier
(Matthew Lynn / Bloomberg Opinion)

Commentary: "If we didn't already have the phrase Cold War, we'd have to invent it to describe the power struggle taking place for Arctic Ocean resources. Russia, the US, Canada and Iceland are vying for control of the Arctic's mineral wealth but trying to bring the frozen wastelands around the North Pole into the global economy involves two huge risks: catastrophic climate change and a major war.

A Plan B for Obama: Get Off Oil, Cut Military Spending, Abandon Nuclear Power, Go Green
(Foreign Policy)

A stagnant economy, declining American influence, dictators on the march abroad and a more Republican Congress coming soon. Barack Obama is in big trouble. But it's never too late. Foreign Policy has a plan -- 14 in fact -- for how the president can find his mojo again. [Excerpted from a longer article.]

US Forced to Apologize for Illegal Raid as Taliban Destroys More than 121 US Oil Trucks in One Week
( Jonathan S. Landay / 
McClatchy Newspapers & BBC World News & Associated Press)

The US apologized to Pakistan Wednesday for the deaths of two paramilitary troops and the wounding of four others in a cross-border air strike by US helicopters that prompted Islamabad to close two vital supply routes used by the US-led force in Afghanistan. In the past seven days, militants have destroyed at least 121 oil tankers carrying fuel to supply 140,000 US-led NATO troops fighting in Afghanistan.

US Military Orders Less Dependence on Fossil Fuels
(Elizabeth Rosenthal / The New York Times)

With insurgents increasingly attacking the American fuel supply convoys that lumber across the Khyber Pass into Afghanistan, the military is pushing aggressively to develop, test and deploy renewable energy to decrease its need to transport fossil fuels.

Oil: The Pentagon's Achilles Heel
(Olivia Ward / The Star & Jim DiPeso / Republicans for Environmental Protection)

Taliban fighters have just demonstrated how to "stop war" -- at least as waged by the US and NATO. Just attack the trucks that supply the oil that fuels the war. About 80% of NATO fuel requirements are from refineries in Karachi so it's strategically easy for the Taliban to stop the convoys. DOD is a big energy consumer -- 300,000 barrels of oil per day.

55 NATO Oil Tankers Destroyed in Pakistan in 4 Days
(Xinhua News & Aaron Favila / Associated Press )

Suspected militants set ablaze more 27 tanker trucks carrying fuel for foreign troops in Afghanistan, highlighting the vulnerability of the US-led mission. Attacks on NATO and US convoys in Pakistan give militants a propaganda victory. Some of the attacks are believed to be the work of criminals while some officials allege truck owners may be behind some of the attacks -- to fraudulently claim insurance.

Paul Kagame: "Our Kind of Guy"
(Edward S. Herman and David Peterson / Z Magazine)

Back in 1995, a senior Clinton administration official, commenting on Indonesian President Suharto, then on a state visit to Washington, referred to him as "our kind of guy." He was speaking about a brutal and thieving dictator and double-genocidist. Rwanda's President Paul Kagame clearly is another "our kind of guy": Like Suharto, Kagame is a double-genocidist.

Arctic Grab Is Mad Fight for Last Oil Frontier
(Matthew Lynn / Bloomberg Opinion )

If we didn't already have the phrase Cold War, we’d have to invent it to describe the power struggle taking place for Arctic Ocean resources. Russia, the US, Canada and Iceland are vying for control of the wealth and power that Arctic drilling could create. But trying to exploit the Polar Region's mineral riches involves two huge risks -- catastrophic climate change and a major war.

The Real Reason Israel Attacked Gaza: Oil
(Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research & Gulf Publishing Co.)

The military invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israeli Forces bears a direct relation to the control of strategic offshore gas reserves. Extensive gas reserves were discovered off the Gaza coastline in 2000. British Gas was granted oil and gas exploration rights in a 25-year agreement with the Palestinian Authority. Israel has used military force to establish de facto control over Gaza's offshore gas reserves.

KBR to Execute Two Refinery Contracts for Iraq's Oil Ministry
(Marketwire via Comtex)

"Halliburton has made a sizeable investment in Iraq," says Halliburton Chair Dave Lesar. Halliburton has been active in the Middle East since 1946. Currently, Halliburton has more than 4,000 employees in the Middle East, and construction on phase I of Halliburton's 400-man base in Burjisia, Iraq is complete.

