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'The Secret World of Oil' by Ken Silverstein - front cover. Image via Gawker.com.

A descent into Big Oil's inferno

Louis Proyect

8th July 2014

In Ken Silverstein's 'The Secret World of Oil', Louis Proyect investigates the uber-wealthy middlemen of oil, inhabiting a pampered universe of moral squalor and depravity - one in which Tony Blair found himself completely at home. more...
Are oil company valuations as ephemeral as the smoke rising from this oil refinery? Photo: Horia Varlan via Flickr.

Oil companies' $1.1 trillion gamble

Paul Brown

16th May 2014

Financial experts warn investors that their money is being used by oil companies for high-risk projects, reports Paul Brown, on the assumption that oil prices will go on rising, with little or no regard for climate change. $1.1 trillion could be at risk. more...
Front cover of 'Responsible Leadership' by Mark Moody-Stuart.

If this is 'responsible leadership', then I'm a fracking well

Danny Chivers

16th May 2014

Former Shell oil boss Mark Moody Stuart's ableptic, self-satisfied book on 'responsible leadership' left Danny Chivers seething. The sooner we stop caring about the opinions of the Moody-Stuarts of this world, he concludes, the sooner we're likely to improve it. more...
A #NoKXL activist is arrested during a sit-in outside TransCanada’s Houston offices in 2013. Photo: Aaron M. Sprecher via Flickr.

Resisting the Keystone XL is legally justified - even if we are arrested

Jeremy Brecher

2nd May 2014

Nearly 100,000 people have pledged to risk arrest if the Obama administration approves the Keystone XL pipeline. Among them is Jeremy Brecher, who believes that the real criminals are governments who betray their fiduciary duty as trustees for the public good. more...
Indigenous demonstrators in Peru's Cajamarca province protesting at drinking water contamination from the US-Peruvian Conga gold mine, whose operations have been stalled. Photo: Diego Cupolo.

Despite 'progressive' politics, Latin America's indigenous veins are bleeding

Benjamin Dangl

1st May 2014

Left-wing, progressive politicians hold sway across Latin America, writes Benjamin Dangl. But defying their own 'green' rhetoric, they are committed to mining and other environmentally damaging development. Now they face growing resistance from small farmers and indigenous peoples. more...
PetroEcuador warning sign, Ecuadorian Rainforest, 2005. Photo: 00rini hartman via Flickr.com.

In Ecuador's Amazon, a small tribe lives under a dark, oily shadow

Stephen Wallace

26th May 2014

A trip to the Achuar Indians of the Ecuadorian Amazon proved life-changing for Stephen Wallace. Their only desire is to enjoy what they have, and ensure that their children can do the same. But the threat of oil is casting a dark shadow of fear over their lives. more...
It's not the Vikings raping and pillaging at the British Museum - it's BP! Photo: Hugh Warwick.

Vikings looting and pillaging? No, it's BP

The Ecologist

29th April 2014

Theatrical protest group the Reclaim Shakespeare Company has invaded the British Museum and held a surprise performance challenging BP's sponsorship of the popular Vikings exhibition. more...
Virunga National Park’s Chief Warden, Emmanuel de Merode, was shot last week in an ambush on the road from Goma to Rumangabo. Photo: Brent Stirton / Getty Images.

WWF: UK oil company must quit Virunga Park

The Ecologist

23rd April 2014

Following the shooting of Virunga's chief warden last week, WWF is calling on UK oil company Soco International PLC to pull out of the Park and respond to allegations made in a new documentary premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. more...
Fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon. US Coast Guard / handout / EPA.

Four years after Deepwater Horizon: has offshore safety improved?

Jacqueline Lang Weaver

23rd April 2014

In the four years since the Deepwater Horizon blowout there's been a lot of regulatory activity, writes Jacqueline Lang Weaver. Yet the regulatory framework today is weak, complex, under-funded, industry dominated - and it's uncertain that the Gulf of Mexico is really any safer than in 2010. more...
Sunset over the Peruvian Amazon near the Rio Napo. Photo: Ippei Yuge via Flickr.com.

Peru - UK oil company to expand in territories of 'isolated' Amazon tribes

David Hill

15 April 2014

UK-based oil and gas company Perenco is expanding its operations in the Peruvian Amazon - in a remote area known to be inhabited by highly vulnerable indigenous people living in 'voluntary isolation'. But as David Hill reports, Perenco denies their existence ... more...
Crude oil seeps through the ground, poisoning the land the Khanty live off. Photo: © RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov.

Siberia - a Small People challenges Big Oil

Georgy Borodyansky

14th June 2014

Russia’s oil Goliaths have been devastating vast areas of natural landscape, and indigenous people’s lives, in their rush to extract the black gold that lies beneath. But as Georgy Borodyansky reports, a family of reindeer herders has taken them on. more...
Emissions from tar sands bitumen production. Photo: Williamson via Flickr.com.

