Tag Archives: Climate change

Huge Sun Tax outlaws use of Solar Energy in Spain

while the world is finally waking up to the climate emergency Spanish politicians are cashing in by running the other way

Thousands of Solar Installations Illegal from 11th Aprilsun tax

Eco and social organizations sent a letter to the caretaker government pleading for a delay to the Royal Decree against photovoltaic installations . What’s worse, in order to figure out who is producing what level of energy (and, of course, how much to tax it), all solar panels will have to be hooked up to the grid by 11th April.
“This law is like producing your own tomatoes and being forced to pay the supermarket 100 times over because you didn’t buy theirs’
Energy producers who don’t connect to the grid could face a fine of up to 30 million euros ( yes, seven zeros!). As Forbes reports, the intention is clear: to scare taxpayers into connecting to the grid in order to be taxed.
The same organizations have repeatedly denounced interests who have acted under recent governments and known as “revolving doors”. Currently, more than 43 political ex leaders of the main PSOE and PP  are in the pay of the Spanish electricity multinational.soria

The Royal Decree 900/2015, approved by Mariano Rajoy is a law against solar energy which illegalizes 50 thousand auto-producers of photovoltaic energy for their own consumption. The decree of the PP is the most restrictive in the world, with an impossible deadline  of April 11th 2016 for the autoconsumers to remake their installations so the huge punitive  taxes can be deducted according to the new law. Continue reading Huge Sun Tax outlaws use of Solar Energy in Spain

Defending our Free Area (ZAD): Nantes Demo Triumphs

Nantes, France: Resistance demo against the states of emergency in solidarity with the ‘Free Area to be Defended’ at Notre-Dame-Des-Landes

From squat!net with thanksZAD

No injuries, nor arrests, instead numerous facades revisited

Nearly 400 people marched in Nantes in the context of the week of resistance. The lead banner, decorated with the cartoon bird “the king and the mocking bird”, called for resistance against the states of emergency, whilst referencing Kobane to Kurdistan, Ferguson to the United States, and Notre-Dame-des-Landes in France.

300 police offices were supposed to prevent access to certain areas but they couldn’t prevent the redesigning of facades of some public buildings, banks, estate agencies and the Socialist Party office located on the path of the demonstration.

Demonstrators dressed in black, masked, and some with gas masks – with fire-extinguishers, paint and egg bombs – were able to indulge in paint and political graffiti on the walls of the city.

The police used several tear gas grenades following throws of projectiles, but the procession continued it’s course despite the gas that momentarily seperated the demo into two. The shields carried by demonstrators then formed a wall intended to protect the demonstrators from the police’s flashball and LBD-40 shots.

The police tried to tighten pressure around the march in the centre’s little streets, but without success. The BAC [Anti-Crime Brigade] were even fightened when they found themselves on the route of the demonstrators.

Without injuries nor arrests, the demonstration dispersed at Nefs, with €1 beers.

[Published on February 25th via Marseille Autonomous Info, translated by Contra Info.]

nantesPhotos via Le Chat Noir Emeutier | in German via Contra Info

 

Activists Lock Down and Blockade Coal Train in Montana

from Northern Rockies Rising Tide and Blue Skies Campaign

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On Thursday, September 17th, members of Northern Rockies Rising Tide and Blue Skies Campaign staged a peaceful blockade in order to prevent a coal train from entering the Missoula rail yard in an act of peaceful protest against Montana coal export projects that threaten the health of rail line communities and the global climate. This nonviolent action is part of a wider nationwide movement called Flood the System, which is mobilizing people across the US this fall to call for real climate solutions in the lead-up to December’s UN climate change negotiations in Paris.

Two community members, Lee Van de Water and Shannon Curry, locked their arms together and refused to move for the mile long coal train. With other participants, Lee and Shannon were able to hold space on the tracks for an hour, preventing it from moving towards its west coast destination. After refusing to leave and going limp, both were cited and released for trespassing.

“We refuse to let such a beautiful place be completely destroyed,” stated blockader Shannon Curry. Continue reading Activists Lock Down and Blockade Coal Train in Montana

‘Grow Heathrow’ eviction Fri 15 Aug – Help Action Camp!