Greenpeace 'Shuts Down' Arctic Oil Rig
(Severin Carrell and Bibi van der Zee / The Guardian)

Demonstrating considerably more strategic wisdom and humanitarian sense than the Israeli Defense Force that attacked a Gaza aide flotilla (and killing several passengers), Greenpeace claims to have shut down an offshore drilling rig in a daring pre-dawn raid. Greenpeace opposes the British company's plan to drill for oil in the Arctic. Four climbers have begun a nonviolent occupation of the rig.

Danish Warship Blocks Greenpeace Arctic Oil Protest
(Severin Carrell and Kirsty Scott / The Guardian)

In a standoff chillingly reminiscent of Israel’s confrontation with a relief convoy heading to Gaza, the Danish navy is bearing down on the Greenpeace ship, the Esperanza, warning that it will be boarded by armed personnel if it breaches the exclusion zone to protest deep-sea drilling in the Arctic.

Renewable Energy at Work in War Zones
(Bill Scanlon / National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

It's tough to erect wind turbines or solar panels when the enemy keeps blowing things up. Still, Lt. Col. Brian Stevens of the Texas Army National Guard is determined to try. Stevens leads a group of 66 soldiers who want to help bring sustainable agriculture and renewable energy to rural Afghanistan.

"America's Vital Interests": Code Words Meaning Other Nations' Critical Resources
(Michael Payne / OpEd News)

"Protecting America's vital interests," a very patriotic thought, are code words for gaining control of another nation's or a region's critical resources, primarily, petroleum. Using these code words is a clever way of getting the American people to support our military actions in foreign lands without really explaining what those vital interests are.

Isolating Iran Is Part of the 'Great Energy Game'
(Kourosh Ziabari / Rebel News)

Analysis: "Iran, as the Persian Gulf region's only non-Arab nation, Israel, as the world's sole Jewish state, and a host of fragile Arab countries, who are being immersed in the waves of the West's economic turmoil, find their destiny intertwined, with each party trying to surmount the other. All this makes for a worrying, rivalry in the Middle East."

Big Oil Makes War on the Earth
(Ellen Cantarow / Tom Dispatch)

If you live on the Gulf Coast, welcome to the real world of oil -- and just know that you're not alone. In the Niger Delta and the Ecuadorian Amazon, among other places, your emerging hell has been the living hell of local populations for decades.

Iraq War Veterans Join Environmentalists in the Oiled Gulf of Mexico
(Bryan Walsh / TIME Magazine)

A handful of Iraq veterans -- and even some and retired generals -- are in Louisiana as part of Operation Free, a young advocacy group that has begun pushing a green message not so much on environmental grounds, but on national security ones. They point out that the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency have published reports highlighting the danger that a warming world will post to America's security.

Kick Ass or Buy Gas? How Taxpayers Are Subsidizing BP's Disaster Through the Pentagon
(Nick Turse / Tom Dispatch)

Even as the tar balls hit Gulf beaches, their tax dollars are subsidizing BP and so far, President Obama has not shown the slightest indication that he plans to stop their flow into BP coffers. The Department of Defense, which has a longstanding, multi-billion dollar business relationship with BP, has no plans to sever current business ties or curtail future contracts with the oil giant.

The Yemen Hidden Agenda: Behind the Al-Qaeda Scenarios, A Strategic Oil Transit Chokepoint
(F. William Engdahl / Global Research)

For some months the world has seen a steady escalation of US military involvement in Yemen. The evidence suggests that the Pentagon and US intelligence are moving to militarize a strategic chokepoint for the world’s oil flows, Bab el-Mandab, and using the Somalia piracy incident, together with claims of a new Al Qaeda threat arising from Yemen.

BP, Pollution and War: While BP Pollutes, Eco-activists Face 7 Years in Prison
(Mark Karlin / OpEd News & Mark Karlin / BuzzFlash)

For over a century, whenever American and British GIs have died for oil, whenever pollution and toxicity have been let loose to ravage our shores, whenever residents have died of cancer caused by the oil refining process and spills, whenever Congress and White Houses have loosened regulations to allow reckless and massively damaging behavior, BP was there.

ACTION ALERT: Shell Drilling Threatens Arctic and Eskimo Communities
(Greenpeace & Amnesty International & Defenders of Wildlife)

Just like BP dismissed the risk of a blowout with its Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf, Shell is saying the same thing about their proposed Alaskan Arctic rig. The truth is that Shell's plans in Alaska are even riskier than BP's. A spill in the Chukchi Sea could spell disaster for the people, polar bears, whales and other wildlife that rely on the Chukchi to survive.

