The Financial Assault, Part 3: The DOL encourages fund managers to trade portfolio value for political activism

In a stunning display of political gamesmanship, the US Labor Department issued an “interpretive bulletin” last week that “encouraged financial advisers to take a more active and vocal role in evaluating companies on their social and environmental positions, including climate...

/ January 3, 2017

The Latest Battery of Charges against Electric Cars

Production of the lithium batteries that power electric vehicles—the “environmentally conscious” status symbol for those who can afford them—is taking a huge toll on impoverished indigenous people around the world, according to the latest report in an investigative series by...

/ December 20, 2016

Kids’ Crude TV Show Wins an Emmy

In a refreshing change of pace, a kids’ TV show about the benefits of crude oil—which “impacts almost every aspect of our lives”—recently won a regional Emmy award (Chicago / Midwest Chapter) for “Outstanding Achievement for Children/Youth/Teen Programming.” The program,...

/ December 13, 2016

The Financial Assault, Part 2: RAN is at it again

The activists at the Rainforest Action Network have ramped up their campaign against the banks financing the Dakota Access pipeline. Last month, RAN called on Citigroup to “halt all further loan disbursements for the Dakota Access pipeline and ensure that...

/ December 4, 2016