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Arctic Nightmare

Michael Brune | Posted 05.18.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

When I woke up and realized that Romney had lost the election, I was momentarily relieved. But then the nightmare started all over again. Because everything else really did happen -- only it was President Barack Obama, the man we worked so hard to put in the White House, whose Interior Department decided it would be OK to spill oil in the Arctic.

Kate Sheppard

Obama Administration Approves Shell's Drilling Plan For The Arctic

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Monday granted conditional approval to Shell to begin exploratory drilling in the Arctic, which the Departme...

Shell's Arctic Ambitions Held Up in Seattle

James Stafford | Posted 05.06.2015 | Business
James Stafford

It is not at all clear that Shell will, in fact, move forward with drilling, even if it can obtain a city permit in time. It still needs to receive the necessary approvals from the U.S. Department of Interior for its drilling plans in the Chukchi Sea.

Seattle Requires New Permit for Shell's Arctic Drill Ship to Moor, but May Not Issue It

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.05.2015 | Green
Alaska Dispatch News

A drill ship that Shell intends to use to drill oil wells in Arctic waters off Alaska cannot be moored at the Port of Seattle without a new permit, Seattle city officials said Monday.

Alaska Lawmakers Take Shot at State of Washington Over Arctic Development

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

After sending salvos at President Barack Obama and federal government bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., top Republicans in the Alaska Legislature have a new focus for their ire: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Seattle's mayor and city council, foes who they say would stymie oil development in the Arctic.

Greenpeace Activists Board Shell Drilling Rig To Protest Arctic Drilling

AP | DAN JOLING | Posted 04.08.2015 | Green

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Attorneys for Royal Dutch Shell PLC on Tuesday sued in federal court to remove six Greenpeace activists who boarded a vesse...

Big Oil Chicanery Threatens Cap and Trade

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 05.16.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

The Seattle Times ran an article whose headline was so unsurprising I almost didn't read on: "Oil industry not buying Gov. Jay Inslee's cap-and-trade plan." No surprise right?

Environmental Groups Sue Port Of Seattle

Reuters | Posted 05.03.2015 | Green

SEATTLE, March 2 (Reuters) - A coalition of environmental groups sued the Port of Seattle on Monday to stop the lease of a terminal to Royal Dutch S...

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...

A Week of Madness: Shell, KXL and the Arctic Auction

Annie Leonard | Posted 04.01.2015 | Green
Annie Leonard

The past week has been quite the roller coaster for folks who care about the fate of the Arctic.

Shell Says It Wants To Drill Off Alaska Coast Again

AP | By DAN JOLING | Posted 03.31.2015 | Green

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC will move forward with drilling off Alaska's northwest coast if it can obtain permits it needs and dr...

Self-Interest Will Drive Fossil Fuel Divestment More Than Idealism

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

If anyone needed more proof that economics trumps sustainability: low gas prices are causing a plunge in electric vehicle and hybrid sales.

Question Before the Court: Can Corporations Betray Retirees?

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.17.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

M&G has stricken hundreds of families in this rural West Virginia region with fear. They're scared they won't be able to afford health insurance they believed they'd earned. A decision by the Supreme Court affirming the lower courts' rulings would relieve retirees like 78-year-old Tackett and restore justice in Point Pleasant.

Fossil Fuel's New Strategy - Will It Work?

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 12.27.2014 | Business
Carol Pierson Holding

The Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) just released an analysis of the "Financial Impact of the Coming Low-Carbon Transition," which computed the pote...

Tar Sands Trade: Kuwait Buys Stake in Alberta As It Opens Own Heavy Oil Spigot

Steve Horn | Posted 12.14.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogChevron made waves in the business world when it announced its October 6 sale of 30-percent of its holdings in the Alberta...

LEGO Quits Shell Over Arctic Drilling -- Who's Next?

Travis Nichols | Posted 12.09.2014 | Green
Travis Nichols

Shell is running out of places to hide. Today, LEGO announced it will be ending its 50-year relationship with the oil company after millions of people around the world called on the toymaker to put the partnership on ice.

Lego To Scrap Shell Deal After Arctic Protests

AP | By JAN M. OLSEN | Posted 12.09.2014 | Green

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish toy maker Lego said Thursday it won't renew a deal allowing Shell to hand out Lego sets at its gas stations in som...

Shell Eyes Delicate Alaskan Arctic For Oil

The New York Times | Posted 08.28.2014 | Green

Royal Dutch Shell submitted a plan to the federal government on Thursday to try once again to explore for oil in the Alaskan Arctic, following years o...

Obama Opened Floodgates for Offshore Fracking in Recent Gulf of Mexico Lease

Steve Horn | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogIn little-noticed news arising out of a recent Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas lease held by the U.S. Department of In...

What Can a 19th Century Arctic Shipwreck Tell Us About the 21st Century's Most Wicked Problem?

Travis Nichols | Posted 10.16.2014 | Books
Travis Nichols

Hampton Sides has written one hell of an Arctic adventure story. In the Kingdom of Ice is the tale of Lieutenant George Washington De Long and his crew aboard the USS Jeannette who, in 1879, attempted to find the North Pole through the Arctic.

Everything Is Not Awesome in LEGOland

Travis Nichols | Posted 09.23.2014 | Green
Travis Nichols

Using toys to advertise any kind of product to kids is wrong. But it's particularly harmful to sell children on Shell, a company with a shameful environmental record that plans to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic, one of the most vulnerable places on earth.

The Emerging Clean Energy Edge

Carl Pope | Posted 09.07.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

For the first time, a large fraction of the world's fossil fuels could be replaced at a lower cost by clean energy, with today's renewable technologies and prices. And virtually no further investments in fossil fuels make long-term economic sense.

Thousands Of Fishermen Reject Shell's Offer After Historically Wretched Spills

AP | MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 06.20.2014 | Green

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of Nigerian fishermen have rejected an offer of $50 million from Royal Dutch Shell for "some of the largest oil spil...

Mexico's Oil Privatization: Risky Business

Laura Carlsen | Posted 07.29.2014 | Latino Voices
Laura Carlsen

As capitalism's growth imperative pushes speculation toward the next financial meltdown and fossil fuel production toward planetary destruction, Mexico's political and economic elites are eager to jump in the game.

President Obama, Put the Arctic Off-Limits to Big Oil

Robert Redford | Posted 12.19.2014 | Green
Robert Redford

Four years ago this week, BP's Deepwater Horizon drill platform exploded. Eleven workers died that day. Their bodies were never found. Over the next 87 days, 210 million gallons of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico. It fouled fishing grounds, ravaged the coastline, and shut down tourism. The world got an ugly look at some of the terrible hidden costs of fossil fuels. Spill-related health problems plague the people and the wildlife of the Gulf to this very day. I personally hoped that we, as a nation, would quickly learn from this tragedy and move swiftly to prevent a repeat disaster in our most vulnerable coastal environments. So it boggles the mind that Shell Oil is still determined to drill in one of the most fragile and remote ecosystems on Earth: the Arctic Ocean -- the last bastion of America's polar bears, endangered bowhead whales and other rare wildlife.