Maddow gives air time to Koch brothers fracking advocate

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Editors note: This piece ran last year on Eric Francis's Planet Waves website and it remains an important touchstone concerning how the main stream media continues to act as the lapdog to Big Oil and Big Energy in general. After reading this piece, ask yourself, how much has changed in the major media relative to critical reporting on the facts concerning fossil fuels extraction processes, the … [Read more...]

Could fracking finally kill off rural America?

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Gasland 2, the sequel to Josh Fox's documentary about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, introduces a frightening image. It's not another money shot of tap water on fire, though the water well hose lit up by the owner of a multimillion dollar home in Parker County, Texas is a wonder. Nor is the most frightening image an internal gas industry memo labeling residents of small … [Read more...]

Fracking movie “Promised Land” is a gusher

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After I saw Matt Damon and John Krasinski's new fracking drama Promised Land, I couldn't help but compare it to the slew of trite pieces trotted out during the previews. There was the typical wedding family hijinks RomCom; the take-no-prisoners gangster-fest; the scorched-earth-meets-futuristic-savior piece; and some picture about a lovable psychotic redeemed by a chick. Guilty pleasures, … [Read more...]

With America distracted by oil bubble, peak oil patiently waits

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Mohandas Gandhi may or may not have said, "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." But it's become a truism among activists that, after years of playing to an empty house, it's actually a sign of progress when the rotten tomatoes start to fly. For a long time, people in the peak oil community complained that both government and media didn't pay any … [Read more...]

Stop the frack attack

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A rush to drill is sweeping the United States.  Across the country, the oil and gas industry is surging into new areas as quickly and cheaply as possible. And they have been using techniques like hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) long before we fully understand the extent of the negative impacts on the health of the local people, communities, water, air, climate, and other critical … [Read more...]

Don’t count on burning Libyan oil just yet

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With the sudden collapse of the Qaddafi regime in Tripoli, the oil industry is hoping it can repair enough of Libya’s damaged export terminals, pumping stations and pipelines to get as much as one million barrels a day of oil flowing into the market within the next six to 12 months. But as I have argued before in this blog, regime change in the Middle East has seldom been bullish for energy … [Read more...]

Gas frackers attack fiery documentary

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When Gasland was nominated for an Oscar for best documentary feature in January, the natural gas drillers were furious. "While it's unfortunate there isn't an Oscar category for propaganda, this nomination is fitting, as the Oscars are aimed at praising pure entertainment among Hollywood's elite," executive director Lee Fuller of industry group Energy In Depth said in a statement. "Without … [Read more...]