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Israel: Gas, Oil and Trouble in the Levant by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
December 28, 2013

Israel is set to become a major exporter of gas and some oil, if all goes to plan. The giant Leviathan natural gas field, in the eastern Mediterranean, discovered in December 2010, is widely described as “off the coast of Israel.”

At the time the gas field was:

“…the most prominent field ever found in the sub-explored area of the Levantine Basin, which covers about 83,000 square kilometres of the eastern Mediterranean region.” (i)

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Lee Camp: Exxon and BP Really Don’t Want You To Know This + Chris Hedges: Cannibalization of Natural Resources

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with Chris Hedges

Arkansas Tar Sands Oil Spill

Image by NWFblogs via Flickr

LeeCamp2 on Nov 7, 2013

There’s a lot about oil spills big oil doesn’t want you to know. We cover a great deal of it in this episode and somehow have time to make it funny. We also talk again with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist CHRIS HEDGES.

Don’t miss this!

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2) This show is a production of Coalition Films

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Saving the Earth from Ourselves + IPCC report: Human-caused warming is ‘unequivocal’

Ents admiring themselves - 6523

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UN: Greenland ice melting six times faster than previous decades

TheRealNews on Sep 27, 2013

Environmental expert Subhankar Banerjee breaks down the latest UN climate change report.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Civil Disobedience

Tar Sands Blockade N19

Image by Elizabeth Brossa via Flickr

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CIMC on Jun 2, 2013

In this episode, we’ll see a short documentary about activists and landowners joining forces to stop the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. We’ll also go to recent protest activities in Chicago, including those opposing the corporate control of food, a proposed buyout of the Tribune company’s newspapers, and a commemoration of May Day.

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Just Because America Has Been Taken Over By Mendacious Mass-Murdering Madmen Doesn’t Mean We Can’t Have A Good Time by William Blum

by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
June 5, 2013

What our presidents tell our young people

In this season of college graduations, let us pause to remember the stirring words of America’s beloved scholar, George W. Bush, speaking in Florida in 2007 at the commencement exercises of Miami Dade College:

“In Havana and other Cuban cities, there are people just like you who are attending school, and dreaming of a better life. Continue reading

TransCanada Seizes Land In Texas By Eminent Domain by Walter Brasch

kxl pipeline photos

Image by 350.org via Flickr

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
May 19, 2013

Julia Trigg Crawford of Direct, Texas, is the manager of a 650-acre farm that her grandfather first bought in 1948. The farm produces mostly corn, wheat, and soy. On its north border is the Red River; to the west is the Bois d’Arc Creek.

TransCanada is an Alberta-based corporation that is building the controversial Keystone Pipeline that will carry bitumen—thicker, more corrosive and toxic, than crude oil—through 36-inch diameter pipes from the Alberta tar sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast, mostly to be exported. The $2.3 billion southern segment, about 485 miles from Cushing, Okla., to the Gulf Coast is nearly complete. Continue reading

Imperial Recipes for a Burnt Planet by Chris Williams

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Climate change

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by Chris Williams
SocialistWorker.org
April 2, 2013

Chris Williams, author of Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis, explains the critical connection between imperialism and ecological destruction.

AT THE turn of the 19th century, industrialist and weapons manufacturer par excellence Alfred Nobel, the guilt-ridden inventor of dynamite, established the Peace Prize that carries his name, proposing that it go “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies, and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

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Media Grounded: No-fly zone over Arkansas oil spill to censor news coverage?

Arkansas Tar Sands Oil Spill

Image by NWFblogs via Flickr

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RussiaToday·Apr 4, 2013

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has imposed an indefinite no-fly zone over an area in Arkansas recently affected by an oil spill. It’s sparked concern that the Exxon Mobil oil company may be trying to keep the TV cameras away from the scene. Continue reading

Spinning Out Of Control by Lesley Docksey

by Lesley Docksey
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 12, 2013

Forward on Climate  19813

Image by tedeytan via Flickr

Being born ‘with a silver spoon in your mouth’ means that you start with an advantage that others don’t have: parents with money, property, influence, business connections and so on, connections that can last for generations.  A silver spoon that appeared recently was the exceedingly generous compensation paid to British slave owners when the UK abolished slavery in 1833, though not one penny went to the freed slaves.  The ancestors of many well-connected people (including David Cameron) benefited.  Continue reading

Barack Obama’s Executive Order: Amendments to Executive Order 12777 + Blueprint for a Clean and Secure Energy Future

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Propaganda Alert!

