Posts tagged “oil”
May 18, 2015
In a decision that Bill McKibben has called catastrophic climate-change denial, the Obama administration has tentatively approved Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill exploration wells in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea this summer.
Seven Stories author and activist Subhankar Banarjee appeared on Democracy Now! last week to discuss the science and consequences of the plan.
Click here to read the author’s recent piece in TomDispatch, called “To Drill or Not to Drill, That is the Question.”
Subhankar Banarjee is the author of Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point, a book of photojournalism including first person narratives by more than 30 prominent activists, writers and researchers.
May 6, 2013Joel Magnuson Book Tour Monday, May 6th @ 7:00pm Annie Bloom’s Books 7834 SW Capitol Hwy
Joel Magnuson will be at Annie Bloom’s Books to read and discuss his new book, The Approaching Great Transformation: Toward a Livable Post Carbon Economy, on Monday, May 6th.
The oncoming decline of the Oil Age, the facts are hard: global oil deposits will soon reach their peak, a violent race to get whats left has begun, and our culture of consumption is heedlessly dependent on oil and other fossil fuels. The consequences will not just be longer lines and higher prices at the gas pump, but as Magnuson explains the very nature of life as we know it hangs in the balance with the onsite of this inevitable change which stands to become a needless catastrophe.
Magnuson’s visionary insights do not only highlight the negative compounding factors of dwindling resources, global warming, increasing debt, and ill-prepared government.
February 28, 2013
After months of weather problems and issues with the drilling rigs and oil spill containment vessels, Shell has decided that they will not be drilling in the Alaskan Arctic this year. Although this is great news for the environment and the community, it does not mean an end to off-shore drilling entirely. While Shell repairs rigs and prepares for future operations of the already $5 billion investment, the company will also continue off-shore research and meetings with villagers to benefit the long-term project.
The US Department of Interior plans to do a full-scale review of the operation in the next few weeks. If you would like to learn more about this subject, read the full Los Angeles Times article or check out Subhankar Banerjee’s Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point.
June 16, 2010... In Sonia Shah's definitive history of the oil industry, Crude, the base greed and exploitative nature of oil company executives is detailed time and again, and the laissez-faire attitude of the respective governments involved in green-lighting their activities is an ubiquitous trait throughout every stage of the process. Public and private sector prospectors thought nothing of wreaking environmental havoc wherever they sought black gold, more often than not causing massive social upheaval to boot in the countries into which they expanded. Mass spillages and pollution across the world – in Alaska, Nigeria, Iraq and elsewhere – barely register with consumers in the west, so long as they don't occur in their backyard. The minute catastrophe occurs closer to home, suddenly everyone and their dog is a green campaigner, an environmental warrior ready to don cape and clutch sword in pursuit of a better future for Mother Earth and all her children. Which is all well and good, for about as long as the spills dominate the headlines and trend on Twitter, but when the crisis is over and the wells are recapped, all reverts to business as usual. And business as usual means a refusal to bring about serious, societal change. —Seth Freedman, Guardian
May 6, 20101967—In “The Graduate,” Mr. McGuire advised Ben, “I just want to say one word to you—just one word.” “Yes, sir.” “Are you listening?” “Yes, I am.” “Plastics.” “Exactly how do you mean?” “There's a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?” “Yes, I will.” Plastic is oil, hardened. By 2010, there would be plastic patches the size of Texas to choke both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Thanks to the chemical phthalate in plastic, male genitals are shrinking worldwide, and sperm counts are way down, though not low enough, unfortunately, to slow down this full-throttle-ahead “love” boat. World population is approaching seven billion, with about 30,000 people starving to death each day. — from Linh Dinh's fantastic "The Oil Ride" at Counterpunch