Caution: do not make connections

Misc on June 13, 2011 | Make a Comment

An op-ed by Bill McKibben, author and founder of 350.org, narrated and illustrated by Stephen Thomson.

One million climate jobs now!

Misc on June 13, 2011 | Make a Comment

The start of a major campaign. Instead of cutting jobs, create a million new ones to lower carbon emissions and kick start the economy. The full 33 minute version, plus seven more films, are on Reel News 27 – available at Reel News. For more information about the campaign download the One Million Climate Jobs booklet.

The struggle over Iraq’s oil

Misc on April 26, 2011 | Make a Comment

Published in The Independent, Friday, 22 April 2011

Phil England interviews Greg Muttitt – the source for The Independent’s revelations about how big oil firms influenced the invasion of Iraq – about the bigger story in his new book Fuel on the Fire.

I would say the most surprising thing about my book is that someone else hasn’t written it in the past eight years. It’s an obvious question to ask, ‘what happened to the oil?’ ”

Published yesterday, Greg Muttitt’s explosive new history of post-occupation Iraq has been pulled together from hundreds of documents released under the Freedom of Information act – both here and in the US – as well as from numerous first-hand interviews. Muttitt was the source of The Independent’s front-page revelations on Tuesday that both BP and Shell had meetings with government officials in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq…

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America Rising

Misc on April 19, 2011 | Make a Comment

Encouraging signs from the Powershift 2011 conference in the US…

Europe & Canada’s dirty oil deal?

Misc on January 20, 2011 | Make a Comment

Updates: Is the EU about to ban tar sands? Take Action: Write to Your MEP

Cross post from UK Tar Sands Network:

On January 14th 2011 a group of protesters invaded the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and demanded a meeting with Stephen Green, the new Minister for Trade. Calling themselves the “Big Society Trade Negotiators”, they were concerned that trade negotiations between the EU and Canada, due to start in Brussels the following Monday, would dramatically boost Europe’s involvement in the Canadian Tar Sands -the most destructive project on earth. They occupied the lobby and conducted a noisy teach-in about trade and the Tar Sands. They only left after the Minister offered them a meeting at a later date.

Unbeknownst to most citizens, the EU and Canada are in the midst of negotiating an ambitious free trade deal (the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA) that could open up the European market to imports of carbon-intensive Tar Sands oil for the first time [1]. Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the talks is the plan to allow multinational companies like BP and Shell to sue national governments over social and environmental regulations [2]. This is happening despite the increasingly urgent need for governments to crack down on the destructive and dangerous activities of such companies… Read more…

James Hansen – Why we need a carbon tax

Misc on January 9, 2011 | Make a Comment

He first warned about climate change 30 years ago. Now James Hansen wants us to get serious about a tax on carbon. He tells Phil England why it’s our last chance

Pubished in The Independent Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Grave warning: Climate scientist Professor James Hansen , who has spent the past 30 years advising US administrations from Jimmy Carter to George W Bush, says action must be taken now

Grave warning: Climate scientist Professor James Hansen , who has spent the past 30 years advising US administrations from Jimmy Carter to George W Bush, says action must be taken now.

Professor James Hansen’s last formal engagement was delivering a keynote paper to the American Geophysical Union Autumn meeting. After that, he spent the holidays not enjoying wintry walks or taking advantage of the sales, but doing something altogether more industrious. “I’m writing a paper to provide the scientific basis for [law] suits against the government – just to make them do their job,” he says… Read more…
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