Author: Eoin Higgins

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‘Back for Another Whack’: Trump administration rule proposal would further undermine endangered species act

Environmental groups on Friday condemned the announcement of a new rule proposed by President Donald Trump that would further weaken the Endangered Species Act by making it easier to destroy habitats vulnerable species rely on for survival. “President Trump is back for another whack at another key environmental law,” said Oceana senior federal policy director Lara Levison. By Eoin […]

August 3rd

‘For a Greener Future’: Omar, Sanders introduce bill to end destructive taxpayer subsidies for fossil fuels

Progressive Democrats led by Rep. Ilhan Omar and Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday introduced a bill to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and other industry giveaways, calling taxpayer support of the climate-killing business- a counterproductive and dangerous use of federal funds as the climate crisis worsens and Americans suffer through an economic downturn sparked by the […]

July 27th

‘Inappropriate, Unjust, and Unreasonable’: 300+ groups slam Duckworth water privatization bill

Over 300 groups have urged Senate leadership to reject a bill currently under consideration that would incentivize communities to sell off their public water supplies to private companies for pennies on the dollar. By Eoin Higgins Common Dreams “This bill is an egregious handout to giant water corporations which would embolden them to manipulate and […]

July 17th

A winning issue for Election 2020: Polling shows strong support for bold climate policies

New polling out Tuesday from Data for Progress revealed U.S. voters by a wide margin want a president and Congress who prioritizes clean energy and addressing the climate crisis, a good sign for presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden, whose new environmental plan promises carbon-free electricity by 2035. By Eoin Higgins Common Dreams “Data for Progress […]

July 17th

‘Privatize the Profit, Socialize the Mess’: Abandoned fracking wells spew climate-killing methane nationwide

A devastating new report from the New York Times details how as fracking companies are going out of business they are leaving behind unsecured wells spewing methane and other gases into the atmosphere and paying out the same executives that drove them into bankruptcy huge bonuses—drawing condemnation from activists and climate advocates. By Eoin Higgins Common Dreams […]

July 15th

The Poster Company for US Fracking Has Fallen: Chesapeake Energy Files for Bankruptcy

Climate advocates pointed to news Sunday that fracking giant Chesapeake Energy was filing for bankruptcy as further evidence that the fossil fuel industry’s collapse is being hastened by the coronavirus pandemic and called for the government to stop propping up businesses in the field. By Eoin Higgins Common Dreams “Fracking giant Chesapeake Energy just declared […]

June 30th

Senate must reject Trump “far-right” nominee for head of Bureau of Land Management

Environmental advocacy groups are decrying President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Bureau of Land Management and urging the Senate to reject the nomination. “William Pendley is uniquely unqualified for this position,” Accountable.US spokesperson Chris Saeger said in a statement. “He has spent his career fighting for a far-right ideology that puts the wishes of extractive industries ahead […]

June 29th