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Oil Change Live Blogging Fossil Fools in DC

The fossil fools are all on parade today in Washington, DC. Five of the nation's top Oil CEOs are testifying before Congress on their opposition to renewable energy legislation and on the soaring price of gasoline. Luckily, OilChange International is there to poke fun. From the OilChange Blog: Oil Change International will be watching this hearing very closely and we invite you to join us in the conversation! You can submit questions and comments below while we share with you commentary and facts about the hearing and its attendees. Watch it live online RIGHT NOW and join the...

And the Fossil Fool of the Year Is…….

Ken Lewis, CEO of Bank of America! For his company’s massive support of the coal industry and other carbon intensive industry. The final results are in for the “Foolies.” Here are the other winners: Outstanding Performance in Corporate Greenwashing: GM CEO Rick Wagoner, for his company’s creation of GMNext.com, a website designed to promote GM’s environmental progress even as the company attempted to block the efforts of California and 11 other states to reduce vehicle greenhouse gas emissions. Most Inauspicious Newcomer: Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) CEO Patricia Woertz, for her company’s newfound recognition as a massive...

Fossil Fools Day "kicks off" early in London!

Fossil Fools Day 2008 got an early start today - with London Rising Tide "kicking" things off. In front of the Football Association headquarters in London, Rising Tide protesters issued the FA a Red Card for accepting sponsorship from E.ON - a utility company proposing to build new coal-fired power plants in the UK. “We are taking action to prevent the fossil fuel industry from destroying our future,” said Brian Kelly from Rising Tide. “Vested interests in business and government are bent on pursuing economic growth at all costs. We need to shrink,...

Zero Emissions Vehicles Terminated

Yesterday in a bold move backwards, California's Air Resource Board (CARB) voted to kill the electric car. Again. Bowing to automaker pressure. Again. Ignoring the concerns of California's citizens. Again. CARB reviews what is known as the Zero Emission Vehicle Program every 5 years. At one time, this cutting edge program pushed automakers to produce innovative pollution-free, petroleum-free electric vehicles like GM's EV1, Toyota's RAV4 EV, and Ford's EV version of the Ranger pickup truck. 5 years ago when CARB last reviewed the program, they eviscerated the requirements, to which the automakers responded by terminating their EV programs. Most EVs had been leased, rather than sold - and at the end of the leases, the automakers began taking the cars back and crushing them. Ironically, today the EVs sell for astronomical prices on EBAY, the only place left where you can go to buy a Toyota or...

Mountain Justice Takes on King Coal in Columbus

How often do you get to witness a band of activists deploy a direct action and successfully pressure the CEO of a corporation into agreeing to their demands - before the police even arrive on the scene? On Friday afternoon, student activists with Ohio Student Environmental Coalition and members of Mountain Justice occupied the lobby of American Municipal Power and forced an impromptu meeting with CEO Mark Gerken – who was not a happy camper. AMP is planning to build a 1000 MW pulverized coal power plant in Meigs County, Ohio – one of the most impoverished counties in the state, with some of the highest lung cancer and premature death rates due industrial pollution in the country. There are already 4 coal power plants within 10 miles of Meigs and...

Fooling around with the Fossil Fuels

In less than two weeks is Fossil's Fool Day. And I gotta say MOMENTUM IS BUILDING and the WORD IS SPREADING. To join or organize and action, click here To get some ideas, click here To get some other ideas, click here...

Fifth Anniversary of Iraq War Brings More Direct Action

Over five years ago, and many times since, we've marched, vigiled, written letters, lobbied and taken direct action to end the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Estimates put the number of Iraqi dead at over 1 million. Over 4,000 coalition troops have been...

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