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Just days after US President Joe Biden called global warming 'an existential threat to human existence', the US proceeded with the nation's largest-ever auction of oil and gas permits, reports Kenny Stancil.

There are alternatives to the fossil fuel hegemony, argue Christopher Wright, Daniel Nyberg and Vanessa Bowden

 

Extinction Rebellion (XR) organised a colourful and noisy three-day protest against the Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Kerry Smith reports.

Oil Black Swan Theatre

The forthcoming Black Swan Theatre Company production of Oil asks the question: "How do we manage our finite resources? Is there any resource more infinite than love?" Barry Healy reports.

Frack Free WA protested outside the Hyatt Regency where a fracking conference was being held. Kerry Smith reports.

Matanzas fire Cuba

Extensive efforts are underway in Cuba to control a major fire that broke out at an oil storage facility in the city of Matanzas, reports Tanupriya Singh.

Scott Morrison is still clinging to a weak emission reduction target of 26–28%, set six years ago. At the current rate, we won't reach net zero climate pollution until 2170, argues Jessie de Waal.

In a historic verdict, the District Court of the Hague has ruled that fossil-fuel giant Shell must reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 45% within 10 years, writes Kerry Smith.

Sue Bull reports on oil refinery Viva Energy's new plans for gas and a public bail-out.

Cira Pascual Marquina interviews former Venezuelan Vice President for Productive Economy Luis Salas about the impact of US sanctions on the Venezuelan economy and the Maduro government’s economic policy responses.

Chevron has become the second big oil company to abandon plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight off the South Australian coast, a year after BP cancelled its plans to drill.

Oil companies say the Bight has similar potential to the Gulf of Mexico, site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010, which was the largest marine oil spill in history and killed 11 people.

East Timor has taken Australia to the United Nations Conciliation Commission at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

At issue is a permanent maritime boundary and the exploitation of oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea — with East Timor accusing Australia of stealing badly needed resources that, by international law, belong to Asia’s poorest nation.

Three British oil companies are violating Argentine law by carrying out exploration efforts without permission from the state, Argentina says. Argentine Minister of Malvinas said on April 17 that an Argentine judge will soon open the prosecution against three British-based oil companies conducting exploratory activities in the Malvinas Islands, and possibly two others from the US. The Argentine government has stated that foreign companies are violating Argentine law by carrying out exploration efforts without permission from the state.

When unionised oil workers at the Tesoro Golden Eagle plant in Martinez, California walked off the job on February 1 to demand safer working conditions, they received some unexpected company on the picket line. Since the start of the strike, which has expanded from nine to 11 refineries nationwide, environmental activists with Communities for a Better Environment have joined members of the United Steelworkers (USW) union for their daily protests outside the plant.
The huge multinational US oil corporation Texaco operated in Ecuador from 1964 until 1992 (Texaco merged with Chevron in 2001). The corporation poured 72 billion litres of oil waste and 45 million litres of crude oil over 2 million hectares of land in Santa Elena province — land which included the Amazon rainforest, rivers and agricultural land. Texaco just poured the oil into ground-connected pipes which just poured oil directly into the rivers and forests.
US media reported on February 14 that more than 4000 ground combat troops are heading to Kuwait. Reports indicate it could be the US’ largest ground force in the region. The move comes as President Barack Obama is petitioning Congress for an Authorisation for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State group. Obama sent Congress the AUMF petition denying plans for a ground war, however the troops in Kuwait are prepared for any “contingency,” a Pentagon military source said.

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