The April 14 meeting proceeded efficiently, as scheduled, for BP shareholders. For the workers, environmentalists and community members rallying in protest, though, the day of reckoning had yet to arrive.
Postcards from the ragged edge of our global energy system highlight the costs we pay, the risks we bear and the toll we submit to every day for the power and fuel we use. The choice before us could not be more clear.
What really screws the economy is not high oil prices, it's the yo-yoing of prices. A gas tax, phased in over several years, would gradually increase prices at the pump to make alternatives relatively more affordable.
The GOP has launched an assault on public health, clean air, fresh water, and wildlife. This attack on our environment won't take a nibble out of our deficit, but it will take the teeth out of needed protections.
To be clear: our addiction to fossil fuel is killing us just as surely as tobacco causes cancer. And like the tobacco industry in decades past, the fossil fuel industry hopes you won't notice until it's too late.