We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Gas Industry Attacks Scientists After Research Finds Triple The Normal Levels Of Methane At Australian Gas Fields

Click here to access article by Graham Readfearn from Desmogblog.

It seems that the oil and gas fracking industry doesn't like independent studies. Notice this excerpt:
Last August, a Right to Information request submitted by me and reported in the Brisbane Times revealed that the state's government [Australia] was prepared to rely on industry-funded research when it came to understanding the industry's carbon footprint.
And this:
The Federal Energy Minister Martin Ferguson has also waved away suggestions that the government should commission its own independent research into CSG emissions, and was reported as saying such a study was "unnecessary".