G8 Summit: Avoidance of Discussions about the Environment

The 39th G8 summit is being held in the United Kingdom today and tomorrow.

Representing approximately 15 percent of the world’s population, 65 percent of the global gross domestic product and two thirds of international trade, the G8 is an informal group of advanced economies that meets once a year at a Summit of Heads of State and Government.… [Read more]

Thanks, Environmental Protection Agency!

Today, the Environmental Defense Fund relayed some information that should make all of us breathe a little easier:

The EPA has just announced historic new standards to reduce soot, smog and other dangerous pollution that spews from the tailpipes of our cars and trucks.

With every breath, these standards will deliver cleaner, healthier air to the lungs of millions of Americans, producing billions of dollars of public health benefits every year.[Read more]

The (Principled) Case for Keystone

My digital pulpit north of Lake Ontario is no guarantee that brains or intellectual nuance drive every BNV offering forward, but there are elements of the ongoing Keystone XL debate that deserve fuller scrutiny, a discussion that ought to be advanced beyond shallow ‘dirty oil’ polemics.

Only the clean oil from now on

Keystone is not divinely inspired environmentalism.… [Read more]

Chesa-‘Piqued’ Energy: A Fracking Nightmare Waiting to Happen

Though not personally invested in this stock, Chesapeake Energy has always been intriguing to me nonetheless. The more one reads about this company, the more interesting this company becomes. Headed by Aubrey McClendon, Chesapeake Energy is a publicly traded company based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and its financial interests lie mostly in the midwestern United States.… [Read more]

Protesters Unite in Summer of Solidarity

The above photo has been circulating around Facebook and the Energy Action Coalition’s website as part of their #ClimateSOS campaign. (Check out the hashtag on Twitter). The man behind the podium is Tim DeChristopher, who was (and is) jailed for falsely bidding on oil and gas leases in order to prevent drilling, and the quotes are from a speech he gave at Power Shift 2011, a youth environmental conference.*

All around the country, protesters are taking his message to heart.… [Read more]

June 24, 2012 – Weekly Wrap Up

Here on a Sunday, after watching the political pundits and “experts” do their partisan pontification, I’m thinking this: What were they thinking? Seriously…WHAT were they thinking?

Whenever the television is on, it’s inevitable that some news segment, (unreal) reality show or special report will air that makes that particular question the only logical thing to ask — but, in our world, “WTF?” is also a recurring question.… [Read more]

Frack Off?!? Et Tu, Governor?

In New York State, activists are about to hear a loud and resounding “Frack You!!” from the governor’s office. As is the case in other states, both sides of the contentious environmental issue, hydraulic fracturing (“fracking“), are having their say — though it seems that  those of us who want a say in the safety of our soil and the cleanliness of our air and drinking water have less of a say than our corporate counterparts.… [Read more]

Fossil Fueled Problems Part II: Separating Reality from Rhetoric

Yesterday I visited Nevada and New Mexico to talk about what we’re calling an all-of-the-above energy strategy….So today, I’ve come to Cushing, an oil town because producing more oil and gas here at home has been, and will continue to be, a critical part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy…We’ve added enough new oil and gas pipeline to encircle the Earth and then some.[Read more]

Gas Companies are Becoming a Fracking Nuisance

I’ve been wondering something…With all of the things that are on the local and national agendas to discuss why hasn’t the issue of ‘fracking‘ made it to higher up on the list?  Actually, this shouldn’t have to be discussed; it’s actually ridiculous that this situation has been allowed to come so far.  It’s supposed to be a no-brainer that toxins should not be pumped into the ground to pollute our soil and water.… [Read more]

All Of These Distractions…

We live in an age of short attention spans.  That has amounted to good news for people like Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York, whose brash rudeness and displays of contempt were forgotten once the events of 9/11 took place.  Short memories and limited recall have worked wonders for elected officials such as David Vitter, Newt Gingrich, Elliot Spitzer and others who have managed to carve out very lucrative careers after finding their names in the news next to the word ‘scandal’.… [Read more]