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Fed Chair Powell is no climate activist. Why would Biden consider renominating him?

Update: As we feared, President Biden announced Monday morning that he would renominate Republican Jerome Powell to lead the Federal Reserve. Read on to see why that’s not the optimum choice for a robust response to climate change. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams With President Joe Biden reportedly nearing a decision on his pick to head the […]

November 22nd

Climate Action: House Democrats pass Build Back Better Act with zero GOP votes

Democrats broke out into applause and celebratory chants on the House floor Friday after the chamber passed its version of the Build Back Better Act, a $1.75 trillion package that includes hundreds of billions in funding for climate action, child care, housing, and other longstanding priorities.   By Jake Johnson Common Dreams The legislation’s passage came […]

November 19th

COP26: Final push for climate agreement fouled by fossil fuels’ fingerprints

Climate advocates warned Friday that “the fingerprints of the fossil fuel industry” are all over a COP26 draft decision text released in the waning hours of the summit in Glasgow, Scotland, where campaigners and scientists have implored world leaders to take ambitious steps to curb planet-warming emissions. The new text—released on the last official day of a conference swarming with […]

November 12th

Action, Inaction: Latest COP26 draft agreement slammed as crossing our fingers and hoping

A new COP26 draft decision text unveiled Wednesday was roundly panned by climate campaigners as badly inadequate to the task of slashing global greenhouse gas emissions, which are pushing the planet toward a catastrophic 2.4°C of warming by the end of the century. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams “This draft deal is not a plan to solve the […]

November 10th

Facebook replicates the big tobacco playbook with an iceberg of climate denial and lies

A new study published Thursday by a pair of watchdog groups shows Facebook is allowing climate misinformation to proliferate widely—and profiting from it—even as its newly rebranded parent company vows to curb such lies on the massive social media platform. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams Conducted by the Real Facebook Oversight Board (RFOB) and Stop Funding Heat, the analysis found “an average […]

November 4th

Biden addresses COP26 (but activists want to see fewer words, more climate action)

President Joe Biden’s speech at the opening ceremony of the COP26 conference on Monday was met with an icy response from the U.S. climate movement, which warned his lofty rhetoric will be meaningless if he continues to resist sweeping action to slash emissions, end all new fossil fuel projects, and swiftly transition to renewable energy. By […]

November 2nd

G20 leaders meet, but take no action on climate. Again.

Leaders of the world’s richest nations wrapped up the Group of 20 Summit in Rome on Sunday after taking virtually no concrete action to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and the intensifying climate crisis, drawing condemnation from human rights advocates who deemed the gathering’s outcome an “abysmal and total failure.” By Jake Johnson Common Dreams “G20 leaders […]

November 1st

Fossil fuels and other corporate interests give Manchin $1.5 (to reap billions by blocking the Biden clean energy agenda)

Sen. Joe Manchin, one of a handful of Democratic lawmakers threatening to tank President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda, has received at least $1.5 million in campaign donations from the businesses and trade groups leading corporate America’s lobbying blitz against the Build Back Better reconciliation package, a new analysis by Accountable.US reveals. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams The watchdog […]

October 15th

IEA sends clear message to world leaders ahead of COP26: Stop investing in new oil and gas infrastructure

Just over two weeks out from the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, the International Energy Agency on Wednesday delivered a straightforward and urgent message to world leaders: Fossil fuels must stay in the ground if planetary warming is to be limited to 1.5°C by the end of the century. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams The IEA’s formal recognition […]

October 14th

Fueled by climate crisis, we lost 14% of world’s coral reefs in just one decade

The most comprehensive study of the health of the world’s coral reefs to date shows that warming temperatures driven by the human-caused climate crisis wiped out a staggering 14% of the diverse underwater ecosystems between 2009 and 2018—a trend that’s likely to continue without urgent action.   By Jake Johnson Common Dreams Conducted by the Global […]

October 6th

Nobel prize in physics goes to scientists who did ground-breaking work understanding climate change

Three scientists on Tuesday were awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics for their “revolutionary contributions” to the world’s understanding of the climate—and how human activity, such as the emission of carbon dioxide, impacts it. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams Syukuro Manabe of Princeton University and Klaus Hasselmann of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in […]

October 5th

Climate Week NYC 2021: Biden will double climate aid (but we need MORE)

President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he intends to work with Congress to double U.S. climate aid to developing countries, a commitment that environmentalists said is a step in the right direction but still woefully inadequate to the scale of the planetary crisis. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams BREAKING: President Biden just announced that the US […]

September 22nd

Forget 1.5 degrees: UN Report says world on track for 2.7°C of warming by 2100

The United Nations warned Friday that the planet is barreling toward 2.7°C of warming by the end of the century, a nightmare scenario that can be averted only if policymakers take immediate and sweeping action to slash greenhouse gas emissions. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams Even if the 191 parties to the Paris climate accord meet their current […]

September 21st

Newsom urged to deliver on climate, including fossil fuel phase-out, as California voters defeat recall

California voters on Tuesday roundly defeated an effort to recall Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, whose ouster likely would have resulted in right-wing radio host Larry Elder—a longtime climate denier who recently said the ideal minimum wage is $0—becoming the leader of the most populous state in the U.S. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams Faced with two ballot questions—whether Newsom should be […]

September 15th

House Dems’ tax plan leaves oil subsidies in place

Climate campaigners took House Democrats to task on Monday for releasing a tax plan that would keep in place billions of dollars in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, a decision that one advocacy group called an “egregious dereliction of duty” amid the worsening planetary crisis. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams While the proposal (pdf) unveiled by the powerful House Ways […]

September 14th