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Oil Addiction

Exxon Valdez 25th Anniversary: Lessons Learned, Lessons Lost

Richard Steiner | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green
Richard Steiner

Seldom is more than 10 percent of a marine oil spill recovered. We should insist that industry and government are prepared to respond to a spill, but we should not expect any spill response to be effective.

The True Cost Of Our Oil Addiction

Richard Steiner | Posted 01.15.2014 | Green
Richard Steiner

We are tricking ourselves into using cheap and easy oil as fast as we can pump it out of the ground. And perhaps the most pernicious cost of oil is that it has fueled an unprecedented degradation of the global biosphere.

Romney's Energy Proposal: The Jurassic Plan

Javier Sierra | Posted 11.17.2012 | Green
Javier Sierra

Mitt Romney finally unveiled his energy plan, and it came so loaded with fossil fuels, we might as well call it the Jurassic Plan.

The U.S. Practices Oil Tolerance

Jigar Shah | Posted 07.23.2012 | Green
Jigar Shah

The real backbone of Brazil's "zero tolerance" policy is that the country has produced enough ethanol to achieve "oil independence." It can tell Chevron, BP, Total or any other oil company that even one drop of oil spilled is not tolerated.

Obama's 54.5 MPG Standards Will Curb Dangerous Pollution and Put Americans to Work

Frances Beinecke | Posted 01.16.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

President Obama has delivered another victory for clean energy innovation. Today his administration moved forward with new standards for cars, SUVs, and pick-up trucks that will almost double vehicle miles per gallon to 54.5 mpg by 2025.

The New CAFE Standards Are Good, But We'll Still Be Drinking Oil

Jigar Shah | Posted 10.05.2011 | Green
Jigar Shah

While I commend the Obama administration and 13 automakers for boosting the Corporate Average Fuel Economy of cars and light-duty trucks sold in the U.S., it is only a baby step toward solving our real problem: oil addiction.

Responsible Debt Reduction Should Start With Cuts to Wasteful Subsidies

Frances Beinecke | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics
Frances Beinecke

Instead of subsidizing industries that anchor us in the past, we should be investing in the kinds of clean energy solutions that prepare us for the future.

The Best Remedy for the Price of Gas

Dan Becker | Posted 06.19.2011 | Green
Dan Becker

The Obama administration can't do much to lower the price of a gallon of gas, but it is on the cusp of a crucial decision that could help consumers come out ahead because they would need less gas.

Only A Recession Can Deliver Obama's Energy Targets

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 06.06.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Rubin

So far, recessions have been the only surefire way America has cut back on its fuel consumption and the need for oil imports.

Speed Matters

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

As of this month the U.S. has fallen behind Romania in the overall performance of our broadband connectivity. Broadband access is a key part of the solution to our addiction to imported oil.

Go Below the Surface to See the Real Eco-Disaster from the Gulf Oil Spill

Wendy Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wendy Gordon

Consensus is building that we need to break our addiction to oil at home through individual action as well as by moving forward with government reform

Owning Up to Our Oil Addiction

Tom Schey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tom Schey

We, vain Americans, blame BP and all the others out there, but it's our addiction providing our neighborhood dealer with the incentives. Our dependency on oil is an addiction we need to break.

We Are a Nation of Oiloholics: Instead of Ranting at Oil Companies, Pols, Let's Look in the Mirror

Colin Beavan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Colin Beavan

When an alcoholic leaves a bar and drives into his third wreck, do you blame the bartender or the alcoholic? When a society addicted to fossil fuels experiences an oil spill, do you blame the company that drilled for oil or the society that uses it?

Please Don't Eat the Mountains

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Reverend Billy

Life on earth is talking to us. The oil and ash and tsunamis and mudslides and tornadoes -- these are massive memos from the life that preceded us.

We Are All Trapped in a Global Oil Slick

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Johann Hari

Petrol pours off each of us like an invisible sweat. The 20th century was propelled into the stratosphere on a geyser of oil, and nobody wanted to ask where it was coming from, or what it would cost us in the end.

WATCH: How Can Los Angeles Get Off Oil?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

How can our smoggiest city move past its addiction to oil once and for all? See what environmental leaders, policymakers, and eco celebs had to say at Tuesday's LA Get Off Oil Day rally.

Can President Obama Really Break Our Oil Addiction?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Words are one thing, but the terrifying reality is that to break the oil addiction, as with any other addiction, it takes a strong will and the means to do it. So far, neither one is there.

American Wind Turbines Sound Like Freedom

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The sound that American wind turbines produce as their giant, breeze-propelled blades whip around is a distinctive: Neh-neh-neh-neh-neh-neh. The anti...

Is there a Silver Lining to the Gulf Coast Oil Catastrophe?

Lynn Englum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lynn Englum

While the tragedy in the Gulf is enormous, an even greater tragedy is failing to set a course for solving the underlying cause of this disaster-America's fossil fuel addiction.

The Gulf Spill: Hitting Bottom in Our Addiction to Oil

Wendy Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wendy Gordon

There are a lot of voters in this country, and lots of us painfully aware of the impacts our oil addiction is having on real people, their livelihoods, and life-giving ecosystems.

The Other Half of the Geyser

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Craig K. Comstock

Whatever harm is done by methane from this one well, the constant flow since then reminds us that methane from many sources is definitely reaching the air.

Sucking Big Oil's Tit: We Are All Complicit in the World's Latest and Largest Oil Disaster

Matthew Modine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Matthew Modine

Our fate and the ocean's are one and we have not been rebellious in our need to get off oil. So here's the deal, America: If you want to blame someone for this catastrophe, look in the mirror.

The Senate Votes in Favor of Science, Oil Savings, and Climate Action

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Today the Senate made the smart choice of voting down Sen. Murkowski's resolution to undermine the EPA's authority to reduce global warming pollution.

Five Lessons from the BP Oil Disaster

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

It's high time to start sifting through the wreckage for some learning so we can avoid similar catastrophes. But why do we need to wait for each fresh disaster to relearn the lessons we already know?

'The Fix:' Dirty Energy's Undue Influence on American Political Life

Robert Redford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Redford

I worked in the oil fields when I was a teenager, and I remember the uneasy feeling that resulted when I heard company representatives claim oil exploration was great for society.