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Ecuador: Land of Green Palm Farms, Plantation Forests, And Eco-Lodges - by Tomas DiFiore
Of Forests, Forest Plantations and Zero Net Deforestation vs No Deforestation: The Ecuadorian tropical forest, once hosting an enormous cultural and biological diversity is about to disappear. There's no time for concepts of certified forest exploitation. We hear a lot of concern from palm oil suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors about the “Zero-Deforestation By 2020” Pledge, and the first thing to realize as a consumer, is that the pledge doesn't say that. “Deforestation continue...
Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:42AM
Palm Oil Plantations and Modern Day Slavery - by Tomas DiFiore
The story of Sustainable Palm Oil, and Sustainable Certification of Palm Oil Products is a continuing story of human trafficking, genocidal pesticide toxicity, food scarcity, violence, murder, death squads (security forces), disregard for Indigenous cultures, oh and environmental destruction and deforestation. Alongside this have been huge profits, corruption, and global landgrabs. Certification has failed.
Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 10:14AM
Palm Oil Products - Beyond Certification - by Tomas DiFiore
Palm Oil, and Palm Oil Products distributors often make great claims of their product: 1) Producers are not actively cutting down rainforests 2) Endangered species habitat is not being removed for growing oil palm crops 3) Suppliers are not in conflict over land rights with indigenous peoples 4) Natural Peat Bogs are not being drained.... and that Palm Oil is a non-GMO alternative to trans-fats or hydrogenated oils....
Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:44PM
Landmark Agreement Ends Indeterminate Long-Term Solitary Confinement in California - by Center for Constitutional Rights
Settlement Reached in California Class Action Suit Moves Out of SHU Those There 10 Years or Longer, Ends Solitary Purely Due to Gang Validation
Posted: Tue Sep 1, 2015 4:36PM
Nuclear Shutdown News May 2015 - by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the continuing decline of the US nuclear industry. US nuke plants were designed to operate for 40 years… as many of them have approached or surpassed that mark, they have become increasingly unsafe and inefficient, threatening our health and safety. This report points out some of these problems and supports those working for a nuclear free future. Here’s our May 2015 issue.
Posted: Wed Jun 3, 2015 3:16PM
California Must Support 'No New Offshore Drilling' From Alaska, to North Carolina - by Tomas DiFiore
China (SINOPEC) and Malaysia (Petronas) both state owned companies, under repressive regimes, own leases and drilling rights from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. America's Resources are being exploited for the sake of foreign countries. As Americans look towards renewables and clean energy, corporate international trade policies are selling the dirty polluting resources and drilling rights, to willing buyers – Asia, which have to commit to leaving their own hydrocarbon reserves in the ground.
Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 7:54AM
March 2015 is “Say No To Palm Oil Month” - by Tomas DiFiore
The recent NPR story on All Things Considered about the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program and Doctor Ian Singleton, which was quite well done, made the claim that it is “illegal logging and land clearing for palm plantations” that threatens Orangutan habitat on Sumatra (Indonesia). There are many forms of legal pathways to deforestation used by Indonesia to expand plantations: the Plasma expansion for existing palm plantations, (the Small Holders option), legal interpretations of th...
Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:26PM
Palm Oil Industry Sustainable Policies Fail Global Zero-deforestation Commitments - by Tomas DiFiore
Uganda is one of the countries of the new frontier of palm oil destruction in Africa: as in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Liberia, South-East Asian palm oil companies are leasing or buying land to produce palm oil, thereby causing the same destructive effects on communities and the environment as have been seen in Indonesia and Malaysia. PepsiCo and Proctor and Gamble both have sustainable policies that take full effect in 2020. Wilmar has announced that as of January 2016 it would no longer buy oil...
Posted: Mon Mar 2, 2015 12:10PM
Sustainable Palm Oil Certification: Principles And Criteria In Crisis - by Tomas DiFiore
Merging the Palm Oil Plantation development index on human rights abuses and the global oil and gas development index on human rights abuses One country takes the lead, Malaysia. (Other countries that produce palm oil and oil or natural gas for export include Indonesia, Liberia, Brazil, Venezuela). Land grabs for plantations are common place, and in some instances can be reversed. Global peasant and indigenous communities are rising up against corporate greed. The affluent health and cosmetic...
Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:39AM
Deforestation-Free And Zero-Deforestation, Palm Oil's Carbon Footprint - by Tomas DiFiore
Zero-deforestation, Temporary Deforestation And Sustainable Palm Oil Plantations, High Carbon Stocking and High Conservation Value Forests are concepts printed on paper from pulp likely linked to deforestation. Commodity certification standards 'Responsible' and 'Sustainable' undermine organic, fair-trade, and local food systems. Indigenous land uses and rights are acknowledged in different countries under different conditions of tenure and recorded history. Few countries acknowledge legal de...
Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:33PM
Myanmar Ready For Global Investments And Human Rights For Christmas - by Tomas DiFiore
Have you ever wondered where the gargantuan Big Oil quarterly profits come from? It's not from a hike in gas prices at the pump! It's from toxic plumes and contaminates left behind in a forgotten dump, somewhere on the global landscape. It's profit stained with the blood of unknown names of family members and whole villages, those in forced labor, children, and nameless faces in human trafficking. It's profit realized from prescribed violence, alcohol and drugs and random violence, toxic tres...
