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Here's How President Obama Is Using the 'Oil Weapon'—Against Iran, Russia, and ISIS 11.10.2014 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. It was heinous. It was underhanded. It was beyond the bounds of international morality. It was an attack on the American way of life. It was what you might expect from unscrupulous Arabs. It was "the oil weapon"—and back in 1973, it was directed at the United States. Skip ahead four decades and it's smart, it's effective, and it's the American way. The Obama administration has appropriated it as a major tool of foreign policy, a new way to go to war with nations it considers hostile without relying on planes, missiles, and troops. It is, of course, that very same oil weapon. Until recently, the use of the term " the oil weapon " has largely been identified with the efforts of Arab producers to dissuade the United States from supporting Israel by cutting off the flow of petroleum. The most memorable example of its use was the embargo imposed by Arab members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on oil exports to the United ...
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Tell President Obama: Cut Pollution from the Oil & Gas Industry 9.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
The President has promised to curb methane pollution as part of his Climate Action Plan, but no action has been taken ...
Piping Plover Bird At Center Of Sandy Recovery Controversy 8.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
BAY SHORE, N.Y. (AP) — A court fight over a protected bird called the piping plover is holding up a $207 million plan to replenish the sand along a 19-mile stretch of New York's Fire Island. The small, sparrow-like bird that lives on the island is listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act and, elsewhere in the country, is classified as endangered. Besides arguing that the bird's habitat is in jeopardy, critics say the project would be a huge waste of money. Elected officials have decried the delay, saying human lives are in danger if a repeat of 2012's Superstorm Sandy strikes the region and work is not completed to bulk up Fire Island as a barrier for heavily populated parts of Long Island. During the storm, dunes as high as 20 feet were credited with absorbing the brunt of Sandy's fury and preventing wider damage. Fire Island is a long, thin barrier island that runs parallel to the south shore of Long Island. A federal court conference on the dispute was held Wednesday in Central ...
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How Kentucky's struggling miners view the country's most expensive Senate race 1.10.2014 Yahoo: Politics
Once the linchpin of Kentucky's economy, the coal industry has deteriorated beyond recognition. While the miners of Clay County feel the pinch, the 2014 Senate race over Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's seat has emerged as a $100 million contest, the most expensive Senate race in American history.
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A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India - Huffington Post 29.9.2014 google news
A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India Huffington Post Mr. Obama can help Mr. Modi achieve his development goals by providing a package of energy measures, including assistance to improve the efficiency of India's air conditioning sector, which can use up to half of the available electricity during ...
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A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India 29.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Mario Molina, V. Ramanathan and Durwood Zaelke During his first official visit to the United States this week, India's popular Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will meet with President Obama, as well as with CEOs of top U.S corporations, to encourage investment to support India's development goals, which include providing renewable energy for the 400 million citizens who lack access today. Mr. Obama can help Mr. Modi achieve his development goals by providing a package of energy measures, including assistance to improve the efficiency of India's air conditioning sector, which can use up to half of the available electricity during the sub-continent's hottest months. At the same time, the Prime Minister can help the President with one of his signature climate priorities by supporting the phase down of refrigerants know as hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, under the Montreal Protocol. HFCs are super greenhouse gases, and the fastest growing climate pollutants in many countries. Mr. Modi's economic agenda ...
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Will U.S.-India Summit Bring Historic Climate Action? 28.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco: On Monday, President Barack Obama meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in what could be one of the most significant events following the U.N. climate week. As leaders of the world's largest democracies and prominent entrepreneurial societies, the Obama-Modi summit...
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The Green War against the Islamic State 26.9.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Two wars simultaneously target Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria. One war involves fighters, warplanes and bombs. The other is the Green War. Green, as in money. Two wars simultaneously target Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria. One war involves fighters, warplanes and bombs. The other is the Green War. Green, as in ...
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Accelerating Climate Action Now: 5 Key Priorities for the Obama-Modi Meeting 25.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco: During the Climate Summit this week in New York, U.S. President Barack Obama emphasized, “The alarm bells keep ringing,” in his speech to the General Assembly. “Our citizens keep marching; we cannot pretend we can’t hear them.” President Obama then...
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President Obama’s Address at Climate Summit Promises More of the Same 24.9.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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An Important Step in Our Fight Against Climate Change 23.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, leaders from more than 120 countries gathered in New York. On the agenda: a challenge that knows no borders, produces devastating local impacts, and requires global action. President Obama joined the international community at the UN Secretary General's Climate Summit because he believes that we have a moral obligation to our children and to future generations to take decisive action now -- to reduce the carbon pollution and other greenhouse gas emissions warming the planet, and to build resilience to the climate impacts already being felt in communities across the country and around the world. We are the first generation to experience first-hand the chaos that climate scientists have long warned was coming. In recent years, we have been battered by more frequent and severe storms, become inundated by rising seas and storm surge, parched by deeper drought, and burned by fiercer wildfires. From the world's poorest villages to the tiniest seaside communities, climate change poses a real and ...
