by Daniel B. Botkin
For several years, many voices, including Texas energy baron T. Boone Pickens, have been touting natural gas as the best energy source to form a bridge between the current fossil-fuel economy and a renewable energy future. Proponents contend that not only is natural gas a cleaner-burning fuel than coal, producing lower greenhouse gas emissions, but that reserves of natural gas are far greater than previously believed because of vast reserves trapped throughout the U.S and around the world in huge underground formations of shale.
by Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers
Yes, all politics is indeed local — at the same time it is national and international. The interconnections are more numerous and important these days.
by Alan Grayson, Member of Congress, Florida
On May 30, 2010, at 10:06 a.m, the direct cost of occupying Iraq and Afghanistan will hit $1 trillion. And in a few weeks, the House of Representatives will be asked to vote for $33 billion of additional “emergency” supplemental spending to continue the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.
by Bernard Schaer
Talk about an inconvenient truth. The coal, gas, oil, auto, and farming interests have proved much more powerful than environmentalists. Corporate polluters have managed to take decent legislation — Reps. Waxman and Markey’s climate bill — and turn it upside down so that it will help them more than the planet. Continue reading
by Steve Lendman
In the run-up to Iran’s June 12 presidential election, early indications suggested the media’s reaction if the wrong candidate won. On June 7, New York Times writer Robert Worth reported “a surge of energy (for) Mir Hussein Mousavi, a reformist who is the leading contender to defeat Mr. Ahmadinejad (and) a new unofficial poll (has him well ahead) with 54 percent of respondents saying they would vote for him compared with 39 percent for Mr. Ahmadinejad.” Continue reading