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After a long legal battle with a number of organizations, the Waorani people successfully protected half a million acres of their ancestral territory in the Amazon rainforest from being mined for oil drilling by huge oil corporations. The auctioning off of Waorani lands to the oil companies was suspended indefinitely This win for the indigenous tribe has now set an invaluable legal precedent for other indigenous nations across the Ecuadorian Amazon. After accepting a Waorani bid for court protection to stop an oil bidding process, the court also halted the potential auctioning off of 16 oil blocks that cover over ...Read More
Trump pushes up to 20 years in prison for pipeline protesters The Trump administration is seeking to dramatically escalate federal penalties for pipeline protesters. Under newly proposed changes, pipeline protesters could face up to 20 years in prison for disrupting the construction of oil and gas infrastructure. ...Read More
"With potential for a devastating oil spill for two lakes and huge swaths of coastline, activists are taking a stand."
"Right now, however, no such solution exists for organic farms, because the biodegradable plastic mulches on the market all contain petroleum-based materials."
As sun sets on oil industry, how will global power realign? "If energy barons like the Koch bros. remain flush w/ cash, they can probably undermine initiatives like the Green New Deal. But [not so] if their businesses decline [...]"
"Venezuela wants its oil-backed cryptocurrency, the Petro, to serve as an integration currency in South America."
Long read describing how Exxon undermines US foreign policy in search of new oil fields, in Iran, Kurdish Iraq, Russia, and elsewhere. I noticed this article because of a screenshot of the part: "[Trump] began fulminating about federal laws that prohibit American businesses from bribing officials overseas." Tillerson says something ...Read More