The New York Times reports a study (recently published in the prestigious 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences'), claiming that hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking' is not per se a cause of contaminated water. Instead, contamination is said to arise from leaks in the wells used to recover the gas, which has been liberated by the fracking process. Read more about Fracking isn't bad for you?
What is the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership? (TTIP) and what is the Trade in Services Agreement? (2 videos)
The draft of a new international trade accord and the proposed Keystone XL pipeline show how the US allows istelf to be taken advantage of.
Cross posted from Pruning Shears. Read more about America: Canada and Europe's willing chump
The apt “OILigarchy’”coinage belongs to Jacqueline Marcus in “When It Comes to Expanding the US Oil Empire, Expect Chaos in Ukraine and Nigeria.” She writes:
While climate change escalates to an emergency crisis, a growing national security concern, the US OILigarchy-government is on a "search and seize mission" for the very product that is obliterating our earth: Polluting Oil.
A White House adviser had some harsh words for the environmental movement last week, but seemed more interested in sidelining them than addressing their concerns.
Glen Ford has a compelling, troubling and revelatory article over at Black Agenda Report entitled, “U.S. Prepares to Gas Russia Into Submission.” Now I’m thinking maybe we should bottom-line the Ukraine fiasco by archly suggesting, “It’s about the Russian energy exports, stupid!” The new militarist playbook in the Ukraine is really the same old militarist playbook from Iraq. Nothing to do with humanitarian concern for democracy. Money, money, money. Oil, oil, oil. Gas, gas, gas. Read more about US to Crush Russian Gas Trade via Demonization & Fracking?
Pipelines are increasingly being used for fracking, and companies are not hesitant to use strong arm tactics to get the land they need for them.
Green Party goes to Albany! Join the Green Party and thousands of other activists in Albany to tell Governor Cuomo and other state legislators to BAN FRACKING. The rally begins at 11:30 AM on the middle of the concourse at the Empire State Plaza. It will be before the Governor delivers his official State of the State address.
Readers, if any of you are able to go to this, please post about your experiences. Read more about Rally to ban fracking in New York state