One Case Against BP, Wall Street, and War
(Tom Hayden / Z Net & The Nation)

The need for greater linkages between the environmental, peace and Wall Street reform movements grow by the day in the face of the epic oil spill caused by British Petroleum, a multinational firm tied to Goldman Sachs and Halliburton in oil wars from the Gulf of Mexico to the Persian Gulf.

One Case Against BP, Wall Street, and War
(Tom Hayden / Z Net & The Nation)

The need for greater linkages between the environmental, peace and Wall Street reform movements grow by the day in the face of the epic oil spill caused by British Petroleum, a multinational firm tied to Goldman Sachs and Halliburton in oil wars from the Gulf of Mexico to the Persian Gulf.

Beyond Oil — Energy In a Box
(David R. Baker / San Francisco Chronicle)

Bloom Energy Corp., one of Silicon Valley's most secretive startups, unveiled on Wednesday its long-awaited "power plant in a box," a collection of fuel cells that the company says can provide clean electricity to homes, office buildings -- even whole villages in the developing world.

Falklands War II? War Over Oil?
(David Leask / The Scotsman)

"The Malvinas will never be surrendered," said Cristina Kirchner, Argentina's president. Britain, which has held the Falklands since 1833, has made it equally clear it is ready to stand up for its rights to the potentially resource-rich seas around them. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the UK had "made all the preparations that are necessary to make sure the Falkland islanders are properly protected."

NATO Commander Warns of Conflict with Russia in Arctic Circle
(Tom Coghlan / The Times & Tony Halpin / The Times)

Competition for resources in the Arctic Circle could provoke conflict between Russia and NATO, a newly appointed commander at the alliance warned. It is estimated that $90 billion barrels of oil previously inaccessible beneath the ice lie in the Arctic Circle. Russia has signalled its determination to win the race for the Arctic's mineral wealth yesterday by announcing plans to establish military bases along its northern coastline.

West Using Its Military Might To Control World Energy Resources
(Rick Rozoff / StopNATO/Blog)

International military expenditures for 2008 reached $1.464 trillion. The denomination in dollars is germane as the United States accounted for 41.5 percent of the world total. Western nations in general and the US overwhelmingly among them dominate the global arms market. The overarching objective of the Pentagon's global might is clear: it is to control the ownership, transport and consumption of energy worldwide.

Can You Name the Planets Biggest Gas Guzzler?
(Asrat Kebede / Ethiopian Review )

All the tanks, planes and ships of the US military burn about 340,000 barrels of oil per day, explains Michael Graham Richard at TreeHugger.com. If you break it down, the Air Force uses the most fuel, followed by the Navy, and then the Army. If the Department of Defense were a country, it would rank about 38th in the world for oil consumption, right behind the Philippines, a country with a population of 90.5 million people.

Oil & Blood: The Looming Battle for Energy. US Had Plan to Invade Afghanistan prior to 9/11
(Conn Hallinan / TPJ Magazine)

For most Americans and Europeans, Afghanistan appeared on their radar screens shortly after the 9/11 assaults on the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon. But according to Escobar, three months before the 2001 attack, U.S., Iranian, German and Italian officials got together in Geneva and discussed toppling the Taliban because it was the proverbial fly in the ointment in a scheme to run a $2 billion, 800 mile natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Karachi, Pakistan via southern Afghanistan.

Afghanistan and the New Great Game
(John Foster / Associated Press)

Humanitarian and security concerns in Afghanistan mask a strategic energy concern. Afghanistan borders countries rich in oil and natural gas. Turkmenistan has the third largest natural gas reserves in the world, which can only be brought to market through pipelines. This makes Afghanistan a "strategic piece of real estate" in the pipeline rivalry opposing the US and Russia. Prized pipeline route could explain West's stubborn interest in this poor, remote land.

Greenpeace Study Finds Oil Companies May Be Doomed
(The Guardian)

Environmental activist network argues that the oil industry might be approaching a tipping point from fall in the price, advances in technology and policies on climate change. The report, by Greenpeace, will make uncomfortable reading for the companies that are investing tens of billions of pounds to exploit the hard-to-extract oil in the belief that demand and the price would climb inexorably as countries such as China and India industrialize.

The Scramble for Iraq's 'Sweet Oil'
(Nicole Johnston / Al Jazeera )

With proven oil reserves of around 112 billion barrels and up to another 150 billion barrels of probable reserves, Iraq is the greatest untapped prize for international oil companies. So it is little wonder that giant international oil companies are lining up to get back into Iraq after the industry was nationalised in the 1970s and the oil majors were kicked out.

