Category Archives: Climate crisis

Capitalism versus the climate

Naomi Klein Town Hall Seattle, WA 28 September 2014 Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at serious risk the future… Continue reading →

Captain Ahab and U.S. empire

Chris Hedges Missoula, MT 3 February 2014 The demonic Captain Ahab in Melville’s epic novel Moby Dick represents a quest for power and domination that is a death wish. Hubris will doom Ahab and his Pequod crew, all perish except for Ishmael. Is there a larger lesson to be learned? Is the United… Continue reading →

Corporations, communities, and the environment

Thomas Linzey Eugene, Oregon 2 March 2013 Communities across the country, trying to stop a wide range of threats and unwanted projects such as gas drilling and fracking, mining, pipelines, factory farming, sewage sludging, landfills, coal shipments and GMOs, all run into the same problem: they don’t… Continue reading →

What’s going on in Canada?

Yves Engler Interviewed by David Barsamian Toronto, Ontario 25 March 2013 What’s going on in Canada? Justin Bieber? Snow? Hockey? Since 2006, the vast country of 35 million people has been led by Stephen Harper. He is prime minister and head of the Conservative Party. Earlier in his political career… Continue reading →

Plenitude: The emerging new economy

Juliet Schor Northampton, MA July 28, 2008 available from Alternative Radio You can listen to Juliet Schor speak for herself here. Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard in the Department of Economics. She is author of many… Continue reading →

Not a drop to drink

Maude Barlow Denver, CO January 27, 2012 available from Alternative Radio You can listen to Maude Barlow speak for herself here. Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of The Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest public advocacy organization, and the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, working… Continue reading →

Ecology and socialism

CHRIS WILLIAMS Interviewed by David Barsamian Santa Fe, New Mexico 20 March 2012 Chris Williams Interviewed by David Barsamian Santa Fe, NM March 20, 2012 available from Alternative Radio You can listen to Chris Williams speak for himself here. Chris Williams is a long-time environmental activist… Continue reading →

Tar Sands: Canada’s Mordor

Andrew Nikiforuk Interviewed by David Barsamian Calgary, AB, Canada March 2, 2012 available from Alternative Radio You can listen to Andrew Nikiforuk speak for himself here. Andrew Nikiforuk is an award-winning Canadian journalist. His articles appear in major newspapers and magazines. He is the… Continue reading →

Capitalism versus the climate

by Naomi Klein, the author of Shock Doctrine, currently working on a book about climate change. Her article originally appeared in The Nation. What the right gets–and the left doesn’t–about the revolutionary power of climate change. This is the most powerful article I’ve seen on explaining what’s… Continue reading →

The real implications of climate change

by Naomi Klein, journalist, author, and social activist calls for system change through a relocalizing of our economies and a fundamental shift away from market-based “free trade” globalization. Please watch this 11-minute video We cannot deal with climate change unless we deal with the underlying… Continue reading →

Key players got nuclear ball rolling

How did earthquake-prone Japan, where two atomic bombs were dropped at the end of World War II creating a strong antinuclear weapons culture, come to embrace nuclear power just a few decades later? See Japan Times article by Eric Johnston. Continue reading →

Global warming: What’s really happening

Check out this article: Since there has been a lot of debate here at 13.7 (and everywhere) about global warming, and what is or isn’t factual or good science, I thought it would be a good idea to bring out some of the basic science behind what we know and what we don’t know about this important… Continue reading →

The fight over coal mining

And the utilities have become—a small number of utilities, which are coal-burning plants, have become unbelievably profitable because when the environmental standards were passed in the ’70s, all the plants, which were presumed to be going out of business soon, were exempt from complying with wide… Continue reading →

What is nature worth?

by Brendan Barrett in Our World 2.0. Nothing comes close to the degree of change happening in biodiversity, I find it stunning that until the next asteroid slams into this planet, it’s going to be humans more than any force in the universe .. dictating the future course of life, and it is stunning… Continue reading →

Silencing the scientists: The rise of right-wing populism

by Clive Hamilton here: “Some of the bitterest attacks on climate scientists are made by commentators employed by Fox News. Fox ranters Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity often ridicule climate science. Glenn Beck calls global warming “ the greatest scam in history” and gives air-time to Christopher… Continue reading →

Earth Day assessments

Here are some interviews on Democracy Now! that offer some assessment of Earth Day 2011: Vandana Shiva and Maude Barlow on the rights of Mother Earth. “People are already joking: ‘Oh, you’re talking about rights for ticks and rights for rats.’ This is the right wing mocking what we’re doing. We’re… Continue reading →

The crime against the children

Do you have young children? Do you know what they are going to have to face in their lives? This is a crime, pure and simple. Boehner, Inhofe, and his climate-crank friends like to talk about the immorality of the debt, but what about the climate? This is a crime, and we need to hold the criminals… Continue reading →

Bill McKibben at PowerShift

Check out Bill McKibben‘s speech at PowerShift. The majority in our House of Representatives apparently believe that because they can amend the tax laws, they can amend the Laws of Nature, too. The radicals in this fight are not the environmentalists who might commit nonviolent civil disobedience… Continue reading →

UN nuclear watchdog says it will continue to push for new nuclear power plants despite growing global nuclear concern

from Democracy Now! (please check out the 16-minute interview). Now watch me argue with my strawman: This, in spite of the current dirty-bomb event brought on by the quake/tsunami, in spite of the pollution involved in uranium mining. Consider, too, that the waste is dangerous for many times longer… Continue reading →

Climate skeptic inaugurates “research” project

by Margot Roosevelt in the Los Angeles Times: An effort by a handful of UC Berkeley scientists to reexamine temperature data underlying global warming research has landed in the center of a national political debate over government regulation. The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature study is led by… Continue reading →

Prescription for survival: A debate between antinuke and anticoal

Please see this short debate on Democracy Now!. A plague on both your houses! Just put the emphasis, the scientific research, the funding toward solar and wind and other sustainable! Continue reading →

Obama loves nukes

by Mark Hertsgaard for The Nation: “If anything demonstrates the blind spots in Obama’s oft-stated support for clean energy—and the nation’s need for a bold alternative vision—it is his response to the Fukushima crisis, which at press time had made tap water in Tokyo, nearly 200 miles away, unsafe… Continue reading →

The NRC extended Vermont Yankee license 20 years

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has officially issued a new 20-year operating license to the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station, despite opposition from Vermont’s congressional delegation. The NRC voted on the license just before the Japanese nuclear crisis, but the commission delayed… Continue reading →

Charting the human cost of different types of energy

by Nicholas Kusnetz and Marian Wang at ProPublica Since this time last year, we’ve seen a deadly mine disaster, the worst oil spill in U.S. history, and now a nuclear crisis in Japan. That got us wondering—how does one compare or quantify the human cost of different sources of energy? Check out the… Continue reading →

The real job killers

Here is from David Fenton’s blog: “To hear the mainstream discourse tell it, clean energy may be a nice idea, but it’s prohibitively expensive. Going green, it’s said, will cost jobs and strangle growth at a time when America must do whatever it takes to get our economy and people working again… Continue reading →

A green economic recovery

Dr. Eban Goodstein, director of the Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College and author of “Economics and the Environment,” who has coordinated climate education events at more than 2,500 institutions, explains the role green technology could play in the economic recovery: Academic Minute Continue reading →

300,000 jobs in 10 years with solar & renewable energy

The second most cloudy country in Europe capitalizes on solar power. Meinen Glückwunsch, Deutschland! Continue reading →