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Greenpeace ad takes on LEGO

I was a big fan of the LEGO movie but Greenpeace just took it to the next level. They launched a brutal ad that calls for Lego to end its partnership with Shell by using the toys to demonstrate the dangers of an oil spill....

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THURSDAY, FEB. 20, 2014

Don't worry! Plenty of oil! 

This short film from the Post Carbon Insitute addresses the false assertion that peak oil is a thing of the past due to innovations in fuel extraction in unconvential areas. Like, um, tar sands. Meanwhile, oil companies tell us "don't worry, drive on." What the...

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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011

Democracy hijacked and how to fix it 

How do we stop the corporate takeover of America? "Democracy hijacked and how to fix it," a forum on Saturday at the Uniterian Universalist, hopes to solve this riddle. Dr. Riki Ott, author of Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13, 2010


Welcome to Fort McMurray, Alberta. In the last fifteen years, they've more than tripled in size as global energy companies descend on the largest oil reserve in the world outside of Saudi Arabia.Recently, I posted the trailer for Petroplis: Aerial Perspectives On The Alberta Tar...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 23, 2010

G.O.P's "Pledge To America" 

Brace yourself. The House Republicans released "A Pledge To America," their gameplan for taking over the 112th Congress. Unsurprisingly, it was written by former Exxon lobbyist Brian Wild and Republicans claim their document is "one in which the people have the most say and the...

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Tuesday Video II: "Dirty Oil" 

Finally: A documentary about Alberta’s pollution delivery system. The cosmic open pit mines up north produce vast quantities of oil from tar sands and they’ve made Canada the top foreign supplier to America. In fact, the province is the second-largest storehouse in the world, next...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 10, 2009

Tuesday Video I

The story of the $27 billion lawsuit against the Chevron Corporation is now featured in a documentary titled “Crude.” (Film still from "Crude.")Dubbed the "Amazon Chernobyl," plaintiffs of the lawsuit are 30,000 Ecuadorians living in the Amazonian rainforest, who claim their lives irrevocably changed from...

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Crude awakening

How much do you know about Canada? They’re our nice neighbors to the north yet the odds of Americans knowing who they re-elected in October as Prime Minister are unlikely, while Canadians cheered Barack Obama from the sidelines. But the more you learn about a...

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Planet in Peril: Part Deux

Pow. Anderson Cooper is back. As a follow up to last year’s “Planet in Peril,” an investigative report on global environmental issues, you should get ready for more action because on December 11th, at 9pm EST, “Planet in Peril: Battle Lines” will premiere on CNN...

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MONDAY, NOV. 10, 2008

Another Green Monday 

What a weekend it was. The Goracle wrote an inspiring editorial for the New York Times, describing a five-part plan to “repower America with a commitment to producing 100 percent of our electricity from carbon-free sources within 10 years.” Gas prices went down while driving...

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