What do rampant beetle kill, rising temperatures, massive floods, and oil spills all have in common? They’re all being fueled by fossil-energy combustion—here in Montana, and around the planet.
Crews work to clear oil from the Yellowstone River in Laurel, Montana. (Jim Urquhart, AP/ July 5, 2011)
This poignant article about recent disasters in Montana, as seen through the eyes of two people who are not just fighting floodwaters and an oil spill on their property, they are also working tirelessly (as are we) to educate and inform Montanans about their clean energy options.
Alexis Bonogofsky and her partner, Mike Scott, are at the forefront of the fight against a carbon-centric vision of Montana’s future. When they aren’t growing their own food or taking care of their goats, both are full-time environmental activists: Alexis is with the National Wildlife Federation, Scott is with the Sierra Club. They don’t just fight coal and oil companies; they work to show their fellow Montanans that there are other ways to create energy and jobs.
We sent Alexis and Mike a message of solidarity and asked how we can work together in this “mother” of all fights here in Montana.
LA Times Op Ed by Naomi Klein
What’s the price of gasoline? In the U.S. it’s about $4 a gallon. But some experts say the true price of gas is much higher. What about the costs of pollution, and the global and local problems caused by it? Who pays for those? This animated feature from the Center for Investigative Reporting calculates the carbon footprint and other “external costs” of gasoline use in the U.S. Reported by Sarah Terry-Cobo. Produced by Carrie Ching and Sarah Terry-Cobo. Sound mix and editing by Carrie Ching.
US military warns oil output may dip causing massive shortages by 2015
America’s mainstream media diet may not include news about the coming petroleum shortfall…but it’s coming soon to a pocketbook or wallet near you sure as the sun rises in the East. (Pun intended!) What are you doing to prepare for $5/gallon gas?
Link to Guardian article
So amid the chaos of market upheaval due to declining demand, spurred on by the new “less is more” mantra of increasing consumption efficiencies, at least one industry guy is pointing where fuels in general are headed, in my opinion. Fuels, like the rapidly changing vehicles we all drive, need to be better in every respect, not just price, but sourced from feedstock diversity, cleaner, produce local area benefits, and ultimately be more profitable to local business.
Refiners raked in big profits from 2003 to 2006, but “by 2007, it was largely over,” said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service, an energy information firm in Wall, N.J.
“Now, along with very weak demand numbers for gasoline, everything points to biofuels getting a larger and larger share in the future.”
Link to LA Times article