The extraction economy, continued: Fossil fuels rest on a foundation of colonialist exploitation and rent-seeking. That’s how they came in; that’s how they’ll go out

https://www.wyofile.com/appalachian-vulture-capitalists-invade-wyoming/In his 2017 book, Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia, historian Steven Stoll describes the dispossession and impoverishment of Appalachia’s self-sustaining agrarian society and the devastation of its landscapes by invasive non-resident extractive industries. That was in the last century, but recent events in Wyoming eerily reflect this sobering history. One by one, our critical coal mining assets are being acquired by …

Driving family farmers off the land and killing regenerative farming

By Elizabeth Henderson, Truthout.orgJuly 2, 2019 | CREATE! Above Photo: Dominik Bartsch/Flickr In February, a dairy farmer friend sent me a note confiding that a few farmers she knows are living on cereal until their milk checks arrive. Yet, the recently released census of agriculture shows that the number of young farmers is growing even as the average age of farmers also increases, and there are uplifting articles …

Energy Democracy slides

Democratize by bringing energy systems under public ownership. Decarbonize: restructure energy systems to be ecologically sustainable. Decommodify: Remove the profit motive from energy provision: no one should go without heat for lack of means to pay. Decolonize: Repatriate indigenous land, reparations for damage done to communities, end military spending, and ensure new energy infrastructure does not replicate systems of injustice. …

Extraction Casino: Mining Companies Gambling with Latin American Lives and Sovereignty Through International Arbitration

This report exposes 38 cases of mining companies that have been filing dozens of multi-million dollar claims against Latin American countries before supranational arbitration panels, demanding compensation for court decisions, public policies and other government measures that they claim reduce the value of their investments. In most of these cases, communities have been actively organizing to resist mining activities and …

Extraction Casino: Mining Companies Gambling with Latin American Lives and Sovereignty through Supranational Arbitration (May 2019)

Extraction Casino: Mining Companies Gambling with Latin American Lives and Sovereignty through Supranational Arbitration (May 2019) During the last couple of decades—and particularly during the last ten years—mining companies have filed dozens of claims against Latin American countries before international arbitration panels, demanding compensation for court decisions, public policies and other government measures that they claim reduce the value of …

Shift from ‘comparative advantage’ to first principle that ‘Natural resources, including land and water, must first feed our own population’

This must be addressed through a radical agrarian reform that sets minimum and maximum thresholds for agricultural property regulates the land, agriculture, and food markets uses tax policies to prohibit speculative investments in food and agriculture shifts agricultural production to local and national markets at the expense of export to international markets. Excerpt June 2019, A French version of this …

How Monsanto manipulates journalists and academics

Carey Gillam, Clean Technica, Sun 2 Jun 2019 59 Monsanto’s own emails and documents reveal a disinformation campaign to hide its weedkiller’s possible links to cancer  Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup, one of the world’s most popular herbicides, may cause cancer. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters Over the past year, evidence of Monsanto’s deceptive efforts to defend the safety of its top-selling Roundup herbicide have been …

Pope Francis laments continued fossil fuel investment. ‘Startling’ inaction on climate change must end, he says

The Pope lamented continued development of and investment in fossil fuels.  “We continue along old paths because we are trapped by our faulty accounting and by the corruption of vested interests,” he said. “We still reckon as profit that which threatens our very survival.”  “It is my prayerful hope that…you will agree upon a common plan that accords with climate science, the …

Even economists say: Greed comprehensively dominates Washington policies and is now causing conflict with China

Under American capitalism, which has long strayed from the cooperative spirit of the New Deal era, today’s winners flat-out reject sharing their winnings. As a result of this lack of sharing, American politics are fraught with conflicts over trade. Greed comprehensively dominates Washington policies. The real battle is not with China but with America’s own giant companies, many of which …

Indigenous land rights key to forest protection, which is key to limiting heating to 1.5 C

Excerpt from Climate Progress, May 2019 A new book published by Springer Nature presents a pathway to meet the internationally recognized goal of limiting planetary warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. As part of the study, scientists studied scenarios that avoided deforestation and the role that restoration of intact ecosystems would need to play. “What we have done is the first global study quantifying the …