Extreme Energy Means an Extreme Planet

The new “Golden Age of Oil” that wasn’t as forecasts of abundance collide with planetary realities

Michael T. Klare, Tom Dispatch.org, October 4, 2012

Last winter, fossil-fuel enthusiasts began trumpeting the dawn of a new “golden age of oil” that would kick-start the American economy, generate millions of new jobs, and free this country from its dependence on imported petroleum.  Ed Morse, head commodities analyst at Citibank, was typical.  In the Wall Street Journal he crowed, “The United States has become the fastest-growing oil and gas producer in the world, and is likely to remain so for the rest of this decade and into the 2020s.” Continue reading

Fracking, buscando el cielo capitalista

Maciek Wisniewski, La Jornada, 18 de deciembre de 2011

El casi completo laissez-faire en fracking no es algo exclusivo del capitalismo estadounidense. También en Europa, donde se descubrió y se empieza a explotar el gas de pizarra (sus reservas son de unos 35 billones de metros cúbicos, frente a los 23.4 de los EU), las empresas, pese a las regulaciones más estrictas, imponen sus intereses.

Cuando el analista George Monbiot indagó las agencias gubernamentales británicas sobre el impacto de la fractura hidráulica y del gas de pizarra (shale) para el medio ambiente y el clima, todas repitieron el mantra corporativo: que “todo está seguro” y que el footprint “es igual que el del gas tradicional”. Aseguraron que la concesión para fracking en Inglaterra se expidió tras consultar los datos sobre la seguridad en… la página de la compañía. Pronto éste provocó allí dos pequeños terremotos (The Guardian, 31/8/2011).

Francia, apuntando oficialmente a los riesgos ambientales, impuso una moratorio al gas de pizarra. Pero Polonia, donde se descubrieron las reservas más grandes del viejo continente, anunció su explotación con bombo y platillo. Continue reading

With the Keystone Pipeline, Drawing a Line in the Tar Sands

For environmentalists protesting the Keystone XL pipeline, the battle is about more than just transporting tar sands oil from Alberta. It’s about whether the United States — and the rest of the world — will finally come to its senses about global warming.

Bill Mckibben, Yale Environment 360, October 6, 2011

In the last three years, three things have happened to the climate movement, one political, one meteorological, and one geological. Taken together, they explain why 1,253 people were arrested outside the White House in late summer protesting the Keystone XL pipeline — and why that protest may be the start of something big and desperate. Continue reading

The White House & Tar Sands

James Hansen, ClimateStoryTellers.or, September 3, 2011

Tar Sands Action organized a civil disobedience sit–in at The White House to oppose construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that began on August 20 and will culminate in a big rally on September 3rd. On August 29 I joined 60 religious leaders and other fellow protestors. I was arrested that day. But before I was handcuffed, I addressed fellow activists who had gathered outside The White House with these words:

Let us return for a moment to the election night in 2008. As I sat in our farmhouse in Pennsylvania, watching Barack Obama’s victory speech, I turned my head aside so my wife would not see the tears in my eyes. I suspect that millions cried. It was a great day for America. Continue reading

Welcome to Bizarro World

Stephen Leahy, IPS, August 11, 2011

UXBRIDGE, Canada — Canada and the United States are now the center of Bizarro World. This is where leaders promise to reduce carbon emissions but ensure a new, super-sized oil pipeline called Keystone XL is built, guaranteeing further expansion of the Alberta tar sands that produce the world’s most carbon-laden oil.

“It’s imperative that we move quickly to alternate forms of energy – and that we leave the tar sands in the ground,” the U.S.’s leading climate scientists urged President Barack Obama in an open letter Aug. 3. Continue reading

The Great American Carbon Bomb

It’s Yes or No For a Climate-Killing Oil Pipeline — and Obama Gets to Make the Call

Bill McKibben, Tom Dispatch, July 14, 2011

The climate problem has moved from the abstract to the very real in the last 18 months. Instead of charts and graphs about what will happen someday, we’ve got real-time video: first Russia burning, then Texas and Arizona on fire. First Pakistan suffered a deluge, then Queensland, Australia, went underwater, and this spring and summer, it’s the Midwest that’s flooding at historic levels.
The year 2010 saw the lowest volume of Arctic ice since scientists started to measure, more rainfall on land than any year in recorded history, and the lowest barometric pressure ever registered in the continental United States. Measured on a planetary scale, 2010 tied 2005 as the warmest year in history. Jeff Masters, probably the world’s most widely read meteorologist, calculated that the year featured the most extreme weather since at least 1816, when a giant volcano blew its top. Continue reading

