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Two New Giant Tar Sands Pipelines Proposed in Canada In a dizzying week of oil announcements, two new giant west-to-east pipelines passed key milestones.  If built, the pipelines would rapidly expand Alberta’s oil sands, cause massive environmental impacts, and trigger thousands of new jobs, according to several observers. The first project – TransCanada’s Energy East […]

Pipeline Struggles: Analysis

An Open Letter to the NO KXL Movement Earth First! Journal editor’s note: This letter was originally published as a comment on our re-post about the No KXL protests in Washington D.C. this week. While we fully support a diversity of tactics, ranging from petitions and lawsuits to civil disobedience and sabotage, the critique made […]

Get Ready for the Global Riots

From South America to South Asia, a new age of unrest is in full swing as industrial civilisation transitions to post-carbon reality by Nafeez Ahmed / The Guardian If anyone had hoped that the Arab Spring and Occupy protests a few years back were one-off episodes that would soon give way to more stability, they […]

From Earth Island Journal, via Earth First! Newswire: Ivanpah installation a zone of death for tortoises, raptors The world’s largest solar thermal power plant officially went online one week ago today, on February 13. At a ceremony in the Mojave Desert south of Las Vegas, with US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz presiding, the Ivanpah Solar […]

Canada-Honduras FTA Will Deepen Conflict Although the FTA has not yet been implemented, Canadian investments are already contributing to social conflict in Honduras, particularly in the mining, export manufacturing and tourism sectors. The Canadian government provided technical assistance and support for the General Mining and Hydrocarbons Law, passed in January 2013. Notably, the new mining […]

In case you needed another incentive to make sure that no rare earth metal mines start up near you, a news release from Scandinavian research group SINTEF highlights these metals’ status as choke points of the global economic system: The demand for metals such as neodymium (Nd) and dysprosium (Dy) is increasing much faster than […]

From Straight.com: by Joseph Leivdal The Bourgeois Revolution of 1789 in France saw the rise of the developing capitalist class. Their rise was propelled by popular support which was in itself motivated by the will to establish an equal society which was to be based on the principle of the perpetual progress of human civilization […]

Mining company Minera Yanacocha, run by U.S.-based Newmont Mining Corp., has distanced itself from statements by the Peruvian government anticipating that the embattled Minas Conga gold mine will become operational this year (as we reported just yesterday). The company emphasized that the project remains on hold. Recently, the company’s plans to drain Lake Perol and […]

Revealing the destructive logic of extraction-driven models of “development,” Peru is pushing ahead with (at least) two highly controversial, highly destructive megaprojects: Peru natural gas project approved despite concerns over uncontacted tribes The long-contested expansion of Peru’s main natural gas field has won final regulatory approval despite U.N. concerns that it could endanger Amazon tribes […]

From Chaparral Respects No Borders: As people across the world honor the twentieth anniversary of the Zapatista Liberation Army rising up in response to the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), resistance continues, most notably against resource extraction and other infrastructure. Meanwhile, what some call “NAFTA on steroids,” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) […]

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