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Why Oil Drilling in Ecuador is 'Ticking Time Bomb' For Planet

The age of "easy oil" is over. What is left is in places like Yasuni, previously deemed too sensitive, valuable, or risky to drill. The stakes for doing so, however, are rising. It is time we all act to leave our oil in the soil.

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Exxon's Gay Shame.

"What's Wrong With Exxon?" In 2012, and again in 2013, HRC gave Exxon Mobil a negative 25 out of 100 possible points on its annual Corporate Equality Index. Here's why.

Nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Article 2013.


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Big Oil's Big Lies About Alternatives.

Rolling Stone-- As President Obama calls for greater investments in alternatives, the biggest energy companies are doubling down on riskier, more destructive oil sources.

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Light, Sweet, Crude: a former US ambassador peddles influence in Afghanistan.

Antonia reports from Afghanistan on oil, war, and the people who profit.

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Why the Iraq War was Fought for Big Oil.

(CNN) -- Yes, the Iraq War was a war for oil, and it was a war with winners: Big Oil.

It has been 10 years since Operation Iraqi Freedom's bombs first landed in Baghdad. And while most of the U.S.-led coalition forces have long since gone, Western oil companies are only getting started.

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The New War for Afghanistan's Untapped Oil.

Antonia reports back from Afghanistan on the surge in Taliban violence fueled by oil and gas.


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LA Times Op Ed: Chevron's Refinery, Richmond's Peril.

Chevron's massive California refinery fire is symptom of national oil refinery hazards.

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Two Year's Later: BP's Toxic Legacy, Cover Article.

Antonia's investigation into the ongoing health crisis in the Gulf two years after the start of the BP oil spill.

Chosen as the Atlantic Wire's first of the "Five Best Green Stories."

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BP vs. Gulf Coast: It's Not Settled Yet.

One settlement deal is on the table, but the public must remain vigilant as the legal struggle to bring justice and restoration to the people and places of the U.S. Gulf Coast has only just begun.

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BP Oil Still Tars the Gulf, Cover Article.

Nearly two years since the start of the Gulf oil spill, disaster remains.

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Afghanistan's Energy War.

A little-noted energy agenda moving rapidly forward in Afghanistan could exacerbate insecurity and instability, and ensure a prolonged U.S. and foreign military presence.

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Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill.
A searing look at the human face of BP's disaster in the Gulf.

"Masterfully reported." -- Ms. Magazine

"Both engaging and informative." -- Mother Jones

It is the largest oil disaster in American history, and it could happen again. It is more than a story of ruined beaches, dead wildlife, chemical dispersants, corporate spin, political machinations, and financial fallout. It is a riveting human drama filled with people whose lives will forever be defined as “before” and “after” the Gulf oil disaster. Black Tide is the only book to tell this story through the perspective of people on all sides of the catastrophe, from those who lost their lives, loved ones, and livelihoods to those who made the policies that set the devastating event in motion, those who cut the corners that put corporate profits over people and the environment, and those who have committed their lives to ensuring that such an event is never repeated.

“We cannot allow the BP disaster to be pushed from public view the way BP used chemical dispersants to hide the oil. These remarkable stories—of loss, heroism, and culpability—are a vivid reminder that this catastrophe will be with us for decades, and that we have not yet made the changes necessary to prevent destruction in the future.”

--Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

 “Black Tide is extremely well researched, reasoned and written. The story of the Macondo well disaster has important ramifications for our future. Antonia Juhasz helps us understand what this disaster can mean to present and future generations.”

--Dr. Robert Bea, Deepwater Horizon Study Group

 "It's hard to imagine a better person to turn loose on this epochal disaster than Antonia Juhasz, with her compassionate heart, vivid prose, and rich expertise in both oil and economic policy. Black Tide covers everything from the details of the oil-smeared beaches and the drilling rig's control room to the big picture of the mega oil corporations and the governments they push around, but it's not just a book about disaster: it's a series of encounters with real people, from oceanographers to oyster shuckers, striving to make things right. Juhasz tells this story as no one else could. Black Tide is riveting, infuriating, and incredibly important to understand the places, politics, and people who survived the Gulf oil disaster."

--Rebecca Solint, author of A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster.

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How Far Should We Let Big Oil Go?

In the month since BP's oil rig exploded in the U.S. Gulf Coast, what has struck me the most is the rapid, overwhelming and broad-based demand for change.

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The Tyranny of Oil: The World's Most Powerful Industry--And What We Must Do To Stop It.

Finally, the inside story on Big Oil.

A "timely, blistering critique... white-hot... Explosive fuel for the raging debate on oil prices." - Kirkus Reviews.

A "thorough, readable takedown of Big Oil." - Publishers Weekly.

"...part homage to 150 years of anti-monopoly muckraking and trust-busting and part signpost to where the leading edge of the environmental and social activist movements are headed." - The Toronto Star.

"...a brave, groundbreaking case study.... A good first step toward true energy independence is to read this insightful book." - The Christian Science Monitor.

"...well-written.... presciently criticizes the weak oversight of the oil futures market." - The Washington Post.

Juhasz "reminds us that those who don't learn the lessons of history are fated to repeat its mistakes." - USA Today.

"A Must Read." - Earthjustice.

"A worthy successor to 'The Prize'... A riveting read with a bold blueprint for ending the madness." - Terry Tamminen, former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency.

