By Robert C. Koehler
What entitlement! I hit the gas, power off to my destination. No one asks me whether the trip is serious or banal, necessary or foolish, conscious or impulsive. I just go, ripping up the miles as though they were daydreams. The engine purrs. My name is Everyman, and I have the power of gods.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not addicted or anything. I can get off oil whenever I want to. On the other hand, I may be willing to sacrifice 740,000 acres of pristine boreal forest in Northern Canada — part of one of the largest intact ecosystems left on the planet — along with, oh, 166 million birds, and all the remaining caribou inAlberta, before I do.
Posted in Energy, Environment, Land Grab, Obama and Company
Tagged canada, caribou, Conflict of Interest, drilling, hillary clinton, Keystone XL, oil, Paul Elliott, profits vs nature, tar sands
A study by Duke University researchers has found high levels of leaked methane in well water collected near shale-gas drilling and hydrofracking sites. The scientists collected and analyzed water samples from 68 private groundwater wells across five counties in northeastern Pennsylvania and New York.
“At least some of the homeowners who claim that their wells were contaminated by shale-gas extraction appear to be right,” says Robert B. Jackson, Nicholas Professor of Global Environmental Change and director of Duke’s Center on Global Change.
By Jesse Freeston and Malak Behrouznami
The Real News Network (15 min. video)
On the day after the midterm elections, when Republican Tom Corbett won the governorship, the outline of Pennsylvania’s next battleground was clearly drawn. Pittsburgh hosted the largest conference of companies interested in the massive Marcellus Shale gas deposit, thought to hold enough gas to power the entire US for anywhere from two to 30 years. Drilling communities around the country report serious environmental and public health concerns. Pittsburgh itself already has gas development surrounding it, and hundreds marched to the conference to show their objection.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Energy, Environment, Land Grab, Obama and Company, Resistance
Tagged bad energy, corporate war on earth, dick cheney, drilling, fracking, gasland, halliburton, hydraulic fracturing, josh fox, karl rove, PA Marcellus Shale, pollution, tom corbett
By Robert C. Koehler
The gap between the diffuse human yearning for a decent world and the organized agenda of the corporatocracy has never, in my lifetime, been wider.
I continue to be unable to turn away from the Gulf and what seems to be the unceremonious ushering in of a new age, a new awareness — or maybe just the beginning of the end of our amped-up, gated, reckless civilization . . . and all that has a chance to come after it.
What the spill has yet to reach are the headquarters of corporate power and the consciences ensconced therein. The arrogance of the great capitalists remains undamaged, as they busy themselves with post-disaster job one: fending off what they fear will be a tide of market-fettering regulations and restrictions curbing their freedom to plunder the planet.
Posted in Animals, BP oil Gulf, Economy Economics, Energy, Environment, War and Peace
Tagged bob koehler, BP oil catastrophe, drilling, economy, ecoterrorism, Environment, ice caps, mining, precautionary principle, profit vs people, profit vs planet, rogue capitalism, toxic dispersant rain, wars of domination
By Ezili Danto
Did the mining of Haiti’s riches since 2004 GW Bush regime change cause the earthquake? Listen to Ezili Dantò on mining Haiti’s riches and concern for environmental degradation by the foreign companies. (Read the transcript with reference links.)
“The idea that human activity can cause seismic activity is widely accepted in the scientific community …the connection between oil production and earthquakes dates back to at least the 1920s, when geologists in South Texas noted faulting near the Goose Creek oil field…A 1967 human-triggered earthquake in western India linked to the Koyna Dam registered a 7.0 earthquake.”
Since the earthquake, I’ve had occasion to ponder, like many others, about what may have caused this heretofore-unknown natural disaster in Haiti? Continue reading
Posted in Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, NWO
Tagged drilling, environmental degradation, fossil fuel, Haiti, imperialism, manmade earthquake, mining, neocolonialism, oil, tectonics