Indigenous 'Genocide' in Battle for Oilfields
(John Vidal / Sydney Morning Herald)

It has been called the world's second "oil war" but the only similarity between Iraq and events in the jungles of northern Peru over the past few weeks has been the mismatch of force. On one side have been police armed with automatic weapons, tear gas, helicopter gunships and armoured cars. On the other are several thousand Awajun and Wambis Indians, many of them in war paint and armed with bows and arrows, and spears.

Peru: Blood Flows in the Amazon
(Prof James Petras / Global Research)

In early June, Peruvian President Alan Garca, an ally of US President Barack Obama, ordered armored personnel carriers, helicopter gun-ships and hundreds of heavily armed troops to assault and disperse a peaceful, legal protest organized by members of Perus Amazonian indigenous communities protesting the entry of foreign multinational mining companies on their traditional homelands.

Indigenous Protest and State Violence in the Peruvian Amazon: How the Media Misrepresents
(John Gibler / Huffington Post)

When police surround and attack a group of peaceful protester from land and air, the responsibility for violence is clearly on the aggressors and their unjustifiable and disproportionate use of force. But the media presented a different picture. The Los Angeles Times article, "Insurgents threaten Peru's Stability," for example, represents the Indigenous protesters as "insurgents" and claims they are "threatening" Peru, rather than defending their ancestral and communal lands.

Why We Are in Afghanistan: Blue Gold, Turkmen Bashes, and Asian Grids
(Pepe Escobar / TomDispatch)

As Barack Obama heads into his second hundred days, let's head for the big picture the tumultuous rush towards a new, polycentric world order. The Obama presidency has introduced us to a brand new acronym, OCO for Overseas Contingency Operations, formerly known as the Global War on Terror. It's on the immense energy battlefield that extends from Iran to the Pacific Ocean, that the Liquid War for the control of Eurasia is taking place.

Cold Fusion Is Hot Again
(60 Minutes / CBS)

When first presented in 1989 cold fusion was quickly dismissed as junk science. But, as Scott Pelley reports, there's renewed buzz among scientists that cold fusion could lead to monumental breakthroughs in energy production. Other scientists have replicated the experiment and even the Pentagon is working on the technology, convinced that there is "no doubt that anomalous excess heat is produced in these experiments."

War, Oil and Gas Pipelines: Turkey Is Washingtons Geopolitical Pivot
(F. William Engdahl / Global Research)

The recent visit of US President Obama to Turkey was far more significant than the Presidents speech would suggest. For Washington Turkey today has become a geopolitical pivot state which is in the position to tilt the Eurasian power equation towards Washington or significantly away from it depending on how Turkey develops its ties with Moscow and its role regarding key energy pipelines.

EU Agrees Renewable Energy to Provide a Fifth of Needs by 2020
(Sydney Morning Herald & Clifford Krauss / New York Times)

European Union governments and the European Parliament agreed Tuesday on a bill obliging Europe to use renewable sources for 20 percent of its energy needs by 2020, Meanwhile, jatropha is a one-time weed that is now being planted and grown in Mali as a source for biofuel.

Pickens to Obama: Oil Era Is Over & The Abundant Fossil Fuel Youve Never Heard Of
(Dave Hendricks / infoZine & Jeremy Kutner / The Christian Science Monitor)

Oilman and energy guru T. Boone Pickens offered some unsolicited advice to President-elect Barack Obama Tuesday: Push US automakers to build vehicles that run only on domestic fuel. Meanwhile, in Alaska, BP and the US Department of Energy are preparing for first large-scale production test-drilling for a hydrocarbon-rich mineral chunks of methane gas hydrate.

In Secret Agreement, Shell Nets 25-year Monopoly on S. Iraq's Gas

Royal Dutch Shell oil company and the Iraqi Oil Ministry have struck a secret, as-of-yet non-binding agreement that gives a monopoly over southern Iraq's natural gas to the energy giant. It marks the first time in over 35 years a Western oil company has played a major role in the country's most lucrative industry. The Sept. 22 agreement essesntially delegates Shell sole access to the reserves for the next 25 years, with an option to extend that term.

US Oil Firms Seek Drilling Access, but Exports Soar
(Tom Doggett / Reuters)

While the US oil industry want access to more federal lands to help reduce reliance on foreign suppliers, American-based companies are shipping record amounts of gasoline and diesel fuel to other countries. A record 1.6 million barrels a day in US refined petroleum products were exported during the first four months of this year, up 33 percent from 1.2 million barrels a day over the same period in 2007.

