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Roger Annis, Vancouver Observer, May 1, 2014

The latest North American oil train crash occurred yesterday, April 30, in the heart of the city of Lynchburg, Virginia. Fourteen wagons of crude oil derailed from a CSX train in the middle of the afternoon.

A city spokeswoman said three or four wagons caught fire. The burning wagons spilled their loads into the James River. The surface of the river was on fire from the oil contamination. A portion of the city center was evacuated.

Jeremy Brecher, The Nation, April 26, 2014

In an era in which our political system is dominated by plutocracy, grassroots social movements are essential for progressive change. But too often our movements find themselves at loggerheads over the seemingly conflicting need to preserve our environment and the need for jobs and economic development. How can we find common ground?

Barry Saxifrage, Vancouver Observer, April 15, 2014

As humanity reaches for more energy, fossil fuels are being selected for five out of every six new units of energy. The energy gap between fossil fuels and renewable energy continues to grow dramatically wider despite decades of efforts to prevent a full-blown climate crisis. Even more troubling, the gap is accelerating. Take a look. My chart below shows global energy use by year, divided into fossil fuels vs everything else. You can see how fossil fuels have been relentlessly widening their lead, decade after decade. And the biggest leap has been in the last decade.

Climate Reality, March 20, 2014

 

Meaghan Mast, Globe and Mail, February 18, 2014



Some small communities that learned in December that BC Hydro would not be providing them with electricity as planned have curbed their disappointment, saying mainstream power might not be a good fit for them anyway. They’re now turning their attention to alternative energy sources.

Residents of Wuikinuxv Village near Port Hardy and Hesquiaht near Tofino say renewable energy could be key to solving the problems that have long plagued their towns.

Staff, Reuters, October 15, 2013

Oct 15 (Reuters) - The United States has overtaken Saudi Arabia to become the world's biggest oil producer as the jump in output from shale plays has led to the second biggest oil boom in history, according to leading U.S. energy consultancy PIRA. U.S.

David Holmgren, Resilience, January 24, 2014

Is time running out for powerdown? Many climate policy professionals and climate activists are now reassessing whether there is anything more they can do to help prevent the global catastrophe that climate change appears to be.   The passing of the symbolic 400ppm CO2 level certainly has seen some prominent activists getting close to a change of strategy.  As the Transition Town movement founder and permaculture activist Rob Hopkins says, the shift in the mainstream policy circles from mitigation to adaptation and defence is underway (i.e.

James M Byrne, The Guardian, January 16, 2014
The fossil fuel industry's high-stakes bluff takes balls. Photograph: Isaac Brekken/AP

My friends and I get together once a month to play Texas HoldEm poker - great conversation, a few drinks, snacks and laughs. But I don't like high-stakes poker. Gambling with high-value is not a wise choice, particularly if the pain of the loss translates beyond oneself. The fossil fuel industry is bluffing society in a multi-trillion dollar high-stakes poker game.

Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, January 14, 2014
Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, speaks during an interview in New York, U.S., on 13 January, 2014. Photograph: Scott Eells/Getty Images

The United Nations climate chief has urged global financial institutions to triple their investments in clean energy to reach the $1 trillion a year mark that would help avert a climate catastrophe. In an interview with the Guardian, the UN's Christiana Figueres urged institutions to begin building the foundations of a clean energy economy by scaling up their investments.

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