Posted: Sun Dec 28, 2014 1:46PM
Corruption vs Corporate Social Responsibility And Community-Development Funds - by Tomas DiFiore
“People in the world's richest countries are rightly angry at the increasing job losses and house repossessions. What is less understood is that for much longer, failures by banks and the governments that regulate them have caused untold damage to the economies of some of the poorest countries in the world.” From timber revenues to oil and gas development contracts, vast sums of cash change hands. Banks hide the heists by cabinet members of stolen revenues, and the regimes in power invest...
Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:50AM
Race, Poverty, And Chemical Toxic Trespass - The Critical Distance Of Vulnerability - by Tomas DiFiore
“The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) screened news media reports of 1,275 high consequence incidents over a recent five-year period, 2009–2013. High consequence incidents result in injury, fatality, acute environmental damage, evacuation or shelter-in-place of 500 or more members of the public, onsite property damage greater than $500,000, or offsite property damage. The CSB data do not represent the universe of all chemical incidents.” At the other end of the ...
Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:52AM
Honoring Chevron With The Secretary's Award for Corporate Excellence - by Tomas DiFiore
“But we went further in our own assessment of the top 100, we looked at the taxes paid over a period of time and that is why the federal inland revenue service is on the board. We also look at the employment they are generating and they have generated. We look at the level of investment they have in Nigeria and then their contributions in terms of social responsibility.” SIGN THIS PETITION! Tell the State Department: Don't honor Chevron for its "corporate excellence. "http://act.credo...
Posted: Tue Dec 9, 2014 9:17AM
Pacific NorthWest LNG - North American LNG Exports - B.C. Won't Even Get The Jobs - by Tomas DiFiore
Big Oil And Bigger Oil - The Financial Times ranked the New Seven Sisters on the basis of resource base, level of output, company's ambition, scale of their domestic market, and influence in the industry. In order of prominence, they are Saudi Aramco, Russia's Gazprom, CNPC of China, NIOC of Iran, Venezuela's PDVSA, Brazil's Petrobras and Petronas of Malaysia. The New Seven Sisters control about one-third of the world's oil and gas production and reserves. In contrast, remaining descendants o...
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 11:11AM
OlympicForest Warfare Range, articles & petitions - by Otter
Three articles and 4 petitions (sign petitions at your leisure. But deadline of 11/28/14 -Greenwich Mean Time- for public comments to US Forest Service) "...Is it legal? And more broadly, is this a new use of the people’s national forest that will set precedent across the country, introducing an increasing, intrusive militarism into our unique and often fragile national parks and national forests where the public seeks peace? ..." "the Navy Auditor wrote: ... The EA-18G (Growler) emits...
Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:43PM
Save U.S. Rainforest - Deadline Nov. 28 to comment re WA State Olympic Peninsula - by Marilyn
The last remaining rain forest in the US is ringed by the Olympic National Forest. The US Navy wants to make the area the "Pacific Northwest Electromagnetic Warfare Range" (PNEWR). The deadline to do something to save this precious fragile place is coming soon. This is a big, permanent, expanding, military project that will change the fragile Peninsula forever. It will likely be a prototype for militarizing more and more National Forests and Parks. We need real wilderness, not more militariz...
Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:21PM
Investments In Developing Economies Renewables, Clean Energy - Hydrocarbon Extraction - by Tomas DiFiore
The 'poor' will do well to be on their own, and need to be technologically self reliant, as public benefits of natural resource production are drowned in contaminated surface waters, bays, and aquifers, or, are mostly lost in a toxic fog of unknown constituents. Many alternative investment soapbox commentaries speak of the plight of the poor having to pay high prices for kerosene and oil to stay warm. They then shift the conversation to solar and wind. The future of drilling is headed offshor...
Posted: Fri Nov 7, 2014 7:23AM
Money, Morals, Population, and Profit – All Heading For Collapse - by Tomas DiFiore
“Agricultural energy consumption includes energy needed to grow and harvest crops and energy needed to grow livestock. Crop operations consume much more energy than livestock operations, and energy expenditures for crops account for a higher percentage of farm operating costs. Nitrogenous (ammonia-based) fertilizers require large amounts of natural gas as a feedstock and provide heat and power for processing. The U.S. nitrogenous fertilizer industry consumed more than 200 trillion Btu of na...
Posted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 2:41PM
Unconventional Oil And Gas Production: A New Era Of Eminent Domain And Condemnation - by Tomas DiFiore
Eminent Domain, Condemnation, Inverse Condemnation... It's a hot topic, in every State of the Union. Combined with 'New Technology Concepts' of Township Drainage - Beyond Forced Pooling and Unitization – Pipelines Employ Eminent Domain and Condemnation. Yet well depletion rates and the costs of maintaining current production levels are an investment sinkhole. Dear Mr. President, that '100 years of energy independence' isn't right beneath our feet anymore, it's being exported. Leases on (und...
Posted: Tue Sep 2, 2014 11:39AM