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The Disaffected Lib: The Enemy Within. At Some Point You Have to Take Sides.

Don’t waste your breath.  It’s futile to try to work with energy giants on environmental issues at least according to one of Britain’s leading environmentalists, Jonathon Porritt, who has thrown in the towel after years of trying to work with companies such as BP and Shell.

Jonathon Porritt said “hydrocarbon supremacists” at the companies had . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Enemy Within. At Some Point You Have to Take Sides.

Eclectic Lip: Green byelection blues

Alas, the Green Party didn’t pick any seats up in the Nov 26 Canadian federal by-elections. While their strong showings probably count as a real moral victory, I imagine at this stage they’d prefer amoral, real victories. 😉 As it turns out, Parliament’s composition is unchanged, “while my green heart gently weeps”. Despite donating to […] . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Green byelection blues

The Scott Ross: Canadians Enjoy Largest Oil Spill In History

Many British Columbians fear the possible environmental damage of the Northern Gateway pipeline running through their wilderness, yet paradoxically they and all other Canadians not only take pleasure from the largest oil spill in Canadian history, but … . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Canadians Enjoy Largest Oil Spill In History

Trashy's World: Lifestyle change…

… results after 10 days. Hey! Psst. Wanna lose 10 pounds in 10 days? No – this isn’t an ad… I’m just amazed that by cutting back to a 1,000ish mg of daily sodium intake, I have lost so much weight in such a short period of time… just by cutting out crappy processed foods . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Lifestyle change…

Trashy's World: Lifestyle change for Trashy…

… no pizza, bacon, pre-made soup, Chinese food (actually, no restaurants at all). No deli meat. No cheese (that one hurts), nor most salad dressings. No peanuts, sunflower seeds, nor crackers. Yup. Low, low salt time. This is gonna be tough. Any advice? (6) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

DeSmogBlog: Fracking Industry Paying Off Scientists For "Unbiased" Safety Studies

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As a whole, Americans have an unfortunate tendency to distrust scientists. The number of those who distrust science and scientists is skewed heavily by ideology, with self-identified “conservatives” overwhelmingly saying that they don’t trust science. DeSmogBlog’s own Chris Mooney has spent an enormous amount of time and energy devoted to finding . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Fracking Industry Paying Off Scientists For "Unbiased" Safety Studies

DeSmogBlog: Delaware Tax Haven: The Other Shale Gas Industry Loophole

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Most people think of downtown Houston, Texas as ground zero for the oil and gas industry. Houston, after all, serves as home base for corporate headquarters of oil and gas giants, including the likes of BP America, ConocoPhillips, and Shell Oil Company, to name a few.

Comparably speaking, few would think of Wilmington, Delaware in . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Delaware Tax Haven: The Other Shale Gas Industry Loophole

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: BP Doesn’t Pay

BP isn’t repairing the damage it caused in the Gulf of Mexico. Of course, it was easy to predict that. Enbridge didn’t clean up the huge spill in Wisconsin. Yet these sorts of companies get billions of dollars in government subsidies, despite huge profits they are allowed to keep even though they cost the government . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: BP Doesn’t Pay

DeSmogBlog: The Real Train Wreck: ALEC and "Other ALECs" Attack EPA Regulations

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When business-friendly bills and resolutions spread like wildfire in statehouses nationwide calling for something as far-fetched as a halt to EPA regulations on greenhouse gas emissions, ALEC is always a safe bet for a good place to look for their origin.

In the midst of hosting its 39th Annual Meeting this week in Salt Lake . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: The Real Train Wreck: ALEC and "Other ALECs" Attack EPA Regulations

DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: President Barack Obama

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Part 3 in a series, see Part 1 and Part 2.

Perhaps more than any other sitting U.S. President, Barack Obama has been Commander in Chief through some of the most obvious examples of what climate change will do to America. The last few weeks alone have given us severe . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: President Barack Obama

DeSmogBlog: FreedomWorks Fails Basic Math And Economics To Smear Renewable Energy Investments

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The corporate funded, Libertarian/Conservative “think tank” FreedomWorks is doing their best to convince Americans that taxpayer-funded energy subsidies and loans are a waste of our resources. Of course, that doesn’t apply to the massive giveaways to the dirty energy industry, only to the federal loan programs established to invest in cleaner, . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: FreedomWorks Fails Basic Math And Economics To Smear Renewable Energy Investments

DeSmogBlog: Will Dismal Jobs Report Give New Life To Keystone XL Plan?

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While the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline might have disappeared from the front pages in the last few weeks, the battle is still raging. And a grim jobs report for the month of May might just be the catalyst that Keystone proponents have been looking for to renew their . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Will Dismal Jobs Report Give New Life To Keystone XL Plan?

DeSmogBlog: Is BP’s Attempted Climategate Strategy To Attack Scientists Ethical?