London: Grow Heathrow eviction notice 8am, Friday 15 Aug

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On Friday 15th August at 8am, bailiffs will make their first attempt to evict Grow Heathrow (previously here and here). Four and a half years after the abandoned greenhouses in the middle of Heathrow Airport’s proposed third runway were occupied by local residents together with activists, Heathrow villagers are organising again to resist airport expansion that’s ruled out by climate science.

Residents of the 700+ homes a third runway would destroy have asked to be trained to protect their own homes. On Thursday 14th, the day before the bailiffs visit, there will be talks and workshops on how to peacefully resist the eviction and on how ordinary people successfully shelved plans for a noisy third runway. At 8am on Friday 15th, hopefully you can help protect our home from the County Court bailiffs, ready to do the same for other homes threatened by airport expansion. Grow Heathrow has been described as the ‘heart of the village’ by BBC News and ‘inspirational’ by the local MP. We are still trying to buy the land instead of having bailiffs at our home.

Continue reading ‘Grow Heathrow’ eviction Fri 15 Aug – Help Action Camp!

STOP new Amazon oil devastation

”There are always oil spills in the Amazon. Because the criminal predator oil companies care nothing for the environment, the health of the people or even the genocide of whole indigenous nations. this has been going on for 50 years, the biggest crimes being the 1000’s of spills and abandoned chemical lakes created over 30 years by Texaco (now Chevron) which even today uses it’s massive wealth to defend its impunity. Today while science proves that 60% of fossil fuels will have to stay in the ground to save us from catastrophic climate change, the race to extract continues worse than ever, with the connivance of ourselves, the 1st world fossil fuel junkies!

no more spills

Amazon oil spill has killed tons of fish, sickened native people

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Dead fish from an oil spill in the Peruvian Amazon are mixed with oil-covered twigs gathered by local residents. Fish are vital to the villagers’ diet and income. Reporters discovered there had been another smaller oil spill only 4 days before which the company claims was a ”normal maintenance procedure”

By Barbara Fraser     Environmental Health News     July 23, 2014

CUNINICO, Peru – On the last day of June, Roger Mangía Vega watched an oil slick and a mass of dead fish float past this tiny Kukama Indian community and into the Marañón River, a major tributary of the Amazon.

Community leaders called the emergency number for Petroperu, the state-run operator of the 845-kilometer pipeline that pumps crude oil from the Amazon over the Andes Mountains to a port on Peru’s northern coast Continue reading STOP new Amazon oil devastation

Boycott Repsol petroleum: stop the Black Death


Repsol in Spain opens the era of dirty oil in the

European Union

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” In 2012 the government revived Spanish oil company Repsol’s permit from 2001 to explore for oil in the Canary Islands, which had been cancelled in 2004 by the supreme court after legal challenges…destroy repsol whaleThe move prompted outrage from environmentalists and locals and the Canariees government who had previously fought the plans. Late last month, an blatantly fudged ”environmental review” handed Repsol the green light from Madrid to proceed with its exploration off Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, both popular holiday destinations.  (continued below)… Continue reading Boycott Repsol petroleum: stop the Black Death

James Cameron’s ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ Rocks..watch Pt 1. HERE

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 12:55 AM GMT en Abril 09, 2014 +57

The biggest story of our time is climate change. The stunningly severe and unprecedented extreme weather events of the past few years are just a early harbinger of the civilization-shaking events our increasingly hostile and violent atmosphere will throw at us, as Earth’s climate responds as it must to the huge changes humans have wrought.

Governments are ALSO controlled by capitalism.. witness the continuing billions of dollars given in subsidies to fossil fuel companies that are  destroying the planet. DIRECT ACTION IS THE ONLY WAY!
Governments are ALSO controlled by capitalism.. witness the continuing billions of dollars given in subsidies to fossil fuel companies that are destroying the planet. DIRECT ACTION IS THE ONLY WAY!

Continue reading James Cameron’s ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ Rocks..watch Pt 1. HERE