A federal appeals court rebuked the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for allowing an energy corporation to move ahead with its plan to build a pipeline that would cut across two national forests and the Appalachian Trail—arguing that the agency put two energy companies’ profits ahead of its own stated mission of protecting the nation’s forests.
The three judges on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the company’s permit to build its 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline in its planned area, starting in West Virginia and crossing through Virginia before terminating in North Carolina. As proposed, the $7 billion pipeline would have cut across the George Washington and Monongahela national forests as well as the historic trail, damaging the habitats of at least four endangered species. Continue reading →
“The Trump administration has systematically dismantled fundamental health and safety protections, and undermined the very agency tasked with safeguarding America’s workforce,” Public Citizen’s Shanna Devine wrote in a new report. Photo: pxhere (Public Domain)
Yet, as if none of these latest attacks on American workers took place, the White House issued its annual Presidential Labor Day Proclamation late Friday, touting what it describes as Trump’s “historic action to advance prosperity for the American worker.” Continue reading →
Local residents survey the aftermath of an oil spill in the Niger River Delta. Photo: Sosialistisk Ungdom/Flickr
Recently, the UK High Court threw out a case brought against oil giant Shell by two impoverished communities in the Niger Delta. It is a blow to the communities in their struggle for justice after suffering years of devastating oil spills.
But the judgement also has wider implications for corporate accountability, making it more difficult to bring future legal cases against UK companies that abuse human rights abroad. As such, the ruling goes to the heart of a situation in which multinational corporations enjoy an impunity that is sharply at odds with their enormous profits and power. It further demonstrates the need for legal reforms that actually improve access of victims of corporate abuse to courts in jurisdictions where large corporations are based (the ‘home’ state). Continue reading →
Areas of Miami, Florida, are now being sprayed with the insecticide naled in an attempt to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito — carrier of the zika virus. Naled, a potent neurotoxin that kills mosquitoes on contact, is perfectly safe, or so the Environmental Protection Agency insists, despite Puerto Rico’s rejection of its use to combat the spread of zika there — due to concerns about its safety.
To keep naled airborne where it would be most effective, the agent is sprayed in very fine aerosol droplets — about two tablespoons can be dispersed to cover an area the equivalent of two football fields, a local CBS affiliate reported. Continue reading →
Why should there be such a ideological war in the topic of tar sands and shale gas exploitation? Oil provides a lifestyle that many cultures have become quite comfortable living. But what happens if we tip the balance of the environment to the point that it can no longer support not only our life style, but also our life and that of all life on earth? No one can “bail out” humanity from mistakes made by those seeking only profits, without proper research and consideration of the overall impact of their work.
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In a recent interview with The Guardian, author and linguist Noam Chomsky calls on us to consider how we can benefit from saving the environment, and challenges us to accept the mission as the indigenous peoples in Canada blocking fossil fuel developments are taking the lead in combating climate change, he said.
Despite opposition from concerned citizens, pipeline building has become all the rage in the oil industry. The populace is told the oil will help lesson foreign dependency and improve the economy. Why then, do all the pipelines run to ocean ports for shipment to world markets? We are told the pipelines will be safe, yet leaks in existing lines continue to rupture while the news media pays little attention. We are told there is no need for concern once these lines start flowing, yet the actual contents of the pipelines are closely guarded “proprietary” information.