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In late 2009, climate change deniers thought they had found the Holy Grail in terms of climate denial – a collection of more than 3,000 hacked emails that they took out of context to “prove” that scientists were lying about human-driven climate change. This so-called scandal became known as “Climategate.” . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Is BP’s Attempted Climategate Strategy To Attack Scientists Ethical?

DeSmogBlog: Is The EPA Covering Up Oil Dispersant Dangers?

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Less than two years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told BP that they had to stop using the highly dangerous and potentially toxic oil dispersant Corexit on the oil that was spewing from a blown out wellhead at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. BP refused, and the EPA . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Is The EPA Covering Up Oil Dispersant Dangers?

DeSmogBlog: Greenpeace Uncovers Shocking Photos Of Gulf Of Mexico Oil Disaster

More than two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and BP's well spewed millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Greenpeace has finally been granted access to pictures that show the real impact of the oil on marine life. The pictures were obtained via a Freedom of Information Act . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Greenpeace Uncovers Shocking Photos Of Gulf Of Mexico Oil Disaster

DeSmogBlog: Justice Department Files First Criminal Charges In BP Oil Disaster Probe

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The U.S. Department of Justice has filed its first criminal charges into their investigation into the cover up of BP’s oil geyser in the Gulf of Mexico. The charges have been filed against Kurt Mix, a former engineer for BP, for allegedly destroying evidence related to the oil flow estimates from . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Justice Department Files First Criminal Charges In BP Oil Disaster Probe

DeSmogBlog: The State Of The Gulf Two Years After Deepwater Horizon Disaster

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Today marks the two-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that killed 11 rig workers and subsequently caused an oil geyser in the Gulf of Mexico that leaked hundreds of millions of gallons of crude oil into the water. The mainstream press will provide coverage over the next few . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: The State Of The Gulf Two Years After Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: BP Gulf Disaster Continues

I’ve been avoiding shrimp for close to two years because I expected this.

Do you remember how the EPA said it was safe for New Yorkers to return to the area around Ground Zero, despite the obvious hazard to respiration from asbestos dust? The government’s action around the BP oil geyser is equally negligent . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: BP Gulf Disaster Continues

DeSmogBlog: Deadly Bacteria Found In Gulf Coast Tar Balls

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Since the very first tar balls began rolling onshore along the Gulf of Mexico following 2010’s Deepwater Horizon oilrig explosion and subsequent underwater oil geyser, the oil industry told us to relax because those tar balls were completely harmless. But as we approach the two year anniversary of the disaster, . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Deadly Bacteria Found In Gulf Coast Tar Balls

DeSmogBlog: Big Oil Rakes In Billions, Still Complains Taxes Are Too High

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The President rolled out his FY2013 budget recently, which includes eliminating $40 billion in tax breaks from Big Oil companies, such as BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell. Meanwhile, the American Petroleum Institute's response would have you believe that cutting the subsidies would be the equivalent of moving back into their . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Big Oil Rakes In Billions, Still Complains Taxes Are Too High

DeSmogBlog: U.S. Chamber Hits The Road To Promote "Oily" Highway Transportation Bill

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A bitter fight has erupted in Washington, D.C. in recent weeks surrounding the fate of a much-needed transportation and infrastructure bill. Congressional Democrats wanted to pass a bill that would fund projects to help rebuild roads and bridges, but Republicans were against the idea.

So, in an attempt to get . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: U.S. Chamber Hits The Road To Promote "Oily" Highway Transportation Bill

DeSmogBlog: Unethical Oil: Why Is Canada Killing Wolves and Muzzling Scientists To Protect Tar Sands Interests?

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In the latest and perhaps most astonishing display of the tar sands industry’s attacks on science and our democracy, the government of Alberta has made plans to initiate a large-scale wolf slaughter to provide cover for the destruction wrought by the industrialization of the boreal forest ecosystem.

In the coming years, an . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Unethical Oil: Why Is Canada Killing Wolves and Muzzling Scientists To Protect Tar Sands Interests?

DeSmogBlog: Waterkeeper Groups Sue Over Gulf Oil Leak Gushing For Seven Years And Counting

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Like many Gulf Coast residents, I was highly skeptical when both the media and the Coast Guard told us that the tar balls we were seeing wash up on our shores in the months following the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster were not from BP’s oil geyser at the bottom of . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Waterkeeper Groups Sue Over Gulf Oil Leak Gushing For Seven Years And Counting

350 or bust: Greedy Lying Bastards

DeSmogBlog: American Petroleum Institute’s Jack Gerard Fact Checked By Activists During Speech

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Guest post by Connor Gibson, cross-posted from Polluterwatch.

Two days ago, President Obama denied the permit for the destructive Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, much to the dismay of Big Oil's top lobbyist and propagandist. Speaking at the National Press Club to an audience dominated by oil, coal and nuclear representatives and lobbyists, American . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: American Petroleum Institute’s Jack Gerard Fact Checked By Activists During Speech