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A Clean Energy Scheme to Entrench a Dirty Occupation

Maureen Clare Murphy The Electronic Intifada
wind turbine Al-Marsad...has found that the Tel Aviv-based company’s wind turbine project violates the indigenous Syrian population’s right to self-determination. The scheme also serves to strengthen Israel’s control over the territory.

The Cheapest Way to Save the Planet Grows Like a Weed

Ellen Brown Truthdig
marijuana plant Industrial hemp has been proved to absorb more CO2 per hectare than any forest or commercial crop, making it the ideal carbon sink. It can be grown on a wide scale on nutrient-poor soils with very small amounts of water and no fertilizers.

Electrifying Africa–But at What Cost to Africans?

Emira Woods, Janet Redman and Elizabeth Bast Foreign Policy in Focus
Two U.S. initiatives to provide Africans with electricity seem likely to lead to large, climate-polluting projects rather than the locally sourced renewable energy rural Africa needs.

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AFL-CIO Executive Council Backs Keystone XL Pipeline

Steven Greenhouse New York Times
"The A.F.L.-C.I.O., the nation’s largest federation of unions, has issued an apparent endorsement of the Keystone XL oil pipeline," writes Steven Greenhouse in the NY Times. Following the NY Times' article, Portside gives you the federation's official statement followed by the official AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department's unequivocal interpretation of the AFL-CIO Executive Council's decision.
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