On Thursday, July 3, on the eve of a long Fourth of July holiday weekend, Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge landed a sweetheart deal: a provision in the 2015 Wisconsin budget that will serve to expedite permitting for its controversial proposed Line 61 tar sands pipeline expansion project.
Neither Paris nor Lyon is burning -- yet. But sweltering, roasting under 40oC (106oF) skies, they definitely are -- and the delegates gathering in Lyon to channel the climate-action potential of cities, states and provinces feel the heat.
Saudi Arabia is a classic rentier state. In exchange for the absolute acquiescence of its 29 million subjects, the ruling al-Saud family provides services such as housing, health care, education, and a variety of subsidies -- all funded by the country's substantial oil wealth.
Little by little, we are getting closer to a deeper conversation about race -- and what we can do to correct our ugly history so that the actions of the future are not continuously bound by the racist policies and practices of the past. We are not there yet, but this issue isn't going away.
As of July 1, up to 5,000 Oregon drivers are allowed to sign up for a program called OReGO that will exempt them from Oregon's gas tax on the condition that they pay a new tax based directly on the number of miles they drive.
Energy companies have strong financial incentives to produce and market their booked reserves and oppose efforts to leave their valuable assets in the ground but social and legal pressures may shift these incentives.
In a recent article published in Innovation NewsBrief entitled "A Conservative Vision for the Future of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF)," Ken Orski shared heartening data, indicating that the states are stepping up to fill the transportation funding gap left by a stagnated federal program.
We're now six years and counting into Barack Obama's presidency, and I have to tell you: That hopey-changey stuff is working out great! Of course, I say that as someone who reads the news and pays attention to the President's accomplishments.
The announcement that the banks and stock market in Greece would be closed was made by the Greek Prime Minister on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Within 24 hours, markets around the world declined in value. There wasn't any country you could escape to for safety.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. ...
With so many generic options out there these days, it's often tempting to just buy the cheaper products and save your money for something else. But "cheaper" doesn't always mean better.
Maybe it's time the financial institutions and oil and diamond companies that help keep the political elite in those Porsches wake up to their complicity in this unfolding tragedy.
The specter of foreign powers and their lobbyists distorting America's democratic system may worry ordinary Americans, but it seems that few inside the Beltway share their concerns.
I fear U.S. foreign policy has become dependent on politicians who prefer short-term gains over long-term strategies. They prefer confrontation instead of diplomacy.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
The Plains Spill is yet another tragic reminder that oil spills happen and will continue to happen as long as we depend on fossil fuels for our energy needs. Until we can move beyond oil, we must do everything we can to ensure safety -- not profit -- remains our number one priority. Our economy and our environment depend on it.