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Citing Next Generations, Lawsuits Demand Courts Recognize ‘Mind-Blowing’ Climate Impacts

Citing Next Generations, Lawsuits Demand Courts Recognize ‘Mind-Blowing’ Climate Impacts

Published on Friday, January 02, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer By caving to industry pressures, environmental regulatory agencies are failing to uphold their obligation to future generations, declared Mary Christina Wood, the author pushing a new legal framework to fight global warming, on the final episode of Moyers & Company. Wood, a University of Oregon […]

Seeds and Soil vs. the Tyranny of Corporate Power: A 2015 Message of Hope

Published on Thursday, January 01, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer Last year, the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization officially declared that 2015 would be celebrated as the International Year of the Soil citing the threat to one of the key ingredients to the planet’s food and farming systems posed by “expanding cities, deforestation, unsustainable […]

A 2,500 Square-Mile Methane Plume Is Silently Hovering over Western US

A 2,500 Square-Mile Methane Plume Is Silently Hovering over Western US

Published on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer A monstrous cloud of accumulated methane—a potent greenhouse gas—is now hovering over a large portion of the western United States according to satellite imagery analyzed by NASA and reported by the Washington Post. Created by years of intentionally released and errantly leaked natural gas during […]

Vowing to End ‘Neoliberal Experiment,’ Greek Left Rises as Snap Elections Called

Vowing to End ‘Neoliberal Experiment,’ Greek Left Rises as Snap Elections Called

Published on Monday, December 29, 2014 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer “The future has already begun.” That’s what Alexis Tsipras, head of the leftwing Syriza Party in Greece, reportedly said on Monday after parliament failed in its third attempt to elect a new president and the scheduling of a popular general election was announced for next […]

Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and Seven Elves Arrested Blocking Gas Storage Facility

Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and Seven Elves Arrested Blocking Gas Storage Facility

Published on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Carrying banners that declared “Christmas Against Crestwood” and “Methane in Your Stocking is Worse Than Coal,” nine local activists dressed as Santa Claus and his North Pole ensemble were arrested Monday and charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct at Texas-based Crestwood Midstream’s gas storage facility […]

‘EPA Doesn’t Give a Damn’: Groups Blast Agency’s New Coal Ash Rules

‘EPA Doesn’t Give a Damn’: Groups Blast Agency’s New Coal Ash Rules

Published on Friday, December 19, 2014 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday announced the first federal regulations for disposal of ‘coal ash’—toxic residual waste from coal-fired power plants—in a long-awaited move that critics blasted as toothless and insufficient. “For the thousands of citizens whose groundwater is no longer safe […]

Neighboring States Sue Colorado to Shut Down Legal Weed Program

Neighboring States Sue Colorado to Shut Down Legal Weed Program

Published on Friday, December 19, 2014 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Nebraska and Oklahoma filed the first major court challenge to marijuana legalization on Thursday, saying that Colorado’s state-regulated recreational pot program has created an increased law enforcement burden in neighboring states and asking the U.S. Supreme Court to shut it down. Colorado voters in 2012 […]

‘Biggest Fracking Victory Ever!’ as New York Bans Dangerous Drilling in State

‘Biggest Fracking Victory Ever!’ as New York Bans Dangerous Drilling in State

Published on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer It’s official. New York state will ban fracking. After years of lobbying and aggressive public protest by state residents to make permanent a short-term moratorium on the controversial oil and gas drilling practice, Gov. Andrew Cuomo cited harm to public health as the […]

Public Tax Dollars Financing Oil-By-Rail Expansion

Public Tax Dollars Financing Oil-By-Rail Expansion

Published on Monday, December 15, 2014 by Common Dreams by Sarah Lazare, staff writer A series of fiery, and at times deadly, oil train derailments and explosions—from Virginia to North Dakota to Quebec—has sparked concerns about the ever-increasing use of rail to transport crude through North America. Reporting by Reuters released Monday reveals that, despite this alarm, […]

Revealed: How Big Oil Got Expedited Permitting for Fracking on Public Lands Into the Defense Bill

Revealed: How Big Oil Got Expedited Permitting for Fracking on Public Lands Into the Defense Bill

Published Sunday, December 15, 2014 on DeSmogBlog By Steve Horn   The U.S. Senate has voted 89-11 to approve the Defense Authorization Act of 2015, following the December 4 U.S.House of Representatives’ 300-119 up-vote and now awaits President Barack Obama’s signature. The 1,616-page piece of pork barrel legislationcontains a provision — among other controversial measures — to streamline permitting for hydraulic […]