Deepwater Horizon, Fukushima: A Boost For Green Energy?

After every disaster humanity adapts.  The earthquake that destroyed Kobe, Japan in 1995 meant massive amounts was invested in safe proofing Japan’s infrastructure for future quakes.  The recent death & destruction in Japan was not caused by the earthquake but rather the Tsunami that breached many of the Tsunami defenses.  Japan will probably rebuild the [...]

Fossil Fuels Grip on the Modern World: False Subsidies?

Politicians tell us that we are dependent on oil because there is alternative.  Oil is what makes the world go round.  If that is the case why does the industry receive so much in subsidies? “If you put together tax breaks, feed-in tariffs and other forms of government support, the renewable energy industry received between [...]

Direct Action Will Become Reality

Today Activists closed all the BP petrol stations in London.  Over 50 petrol stations were closed with signs stating ‘closed. moving beyond petroleum.’  A dig at BP’s attempt to remarket itself as beyond petroleum several years ago and the way that it could actually achieve the slogan.   The activists realised the dream of beyond petroleum [...]

Who’s to blame for the Oil Spill: BP or Ourselves?

Apart from all of the run-of-the-mill posts and articles that I have read about the BP Gulf Spill,  two have stuck in my mind.  Who is actually to blame? Ourselves? The first is an article by Colin Beavan on his site noimpactman.com called “Taking responsibility for preventing further oil spills”.  In it he argues that [...]

Tar Sands: BP Likes Its Sticky Situations

Beyond Petroleum, Shell and the Royal Bank of Scotland are pursuing what is turning out to be the most destructive form of oil exploitation, Tar Sands. Ripping up the pristine forests of Canada, digging up the tar sands hidden beneath and then using water and oil to extract the oil leaves behind cancer inducing and [...]

License to Spill Video

Excellent piece of performing art carried out in London at the Tate’s Summer Party. The mixture of powerful art and the protest against BP’s support for the arts is poignant. What I find powerful is the location, the actions of the characters and of course the music is perfect . Art like this in central [...]