Russia Takes Control of Turkmen (World?) Gas
(M K Bhadrakumar / Asia Times)

From the details coming out of Ashgabat in Turkmenistan and Moscow, it is apparent that the great game over Caspian energy has taken a dramatic turn. In the geopolitics of energy security, nothing like this has happened before. The United States has suffered a huge defeat in the race for Caspian gas. The question now is how much longer Washington could afford to keep Iran out of the energy market.

Russia Takes Control of Turkmen (World?) Gas
(M K Bhadrakumar / Asia Times)

rom the details coming out of Ashgabat in Turkmenistan and Moscow over the weekend, it is apparent that the great game over Caspian energy has taken a dramatic turn. In the geopolitics of energy security, nothing like this has happened before. The United States has suffered a huge defeat in the race for Caspian gas. The question now is how much longer Washington could afford to keep Iran out of the energy market.

The Pentagon Fuels Up: Iraq, Oil and War
(Tom Englehardt & Nick Turse / Tom Dispatch)

The cost of refined fuel for the Pentagon is officially about to leap from $127.68 a barrel to $170.94 a 34% rise in the last six months. Last year, for instance, according to Department of Defense (DoD) documents, the Pentagon paid more than $70 million to Hunt Refining, an oil company whose corporate affiliate, Hunt Oil, undermined US policy in Iraq. Not that anyone would know it.

Brown Blunders in Pledge to Secure Nigeria Oil
(Daniel Howden, Kim Sengupta, Colin Brown and Claire Soares / The Independent)

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is being accused of preparing for a military adventure in Africa after he pledged to provide backing to the Nigerian security forces. His announcement prompted the collapse of a ceasefire in the oil-rich Niger Delta and helped to drive up crude oil prices on world markets. Brown's offer of military aid to Nigeria provokes collapse of ceasefire amid angry claims that UK has 'declared war' on rebel army.

Bush & Cheney Always Saw Iraq as a Sweetheart Oil Deal
(Noam Chomsky / Khaleej Times Online)

he deal just taking shape between Iraq's Oil Ministry and four Western oil companies raises critical questions about the nature of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq questions that should certainly be addressed by presidential candidates and seriously discussed in the United States, and of course in occupied Iraq, where it appears that the population has little if any role in determining the future of its country.

West Sees Glittering Prizes ahead in Giant Oilfields
(Michael Theodoulou in Nicosia and Roland Watson / The Times of London)

A look back to a prescient article from 2002. This London Times article, written well before the US-lead invasion of Iraq, notes how George W. Bush "used the War on Terror to press his case for drilling in a protected Arctic refuge" and cites Anthony Cordesman, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said that the issue for the US was as much the security of the Gulf as access to particular oilfields.

Big Oil's Iraq Deals Are the Greatest Stick-up in History
(Naomi Klein / The Guardian)

Iraqs invaders should be paying billions in reparations not using the war as a reason to pillage its richest resource the nations oil fields. It started with no-bid service contracts announced for Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Shell, BP and Total. Invading countries to seize their natural resources is illegal under the Geneva conventions. That means the task of rebuilding Iraq's infrastructure should rightly be the financial responsibility of Iraq's invaders.

Big Oil's Slick No-bid Contracts Will Keep us Mired in Iraq
(Cynthia Tucker . Atlanta Journal-Constitution & Andrew W. Kramer / The New York Times)

A consortium of Western oil companies the very definition of Big Oil is on the verge of receiving no-bid contracts igiving them access to one of the most sought-after prizes in the petroleum industry. The American public was repeatedly told that oil had nothing to do with the decision to invade and occupy Iraq. But Mobil, Shell, BP and Total the very same companies that Saddam Hussein threw out when he nationalized the Iraqi oil industry more than three decades ago will now be in back in control of the Iraq's oil.

Secret History Of The War Over Oil In Iraq
(Greg Palast for TomPaine.com/OurFuture.org)

In a hotel room in Brussels, the chief executives of the worlds top oil companies unrolled a huge map of the Middle East, drew a fat, red line around Iraq and signed their names to it. The map, the red line, the secret signatures. It explains this war. It explains the rocketing price of oil to $134 a barrel. It happened on July 31, 1928, but the bill has come due now. Barack Obama knows this. Same for Hillary Clintons team.

The Oily Truth about America's Foreign Policy
(Gideon Rachman / Financial Times)

With the oil price heading upwards and George W. Bush heading for Saudi Arabia, as part of a Middle Eastern tour, it is time to accept the truth. The pursuit of oil is fundamental to US foreign policy. In recent months, both Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, and Senator John McCain have come close to saying that Iraq was indeed "about oil."