Europe moves to ban imports of tar sands oil from Canada

An attempt to classify tar sands oil as more environmentally-damaging than conventional oil would effectively ban its sale within European Member States

William McLennan, The Ecologist, March 29, 2011

The European Union is moving to prevent tar sands oil from entering the European market due to the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) associated with its production. Continue reading

Canadian Gov’t, Alberta Fighting Foreign Climate Laws to Push Tar Sands: Report

CBS News, November 23, 2010

The federal government and Alberta are working to weaken climate policies in the U.S. and Europe in order to support the oilsands, according to environmental group Climate Action Network Canada.

‘Canada is not just exporting dirty oil anymore; we’re also exporting dirty policies,’ Climate Action Network Canada says of efforts to protect the oilsands. (Canadian Press)The group released a report Monday finding “a concerted effort to weaken climate policies outside our borders, with the aim of ensuring that no doors are closed to Canada’s highly polluting tar sands.” Continue reading

Teremos combustível suficiente

Há três anos, a era do petróleo abundante parecia estar no fim; hoje a percepção é de que o universo energético sofreu nova reviravolta

Clifford Krauss, The New York Times / O Estado de S.Paulo, 21 de novembro de 2010

Há três anos, gigantescos navios procedentes do mundo todo cruzavam os oceanos tão velozes quanto possível para entregar sua carga nos mercados em expansão, cada vez mais sedentos de petróleo. Os americanos se queixavam por ter de pagar US$ 4 o galão (3,8 litros) de gasolina, porque o preço do petróleo bruto saltara para US$ 147 o barril. Os preços do gás natural também subiam, e as contas de eletricidade dos domicílios aumentavam vertiginosamente. Continue reading

É preciso aprender a viver sem o petróleo

Olivier Nouaillas entrevista Lester Brown, La Vie, 24 de junho de 2010. A tradução é do Cepat e o artigo foi divulgado pelo site IHU On-line.

Qual é o seu sentimento dois meses após a explosão da plataforma Deepwater Horizont?

Esta maré negra é hoje, sem sombra de dúvida, a pior catástrofe ecológica da história americana. Por mais que eu penso, não vejo nada comparável. A dificuldade, entretanto, para avaliá-la, é que o desastre ainda não acabou, ainda está em curso. Continue reading

After the Gulf, an Oil Sands Debate Looms

Mitch Potter, The Toronto Star, July 15, 2010 

WASHINGTON—America’s gaze may be fixed on the Gulf of Mexico, as a tentative bid to stanch free-flowing environmental catastrophe begins to take hold. Suncor Energy’s oil sands upgrader facility with the Athabasca River seen on the right near Fort McMurray, Alta. (Larry MacDougal/The Canadian Press). But with one pipe poised for closure, the Obama administration now must grapple with another, as a bid to dramatically increase the flow of carbon-heavy Canadian crude to the U.S. approaches its witching hour. Continue reading

Bajo las arenas bituminosas de Alberta

Voraz desarrollo petrolero en Canadá

Emmanuel Raoul, Le Monde Diplomatique, junio de 2010

A fuerza de regalos fiscales, ausencia de regulación y laxitud medioambiental, los conservadores en el poder en Alberta, Canadá, transformaron el norte de la provincia en un supermercado de petróleo sucio en provecho de las multinacionales y de su vecino estadounidense. Se sacrifica el bosque boreal y a las primeras naciones de la región. Continue reading

Pensar de forma diferente

Por Ricardo Coelho
Fonte: Ecoblogue

O preço do barril de petróleo ultrapassou já os 135 dólares. Mesmo tendo em conta a inflação, esta valor ultrapassa o do pico das crises petrolíferas dos anos 70. Está na altura de fazer uma pausa e reflectir sobre a sociedade que construímos.

História esquecida

Em 17 de Outubro de 1973, a Organização dos Países Árabes Exportadores de Petróleo (compreendendo os membros árabes da OPEP mais Egito e Síria) retaliaram contra o apoio de países ocidentais e do Japão a Israel na guerra de Yom Kippur decretando um embargo à exportação de petróleo. Ao mesmo tempo, a OPEP reduziu a sua produção, depois de as negociações com as sete grandes petrolíferas terem falhado. Como resultado, o preço do barril de petróleo disparou. Continue reading

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