Archive for June, 2008

Your assistance is needed to stop coal expansion and support resisters on Black Mesa in the Four Corners region of the USA, traditional territory of the Dine’ (Navajo) and Hopi nations. 1. Traditional Dine’ elder and resister Pauline Whitesinger was informed on May 20 that her construction of a ceremonial structure known as a hogon […]

The road variously known as I-69, the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) and the NAFTA Superhighway will be built using existing roads as much as possible, with the construction of new roads and the seizure of private land only a last resort the I-69/TTC Project Office has announced. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) said that the […]

The state of Arizona has received two federal grants for Corridors of the Future-related construction projects. The first is $1.2 million to widen I-10 in Maricopa County, between Sarival Avenue and Loop 101. The second is $1.8 million to construct a new bridge across the Colorado River, to provide an alternative to the Hoover Dam […]

In the first two weeks of June, the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held special hearings to examine the needs of the country’s surface transportations system. The committee’s investigations will be used to inform the new federal highway funding law due to be drafted in 2009. “Many of the nation’s surface transportation facilities are […]

An article from Reuters draws attention to one of the system’s most recent attempts to extend its (ultimately doomed) existence as long as possible: getting around oil shortages by transforming coal into liquid fuel on a massive scale. Coal-to-liquid (CTL) technology was developed approximately 100 years ago, but has only ever been used by Nazi […]

China’s trade surplus dropped 10% between May 2007 and May 2008, due primarily to increases in the costs of raw materials, including oil. This is exactly the kind of effect that we want to create on colonialist economies across the world. Preventing infrastructure expansion will inevitably raise the costs of raw materials by creating a […]

New Posts Thursday Nights

In our ongoing attempt to figure out the best regular posting schedule for The Lowdown, we’re going to give Thursdays a try for the next couple of weeks. This means new posts will appear some time before Friday morning. Thanks for bearing with us! Want to know when we’ve posted to the site without visiting […]

On May 25, activists with Asheville Rising Tide broke ground on a new 800 Mw clean energy power plant in Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers front yard in Charlotte, NC. The power plant will tap into a previously unexplored energy source known as hot air which has been found in large concentrations at Roger’s residence, […]

The news has been buzzing recently with photos of a previously “uncontacted” indigenous group in the Amazon forest near the Brazilian-Peruvian border — that is, a self-sustaining indigenous community that exists without contact with the industrial world. Loggers, ranchers and oil companies have a history of denying that such groups exist, in order to avoid […]

The U.S. Department of Transportation is requesting proposals for ways to relieve traffic congestion at the Canadian and Mexican borders, saying that this congestion is “stifling commerce.” Transportation Secretary Mary Peters noted that the value of freight shipments between the three US, Canada and Mexico increases 8 percent per year, and has gone up 170 […]

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