Permanent Wars for Oil and Permanent Terrorism
(Rodrigue Tremblay / The New American Empire)

Commentary: "When the Bush-Cheney administration took over in January 2001, the international price of oil was about $22 a barrel. Now, nearly eight years later, the price of oil is hovering around $120 a barrel, a more than five hundred percent increase. Thus, as far as oil is concerned, things have not unfolded in Iraq as planned and expected by the Neocons in the Bush-Cheney administration."

Perhaps 60% of Todays Oil Price Is Pure Speculation
(F. William Engdahl / Global Research)

The price of crude oil today is not made according to any traditional relation of supply to demand. Its controlled by an elaborate financial market system as well as by the four major Anglo-American oil companies. As much as 60% of todays crude oil price is pure speculation driven by large trader banks and hedge funds. It has nothing to do with the convenient myths of Peak Oil. It has to do with control of oil and its price.

The End of the World as We Know It
(Michael Klare / Tom Dispatch.com)

Rising energy demand, the emergence of powerful new energy consumers, and the contraction of the global energy supply is demolishing the world we are familiar with and creating a new world order characterized by fierce global competition for dwindling stocks of oil, natural gas, coal, and uranium, and a tidal shift in power and wealth from energy-deficit states like China, Japan, and the US to energy-surplus states like Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela.

In Iraq, Was I a Torturer?
(Justine Sharrock / Mother Jones)

The prisons in Iraq stink. Ask any guard or interrogator and they'll tell you it's a smell they'll never forget: sweat, fear and rot. From May to September 2003, soldier a small outfit named Tiger siad, stand prisoners were made to stand in awkward positions, so that they could not rest their heads against the wall. Sometimes he blared loud music, such as Ozzy or AC/DC, blew air horns, banged on the container, or shouted. "Whatever it took to make sure they'd stay awake," he explains.

Stop the Theft of Iraqs OIl!
(US Labor Against War.org)

One year ago, the Iraqi Cabinet, under intense US pressure, passed an Oil Law that is now awaiting Parliaments approval. The proposed Oil Law is a plan to give Big Oil unprecedented control over Iraqs oil fields for 30 years. The US government collaborated with corporate oil giants in this resource grab, and has continued to put pressure on Iraq to pass the law. The Iraqi Parliament has so far resisted pressure to pass it, but their struggle is by no means over.

The Door to Iraq's Oil Opens
(M K Bhadrakumar / Asia Times)

The Bush administration neither intends to cut and run from Iraq nor is it in search of an exit strategy. On the contrary, it is ensuring that Iraq remains under American control for as long as it takes for the US to evacuate the oil and gas out of that country.

Big Oil Prepares to Move on Basra but UK Troops Fear Final Battle
(David Smith / The London Observer)

Western oil giants are poised to enter southern Iraq to tap the country's vast reserves, despite the ongoing threat of violence, according to British PM Gordon Brown's business emissary to the country. Brown's business envoy says that investment is the next step in bringing stability to the region but, meanwhile, plans to reduce British forces in Basra have been shelved as security forces fear a "final showdown."

George Bush Visits Africa to Promote the US Africa Command
(Horace Campbell / Pambazuka News)

Bushs African visit is not about aid or AIDS; it is about oil and the militarization of Africa under US control. Presently Africa supplies more petroleum to the USA than the Middle East and US corporations want the US military to guarantee the dominance of US oil conglomerates.

The Next Oil Grab: East Timor
(BlueGreen Earth Forum)

Classic divide and conquer techniques have been used to magnify the slight ethnic differences between the Loro Sia and Loro Mono by the Australian-trained leader of 600 army deserters who has whipped up a dispute to promote the ethnic cleansing of Dili and to secure control of Timor Sea oil.

Can We Live Without Oil?
(Thom Hartmann / Yes! Magazine)

In the Middle Ages we discovered a new source of sunlight that had been captured by plants nearly 400 million years ago: coal. This represents a critical moment in human history, for this is when our ancestors started living off our planet's sunlight savings. The move to fossil fuels has accellerated our draw-down on the planet's limited stores of "banked" energy. Now that we are about to spend the last of these deposits, are we prepared to live in a world without oil?

Battle for Canada's Underground Resources
(Robert Collier / San Francisco Chronicle)

The $6 billion Mackenzie Pipeline project would open the Canadian Arctic for natural gas drilling and send the gas 800 miles south to Alberta where much of the fuel would be used in a costly bid to mine oil from underground "oil sands." Analysts say these petroleum reserves (second in size only to Saudi Arabia's) could supply a large portion of US energy needs for decades to come.

