It is a mark of modern civilization that we now buy
and sell what nature provides for free. Trees, water, minerals, open
land - these are profit opportunities for those who can turn them into
timber, dams, bottled water, diamond rings, or condominium complexes.
For issues directly relating to oil, gas, and coal, see also Energy.
INDIA: Camera Obscura and the manufacture of happiness by Aman Sethi & Priscilla Jebaraj, The Hindu March 6th, 2012 An advertisement flooding airwaves across India would have you believe that a company called Vedanta is a creating a product called happiness. But London-based Vedanta Resources has attracted the ire of environmental activists and human rights groups like Amnesty International who have accused the company of exploiting indigenous communities — such as the Dongria Kondhs of Niyamgiri in Odisha — without due process.
ARCTIC: Shell Launches Preemptive Legal Strike For Ocean Drilling by Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times February 29th, 2012 Royal Dutch Shell launched an extraordinary preemptive legal strike Wednesday against opponents of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, filing suit against more than a dozen environmental organizations likely to challenge its plan for drilling exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea this summer.
U.S.: TransCanada Pipeline Foes See U.S. Bias in E-Mails by Elisabeth Rosenthal, New York Times October 3rd, 2011 E-mails obtained by Friends of the Earth paint a picture of a collaborative relationship between lobbyists for TransCanada and the U.S. State department, the agency that has final say over a 1,661 mile pipeline that will transport tar sands crude from Alberta to Texas. Embassy officials in Ottawa procured invitations to Fourth of July parties for TransCanada officials and shared information with the company about Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s meetings.