Author: Jake Johnson

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To avert climate disaster we must shutter much of existing oil and gas infrastructure

A new study published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Research Letters shows that keeping global warming below the key 1.5°C threshold by the end of the century will require not just halting the construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure, but also shutting down many existing sites. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams Led by Kelly Trout of Oil Change […]

May 17th

It’s the cover-up: DeJoy hiding docs from USPS purchase of gas-guzzlers

A pair of green groups on Thursday appealed the U.S. Postal Service’s rejection of a Freedom of Information Act request seeking to uncover details about the mail agency’s contract to purchase more than 160,000 new delivery trucks, 90% of which are expected to be gas-powered.   By Jake Johnson Common Dreams “As the USPS forges ahead […]

May 16th

More oil and gas infrastructure in the pipeline amounts to planet-killing ‘carbon bombs’

A new investigation published Wednesday reveals that some of the largest fossil fuel corporations in the world—from Exxon in the U.S. to Gazprom in Russia to Aramco in Saudi Arabia—are planning or currently operating nearly 200 “carbon bombs,” massive oil and gas projects that could unleash 646 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions and doom efforts to rein in […]

May 12th

Climate Chaos NOW: Earth has 50% chance of hitting 1.5°C of warming in FOUR YEARS

The World Meteorological Organization warned Monday that the planet now faces a 50% chance of temporarily hitting 1.5°C of warming above pre-industrial levels over the next five years, another signal that political leaders—particularly those of the rich nations most responsible for carbon emissions—are failing to rein in fossil fuel use. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams In […]

May 10th

Chevron had Amazon lawyer Steven Donziger imprisoned for almost 3 years. He’s finally free

Human rights lawyer Steven Donziger walked free last week after 993 days of detention stemming from his decades-long legal fight with Chevron, which deployed its vast resources in a campaign to destroy Donziger after he won a $9.5 billion settlement against the fossil fuel giant over its pollution of the Amazon rainforest. By Jake Johnson Common […]

May 2nd

‘We don’t trust Enbridge’: Indigenous women push Biden to block Line 5 pipeline expansion

Indigenous women leaders and more than 200 advocacy organizations sent a letter Wednesday demanding that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers block federal permits for an expansion of Enbridge’s Line 5, a 645-mile-long pipeline that currently transports millions of gallons of crude oil and natural gas liquids per day from Wisconsin to Ontario, Canada. By Jake […]

April 29th

Earth Day 2022: Activists blockade corporate newspapers for inadequate coverage of climate emergency

A group of climate campaigners on Friday blockaded the entrance of a printing plant in New York City in an effort to hamper the distribution of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other corporate-owned newspapers to protest their failure to cover the planetary emergency with “the frequency it deserves.” By Jake Johnson Common Dreams The […]

April 22nd

Energy Security and Independence Act: Congress moves to invoke Defense Production Act to make clean energy a matter of national security

Sen. Bernie Sanders joined Democratic Reps. Cori Bush and Jason Crow on Wednesday in unveiling a bill that would leverage the Defense Production Act to ramp up renewable energy manufacturing in the U.S., a step the trio said would help fight the climate crisis and reduce the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels from Russia and Saudi […]

April 8th

Midterm Election 2022 and the Green New Deal

  Dozens of progressive advocacy organizations launched a new campaign on Monday with the goal of pushing congressional candidates and incumbent lawmakers to embrace the Green New Deal and eschew funding from the powerful fossil fuel industry.   By Jake Johnson Common Dreams Known as the Green New Deal Champions Pledge, the new initiative aims to set […]

March 30th

US oil companies on path to $126 BILLION in windfall profits from Ukraine war price hikes

A new analysis released Tuesday estimates that U.S. oil and gas corporations are poised to rake in windfall profits of up to $126 billion this year as they exploit Russia’s deadly assault on Ukraine to raise prices at the pump. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams Conducted by Oil Change International, Greenpeace USA, and Global Witness, the analysis uses a database that tracks […]

March 29th

Progressive Democrats call for Climate Emergency Declaration

Grassroots climate advocates praised the Congressional Progressive Caucus on Thursday for pushing President Joe Biden to use his executive authority to declare a national climate emergency, a move that would unlock an array of specific tools needed to combat planetary warming. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams “There’s no question that we’re in a climate emergency,” Jean Su, director of […]

March 18th

Climate Reprieve: Court allows Biden to weigh the social cost of carbon in policymaking

Environmentalists applauded late Wednesday after a federal appeals court blocked a Trump-appointed judge’s order barring the Biden administration from considering the future costs of climate damage in its rulemaking and public projects. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams Breaking Climate Law News: 5th Circuit stays injunction issued by Trump judge in lower court against gov't use of […]

March 17th

Ukraine officials warn radioactive leak may occur after Russian’s cut power to Chernobyl plant

Ukrainian authorities warned Wednesday that radioactive material could leak into the atmosphere after the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear plant was reportedly disconnected from the power grid by Russian forces, raising the risk that spent nuclear fuel stored at the site may not cool properly. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams “Because of military actions of Russian occupiers, […]

March 9th

Texas primary: Climate hawk Casar wins big, Cisneros forces runoff with PetroDem Cuellar

Former Austin City Council member Greg Casar handily won the Democratic primary for an open seat in Texas’ 35th Congressional District on Tuesday while progressive immigration attorney Jessica Cisneros forced Rep. Henry Cuellar—a corporate-funded Democrat under FBI investigation—into a runoff contest in the state’s 28th district. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams Casar, a democratic socialist endorsed by Rep. Alexandria […]

March 2nd

‘All Hands on Deck Now!’: Today’s IPCC report spurs global demand for rapid climate action

Grassroots leaders of the global climate movement said Monday that the latest grave findings issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change represent yet another call to action that can’t be ignored if billions are to be saved from catastrophic extreme weather, pollution, and other impacts of continued fossil fuel use. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams “The report […]

February 28th