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The True Cost of Chevron: An Alternative Annual Report, May 2011

The third edition of the Alternative Annual report. This 63-page report, complete with nearly 500 end notes, provides detailed accounts by more than 40 authors – led by those on the front lines of Chevron's operations. They record egregious corporate behavior in locations as diverse as California, Burma, Colombia, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, the Philippines and the U.S. Gulf Coast. It includes new sections detailing Chevron's pursuit of ever-riskier and ever-deeper offshore projects in the South China Sea, the North Sea, and the Canadian Arctic and its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. It profiles the historic victory and ongoing battle over Chevron's crimes in Ecuador.

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The True Cost of Chevron: An Alternative Annual Report

Written by dozens of community leaders from 16 countries and 10 states across the United States where Chevron operates, the 60-page report encompasses the full range of Chevron's activities. From the coalfields of Alabama to the oil fields of Indonesia, the report reveals Chevron operations mired in accusation of extreme human rights abuse (Angola, Burma, Indonesia, Chad, and Nigeria); mass environmental and human health devastation (including Ecuador, Kazakhstan, and Canada); toxic abuse of its neighbors (including Alabama, California, Mississippi, Texas, Thailand, and the Philippines); abuse of its workers (including Utah); threats to endangered species (including Australia and the U.S. Gulf Coast); and, in Iraq, intensifying the violent insurgency and putting the lives of U.S. and Iraqi service members at greater risk.

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The True Cost of Chevron: An Alternative Annual Report

Chevron's 2008 annual report is a glossy celebration of the company's most profitable year in its history and one in which company CEO David O’Reilly became the 15th highest paid U.S. CEO, with nearly $50 million in total 2008 compensation. What Chevron's annual report does not tell its shareholders is the true cost paid for those financial returns, or the global movement gaining voice and strength against Chevron's abuses. Thus, the communities and their allies who bear the consequences of those operations released their own Alternative Annual Report.


Jacob Magraw-Mickelson
Whose Oil Is It, Anyway?
New York Times Op-Ed

Today more than three-quarters of the world’s oil is owned and controlled by governments. It wasn’t always this way.  Until about 35 years ago, the world’s oil was largely in the hands of seven corporations based in the United States and Europe. Those seven have since merged into four: ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell and BP. They are among the world’s largest and most powerful financial empires. But ever since they lost their exclusive control of the oil to the governments, the companies have been trying to get it back.

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The Bu$h Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time.

Updated with a new afterword, "What A Difference A Year Makes."

"A meticulous expose of corporate America's intentions in the Gulf." - The Organizer-India
"Excellent." - Amy Goodman
"A resounding call to action." - John Perkins
"Essential Reading." - Congressman John Conyers
"One of the crispest, most insightful books yet to expose the Bush regime." - The Georgia Straight, Canada
"Lucid, fact-filled and nonrhetorical." - The North Bay Bohemian
"Spine tingling." - The Ecologist Magazine
"Bravo for Juhasz!" - Greg Palast
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Chevron's Hype
Los Angeles Times Op-Ed

The oil company's ads say it is investing heavily in alternative and renewable fuels, but corporate reports indicate otherwise.

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Obama's Top Three Foreign Policy Priorities

Foreign Policy In Focus asked our senior analysts to identify the foreign policy priorities of the new Obama administration. Here's what they said:

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How Big Oil's Lobbyists Contributed to Big Finance's Crash

In 2000, Big Oil teamed up with the nation's largest investment banks and Enron to achieve the mother-of-all deregulatory loopholes. We are all paying the price today.

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Iraq Oil Law Information
Updates on the Iraq Oil (Hydrocarbon) law

This page compiles a variety of information - including articles written by Antonia, interviews with Antonia, and wider press coverage - on the current proposed Iraqi Oil Law. Also inlcuded are a link to the text of the most current draft of the legislation and information on what you can do to take action.
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A Game As Old As Empire: The Secret World of Economic Hit Men and the Web of Global Corruption

Antonia Juhasz is contributing author with John Perkins and others to A Game As Old As Empire. John Perkins' New York Times bestseller Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (more than 500,000 sold) revealed just the tip of the iceberg of the secret world of economic hit men. A Game As Old As Empire exposes many more shocking secrets, exposing the schemes and subterfuges that multinational corporations, governments, powerful individuals, financial institutions, and quasi-governmental agencies use to enrich themselves behind a façade of "foreign aid" and "international development."

 

Spoils of War: Oil, The U.S.-Middle East Free Trade Area, and The Bush Agenda

Now with his war under attack, even President George W. Bush has gone public, telling reporters last August, “[a] failed Iraq … would give the terrorists and extremists an additional tool besides safe haven, and that is revenues from oil sales.” Of course, Bush not only wants to keep oil out of his enemies’ hands, he also wants to put it into the hands of his friends.
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Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World is Possible

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Will the Next War for Oil be in Africa?

The number of Americans who believe that the war in Iraq was a mistake has surpassed the number who felt the same way about Vietnam during that war. At the same time, a much quieter U.S. military build-up is underway on another continent. The ultimate objective of the two efforts is the same: securing Big Oil's access to the regions' oil. The impact in Africa will likely be the same as in Iraq: perpetual occupation, instability, and growing anti-Americanism.

 

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