The challenge has been converting this understanding to action, particularly considering how special interests pushing their energy products--nuclear, oil, gas and coal--have a hold on so many governments around the world.
The very nature of tar sands -- heavy and abrasive -- points to why tar sands pipelines have an abysmal safety record. But a drastically increased likelihood of spills is only where the problems begin.
San Onofre's reactors have already released radioactive steam and are literally shaking themselves apart. Instead of keeping the reactors shut down, Southern Edison is rushing to restart the reactors and running them as hard as possible.
As the sun had risen in Durban, the Durban Platform was passed at the COP 17. Yet in a replay of Copenhagen two years ago, backroom texts emerged at the 11th hour and the process was thrown into disarray.
Hillary Clinton and the State Department have the final word on whether to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, unless Obama intervenes. The influence of industry lobbyists connected to Clinton is finally getting some media attention, but there is more to this story.
You would think that the Obama administration and Congress would want to make sure that the money they spend is spent wisely. That certainly doesn't appear to be the case when it comes to the World Bank Group.
The oil industry is pushing the Obama administration to approve a permit for TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline. Exploiting the full potential of Canada's tar sands, according to one scientist, could trigger the uncontrollable over-heating of our planet
We must end corporate polluters' ability to pawn the true costs of their pollution off on the rest of society. The health care, environmental cleanup, and other costs created by pollution ought to be paid by the polluters.
The suit follows an extensive effort by the environmental groups to seek information about contacts between Clinton and Paul Elliott, a lobbyist for TransCanada Pipelines and the national deputy director of Clinton's presidential run.