By JEFF MACKLER AUKUS, or the new and secretly negotiated $66 billion nuclear-powered submarine agreement between Australia, the United Kingdom and the U.S., has momentarily ruffled some political feathers around the world, particularly in France and China.
A Socialist Action Webinar As the ruling class continues the push to open the economy and remove COVID protections, the Delta variant is spreading across the U.S. Hear an exclusive interview with Rob Wallace, epidemiologist and author of Big Farms Make Big Flu, on the current state of the pandemic and the capitalist response. Hosted by Mark Ostapiak, … Continue reading Covid and Capitalism: An Interview With Rob Wallace
By James Fortin It just keeps getting worse. Never in the memory of any living person on Earth, has it been this bad. Climate change is occurring; it is getting worse, and time is running out to save the planet from catastrophe. Scientists urgently note the globe is rapidly approaching the catastrophic threshold of a … Continue reading Capitalist Media, Biden’s Climate Deceptions; The Race to Save Earth
By James Fortin Would you buy your fire insurance policy from an arsonist? Probably not, since you would not trust the villain in the first place, and the policy would be void from the start. So why, then, are we being asked to trust an industry that is burning down the Earth when its policies … Continue reading Surprise! Big Oil Says It Can Save the Climate
By Jeff Mackler The corporate media hoopla attendant to President Joseph Biden’s announced $2.5 trillion infrastructure proposal aims at putting Biden in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt New Deal-era crowd of “progressive” capitalist social reformers. The “centrist” Biden has been instantly converted to a “man of the people” whose legislative proposals are claimed to far exceed … Continue reading Fearing Radicalization, Biden Feigns Left
By James Fortin Slick salespeople and evil doers know that if you keep uttering the same lie that eventually enough people will believe it. So it is with the statement that the use of natural gas is a bridge to a clean, renewable energy future. Exxon Mobil, fifty years ago, was the first to obscure … Continue reading The Capitalist Criminality of (Un)Natural Fracked Gas
By James Fortin The recent substantial failures of the for-profit power utilities in California and now Texas have several things in common. Their uniquely negligent acts have caused numerous deaths, damage and destruction to homes, and further deterioration of the natural environment. Whether by raging wildfires or frozen natural gas lines, the denying CEOs and … Continue reading Its and Ours: Central Maine Power Has a Climate Problem
By Paul Goettlich We’re told that a world without plastics is impossible to imagine. But 70 years ago, I lived with almost none of it. Modern humans lived without it for almost 200-thousand years. Now it’s plainly an existential threat to all life on Earth. And it’s literally everywhere. It’s impossible to overstate how much … Continue reading The Truth About Recycling Plastics
By James Fortin Both the Democratic Party and much of the major media have doted on the progressive steps the Biden administration will take regarding the climate crisis. While legislation addressing the climate catastrophe on our doorstep has not yet been forthcoming, Biden’s flurry of executive orders portray him as seriously addressing the issue. Indeed, … Continue reading Climate Carbon Net-Zero: Biden’s Fancy Footwork
To celebrate our comrade Cliff Conner's new book "The Tragedy of American Science," out now from Haymarket Books, we re-publish an early excerpt published in Socialist Action in April 2018.
Climate Crisis Commentary for June 2020 By JAMES FORTIN
By JAMES FORTIN Climate Crisis Commentary for May 2020.
By JAMES FORTIN Some things change, some things don’t. Yet. Slowly, but steadily, the impact of global warming is becoming so visible and understandable that masses of people are recognizing a problem exists. But as entire countries and populations experience unending devastations, capitalist governments such as Australia, India, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the U.S. and China … Continue reading System Change, Not Climate Change: Monthly Climate Crisis News Roundup
By JAMES FORTIN Paying for the important things first. As his company sped toward bankruptcy that jeopardized worker pension and health plans, the former chief executive of coal mining company Murray Energy set aside nearly $1 million for groups involved in climate change denial. Not knowing when he just might need a solid climate denialist … Continue reading System Change Not Climate Change: Monthly Climate Crisis News Roundup
By JEFF MACKLER The week of unprecedented massive and worldwide climate mobilizations that began on Friday, Sept. 20, represented an historic breakthrough in the consciousness of the world’s people. An estimated 7.6 million people in 185 countries from every continent on earth except Antarctica mobilized in unprecedented numbers to condemn the governments and politicians of … Continue reading Millions say: Change the system, not the climate!
