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Deep Green Obama and the pipeline wars

By |2013-02-22T12:46:21-05:00January 24th, 2012|CFACT Insights|

On January 19th, President Obama announced his decision to deny an application by Trans-Canada for construction of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would have brought crude oil and tens of thousands of jobs from the tar sands of Alberta and North Dakota's Bakken field to refineries in Texas and Louisiana.

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Keystone Kops halt U.S.-Canada pipeline, target another

By |2012-01-19T12:04:36-05:00January 19th, 2012|CFACT Insights|

By Duggan Flanakin and Redmond WeissenbergerOilfield workers in Alberta, refinery workers in Texas and countless factory workers just learned that the White House will not allow construction of an oil pipeline that would bring over half a million barrels of oil a day from Canada’s Alberta Province and North Dakota’s Bakken Field to refineries in Texas and Louisiana. The job-killing decision was a victory for radical environmentalists and well-heeled U.S. foundations that have long battled Canadian oil sands companies and the U.S. oil and gas industry. President Obama says Congress gave him insufficient time to examine environmental issues. TransCanada Keystone Pipeline LP [...]

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Deep Green Resistance: Occupy (and more) till civilization falls

By |2012-09-16T22:32:44-04:00December 27th, 2011|CFACT Insights|

By Duggan Flanakin (reviewer)The central theme of Deep Green Resistance, written by Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen (author of Endgame), is simple. To save the planet, its wildlife and some of its people, the enlightened few must rise up in resistance – not to reform, but rather to totally tear down the corporate capitalist economic system, and even civilization itself as we know it.   Jensen presents his thesis in the book's preface. "The dominant culture – civilization – is killing the planet, and it is long past time for those of us who care about life on earth to [...]

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The Cancun climate con

By |2012-11-13T14:53:54-05:00December 29th, 2010|CFACT Insights|

As conference delegates shivered in Cancun during its coldest weather in 100 years, power-hungry elitists labored behind the scenes to implement the real goal of this “global warming” summit, this sixteenth Conference of the Parties (COP-16), this clever political con job. That the Cancun summit was never a climate conference at all has become increasingly obvious. Even before it began, IPCC Working Group III co-chair Ottmar Edenhofer said, COP-16 is actually “one of the largest economic conferences since the Second World War…. One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy.” In fact, it has [...]

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Dead Aid: Is foreign aid killing Africa?

By |2010-10-27T16:26:44-04:00October 27th, 2010|CFACT Insights|

By Duggan FlanakinDambisa Moyo hails from the tiny southern African nation of Zambia; she transferred to an American university only after a failed coup that shut down her university.  After graduation, she worked for the World Bank for 2 years before pursuing a master’s degree at the JFK School of Government at Harvard.  Next it was Oxford for her Ph. D. in economics – and then eight years with Goldman Sachs. Bright African women who go to Harvard and Oxford are supposed to honor their mentors as sages – to line their countries up for their fair share of foreign aid [...]

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Empowering the poor in the Yucatan jungle

By |2021-06-28T11:28:38-04:00August 13th, 2010|CFACT Insights, Stewardship in Action|

By Duggan FlanakinIn the heart of the Yucatan jungle lies the village of Becan, where CFACT recently sent a team to make a documentary film that demonstrates the principles of economic empowerment.   CFACT developed these principles five years ago through its international social entrepreneurship program. Aldesus AC, a Mexican nonprofit organization that focuses on assisting the poor in their quest for a better life, was inspired by CFACT’s vision and is now in the early stages of a major effort to help Becan’s residents improve their standard of living. Aldesus founder, Sara Andrade, explained that the Becan project involves a two-way [...]

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Of pelicans and people: CFACT staff visits affected region

By |2010-07-13T11:32:12-04:00July 13th, 2010|CFACT Insights|

By Duggan FlanakinThe nesting grounds of the Louisiana brown pelican are under siege from oil spurting out of the hole in the Gulf of Mexico created by the explosion at BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.  The pelican is perhaps the number one symbol of the damage caused by the human recklessness that apparently caused this "accident."  Running a close second, though, are the people of Louisiana, who have already lost jobs both from the oil that is fouling the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and heading inland and from the Obama administration's decision, made against the advice of experts, to [...]

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CFACT team revisits Valle Verde, Mexico

By |2021-06-28T11:23:40-04:00July 9th, 2010|CFACT Insights, Stewardship in Action|

CFACT Director of Policy Research Duggan Flanakin recently lead a five-person team on a journey through Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.   The first stop along the way was the City of Joy Foundation (Fundacion Ciudad de la Alegria) and the nearby impoverished village of Valle Verde, which lies on the outskirts of wealthy Cancun. In both locations the team met up with old friends and made new ones as they reported on the benefits of the laptop computers and solar panels that previous CFACT teams had brought to the area. CFACT photographer Sarah Cowles and volunteer Jason Lively visit with a technician [...]

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CFACT update from the Gulf coast

By |2010-07-01T09:28:22-04:00July 1st, 2010|CFACT Insights|

By Jillian LeMelleOn Flag Day (June 14), CFACT Director of Policy Research Duggan Flanakin led a team of three staffers and three Collegian students from the University of Louisiana - Lafayette on a boat tour departing from LaFitte, Louisiana, and out to Queen Bess Island, the nesting home of Louisiana's state bird, the brown pelican. The drive from Lafayette to LaFitte took approximately four hours. When we finallyarrived, we were greeted by beautiful scenery. The land we stood on formed the shape of ahorseshoe; the boat in which we were going was docked in the curve of the shoe. The left [...]

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CFACT Eco-Summit in Valle Verde, Mexico

By |2021-06-28T11:28:38-04:00September 2nd, 2009|CFACT Insights, Stewardship in Action|

By Christina WilsonCFACT Collegians traveled to Cancun, Mexico for its annual Eco Summit.  It sounds glamorous doesn’t it - bright lights, blue water, white beaches and fun in the sun? Not for CFACT.  Students from all over the United States, representing 15 different college campuses, flew to Mexico not to simply hang out, but to put CFACT’s message into action.   CFACT has always believed that a practical application of free market principles can bring people in the developing world into a world of technology, prosperity, and liberty. For years the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow advocated for this idea, but it [...]

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