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Exxon Commercial: This Rancid Sludge Won’t Spew Everywhere All by Itself

April 12th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Rachel Maddow highlighted a satirical commercial featuring Exxon that is especially funny, because the bizarre scenario that it depicts is actually strangely close to reality. Comedian Andy Cobb is presented as a spokesperson for the corporate oil giant's newest method of petroleum delivery, flooding your neighborhood streets and lawns directly with their viscous toxic crude


Sure, in My Backyard (SIMBY): The Toxic Politics of Ship-dismantling

July 24th, 2012 | by Dr Vandana Prakash

The Exxon-Valdez is in the news again -- this controversial ship is set to be disassembled, and its scheduled dismantling is bringing light to important issues such as how to preserve the health of workers and how to protect the environment from the ships toxic elements.


The Exxon-Valdez Obituary: Failed Attempts at Rewriting Reputation

July 20th, 2012 | by Dr Vandana Prakash

Recently, the notorious Exxon-Valdez ship was transported to Indian waters for dismantling; but its toxic reputation had preceded the vessel, which began drowning in a quagmire of litigation, controversy and concern. The ship is a 27-year-old behemoth that grabbed the headlines in 1989 with one of the worst oil-tanker spills in all of human history


Ecogram from Alaska: The Far-Reaching Pernicious Impact of Humans

July 15th, 2012 | by Dr Vandana Prakash

A visit to Alaska is an eye-opener for the environmentally sensitive. Its immense natural beauty is also a reminder that we humans have pretty much destroyed many such regions around the world. We all — not just environmental groups or nature lovers — must wake-up and initiate immediate action if we want to preserve what is left of such wilderness


Enbridge Knew Tar Sands Pipeline was Damaged 5 Years Before Michigan Oil Spill

July 11th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Two years ago the worst onshore oil spill in United States history was caused in Michigan by a Canadian company named Enbridge. Over one million gallons of tar sands crude spewed out of a ruptured pipeline into the Kalamazoo River, and the attempted clean up has only just been completed, sort of. The NTSB has released a report analyzing the extreme negligence that led to this environmental disaster, and found that the company knew five years beforehand that this burst pipeline was sorely in need of repair, but did nothing to fix it


Dr. Bronner’s Soap CEO Harvests Hemp in Front of White House

June 14th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

I have always adored Dr, Bronner's fantastic soap, but now I love it even more. The president of the thriving family owned company, David Bronner, locked himself in a metal cage in front of the White House this week, along with a dozen industrial hemp plants, to protest the Obama Administration's current regressive prohibition forbidding the domestic cultivation of hemp


100% Local, Clean, Cheap Power is Possible Using Renewable Energy

April 8th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

I’ve written in the past about the fact that 100% of the world could be powered from clean, renewable energy. But to get to that 100% target, you need a lot of small 100% targets (i.e. 100% renewable energy for Scotland, for Tokelau, etc.). A report just out yesterday from the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research finds that Minnesota could easily go 100% renewable. Not only that, though — it could use 100% local clean power from solar and wind energy. That’s exciting


Banktransferlujah!! Money Transfer Action Day!

November 3rd, 2011 | by Reverend Billy

This Saturday thousands of people around the country are transferring their money from large corporate banks, into small financial institutions, community-oriented cooperatives and credit unions. We've been doing this for some time, check out our own Dragonfly's amazing stealth video during our successful campaign against JP Morgan Chase and their financing of Mountaintop Removal


Faith, Faithlessness, and the Occupation in Between

November 3rd, 2011 | by Reverend Billy

Join critically acclaimed author, KtB editor, and OccupyWriters.com founder Jeff Sharlet, and the unstoppable evangelists of anti-consumerism Reverend Billy and Savitri D for a discussion about religion and politics in the Occupy movement and beyond. The conversation, held at the renowned Midtown performance space The Tank on November 15, will be hosted by Killing the Buddha


Reverend Billy: Protest, Art and Exorcism

July 27th, 2011 | by Reverend Billy

Exorcism: the act of driving out a dark spirit that has possessed a person or a place, by commanding it to leave in the name of a more powerful power - in our case the life of the Earth


Reverend Billy Exorcizes BP from London’s Tate Museum

July 24th, 2011 | by Reverend Billy

At the Tate Modern in London, British Petroleum seeks to capture our imagination by hitching its BP sunflower logo to the Miro exhibit. This reduces the artistic experience to a dangerously passive consumerism. Only the Earth itself, a kind of freak storm inside, can free us from such a damaging lie


Oil Slick Threatens to Exterminate Penguins

March 24th, 2011 | by Chris Milton

A huge oil slick in the Southern Atlantic is threatening to wipe out the world's largest colony of the endangered Northern Rockhopper penguin and other rare species, including the Speckled petrel



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