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Does Obama's Backtrack on Biofuels Undermine His Climate Change Message in Paris?

Paul Alexander | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Paul Alexander

Despite the terrorist attacks in Paris, French officials have announced the United Nations Convention on Climate Change will proceed as planned on November 30. The conference is expected to produce a blueprint to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the main cause of global warming.

How The Oil Industry Pumped Up Spending On Disinformation To Kill California Climate Bill Provision

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.04.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

The five carbon majors and the rest of the oil and gas industry are still spending millions to deceive the public and derail government attempts to address the problem.

Obama's Hard Calls: South China Sea, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, Ukraine and Russia

William Bradley | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

As he comes to grips with his failed escalations in Afghanistan and Syria, President Barack Obama should nevertheless respond to China's escalations in the South China Sea. Fortunately, all it requires is that he direct the U.S. Navy to sail where it has legally sailed for more than a century.

John Oliver Explains Why North Dakota Is FAR Too Nice To Big Oil

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 10.12.2015 | Comedy

On Sunday, John Oliver addressed the kind and polite people of North Dakota, a state that has had a recent oil boom so large that it's cut the nation'...

Jerry Brown, Greening California and the Ancien Regime of Oil

William Bradley | Posted 10.16.2015 | Green
William Bradley

As long as people are using oil -- and even with Brown's target of cutting use in half by 2030, we'll be using a lot of oil -- why not have California reap the economic rewards?

Climate-Denying Rep. Wants To Investigate Scientists For Requesting A Probe Of Climate Deniers

The Huffington Post | Mariam Baksh | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics

Republicans love to reference the Constitution. But when it comes to climate science, one GOP congressman is flirting with disregard for the Fir...

Street Artist Shepard Fairey 'Is Yelling About Blood And Oil And Money'

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 10.06.2015 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

A steady drumbeat characterizes the work of Shepard Fairey on the street and in the gallery, using art and design and his insight into the corrosive power of propaganda to pound out damning critiques and ironic appeals that address political, social, environmental issues of our day.

What If Opposition to the Iran Nuclear Deal Is All About Oil?

Tom Mullen | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
Tom Mullen

Slower economic growth in China and other developing economies have contributed to weaker demand, while fracking and other innovations have combined with increased production by OPEC nations to increase supply. Both of these trends are likely to continue .

Can the Democrats Lose California?

William Bradley | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Last week's legislative defeat for a couple of key items in Governor Jerry Brown's climate and energy agenda suggests a question: Could the Democrats lose control in California?

Big Oil Tanks California Measure To Cut Petroleum Use In Half

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics

California lawmakers pulled a measure calling for a 50 percent reduction in oil consumption from climate legislation Wednesday night, following staun...

Food Irrigated With Fracking Water May Require Labels In California

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics

A new bill proposed in California would require all produce irrigated with fracking wastewater to come with warning labels. ...

One Catch In Pope's Climate Push: U.S. Catholic Oil Investments

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.12.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis heartened environmentalists around the world in June when he urged immediate action to save the planet from the effects of climate ...

Resignation of a Leader Opens Door for Gov. Brown to Step Up

Shoshanna Howard | Posted 06.23.2015 | Green
Shoshanna Howard

The oil and gas industries have a long history in California and as it becomes more difficult to extract oil buried deep in rock and shale they are increasingly turning to extreme drilling methods that are inherently more dangerous and even more toxic.

Lessons (Un)Learned in the Last 5 Years in Offshore Oil Industry Since the BP Deepwater Horizon Accident

Najmedin Meshkati | Posted 06.18.2015 | Business
Najmedin Meshkati

With the 5th anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon (DWH) on April 20, the existing data on the number of accidents and incidents in offshore drilling and production within recent years does not seem encouraging or comforting.

In Texas Oil Town, Early Signs Of Economic Strain As Drilling Slows

Reuters | Posted 05.30.2015 | Green

By Edward McAllister NEW YORK, March 29 (Reuters) - Sales tax receipts in the thriving oil town of Midland, Texas, fell this month, on...

California Cracks Down On Oil And Gas Industry

AP | ELLEN KNICKMEYER | Posted 05.11.2015 | Green

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lax oversight by the state has allowed the oil and gas industry to contaminate protected water aquifers and endanger the public...

Shell CEO: Oil Industry Needs To Be Less Aloof In Climate Change Conversation

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 02.13.2015 | Green

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden believes it is time for his industry to take a more active role in the conversation about climate change and bec...

Animal Feedlots And Oil Operations Leave An Impact You Can See From Space

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 12.14.2014 | Green

These photos have a strange beauty, yet they're a strong reminder of the constant but often hidden impacts humans have on the world around us. Bri...

A Tale of Two Oil Companies

Carl Pope | Posted 01.12.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

The next time you read a glossy Chevron ad, you might remember that Chevron and Breitling are on the same team.

A Trip to Kuwait (on the Prairie)

Laura Gottesdiener | Posted 12.12.2014 | Business
Laura Gottesdiener

At 9 p.m. on that August night, when I arrived for my first shift as a cocktail waitress at Whispers, one of the two strip clubs in downtown Williston, I didn't expect a 25-year-old man to get beaten to death outside the joint. Then again, I didn't really expect most of the things I encountered reporting on the oil boom in western North Dakota this past summer.

Inequality for All: The Republican Goal

Gerry Myers | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

By continuing to cater to the rich who don't want to impose reasonable regulations on Wall Street, Republicans continue to propel the injustices of the past. The corruption and the fraud that made the rich richer and collapsed our economy continues to be unrestrained.

Oil Is Back!

Michael T. Klare | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Michael T. Klare

We have a global warming president presiding over a massive expansion of fossil fuel production. Think of this as a form of collective mental compartmentalization that should frighten us all -- and yet from the president on down, it's remarkable how few seem disturbed by it.

The New Field Of Dreams

Tom Steyer | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green
Tom Steyer

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: American business and technology are our greatest assets in the fight against climate change -- and they are carving a path toward a clean energy future for this country.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Works in Slowing Global Warming

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

In Washington, or any town where money is often valued above all else, the act of moving dollars out of fossil fuels and into sustainable, renewable options is a powerful demonstration of values.

Taxpayers Fund Vitter's Billionaire Club Conspiracy Theory, Oil and Gas Funds His Campaigns

Kevin Grandia | Posted 08.20.2014 | Green
Kevin Grandia

Vitter is likely too cynical to believe that there are people in this world genuinely interested in advancing efforts to clean up our planet and mitigating the damages from industrial pollution that will be wrought on future generations.