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Meditations and Molotovs – 12.06.17

Show Description – Monday, December 4th, 2017: Exactly one year ago, Sergio Alexander Kochergin, Tony B, Vincent Lenartand I traveled to Standing Rock with thousands of veterans from throughout the U.S. to help indigenous peoples stop the construction of an oil pipeline. Unfortunately, we failed. Today, I’ll reflect on those experiences and the past year of organizing in the age of Trump. Download …

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Ronnie Cummins – Three Life-or-Death Reasons Why Climate, Food, and Native American Activists Need to Keep Working Together

On Tuesday,  January 24, Donald Trump signed presidential memorandums to revive the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines—two major dirty oil and fracking pipelines halted by the Obama administration after massive resistance from indigenous, climate and other public interest groups, including food activists. As indigenous leader Winona LaDuke pointed out (article link below) Trump’s push to revive these …

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Teressa Rose Ezell – Black Snakes On The Move: Pipeline Expansion Out of Control

A Lakota prophecy tells of a mythic Black Snake that will move underground and bring destruction to the Earth. The “seventh sign” in Hopi prophecy involves the ocean turning black and bringing death to many sea-dwelling creatures. It doesn’t take an over-active imagination to make a connection between these images and oil pipelines and spills. It’s troubling enough that the …

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Steve Horn – During Paris Climate Summit, Obama Signed Exxon-, Koch-Backed Bill Expediting Pipeline Permits

Just over a week before the U.S. signed the Paris climate agreement at the conclusion of the COP21 United Nations summit, President Barack Obama signed a bill into law with a provision that expedites permitting of oil and gas pipelines in the United States. The legal and conceptual framework for the fast-tracking provision on pipeline permitting arose during the fight over TransCanada’s …

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Raphaël Souchier – The Post-Wall Street Era Will be Local

On a shelf of the Phoenix Bookstore, located in the heart of the ecovillage of Findhorn in the north of Scotland, the title Going Local (Free Press, 2000) caught my eye. The book was written by the American economist Michael H. Shuman. It was June 2002, and I had come to Findhorn to attend the international “Restore the Earth” conference, …

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Exclusive: TransCanada Keystone 1 Pipeline Suffered Major Corrosion Only Two Years In Operation, 95% Worn In One Spot – Julie Dermansky

Documents obtained by DeSmogBlog [3] reveal an alarming rate of corrosion to parts of TransCanada’s Keystone 1 pipeline. A mandatory inspection test revealed a section of the pipeline’s wall had corroded 95%, leaving it paper-thin in one area (one-third the thickness of a dime) and dangerously thin in three other places, leading TransCanada to immediately shut it down. The cause of the corrosion …