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  • U.S. Military Aid to Latin America Linked to Human Rights abuses

    The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists at the Center for Public Integrity investigates the involvement of the United States in "the biggest guerilla war since Vietnam." The 35,000-word story reveals that "hundred of American troops, spies and civilian contract employees are on the ground in Colombia and neighboring lands, helping to coordinate a $1.3 billion counterdrug program that will probably continue for many years." The reporters finds evidence that the American military aid to Colombia, Peru and Mexico has been implicated in human rights abuses. The team analyses the significance of U.S. economic interests in Colombia, Peru, Brazil and Mexico, and looks specifically at the American oil and trade interests as a key factor in the so-called "Colombia plan," another name for the drug war in Colombia.
  • A Modest Proposal To Stop Global Warming

    The Sierra Magazine looks at how "the world's nations squabble over a complex fix too timid to solve" the global warming problem, and concludes that heating the globe can be stopped "by calling an end to the Carbon Age." The story reports on the financial forecasts pertaining to global warming, and warns that "unchecked climate change could bankrupt the global economy by 2065." The author describes the steps that different countries have taken initiate a global energy transition, and to criticizes the unwillingness of the United States to "lead the world in addressing climate change." The reporter finds that "George w. Bush and Dick Cheney, oilmen both, are more inclined to protect the petroleum industry's short-term profitability than to promote its inevitable transformation."
  • The Killing Fields

    In fuel-rich Nigeria, the people and the environment pay for the harvest of gas and oil. Of the most deadly consequences are explosions brought on by leaking gas pipelines, sometimes sabotaged by Nigerians looking for gas to sell on the black market. Oil spills have also devastated certain communities with their polluted aftermath.
  • Leaking Gasoline Tanks Release Danger Below

    "Thousands of leaky underground gasoline storage tanks in America are polluting our drinking water, fouling our streams and filling our buildings with explosive fumes." Star reporters uncovered numerous towns in Missouri that are exposed to these harmful gasoline leakages. With the enactment of new laws, " The Star examined years of compliance and inspection data maintained by Missouri and Kansas and interviewed dozens of government and industry officials, service station owners and other experts in the nation." Reporters found new equipment failing, new technological upgraded tanks failing and a lack of inspectors to check for regular compliances.
  • Beneath Native Land: Occidental Petroleum in South America

    Much of the oil sought by Occidental Petroleum is under Indian land. In the Peruvian Amazon, OXY "polluted principal water sources used by several groups of Indians in the Peruvian Amazon. It did so for close to 30 years, at a time when the region lacked the protection of environmental laws. People in the region say they're still living with this legacy. The second half of the story takes place in Ecuador [where] ... the company uses more modern technology and is notably cleaner. But as the indigenous movement has strengthened and sometimes hampered oil drilling, Occidental has used coercive methods to gain approval for exploration."
  • How much higher?

    In this story Newsday examines the issue of rising gas prices and oil production from OPEC; the effects and reaction of the gas prices is garnered from energy experts as well as people on the street.
  • Bump and Run

    KOAT-TV investigated how a New Mexico Indian Pueblo "secretly evaded hundreds of thousands of dollars in gasoline taxes through a fraud scheme called bump and run.... It means a fraudulent transaction where (Native American wholesale gasoline distribution businesses) bring product onto the reservation, they don't offload it, all they do is stamp that it has been offloaded, and take it into the marketplace and sell it tax-free."
  • Dirty Diamonds

    U.s. News and World Report looks at looting in Russia and how as much as $1 billion Russian national treasure, petroleum, timber and other resources were stolen during the mid-1990's. Secret FBI wiretaps implicated powerful Russian officals in the looting.
  • Petroleum and indigenous peoples in Ecuador's amazon

    An outline of the process by which a 1994 agreement between Arco International Oil and Gas and the Organization of Indigenous Peoples of Pastaza was reached. Progress that has been made as well as the larger lessons that Arco's unique experience holds for hydrocarbon companies working to build relationships with indigenous peoples elsewhere are examined.
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    S.F. Weekly found that of the 17,964 tankers and freighters that entered the bay between 1990 and 1994, 132 were involved in accidents or near misses of some sort. And 43 lost power or steering or both. Of these, 15 were tankers. It is this group that is causing controversy over tug escort and speed limits. (June 14 - 20, 1995)