Issues / Environment
Obama's climate change guy Todd Stern has just wrapped up a tour of Latin America. It wasn't vacation: more like a critical lobbying opportunity.
With worldwide desecration of the environment by oil spills, the words "black planet" take on new meaning.
Spills, leaks and deliberate discharges are happening in oilfields all over the world and very few people seem to care.
Instead of letting the old nuclear complex rust in peace, the government is proactively taking the initiative to create a whole new generation of Dr. Strangeloves.
In the wake of the environmental disaster caused by the 20 April explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig, the oil multinational was immediately pressured into providing adequate compensation by the US government. This is an experience palpably not shared by Nigerian people in the face of another multinational, Shell, in the country's Niger Delta.
Indigenous peoples from around the world, including Maori from New Zealand and Gwich'in from the far north in Alaska, came to the World Peoples Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth to share their wisdom and set new ground rules to ensure the protection of Mother Earth and the survival of the planet.
The new marine protection area in the Indian Ocean seems like a great step forward. Until you look at it a little more carefully.
Congress is deadlocked on the issue of climate change. But a new bill, with bipartisan support, has a good chance of breaking the deadlock and actually reducing U.S. carbon emissions.
Matt Ryan, the mayor of Binghamton, New York, is sick and tired of watching people in local communities "squabble over crumbs," as he puts it, while so much local money pours into the Pentagon's coffers and into America's wars.
There's only so much oil in the ground, so what is the Obama administration thinking with its new offshore oil program?