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Secret U.S. Canada Border Deal Hides GMO Takeover: Infowars Nightly News. China’s State-Owned Oil Companies Create Oil Shortage, Analysts Say. By Cheryl ChenEpoch Times Staff Created: November 1, 2011 Last Updated: November 14, 2011 Since refinery oil prices have dropped in China, the two state-owned giants, PetroChina and Sinopec, have been controlling fuel supply, causing shortages at privately owned gas stations.

China’s State-Owned Oil Companies Create Oil Shortage, Analysts Say

(AFP/Getty Images) Since oil prices in China dropped in early October, the two state-owned oil giants, PetroChina and Sinopec, are said to be controlling oil supplies, causing privately owned gas stations in many provinces to run out of gas and diesel fuel. By only selling to certain customers and not to the general market, these companies are deliberately creating shortages in order to increase their profits, industry insiders say.

Ceigh Tolliinger: Rena #spill: Heartbreaking... Alaskan Natives Speak Out After Obama Greenlights Oil Drilling Off Alaskan Coast. October 9, 2011 | Like this article?

Alaskan Natives Speak Out After Obama Greenlights Oil Drilling Off Alaskan Coast

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. On October 3, 2011, the Obama administration said it was moving forward with oil-drilling leases off the coast of Alaska issued by the Bush administration in 2008. End Oil Speculation. Sen.

End Oil Speculation

Bernie Sanders on Wednesday introduced legislation to make federal commodity regulators halt excessive oil speculation that has driven up gasoline prices. A provision in last year's Wall Street reform law required federal regulators to clamp down on speculators, but the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has refused to do so. The senator discussed the legislation in an interview with radio host Ed Schultz. Partly as a result of the failure to enforce the law, the national average price for a gallon of gasoline today is $3.69 a gallon, although supplies are greater and demand lower than two years ago when prices averaged about $2.44 a gallon. Native American Legend on Mankind. REJECT, Don't Just Reroute Keystone XL Pipeline! Heeding fake concerns about propriety. COMMENTARY | September 29, 2011 Faced with some hot data on oil speculation, the media squawked when it should have jumped.

Heeding fake concerns about propriety

After firebrand Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders leaked confidential data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to the Wall Street Journal last month -- data that dramatically illustrated how speculators were dominating the oil futures market during the 2008 spike in oil prices -- other news outlets jumped on the story. In the worst possible way. The data, which exposed precisely how much Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and other Wall Street speculators dominated the crude oil futures market, was a big new lead reporters could have used to further explore the dynamics behind the staggering gas price increase that resulted in a huge transfer of wealth from ordinary Americans to the very rich.

Not Above the Law: Revoking Massey Energy's Corporate Charter. How many times can a corporation break the law and continue to exist?

Not Above the Law: Revoking Massey Energy's Corporate Charter

Inside the fight to revoke Massey Energy’s corporate charter. posted Sep 20, 2011 Memorial to the miners who died in the Upper Big Branch disaster. A majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices and some politicians like to refer to corporations as “persons.” Moving Planet DuPage part of global effort to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Organizers are aiming for 350 participants to bike, walk or car pool to the Prairie Path in Villa Park on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Moving Planet DuPage part of global effort to reduce reliance on fossil fuels

Why 350? That's the safe number of parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Truths about the Keystone XL Pipeline the U.S. Chamber Does Not Want You to Hear. Israel Prepares to Frack Its Water Supply Exploiting Oil Shale. Wyoming's smog exceeds Los Angeles' due to gas drilling - Green House. Updated 2011-03-09 11:52 AM In this Jan. 22, 2010 photo, antelope graze not far from gas drilling rigs in western Wyoming's Upper Green River Basin, where ozone levels that month exceeded the worst days in major U.S. cities in 2009.

Wyoming's smog exceeds Los Angeles' due to gas drilling - Green House

Local residents complain of runny eyes, nosebleeds and shortness of breath and say the air is hazy. Gas industry officials say they're taking steps to reduce air pollution. Rural Wyoming, known for breathtaking vistas, now has worse smog than Los Angeles because of its boom in natural gas drilling. ‘Peak Oil’ Takes A Deadly Blow.

I've never believed in "peak oil.

‘Peak Oil’ Takes A Deadly Blow

" (The notion held with religious conviction by many on the left here, that world production is topping out — and will soon slide, plunging the world into economic chaos.) There's plenty of oil, with the constraints, as always, being the cost of recovery. Witness the vast new North Dakota oil shale fields. Six-Megaload Rolling Roadblock & Resident Rage 11-29-11. Science Lags as Health Problems Emerge Near Gas Fields. Susan Wallace-Babb, wearing the oxygen mask she has to wear almost every day outside, walks with her dog at home in Winnsboro, Texas, on Sept. 12, 2011.

