Archive for the 'Environment' Category

ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

July 6th, 2015

Racism in America… Global Warming… Raif Badawi…

CAN RELIGION SAVE THE WORLD…?

June 29th, 2015

Alan Rushbridger chose Naomi Klein to kick-off his last hurrah as editor of The Guardian, his Keep Carbon In The Ground campaign. Now, arguably the single most influential religious leader on the planet, Pope Francis, has also turned to Klein, described by The Guardian as one of the world’s most high-profile social activists and a […]

THIS IS THE WORST OF CORPORATE WELFARE…

June 1st, 2015

Exposing corporate hypocrisy surrounding self-reliance and the value of bootstraps while sucking at the pubic teat—like yanking the blanket off of yet another child molester hiding behind Christ or a Republican homophobe trolling for a hookup in an airport bathroom—is shooting the fish in a proverbial barrel. Yet, we need to keep pulling the trigger […]

CARBON BOMB NO. 2—THE ALBERTA TAR SANDS…

May 31st, 2015

Two weeks ago I wrote about the first installment of The Guardian’s Carbon Bombs in the Galilee basin in Queensland, Australia. Here in Southern North America we’re fighting over building a pipeline through our largest source of food and water to move petroleum from Canada to Texas. A failure anywhere along that pipeline would threaten […]

JUST HOW EVIL ARE COAL COMPANIES…?

May 20th, 2015

Pretty fucking evil. Public health experts involved in the response to the Ebola crisis have condemned what they described as a ludicrous, insulting and opportunistic attempt to exploit the disease for corporate gain by the world’s largest privately-held coal company. As part of a PR offensive to rebrand coal as a “21st-century fuel” that can […]

WHEN DOES THIS BIRDETERIA OPEN…?

May 19th, 2015

A brood of Blue Birds fledged two or three days ago. Today the hawk has a new perch.

THREE TIMES BIGGER THAN HALLIBURTON…

May 19th, 2015

A friend here in Cleveland once shared a story about the glory days of the city when wealth abounded and power pulsated in the from offices high above Lake Erie. Cleveland’s railway giants, the Van Sweringen brothers, were convinced to hire a new kind of employee, a public relations consultant. After several months of unsuccessful, […]

THE NEW PIRATES OF THE ARCTIC OCEAN…

May 18th, 2015

I never gained entrance to the Order of The Blue Nose, but some of my shipmates on board the USS Bainbridge did after I was discharged. The arctic is hostile place and sailors venture there at their peril. Drilling for oil that we cannot use without risking environmental collapse is madness. Corporations, like Royal Dutch […]

SHELL LEARNED NOTHING FROM SOUTH AFRICA…

May 18th, 2015

I still have my Shell Discredit Card that I carried as part of a protest against apartheid in South Africa. Maybe that helped, maybe not, but the protest fit well with Suzanne McGee (and my own) tips for effective consumer boycotts. In the stupid-idea-from-a marking-wanker category, Shell has leapt to the top of the award’s […]

PADDLE IN SEATTLE, SAYING NO TO SHELL…

May 17th, 2015

Keep Carbon In The Ground…

NO DUCK AND COVER FROM CARBON BOMBS…

May 15th, 2015

In the 1950s and into the 1960s, teachers drilled school children in the arcane and worthless practice of duck and cover as a way of protecting themselves from either quick immolation or a slow painful death in the event of a blast from an atomic bomb. This morning The Guardian, in their continued Keep It […]

THE BIGGEST STORY IN THE WORLD, II…

April 25th, 2015

STOP CALLING THEM THINK TANKS

April 25th, 2015

An advocacy operation funded by heartless corporations endowed with personhood by Chief Justice John Roberts and associate justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy is a right-wing propaganda machine, not a think tank. There is no better example of this reality than the lie-spewing and laughingly named Heartland Institute as demonstrated by […]

WHEN YOU BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW…

April 12th, 2015

Keep Carbon In The Ground…

KEEP CARBON IN THE GROUND… 100,000+ VOICES…

March 20th, 2015

We’ve done it: since Monday more than 100,000 people have signed our petition asking the Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust to move their funds out of fossil fuels. What an amazing response! Scottish actor Tilda Swinton, chef Yotam Ottolenghi and Professor Anne Glover, former chief scientific advisor to the president of the European commission are […]

WELLCOME SELLS $138 MILLION IN EXXON STOCK…

March 19th, 2015

Investing our pension funds and other monies that we expect someday to provide for us in carbon stocks is a bad investment and investors and their advisers are waking up to this fact. Divesting is not just sound environmental policy anymore. The Wellcome Trust has quietly sold off a $138m (£94m) investment in ExxonMobil, the […]

COMING TO A BREADBASKET NEAR YOU…

March 17th, 2015

Above you see one of the iconic views of the formerly 26,300 square mile Aral Sea. Mouse over the photo and you see the formerly 18 square mile Folsom Lake in Northern California. Humans can live for about three days without water and we are seriously fucking up our second most precious resource—air being the […]

LEAVE FOSSIL FUELS IN THE GROUND…

March 16th, 2015

Kyoto, following five years after the 1992 The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, was sufficient proof for me that nothing was being done. Every national and international meeting to yammer on about Global Warming’s existential threat to our civilization and our planet has been an exercise in smoke and mirrors to distract us […]

WHAT DOES THIS EARTH REQUIRE OF US…?

March 13th, 2015

BILL MOYERS: Welcome. In this broadcast you will meet an effervescent man who still believes we can make democracy work. Later we’ll talk about those people in Washington who refuse to let it work, but first Wendell Berry. A master of the written word, he rarely appears on television. For one thing, when he’s not […]

OHIO COAL THRIVES UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA…

October 17th, 2014

As angry bipartisan crowds of Ohio politicians gather to defend “our coal jobs” from the US EPA’s proposed new rules for coal power plants, it’s worth noting just how many jobs we’re talking about. Yes, those are the actual numbers—no zeros have been omitted. (It’s off topic, but note the increase in Ohio coal employment […]

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