Friday, October 30, 2015

Worries Build Among Investors Over Oil and Gas Industry's Exposure to Water and Climate Risks

From:  Truth Out 

Friday, 30 October 2015 00:00 
 By Sharon Kelly, DeSmogBlog | News Analysis 

(Photo: Oil Pollution via Shutterstock)
(Photo: Oil Pollution via Shutterstock)  
When it comes to financial risks surrounding water, there is one industry that, according to a new report, is both among the most exposed to these risks and the least transparent to investors about them: the oil and gas industry.

This year, 1,073 of the world's largest publicly listed companies faced requests from institutional investors concerned about the companies' vulnerability to water-related risks that they disclose their plans for adapting and responding to issues like drought or water shortages.

Many of those companies responded by reporting their information to a group called CDP, which works with over 800 institutional investors with assets of US$95 trillion to push for corporate transparency. But in the oil and gas industry, the compliance rate was just over half the average, with only 22% of companies providing information, CDP reported.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Worried about toxic chemicals? This band exposes them

From:  USA Today

NEW YORK — It's frightening stuff.

by Edward C. Baig 
During a single week back in August in which I bopped in and around New York City, I was exposed to at least 16 hazardous chemicals. These included phthalate chemicals of the type banned in kids toys and pacifiers, flame retardants such as TCPP and TPP, and Galaxolide, a common fragrance found in cleaning and beauty products.

I'm aware of the sobering details because of a wearable.

While most of us don high tech bands and fitness bracelets to count steps or calories burned, the ordinary looking, waterproof, silicon black band I had on my wrist for those seven days serves a very different purpose. It passively absorbs organic compounds that may be present in the air, water or consumer products around you. In fact, it can currently detect 1,418 chemicals.  MORE

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Will The Crazed Neocons Bring Us Nuclear Winter?


October 21, 2015

As readers know, I have emphasized that the declared neoconservative intention of achieving global hegemony has resurrected the threat of nuclear armageddon as Russia and China are most definitely not going to submit, as every European country, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Columbia, and Japan have submitted, to being Washington’s vassals.

The president of Russia and the president of China have made this completely clear.

If the arrogance, ignorance and incompetence of the Western political systems permit the continuation of the crazed, totally unrealistic, neoconservative agenda, the planet will die.  MORE

How the State's "Justice" System Cultivates Predators like Ibn Hunter

From:  Pro Libertate


On occasion, government-employed police can solve a crime of violence – assuming that the act is captured on video, the offender makes a point of mugging for the camera in close-up, and the clip is disseminated to a large social media audience. Closing the case is even easier when the assailant is a veteran of the criminal “justice” system, and his whereabouts are well-known.

Given all of those advantages, police in Atlantic City were able to arrest Ibn Hunter for punching a homeless 45-year-old woman in an unprovoked attack that left the victim with serious brain trauma. Clearing this case was not beyond the police department’s competence – once others had done the leg work.

In the video, a glassy-eyed Hunter is seen taunting the unnamed victim, who had apparently warned the gibbering predator to stay away from her dog.  MORE

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Bipartisan Support for the Regulation Freedom Amendment!

Two key Democratic leaders, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia  and Kentucky House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins, joined in a unanimous vote of state legislators and governors' representatives on the Southern States Energy Board today to endorse and urge Congress to propose the Regulation Freedom Amendment.

The Regulation Freedom Amendment, now endorsed by more than 500 legislators, 4 Governors, the American Farm Bureau, the National Taxpayers Union and the General Counsel of the RNC, would require that major new federal regulations be approved by Congress.

As Eddie Jo Williams the immediate past Majority Leader of the Arkansas Senate who sponsored the Resolution with Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris said:

"If you've had enough, raise your hand."

The Southern States Energy Board, established by an interstate state compact, is composed of legislators and representatives of Governors from the Southern States and two territories.

The only objections voiced were from the Virgin Islands which voted no and Puerto Rico which abstained.

The text of the Regulation Freedom Amendment as specified in Resolutions by 15 state legislative Chambers is:

"Whenever one quarter of the Members of the U.S. House or the U.S. Senate transmit to the President their written declaration of opposition to a proposed federal regulation, it shall require a majority vote of the House and Senate to adopt that regulation."

In much the same way that states helped force Congress to propose the Bill of Rights support from 2/3 of the states for the Regulation Freedom Amendment could help force Congress to propose it.

A network of grassroots community and business leaders is working to educate state legislators and Members of Congress about their potential to work together to break the deadlock in Washington and curb the authority of federal regulators.

For more information contact:

Roman Buhler
The Madison Coalition
202 255 5000

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Plains All American pipeline spills 4,200 gallons of oil

From:  Houston Business Journal 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Atwater oil spill: A year later, a new law and a business still closed

From:  KPCC 

by Sharon McNary 

Plains All American Pipeline, the same company that operates the pipe that polluted a Santa  Barbara 
County beach last week, was also responsible for a spill in Atwater Village one year ago.

The mess has long since been cleaned up, but a couple of things have changed since the early 
hours of May 14, morning 2014, when oil gushed out of control.

The crude flooded a nude entertainment venue next door called The Gentlemen's Club. The business hasn't re-opened since, with the loss of some 50 jobs and tax revenues to the city, said owner Michael King Khorsandi.  MORE