Alberta - tar sands emissions linked to health damage

Carol Linnitt for DeSmog Canada

5th April 2014

A report by Alberta's energy regulator links emissions from tar sands oil production with serious health impacts in the Peace River region that have forced families to flee their homes, reports Carol Linnitt. The findings reveal 'a huge information gap'. more...

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Lakota members marched during the annual Liberation Day commemoration of the Wounded Knee massacre. Photo: Deep Roots United Front / Victor Puertas.

Dead or in prison before we allow the KXL pipeline

Camila Ibanez

17th March 2014

The Oglala Lakota people are victims of poverty, government violence, land theft and alcohol, writes Camila Ibanez. Yet 114 years after the massacre at Wounded Knee, they are still there, and still fighting. Now the battle is over the Keystone XL pipeline ... more...
Bold Nebraska draws the line - ranchers and farmers have built a renewable energy powered barn in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline. Photo: 350.org via Flickr.com.

Nebraska court decision halts Keystone XL pipeline

Sophie Morlin Yron

21st February 2014

The Keystone XL pipeline was dealt a blow in a Nebraska court this week when a key enabling law was ruled 'unconstitutional' - bringing the controversial project to a standstill in the state. more...
Pungesti - the protests against Chevron and the fracking profiteers continue as homes are shaken by earthquakes and wells are poisoned. Photo: Radu Ciorniciuc.

Romania - a Peasants Revolt against fracking

Jim Wickens & Paraic O'Brien

18th February 2014

Earthquakes and poisoned wells are setting off a revolt against fracking in Romania, revealing deep fault lines between the rural heartlands and the urban political elite. Jim Wickens & Paraic O'Brien report on a country at war with itself. more...
Bageni family in the gorilla sector of Virunga National Park, Bukima, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Brent Stirton / WWF.

Virunga - UK Government to investigate oil company

The Ecologist

17th February 2014

The UK Government is to examine the activities of London-based oil company Soco over alleged violations of environmental protections and human rights abuses in Africa's first National Park, home to 200 Mountain gorillas. more...
AGM-114 Hellfire Anti-Tank missiles and Hydra 70mm rockets. Photo: LH_Wong via Flickr.com.

Iraq: 935 lies, a tyrant and weapons of mass destruction

Felicity Arbuthnot

28th February 2014

The suffering is far from over in Iraq, reports Felicity Arbuthnot. It's new dictator is being supported by massive shipments of horrific weapons, while the country remains poor and devastated country, and a covert US re-invasion is under way ... more...
Shell gas flare by Oloibiri in the Niger Delta. Photo: Rhys Thom via Flickr.com.

Fighting ecocide in Nigeria

Senator Dr Bukola Saraki

5th February 2014

Ecocide is a global problem, writes Bukola Saraki, and laws are desperately needed to hold companies to account for the damage they cause. Nigeria - long despoiled with impunity by the oil industry - is just the place to start. more...
A farm near the Virunga mountains and National Park. Photo: John & Mel Kots via Flickr.com.

Virunga - police arrest 7 anti-oil gorilla defenders

The Ecologist

1st February 2014

Congolese Police have cracked down on peaceful, legal protests to keep a UK oil company out of Virunga National Park, important for its 200 mountain gorillas. more...
Shell drilling vessel in the Arctic. Photo: US Coastguard.

Shell scraps 2014 Arctic drilling

The Ecologist

31st January 2014

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden has announced that the company will not attempt to drill in the Alaskan Arctic in 2014. Greenpeace responds: 'Get out for good!' more...
Young orangutan in the Sabangau Forest. Photo: Matt Adam Williams / OuTrop

L'Oreal moves against forest destruction

The Ecologist

30th January 2014

L'Oreal, the world's largest beauty and cosmetics company, has committed to remove forest destruction from its products by 2020. more...
An oil spill in the Niger Delta. Photo:  Sosialistisk Ungdom - SU via Flickr.com.

Shell - you're fired!

Arts not Oil

29th January 2014

Oil-branded concerts at London's Southbank Centre come to an end after campaigners expose Shell's record of environmental damage. more...
‘All the oil wells of Arabia will not sweeten this deal’. Lady Macbeth in front of painting. Photo: Hugh Warwick.

Fighting Big Oil's cynical arts sponsorship

Chris Garrard

27th January 2014

A growing movement is opposing fossil fuel industry sponsorship of the arts. Pop-up protests and performances denouncing Shell, BP and others are winning the popular vote, writes Chris Garrard. more...

Davos: Fracking won't avert energy crisis

Alex Kirby

25th January 2014

UK solar entrepreneur tells world leaders at Davos: fracking for shale oil and gas cannot help to avert a global energy crisis - and a global oil crisis could strike in 2015. Alex Kirby reports. more...
Alaska pipeline. Photo: toffehoff via Flickr.com.

Shell oil licences in Alaska 'unlawful'

Sophie Morlin-Yron

24th January 2014

A landmark court ruling has set back Shell's plans to drill for Arctic oil. It represents a great victory for indigenous peoples and environmental groups - and a serious setback for the oil giant's Arctic expansion. more...

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