Fracking Profits: Highly Flammable

Water from frackingHydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” is a process used to extract natural gas. This process involves pumping mixtures of water, sand and noxious chemicals into the ground to create cracks in the various layers of rock that stand between pockets of gas and the surface of the Earth’s crust. This allows the gas to escape and collect into pools, where it can then be extracted and sold on the market. The fracking solution contains many things that nobody wants in their drinking water, including acids and chemicals that we can find in swimming pool cleaner, disinfectants, laundry detergent, sterilizers, makeup, laxatives, caulk, soap, glass cleaner, and antifreeze. These chemicals often bleed into our water supply as they are pumped into the ground.

U.S. Big Business Pushing Nuclear Power

Nuclear RadiationAcross the country, state budgets are in the red while the biggest companies and the wealthiest individuals are showered with tax breaks and other give-aways. In many states, the nuclear industry and utility companies are seeking to cash in too. In Missouri, Republicans, alongside Democrats in the state legislature, are pushing for a bailout of energy monopoly Ameren, which wants $9 billion from rate-payers to build two new nuclear reactors.

Exxon Valdez: corporate greed and environmental catastrophe

Exxon Valdez: corporate greed and environmental catastropheOn 23rd March 1989 the oil tanker Exxon Valdez left normal shipping lanes and smashed into the Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Within hours, the once mighty vessel had spilled over ten million gallons of oil into the icy waters: the largest oil spill in ever recorded in US waters. As the company responsible, Exxon Mobile was slow to act.

Global Warming - A Socialist Perspective

"According to the defenders of capitalism and the "free market", socialism in general and marxism in particular is all but dead and buried. However it may be instructive to examine one of the main environmental problems created by the free market, namely global warming. This has been described as the greatest disaster facing humankind, not to mention a myriad of other species! The question is can the capitalist system find a global solution?".

After the Hague "Summit": Global Warming - The deadly threat of capitalist anarchy

The collapse of the talks at the Hague has brought the issue of global warming back into the headlines. Mick Brooks looks at the reasons for the collapse of the talks, the failures of the Kyoto agreement, the responsibility of capitalism in the destruction of the environment and the need for a socialist alternative.