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GOP Congressman Wants to Close Department of Education & Department of Energy

How crazy can you get? It seems that Republican leaders these days want to turn the United States into a third-world country. Here’s one of the most ridiculous requests I’ve heard of (though, there are many, including abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency, which keeps our water and air clean and is trying to keep our climate livable): a Republican Congressman from Georgia wants to abolish the Department of Energy and the Department of Education! At the same time, though, he wants to leave Big Oil subsidies in place.

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Oil Companies & U.S. Chamber of Commerce — One & the Same?

Continuing on with our series on 350.org’s The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Doesn’t Speak for Me campaign, let’s take a quick look at some ties between the Chamber and the oil industry.

As you may have heard, and 350.org recently noted, large oil companies are having a ball, raking in billions and billions of dollars in profit (that’s right, not revenue but profit) while the U.S. economy suffers:

“Exxon Mobil nabbed $10.7bn; Shell pulled in $6.9bn; Chevron, $4.5bn; and last but not least, BP, after accounting for oil spill losses still made out with $7.1bn.”

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Gulf Residents Trek 1,200 Miles on Foot to D.C. to Ask for More Action on BP Oil Spill

Some Louisiana residents and oil spill activists fed up with BP oil spill inaction recently walked to Washington, D.C. from their home state of Louisiana to try to get Congress, the Obama administration, and BP to do more in response to the BP oil spill and its effects on their lives and communities.

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Big Oil & Gas Not Paying Millions or Even Billions for the Land They Lease

On the anniversary of the BP oil spill, I thought I’d do another piece on some recent oil industry news. While the U.S. is struggling to decrease its debt in the midst of efforts to get the economy rolling string again, it seems there is still millions if not billions of dollars in oil and gas company income owed to the nation that is not being collected. Confused?

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Offshore Oil Drilling after Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill — No New Safeguards, GOP Push for Less Oversight

One of the worst environmental disasters in history struck one year ago today — the “Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” or “BP oil spill.” Haven’t kept up with the details of offshore oil drilling much lately and curious where things stand? Well, I can’t say that we’ve learned from our lesson.

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Saving Yasuni Forest, "Megadiversity" Hotspot, Faces Funding Challenge

Yasuni National Park, located 250 km inland along the Eastern most border of Ecuador, is a world record holder in biodiversity richness:ย  The roughly 10,000 kmยฒ forest is home to 139 species of amphibians (besting Columbia’s Leticia Park with its 98 species) and an estimated 100,000 species of insects. This latter figure represents the highest

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Chevron Found Guilty! But Still Trying to Avoid its Responsibility

More updates on this story: Updates on Chevron-Ecuador Controversy (posting on February 17, 7:00am EST) If you’re just tuning in, Chevron and a previously independent company it now owns (Texaco, which it bought in 2001) have been using and abusing Ecuador for about half a century. They dumped billions upon billions of of gallons of

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Chevron Found Guilty! But Still Trying to Avoid its Responsibility

More updates on this story: Updates on Chevron-Ecuador Controversy (posting on February 17, 7:00am EST) If you’re just tuning in, Chevron and a previously independent company it now owns (Texaco, which it bought in 2001) have been using and abusing Ecuador for about half a century. They dumped billions upon billions of of gallons of

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Chevron Insults and Attacks Indigenous People in Ecuador, Counter-Sues

Chevron must have been jealous of BP in 2010, because it is taking corporate irresponsibility to another level in Ecuador. UPDATE: Chevron has just been ordered to pay $8 billion in damages in a court ruling on Monday, February 14, 2011. More updates on this story:ย Updates on Chevron-Ecuador Controversy (posting on February 17, 7:00am EST)

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'Fracking' Violates Safe Drinking Water Act, Congressional Letter Charges

In what appears to be a major, positive stride for environmental quality preservation, congressional investigators submitted a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency charging thatย  hydraulic fracturing — known as ‘fracking’ — violates the Safe Drinking Water Act. Amassing data from a dozen states for the period 2005 – 2009, investigators assert that tens of

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Help Save the Great Bear Rainforest & Spirit Bears

I’ve written about the magical spirit bears on Planetsave before. They are, unfortunately, threatened with extinction from overly rapacious oil companies. A petition over on Change.org directed at key government leaders is aimed at protecting the Great Bear Rainforest and spirit bears. Here’s the intro: Enbridge, Inc. has plans to build an oil pipeline through

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Chevron Going to Court, for 'World's Worst Oil-Related Disaster' (In Ecuador)

The BP oil spill took the headlines last year, but there’s another oil giant that may have a worse record, Chevron. Chevron has basically raped Ecuador’s most important natural resources and the health of its residents as a result. Tens of thousands are demanding justice, in court. Here’s more from Joanna Zelman of Huffington Post,

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Letterman: Top 10 Things Overheard During Republicansโ€™ 1st Day in Charge of House

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsQ1IFUD9Rw A nice David Letterman Top 10 list (text below). 10. โ€œMr. Boehner, please stop crying.โ€ 9.ย ย ย  โ€œHow do we blame this dead bird thing on Obama.โ€ 8.ย ย ย  โ€œI think he was just sworn in on a copy of Snookiโ€™s new book.โ€ 7.ย ย ย  โ€œBeer me.โ€ 6.ย ย ย  โ€œAlright, youโ€™ve had six hours, is the economy fixed?โ€

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BP Oil Spill a "Tremendous," "Blossoming" Flower of Energy; "BP is coming back from this"

As I said in the post published an hour ago on TSA agents giving Gulf activists special treatment in California’s Ontario Airport, I recently ran across a few new BP oil spill stories that deserve a little attention. First of all, with regards to the BP oil spill, how’s this for compassion? As we saw

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Indigenous Peruvians Win Appeal Against U.S. Oil Company Oxy

“Indigenous plaintiffs from the Peruvian Amazon won their appeal [this week] in theย landmark human rights and environmental contamination lawsuit against U.S. oil giant Occidental Petroleum (Oxy), as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the case should be heard in Los Angeles, Oxy’s hometown,” Amazon Watch and EarthRights International wrote earlier

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Thorough Analysis Needed Before We Recklessly Drill in Arctic Ocean

The BP oil spill was an accident. There are many things that probably could have prevented it, though. For example, more careful governmental review. Yet, while we are still discovering negative consequences resulting from this tremendous environmental and economic disaster, there are people pushing to streamline oil and gas drilling in the Arctic. The Wilderness

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Koch Brothers โ€“ Tilting at Clean Energy (cartoon and article = "cartoonicle")

The idiom “tilting at windmills” (or turbines) derives from the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. It means to attack imaginary enemies, or fight unwinnable or futile battles. Big Oil and Coal (and others) are in a futile battle against clean energy. Clean energy will inevitably emerge victorious. Unfortunately, when oil billionaire brothers, Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries (apologies for putting their names on the horse and ass’s asses) fight unwinnable battles you can be certain the pointless battles will last a lot longer than they should. Putting approximately 100 million dollars of their money into right-wing coffers to keep fellow polluters happy and federal regulations lax, Koch Industries is more than eager to fight a battle that compromises our future and greatly compromises the future of our children. The same children to which they are now eagerly marketing.

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Unsustainable Growth, Peak Oil, Peak Coal, Peak Top Soil, Etc. [VIDEOS]

The unsustainability of constant economic growth and constant energy growth are topics I got into a bit in college (many years ago…), studying sociology and environmental studies. While I keep these issues in the back of my mind, I had not looked into them or thought about them in great detail for awhile… until recently.

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