By MICHAEL SCHREIBER The planet is burning, yet governments still express indifference, refusing to undertake the radical steps that will be necessary to avoid climate catastrophe. Accordingly, people around the world, led by students and youth, are taking to the streets in protest, focusing this month on global strikes. The catalyst for the protests took … Continue reading Millions march worldwide to fight climate change
By LAZARO MONTEVERDE VALPARAISO, Chile — It has been the driest winter in the central valley of Chile in 60 years. June, July, and August are winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and also the rainy season in Chile. Water shortages have been declared in 50 communities and agricultural emergencies in an additional 100 communities. Sheep … Continue reading The Amazon forest burns
STATEMENT FROM MEXICO “I don’t want flowers at my funeral, because I know they will be taken from the forest.” — Chico Mendes The defense of the Amazon is a fight for the future of the earth. Although the destruction of the Amazon rainforest was already an alarming issue for decades, with the acceleration of … Continue reading The defense of the Amazon is a fight for the future of the earth
By MICHAEL SCHREIBER Days after a devastating oil-refinery fire and explosion, Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) announced on June 26 that it would close the facility in 15 days. PES is the largest refinery on the East Coast, turning heavy shale oil from North Dakota into gasoline. But it is ridden with debt and only emerged … Continue reading Philadelphia oil refinery to close following disastrous fire
By LUCAS ALAN DIETSCHE April 26, 2019 marked the one-year anniversary of the day that the Husky Refinery, in Superior, Wis., exploded and caught fire. For nine hours, toxic fumes blew 30 miles to the south. Eleven workers were injured but soon recovered. Most of this city along the shore of Lake Superior had to … Continue reading Protests on anniversary of Husky chemical explosion
By JOHN LESLIE On the evening of April 30, a contentious meeting of the Falls Township Board of Supervisors denied the site plan application for the Israeli-based Elcon Recycling to build a 32-acre toxic waste “treatment” plant in lower Bucks County, Pa. Hundreds of area residents turned out to oppose construction of the toxic facility. … Continue reading Pa. toxic waste plant defeated — for now
By JOHN LESLIE In the suburban Philadelphia neighborhoods surrounding a two now-closed U.S. Navy air bases, residents are faced with a drinking water crisis. Groundwater contaminated with carcinogens linked to a fire fighting foam forced the closing of both public and private wells. The Department of Defense (DoD) knew as early as 2001 that fire … Continue reading Polluted water near air bases endangers Pa. communities
By DAVID RIEHLE Four score and seven years ago … Franklin Roosevelt brought forth in this country a New Deal. Not a Square Deal (Teddy Roosevelt) or a Fair Deal (Truman) but a NEW DEAL. New York Governor Roosevelt was nominated for president at the Democratic Party national convention in Chicago on July 2, 1932. … Continue reading The New Deal: Roosevelt’s answer to ‘radicalism’
By GRAHAM ROGERS The political theater of the U.S. Congress lurched through yet another performance on March 26, as the Senate decisively rejected a bill put forth by Republican Senator Mitch McConnell that copied Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s and Senator Ed Markey’s February non-binding resolution calling for a Green New Deal. Forty-three Democrats, including all Democratic … Continue reading Democrats fail symbolic vote on Green New Deal
By A WORKING CARPENTER I’ve been a carpenter my whole adult life. I worked nonunion before I joined the Carpenters’ Union—easily the smartest thing I’ve ever done. For a working-class person, a union is still the best anti-poverty program. Recently, the heads of the Building Trades unions, alongside the leaders of the United Steelworkers and … Continue reading Brothers & sisters in the building trades: Time is running out for the planet