The White House

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
March 15, 2013

FACT SHEET: President Obama’s Blueprint for a Clean and Secure Energy Future

The United States is on the path to a cleaner and more secure energy future. Since President Obama took office, responsible oil and gas production has increased each year, while oil imports have fallen to a 20 year low; renewable electricity generation from wind, solar, and geothermal sources has doubled; Continue reading

Gasoline Prices, A Challenge to Obama by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Feb. 28, 2013

Price of gas at Costco on Feb. 28, 2013

Image by funnyliberal via Flickr

Here we go again. A sudden surge in the price of gasoline and heating oil is followed by reported expressions of frustrated despair by hard-pressed consumers in the midst of silence from the oil companies and abdication of responsibility by the elected and appointed officials of federal and state governments.

The price of gasoline is up by about 50 cents in the past month, according to AAA, making the average gallon go for close to $4 per gallon in many parts of the country. Continue reading

The Empire is an Able Servant of Oil Companies and The War Machine by Cindy Sheehan + Tour de Peace by David Swanson

by Cindy Sheehan
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
February 17, 2013

Hello Fox Squirrel

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Long before it was “cool,” our family home in Norwalk, Ca (where my three youngest children were born) had solar space and water heating. We recycled and combined errands to try to use the least amount of fossil fuel as possible. Still, in California, (as in most other places in our nation), it’s almost impossible to live and work without a car: reliable, cheap, and useful public transportation just isn’t here.

However, when my son, Casey, was killed in Iraq in a war waged for the major, international oil companies and other profiteers, my opposition to fossil fuel usage grew along with my guilt for my own oil gluttony.

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Koch Brothers Driving Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada to Cut Out Venezuelan Oil by Greg Palast

Tar Sands Blockade N19

Image by Elizabeth Brossa via Flickr

by Greg Palast
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.gregpalast.com
for Vice Magazine and The Other 98%
February 7, 2013

I’ve been tracking a tube of black putrid ooze, a toxic viper slowly slithering 2000 miles across the belly of America, swallowing all water aquifers, politicians and reason in its path.

The XL Keystone Pipeline.

As Nagini, the murderous snake in the Harry Potter tales, had its master Voldemort, I figured the Keystone XL Pipeline much also have its own dark lords.

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Tar Sands Exposed + Garth Lenz: The True Cost of Oil

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Fort McMurray, Alberta - Operation Arctic Shadow

Image by kk+ via Flickr

MrEnergyCzar·Jan 18, 2013

Website: http://MrEnergyCzar.com

This video is about defining what the Tar Sands are. Tar Sands are also known as the oil sands because it sounds like it’s actually oil but it’s not, it’s Bitumen, underground mixed in with sand. Bitumen is a gooey tar substance that, through massive efforts and refining, can eventually be made into oil. We don’t call corn ethanol gasoline, it’s corn ethanol which can be used later on as if it’s gasoline. The Tar Sands are mostly up in Alberta Canada where the Boreal forest is. Continue reading

Big Oil, Big Ketchup and The Assassination of Hugo Chavez by Greg Palast

Hugo Chavez in visita a Milano

Image by rogimmi via Flickr

by Greg Palast
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.gregpalast.com
written for Truthout
January 9, 2013

Venezuelan President Chavez once asked me why the US elite wanted to kill him. My dear Hugo: It’s the oil. And it’s the Koch Brothers – and it’s the ketchup.

[As a purgative for the crappola fed to Americans about Chavez, my foundation, The Palast Investigative Fund, is offering the film, The Assassination of Hugo Chavez, as a FREE download. Based on my several meetings with Chavez, his kidnappers and his would-be assassins, filmed for BBC Television. DVDs also available.]

Reverend Pat Robertson said, Continue reading