Oil, Geopolitics, and the Coming War with Iran
(Michael Klare / Though the US media seldom mentions the fact, Iran holds the world's second largest reserves of oil, after Saudi Arabia. The Bush administration's current planning for an attack on Iran is fundamentally driven by concern over the safety of US energy supplies as was the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. while oil may not be the administration's sole reason for going to war with Iran, it is an essential factor in the overall strategic calculation that makes war likely.

Peak Oil and the Long Emergency
(James Howard Kunstler / The Rolling Stone)

The year 2005 may be the year the world begins to run out of affordable oil. The consequences are a Long Energemcy that will require a fundamental restructuring of the oil-dependent industrial world. Even with expeditious action, the world must soon face a future without cars, without international trade, without imported fruits and vegetables. Some sections of the US will weather the calamity better than others, but the end of Oil also spells the end of America as we have come to know it.

Iraq Invaded 'For Oil' / World Facing 'Oil Shock'
(Agence France-Presse / The Financial Times)

Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix has changed his mind: He now believes that seizing Iraq's oil fields was one of the reasons for the US-led invasion of Iraq. Meanwhile, with the world's oil running out, industrialized nations will pay ever-rising prices for fossil fuels. In response, the US has told OPEC to increase oil production and the International Monetary Fund has advised Asian nations to reduce their consumption of petroleum.

The Most Fuel-Efficient that the Military Can Be
(Janet Ginsburg / Business Week)

A Defense Dept. report issued just before the 9/11 attacks warned that the armed forces are wasting billions of dollars on weapons systems and transport vehicles that waste vast amounts of costly fuel. The report, "More Capable War-fighting Through Reduced Fuel Burden," called for a redesign of the Pentagon's equipment to stress fuel-efficiency.

Pentagon Needs Accurate Accounting of Fuel
(Elizabeth Book / National Defense Magazine)

The Defense Department is the largest single consumer of fuel in the US, using approximately 1.8 percent of the countrys total transportation fuel. The military services are being urged to set up measurement tools for charting and reducing energy consumption. Among the alternatives: Syntroleum fuel and electric-powered ships.

US Can Eliminate Oil Use in a Few Decades
(Rocky Mountain Institute)

The Rocky Mountain Institute's (RMI) report, Winning the Oil Endgame: Innovation for Profits, Jobs, and Security (partially funded by the Pentagon), provides a blueprint for making the US oil-free. The plan outlines how US industry can restore competitiveness and boost profits by mobilizing modern technologies and smart business strategies to displace oil more cheaply than buying it.

Patriotism, Petrodollars, and Peace
(Don Mayer, Oakland University / ALSB Environmental Law Forum)

Large gas-guzzling passenger vehicles display US flags and their drivers' belief that cheap gasoline is an American birthright. But, in the long run, patriotism will be found less in those who celebrate our "right to consume" non-renewable energy, and more among those individuals who consider their ecological footprint on the world.

US Report Acknowledges Oil Peak Threat
(Adam Porter / Al-Jazeera)

Some say global oil production has passed its peak point. Now a report conducted for the US Department of Energy confirms the stark reality that the worlds recoverable oil has begun a final, irreversible decline. Attacks on Iraq's oil network are doing nothing to calm the market.

US Can Eliminate Oil Use in a Few Decades
(Amoory Lovins / Rocky Mountain Insstitute)

A new Pentagon-co-funded study by the "Soft Energy Path Think Tank" concludes that the United States can cut its oil usage in half through efficiency and cover remaining energy needs by substitutng competitive biofuels and natural gas for the rest -- all this without taxation or new federal regulation.

The Short Path to Energy Independence
(Lester R. Brown / Earth Policy Institute)

Gas-electric hybrid engines and advanced-design wind turbines offer a way to wean ourselves from imported oil. If we convert the US automobile fleet to gas-electric hybrids with the efficiency of today's Toyota Prius, we could cut our gasoline use in half within 10 years.

Oil Rebels Hold the World to Ransom
(Alison Rowat / The Herald)

With world oil prices soaring, the Nigerian people are seething that they continue to live lives mired in poverty. Now, Moujahid Dokubo-Asari, who heads the Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force, has announced that his forces will launch "a full scale armed struggle" to seize the region's oil riches on October 1

Global Warming Spirals Upwards
(Geoffrey Lean / The lndependent (UK))

Scientists measuring the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have recorded an alarming increase in CO2 levels, raising fears that global warming may be accelerating out of control.

