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US refuses to help Ecuador save rainforest from oil drilling

The Ecuadorian government has a unique proposal, being considered by other developing countries with petroleum reserves.  They ask for financial help that would partially compensate them for the lost income of NOT drilling for oil.  They’re asking for 50% of the  estimated $7.6 billion in oil revenues they would gain from oil drilling. They have […]

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Sustainable Energy Act and Climate Protection Act — Sanders-Boxer legislation

  Carbon Tax Center: One day after 48 climate protesters were arrested at the White House and three days before what is billed as “the largest climate rally in history,” Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) set a new “gold standard” for transparent, effective climate legislation. Their Climate Protection Act (“CPA”) would impose […]

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10 Days to tell the State Department #NoKXL (No Keystone XL Pipeline)

From Oil Change International: Keystone XL proponents are lying in order to push the State Department to approve this pipeline.  They say Keystone would help us achieve energy independence but the oil will be shipped overseas. A few weeks back we had a look at the refineries that would receive the oil flowing through the […]

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Imagine $6 trillion spent on energy efficiency and renewables over 50 years instead of the Iraq War

  Mother Jones reports on new estimates of the true 50 year cost of the invasion of Iraq.  The estimated $6 trillion cost is 100 times greater than the “50 to 60 billion” initial estimates by the Bush Administration. Many believe a motive for this invasion was for control of oil production. If that’s so,  […]

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62 Senators Approve Keystone Pipeline in Symbolic Vote

17 Democrats and 45 Republicans approved the Keystone Pipeline in a symbolic Senate vote on Friday.  This vote on an amendment to the Senate budget, was one of many in a lengthy Senate Budget process.  Ultimately the final Senate budget was approved by a 50 to 49 vote early Saturday.  The budget amendment votes “are […]

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“Houston We Have a Problem: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Cheap Energy:” A movie review

The 2010 documentary, “Houston We Have a Problem,” takes us inside the offices of  Texas oil industry CEOs and of environmentalists.  It is most educational when it documents the history of the oil industry from the 1870s until today — providing details from many  industry insiders and historic pictures of early Texas oil rigs and […]

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