Humans Less Than 1% of Life on Earth, But Have Destroyed Half of Its Plants, More Than 80% of All Mammals

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“It is pretty staggering,” said the lead researcher of the new study

While scientists and conservationists grow increasingly worried about the world’s biodiversity, a new study that sought to estimate the biomass of all living creatures on Earth has shed some light on humanity’s impact.

The planet is largely dominated by plants, which make up 82 percent of all life on Earth, followed by bacteria at 13 percent, and the remaining five percent is everything else, including 7.6 billion human beings.


This Federal Policy Enabled the Fracking Industry’s $280 Billion Loss

By Justin Mikulka • Friday, May 11, 2018 – 10:05

Most people probably aren’t familiar with the acronym ZIRP. It stands for zero interest rate policy and is the policy that unintentionally created the American fracking bubble — just one of its many consequences.

And while most people may not know much (if anything) about ZIRP or the Federal Reserve (Fed), it is likely that they are aware of the impact this policy has on their own lives.

Do you have money in your checking account? Are you lucky enough to have savings? Have you noticed how you don’t make any interest on that money and haven’t for almost 10 years?

You can thank the Fed and ZIRP for that. One of the results of the Fed’s zero interest rate policy is that the average American saver ends up with close to zero interest on their money in the bank. This is one of the reasons that ZIRP is often described as a wealth transfer from American savers to debtors. Because the shale industry is deeply in debt, these companies directly benefit from this arrangement.

Below is a chart of rates for certificates of deposit (CD) since 1980 — historically a safe investment that gave people a decent return on their savings.


How weakened US fossil fuel regulations threaten environmental justice in Colorado

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Colorado State University

May 14, 2018 6.39am EDT

From the start, President Donald Trump’s administration has made dismantling regulations, especially for the oil, gas and coal industries, a top priority.

And though his claims of rolling back more regulations than any other administration are exaggerated, Trump’s team has tried hard to erasemany environmental and energy-related rules.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Trump have teamed up with the Republican-led Congress to get federal agencies on the case, by streamlining environmental permitting and attempting other sweeping changes.


Pipeline Spews Raw Crude Oil in Oklahoma City


Raw crude oil spewed from a ruptured Sunoco pipeline in Oklahoma on Thursday.

he Oklahoma City Fire Department and hazmat crews responded to the situation after receiving reports of a “yellow liquid” shooting into the air near an oil and gas well site in Edmond, a suburb outside of Oklahoma City.

Officials briefly closed off a section of road on Pennsylvania Avenue and denied access to some homes in the neighborhood north of the release. The neighborhood was not evacuated.


Pack the courthouse

Pack the courthouse

                 For Mecie’s Trial

              When: May 15th 8:30

             Where: 915 10th St. 

        She is another concerned human
whom is also being charged from this same action.

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No Bella Wells: Pack the Courthouse

On March 8, 2018, water protectors and concerned community members participated in a non-violent direct action (NVDA) in an effort to show their opposition to a large oil and gas project attempting to be completed near a school (the largest oil and gas project near a school in the country). Cullen Lobe was arrested as a result of this NVDA, choosing to boldly stand up for the children of Bella Romero, the South Platte River, the community of Greeley, and the earth. His selfless act is now being demonized by Extraction, the oil and gas company behind the 24-well pad and pipeline construction project slated to be completed not 650 feet from Bella Romero’s recreational field. He is not only facing two criminal charges, but he is the main target of a substantial lawsuit as well.

Former Anadarko brass slam company for safety risks, callousness

Post-Firestone, the energy giant’s former chief lobbyist and spokeswoman are helping shareholders expose its failure to fix old wells. One says an Anadarko exec told her to “keep quiet” and “shovel shit” about safety problems.

Six former Anadarko employees have come forward on behalf of investors to describe a culture of corporate callousness that puts profits before safety. The six include the oil and gas giant’s one-time chief lobbyist and spokeswoman, both of whom say Anadarko can’t be trusted to maintain deteriorating wells like the one that caused last year’s fatal home explosion in Firestone.

An amended complaint in a shareholders’ lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Houston likens Anadarko’s operations in Colorado to “a ticking time bomb.”