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Capitalism vs. the Climate: Naomi Klein on Need for New Economic Model to Address Ecological Crisis 19.9.2014 Truthout.com
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ISIS: Illusions Versus Reality 18.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Much has been said about President Obama's strategy to degrade and eventually "destroy" the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Regardless of the soundness of the president's strategy, to ensure greater success in defeating ISIS, three distinct interlinked aspects must be factored in: careful consideration of the root causes behind the rise of ISIS, simultaneous inclusion of socio-political and economic development along with the military campaign, and the real, not illusionary, role and capability of the coalition members President Obama has assembled. Bearing this in mind and acting accordingly will permanently degrade ISIS and prevent it from rising again to pose a serious threat to our allies in the Middle East and Western security in the future. The rise of many jihadist groups can be traced several decades back to the reigns of corrupt and ruthless Arab dictators who grossly violated human rights, deprived their citizens of social justice, and violently suppressed any opposition with ...
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Capitalism vs. the Climate: Naomi Klein on Need for New Economic Model to Address Ecological Crisis 18.9.2014 Democracy Now!
As the United Nations prepares to hold one-day global summit on climate change, we speak to award-winning author Naomi Klein about her new book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate." In the book, Klein details how our neoliberal economic system and our planetary system are now at war. With global emissions at an all-time high, Klein says radical action is needed. "We have not done the things that are necessary to lower emissions because those things fundamentally conflict with deregulated capitalism, the reigning ideology for the entire period we have been struggling to find a way out of this crisis," Klein writes. "We are stuck because the actions that would give us the best chance of averting catastrophe -- and would benefit the vast majority -- are extremely threatening to an elite minority that has a stranglehold over our economy, our political process, and most of our major media outlets." "Watch Part 2":http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/18/naomi_klein_on_the_peoples_climate
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US Ground Troops Back in Iraq? General Hints Broader Military Effort May Be Needed to Fight ISIS 18.9.2014 Truthout.com
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U.S. Ground Troops Back in Iraq? General Hints Broader Military Effort May Be Needed to Fight ISIS 17.9.2014 Democracy Now!
A week after President Obama vowed not to send ground troops into Iraq to fight the Islamic State, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, admitted ground troops may be needed. “If there are threats to the U.S., I would of course go back to the president and make a recommendation that may include the use of U.S. military ground forces,” Dempsey told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. President Obama is expected to visit U.S. Central Command headquarters in Florida today to discuss his strategy to confront the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile, Congress is voting this week on a request from Obama for authorization to arm and train Syrian rebels. We speak to Rep. Jim McDermott, Democrat from Washington state.
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UN Climate Summit Will Be a Time of Reckoning 17.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Next week President Obama will attend the United Nations Climate Summit in New York. Over 125 heads of government will gather for the event, more than the 2009 climate talks in Copenhagen. This summit is not designed to generate a legal agreement, but it will offer an important moment of reckoning. People should expect leaders to say: Here is what my country is already doing to reduce climate change pollution. And we are prepared to deepen that commitment again next year. Strong action at home can add up to real progress around the world, especially as we head into the next round of critical agreements in Paris in 2015. And strong action is what hundreds of thousands of people will call for at the People's Climate March this Sunday in New York and cities around the world. We need real progress now more than ever. Last month was the hottest August on record globally. From the deadly floods in India to the prolonged drought in California, extreme weather is threatening our communities today. When the ...
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UN Climate Summit Will Be a Time of Reckoning 17.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC, New York City: Next week President Obama will attend the United Nations Climate Summit in New York. Over 125 heads of government will gather for the event, more than the 2009 climate talks in Copenhagen. This summit is not designed to generate a...
A Step Too Short: Obama's New Carbon Pollution Rules Must Be Strengthened 16.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Earlier this summer, in a crucial albeit insufficient step to mitigate climate disruption, President Obama proposed a rule to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants. The administration predicts that it would result in a 30 percent reduction of carbon pollution from power plants below 2005 levels, by 2030. It establishes targets for each state and encourages them to meet these targets by improving the efficiency of coal plants, switching to natural gas, increasing reliance on renewable energy and/or reducing energy demand. These actions will, hopefully, reduce the amount of carbon pollution from the electric power sector, which currently contributes almost 40 percent of the country's total emissions . While the move is a significant step in regulating emissions from power plants and addressing climate change, it could go significantly further. Reports by the Union of Concerned Scientists , Greenpeace and others demonstrate that President Obama could be much more aggressive. Ultimately, the ...
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The Clintons Return To Iowa 14.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — White House speculation in overdrive, Hillary Rodham Clinton returns to Iowa to pay tribute to the state's retiring Democratic senator as anticipation builds over the possibility of another presidential campaign. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, were to headline Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry fundraiser in rural Indianola. Sunday's event is expected to draw more than 5,000 party activists who form the backbone of Iowa's presidential campaigns every four years. Following a summertime book tour, Clinton was making her biggest campaign splash in 2014 so far, opening a fall of fundraising and campaigning for Democrats who are trying to maintain a Senate majority during President Barack Obama's final two years. The event was serving as a farewell for Harkin, a liberal stalwart and former presidential candidate who is retiring after four decades in Congress. Obama defeated Clinton in the state's leadoff presidential caucuses in January 2008, and the former ...
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