For Immediate release: Climate Ground Zero Delivers Toxic Blasting Dust to Capitol Building in Charleston, West Virginia When: Monday, November 25 at 1:00 P.M. Where: The Liberty Bell Memorial near the back steps of the Capitol Building. “Blasting mountaintops to mine for coal has been controversial in Appalachia since the 1970′s when it was first […]
9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask By Max Fisher, Published: August 29 at 12:50 pmE-mail the writer The United States and allies are preparing for a possibly imminent series of limited military strikes against Syria, the first direct U.S. intervention in the two-year civil war, in retaliation for President […]
Why the U.S. Should Stay Out The Long War in Syria by GARY LEUPP Two years ago, Barack Obama announced that Syrian President Bashar Assad must “get out of the way.” “The time has come,” he declared on August 18, 2011, “for President Assad to step aside.” Needless to say, Assad ignored him. He was […]
ASHEVILLE — Sampling of test wells surrounding two ash lagoons covering nearly 100 acres at Duke Energy’s Asheville power plant leaves no doubt that groundwater has been contaminated. > View Duke Energy well contamination in a larger map Illegal discharges of toxic heavy metals also have been detected seeping from the ash-laden ponds into the […]
Unprecedented mass lease cancellation occurs near homes of some of fractivism’s most effective mobilizers. Photo Credit: Pincasso/ Shutterstock.com July 19, 2013 | Certain powerful images really stick with you when you watch Gasland or Gasland 2. First is the shot of the tap water on fire. Equally powerful are the images of the film’s director […]
A small part of Ohio has secured the ignominious honor of becoming the most successful frackwater dumping ground in the state. Welcome to Portage County, Ohio, the biggest dumping ground for fracking waste in a state that is fast becoming the go-to destination for the byproducts of America’s latest energy boom. As fracking—pumping a briny […]
By David Rosenberg Posted Friday, July 19, 2013, at 1:13 PM Jodie Simons demonstrates how her sink water, full of methane, lights on fire. Simons’ household’s water was pristine before gas drilling started, but now they’ve been without clean drinking or bathing water for months. Nina Berman/NOOR Photographer Nina Berman had just started focusing on […]
Will Work for Change: Activists say their work might not be lucrative, but it’s fulfilling “It sounds noble but in reality, I’m broke.” by Lauren Daley Photo courtesy of Mel Packer Mel Packer with Marcellus Protest Someone has been shouting “get a job!” at Vincent Eirene since he was a little boy. The thing is, […]
10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down Fact-checking some of the gun lobby’s favorite arguments shows they’re full of holes. —By Dave Gilson | Thu Jan. 31, 2013 3:01 AM PST 620 By cutting off federal funding for research and stymieing data collection and sharing, the National Rifle Association has tried to do to the study of […]
Shell’s First Day of Peat Works ‘Severely Impeded’ by Protests
Aughoose Ireland under attack by more Big Oil Industry
Monday 25th July Shell intended to begin constructing a permanent compound in Aughoose from which to begin laying the offshore pipeline. However in a statement to Midwest radio Shell commented that works had been ‘severely impeded’ on Monday. Between a 5½ hour tripod blockade in the morning and loads of protesters on bicycles and on foot, the roads remained shut down for quite a lot of the day.
July 26, 2011
In March, Tim DeChristopher was convicted of two felony counts for a nonviolent act of civil disobedience. Acting out of his deepest convictions and his abiding concern for the survival of humankind, Tim bid on oil and gas leases on federal land that he didn’t have the means to pay for. On Tuesday, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison for his actions.
The auction Tim disrupted was being conducted during the final weeks of the George W. Bush administration, in what many believed was a push to sell one last batch of public leases before President Obama took office. Tim’s intention at the December 2008 auction was to prevent the parcels, some of them on scenic land near Arches and Canyonlands national parks, from going to oil and gas companies. Read the rest of this entry »
The Moapa River Indian Reservation, tribal home of a band of Paiute Indians, sits about 30 miles north of Las Vegas—and about 300 yards from the coal ash landfills of the Reid Gardner Power Station. If the conditions are just wrong, coal ash picks up from Reid Gardner and moves across the desert like a sandstorm. The film An Ill Wind tells the Paiute Indians’ story.
There is no budget focus on the illegal wars and military occupations that the US government has underway in at least six countries or the 66-year old US occupations of Japan and Germany and the ring of military bases being constructed around Russia.
The total military/security budget is in the vicinity of $1.1-$1.2 trillion, or 70 per cent -75 per cent of the federal budget deficit.
The criminal Bush regime lied to Americans and claimed that the Iraq war would only cost $70 billion at the most and would be paid for with Iraq oil revenues. When Bush’s chief economic advisor, Larry Lindsay, said the Iraq invasion would cost $200 billion, Bush fired him. In fact, Lindsay was off by a factor of 20. Economic and budget experts have calculated that the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have consumed $4,000 billion in out-of-pocket and already incurred future costs. In other words, the ongoing wars and occupations have already eaten up the $4 trillion by which Obama hopes to cut federal spending over the next ten years. Bomb now, pay later.
The American people and their wants and needs are not represented in Washington. Washington serves powerful interest groups, such as the military/security complex, Wall Street and the banksters, agribusiness, the oil companies, the insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, and the mining and timber industries. Washington endows these interests with excess profits by committing war crimes and terrorizing foreign populations with bombs, drones, and invasions, by deregulating the financial sector and bailing it out of its greed-driven mistakes after it has stolen Americans’ pensions, homes, and jobs, by refusing to protect the land, air, water, oceans and wildlife from polluters and despoilers, and by constructing a health care system with the highest costs and highest profits in the world. Read the rest of this entry »