Science Lags as Health Problems Emerge Near Gas Fields

(Erin Trieb for ProPublica) The next morning Wallace-Babb was so sick she could barely move. Union Claims Keystone XL Pipeline's Canadian Permit Expired. Home Page Title: Is Keystone XL's Canadian Permit Expired?

Union Claims Keystone XL Pipeline's Canadian Permit Expired

The National Energy Board has given TransCanada until Oct. 14 to respond to claims by a major union that its Canadian permit for the pipeline has expired. Energy policy: What the frack? HAS Britain hit the jackpot in Blackpool? On September 21st Cuadrilla Resources, the first firm to drill for shale gas in the country, estimated that 200 trillion cubic feet of gas lie in an area near the seaside town in northwest England—nearly 40 times previous projections of all of Britain's shale resources and, in theory, four times as much gas as is still recoverable from the North Sea, according to Oil & Gas UK, a lobby group.

Cuadrilla hopes to drill 400 wells in Lancashire in the next decade. There are obvious reasons to celebrate the prospective hoard. Britain faces an energy shortfall: half of its coal-fired power stations and all but one nuclear facility are due to shut by 2023; imports have increased as North Sea reserves run out. New local supplies should also cut prices: gas plants can be relatively small, cheap and easy to build. State Department Letting Keystone XL Contractor Manage Its Environmental Review. State Department Fountain (photo: Tom Watson) Never mind Solyndra. That pufffed up bit of White House political interference in agency determinations is small potatoes compared to what the U.S. State Department is doing to corrupt the environmental evaluation of the Keystone XL Pipeline project. Analysis: Jobs and energy security seen swaying U.S. on Keystone. Keystone XL Lobbyists Web of Corruption Infographic.

Keystone XL pipeline corruption investigation. Proposed Woodside gas hub project has split local communities - Radio National Breakfast - 21 September 2011. To assert its oil claims, China doesn't need a big navy. The Philippines is engaged in a muscle-flexing row with China over oil drilling in the South China Sea, writes Andy Higgins at the Washington Post.

So are India and Vietnam, reports Ishaan Thardoor at Time, who wonders whether war is possible between China and India. The South China Sea is one of the world's energy flashpoints, and it's all about who has the rights to explore for a suspected treasure trove of undersea oil and gas. China asserts a historical claim to nearly the entirety of the South and East China seas, but faces competition from Brunei, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam (Vietnamese protestors pictured above). Even More Reports of Tar Balls, Oil, and Corexit on the Gulf Beaches Right Now. I’m encouraged to see that local media is at least reporting on the tar balls and tar mats, but I have yet to see any reports about where the fresh oil is coming from and what will be done about it, except from. . . Al Jazeera? Along with its critics. The shakeup over shale gas -- a newly available fuel that has overturned assumptions about energy, climate-change and geopolitics -- has now stretched across the Atlantic to England.

A drilling company backed by John Browne, the former CEO of BP, says it has discovered the gas equivalent of up to 35 billion barrels of oil. In oil, a find of 1 billion barrels is regarded as a supergiant. Until now, the United States has been the epicenter of the shale gas disruption. This gas is locked into barely porous shale rock a mile and more beneath the surface of the Earth. America and oil: declining together?

ISS - Climate-science contrarian Roy Spencer's oil-industry ties. The controversy over a paper published last month in an obscure journal questioning the scientific consensus around man-made global warming is drawing attention to one of its authors, an outspoken skeptic of mainstream climate science who's come under fire before because of problems with his work. Crisis: Who is Pulling the Strings? (Daniel Estulin, European Parliament, 01.DEC.2011) Shell's arctic drilling faces opposition. Environmental and Alaskan native groups have filed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's decision to allow offshore oil drilling by Shell Oil in the Beaufort Sea near Alaska.

‘Peak Coal’ comes to Appalachia. WhoWhatWhy: "pipeline fm "defense "indu. New Zealand navy joins oil spill cleanup [Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar] Science Lags As Health Problems Emerge Near Gas Fields. Alaska to BP to Conoco Count On Shell’s Bounty From Arctic Oil. Oil sands environmental impact unknown: Canada audit. By Agence France-PresseTuesday, October 4, 2011 19:26 EDT. GLI_KeystoneXL_Reportpdf. Coal Company Massey Energy Thinks They're Above the Law. September 21, 2011 | Gulf spill blamed on poor management decisions. Huskers cut off deal with TransCanada. Scottish nuclear leak 'will never be completely cleaned up' When you talk too much for Twitter.

NY Times: Oil Companies Operating on 'Honor System' When It Comes to Pipeline Safety. Proposed Keystone pipeline poses threat to Midwest water supplies. Hydrofracking Leases Subject of Regrets in New York. Exporting Energy Security: Keystone XL Exposed. Dear Big Coal: You're Not Above the Law. Traffic fumes can trigger heart attacks, say researchers.