How Fuel-efficient Is the Pentagon? Militarys Oil Addiction
(Gar Smith / Earth Island Journal (Winter 1990-1))

The military is critically dependent on oil for all of its operations. Oil supplies 79 percent of the Defense Departments energy needs. But the Pentagon is far from fuel-efficient. This 1991 article found the DOD's ships, tanks and jets to be leading consumers of the Earth's oil resources.

Miltary Energy Consumption and Environmental Losses of Oil during the 1991 Persian Gulf War
(Martin H. Bender / The Land Institute)

During Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, US military fuel use was equal to one-fifth of all energy consumed by the entire US Department of Defense during 1991.

Forbidden Fruit: The Many Hidden Ways that Oil Lubricates Our Lives
(Jeremy Smith / The Ecologist)

The world lives under oils spell. Jeremy Smith reveals the extent to which the industrys by-products have permeated our lives.

Iraqs Oil: Under US/UK Control
(ZNet Z Magazine)

Over the initial objections of France and Russia, the US and UK pushed for the passage of a UN resolution to lift the sanctions on Iraq. This shifted control of Iraqi oil revenues from the UNs Oil-for-Food program to American and British leaders. After years of seeking an end to the sanctions, Rahul Mahajan has serious doubts about the resolution.

An Amendment to Reduce Demand for Oil in the US
(Representative Henry A. Waxman / US Congress)

In March, as the US prepared to invade Iraq, Congressmember Henry Waxman offered a proposal to cut energy costs and oil consumption. Waxman noted that the US was paying Iraq $20 million a day to buy the oil the Pentagon needed to invade the country. "It's dangerous that so many people in our country believe this war is about oil," Waxman stated. "My amendment helps make sure that war in the Middle East will not be about oil."

It's The Oil Economy, Stupid
(Michael Shellenberger and Adam Werbach / TomPaine.com)

Our reliance on oil increases America's vulnerability to terrorist attacks, wars and economic turbulence. We have an opportunity to inspire the country with a hopeful vision, akin to a new Apollo Project, one that weans America off Middle East oil in favor of solar and wind energy in the next 10 years.

US to Use Corporate Structure to Run Iraq's Vast Oil Industry
(Susan Warren and Chip Cummings / The Wall Street Journal)

Washington plans to remodel Iraq's oil industry along the US-corporate model with a CEO and officers answerable to a multinational board of advisers. The members of the new Iraq oil ministry would all be pre-approved by American officials.

A New Apollo Project Can Help Unplug our Need for Oil
(Representative Jay Inslee / Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

A US Congressman from Washington State issues a call to support the Apollo Project a national commitment to "harness the genius of America's can-do attitude that would design, invent and deploy the new clean energy technologies that befit this new century."

Gulf Oil. How Important Is It, Anyway?
(Daniel Yergin / San Francisco Chronicle)

Daniel Yergin, the author of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning, "The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power," takes a long view of the relationship between oil and war and offers some surprising observations. The world's next great reserves of oil, Yergin states, lie not in the Middle East, but in Canada.

Thirty Steps to an Oil-free World
(The Ecologist)

An energy-conserving list of easy steps to reduce our consumption of oil. Adopt one each day and, by the end of one month, you'll have made a difference.

The New Great Game
(Lutz C Kleveman / The Ecologist)

From Afghanistan to the Caspian, from Russia to Iraq a comprehensive, globe-girdling investigation of the strategic superpower intriques behind many of the coups, overthrows and wars of the 20th century. And a look at the new "resource wars" now being planned.

Access to Oil: By any Means (Or Cost) Necessary
(Steve Kretzman / The Ecologist / http://www.theecologist.org)

Miltary Energy Consumption and Environmental Losses of Oil during the 1991 Persian Gulf War
(Martin H. Bender / The Land Institute)

The amount of military fuel conumed by the US during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm was equal to one-fifth of all energy consumed by the entire US Department of Defense during 1991.

Next Step After 'Withdrawal': Exploiting Afghanistan's Natural Resources
(Jason Ditz / Anti-War.com )

NATO will reduce its troop levels in Afghanistan by 40,000 by the end of 2012, according to the Pentagon. But observers should not be fooled into believing Washington's 2014 date of full withdrawal from Afghanistan. The Pentagon's Task Force for Business and Stability Operations has already promised to provide training and equipment as part of continuing US efforts to help the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan identify and develop its vast deposits of oil and mineral resources.




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