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Dependence on Oil

What's Causing the Gas Hole in Your Wallet? You've Got to See This Movie

Jamie Court | Posted 06.14.2011 | Green
Jamie Court

Gas Hole pulls back the curtain on the dirtiest secrets of the oil industry, from oil companies buying up patents for devices that would give you 100 miles per gallon to manipulation of the gas supply.

When We Demand Cheap Gasoline, We Are Demanding Disaster

Johann Hari | Posted 05.26.2011 | Green
Johann Hari

When we demand our governments give us cheaper gas, we are -- usually unwittingly -- demanding they give more money to some of the worst dictators in the world, invade more countries, and ramp up global warming.

Let's Bring Oil Back Into the Energy Debate

Macha Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Macha Levinson

The U.S. energy debate is distorted with talk about the future. t's about clean technologies and tackling climate change. It's about investment in energy efficiency and in bio-fuels. But the way we use energy is still mired in oil.

The Collapse of the Old Oil Order: How the Petroleum Age Will End

Michael T. Klare | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael T. Klare

Don't count on any new order to deliver enough cheap oil to preserve the Petroleum Age. Since no area is capable of replacing the Middle East as oil exporter, the oil economy will shrivel, and with it, the global economy as a whole.

A Noble Prize for the 21st Century

Terry Tamminen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Terry Tamminen

The nominees for the Zayed Future Energy Prize won't solve the world's dependence on polluting and limited fossil fuels alone, but at least they are focused on innovative ways that all of us must learn from to make the world more sustainable.

Tightening Oil Markets Will Bring the Speculators Back

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

With oil prices now already above $80 per barrel, you can expect to hear a lot more about the role of speculators. It's always easier to find a whipping boy than to recognize that depletion and more costly fuel in the future are the real problems.

We Won't Accept More Poison For Less Carbon

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

The American people deserve a climate and energy bill that not only improves air quality, but also creates jobs that will help pull the economy out of recession. The current bill is in danger of doing neither.

Independence Day -- Better Late Than Never

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Eleven days later, I'm ready to trot out the red, white and blue -- thanks to Oregon's Jeff Merkley and three other U.S. senators, we finally have a proposal that can lead us to an All-American Transportation System.

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?

Our Fight for American Independence

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

This weekend, we celebrate America's independence. But as BP's oil spill reminds us, a force just as powerful has our country under its thumb: dependence on fossil fuels. Once again, we must fight for independence.

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.