Category Archives: Energy and Ecology

Writings that engage with trends in energy development, implementation, and economics, and with ecological issues relating to preservation and destruction.

Oil Trains, Indigenous Insurgency, and the Disruption of Capitalist Logistics

There is huge potential for different communities in the Bay Area, the West Coast, and the First Nations to coordinate their ongoing disruption of the supply chain of the carbon economy.    Advertisements

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Environmental Racism as a Systemic Tendency of Capitalism

The disproportionate impacts of pollution and other forms of environmental degradation on people of color is not the result of scheming racists in power, so much as a structural tendency built into the dynamics of the marketplace. 

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The Environmental Externalities of Fracking, According to Peer-Reviewed Science

There are numerous scientific, peer-reviewed papers that have been published in recent years that point to the dangers of hydraulic fracking, and its impact on public health and the environment. 

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Decarbonization as Decolonization: The Case of the Northern Bay Area

The fossil-fuel industry has historically developed in tandem with colonialism; therefore, it stands to reason that the anti-carbon movement is, at its core, an anti-colonial struggle.    

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Environmental Risk Vs. Political-Military Risk

The Cato Institute thinks that the “any risk is too great” is exactly the same when applied to environmental issues and geopolitical issues.  This is hilariously illogical.    

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The Oil Industry in the Bay Area–Current Problems, Proposed Expansions, and Community Resistance

The communities of the northern Bay Area of California–mostly working class communities of color–have a long dealt with the externalities of local oil refineries.  Now, due to the fracking boom, these companies are set to expand their infrastructure even more. 

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Nigerian Oil Militancy and International Capital

The escalating violence in the Niger Delta region by armed militant groups against multinational oil companies is a product of the social and environmental devastation that accompanied the “development” of the Nigerian oil industry.  

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