Author: Jake Johnson

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Democrats could have repealed all of Trump’s Orwellian regulations by simple majority vote. They blew it.

In recent weeks, progressive public interest organizations have identified—and implored congressional Democrats to repeal—dozens of former President Donald Trump’s last-minute regulatory attacks on consumers, the environment, immigrants, Social Security, and more. But by the time the deadline to introduce so-called “resolutions of disapproval” against the pending rules came and went Sunday, Democratic lawmakers had only taken aim at six Trump-era regulatory […]

April 8th

Florida’s deregulated paradise faces massive radioactive spill

Florida workers over the weekend rushed to prevent the collapse of a reservoir wall containing hundreds of millions of gallons of wastewater from a defunct phosphate mine, a looming environmental catastrophe that prompted mandatory evacuation orders and a declaration of emergency by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams A leak in the […]

April 5th

A crisis for climate stability: Rainforest destruction accelerated in 2020

Intentional deforestation as well as drought-induced wildfires made more frequent and severe by the climate crisis drove a significant acceleration of global rainforest loss in 2020, with new figures released Wednesday showing that 12.2 million hectares of tree cover were destroyed in the tropics last year. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams According to data from the University of Maryland […]

April 4th

President Biden introduces the American Jobs Plan – $2.3T for climate and clean energy infrastructure

The American Jobs Plan represents the first half of a two-pronged recovery proposal that the Biden administration is planning to detail in the coming days, with the healthcare-focused second part expected some time next month. At a speech in Pittsburgh Wednesday, Biden outlined the infrastructure and climate portion of the package, which calls for just […]

April 1st

You think clean energy is expensive? Banks have poured $3.8 TRILLION into fossil fuels in past 5 years

A detailed new report released Wednesday morning by a coalition of environmental groups shows that the 60 largest banks in the world have poured more than $3.8 trillion into the fossil fuel industry since the Paris climate accord was adopted in 2015, providing key financing for destructive projects ranging from coal-fueled power plants in Indonesia to Enbridge’s Line 3 tar […]

March 25th

Katie Porter tears into oil exec for claiming his industry doesn’t get special tax breaks

Congresswoman Katie Porter took a fossil fuel industry executive to task for falsely suggesting during a House hearing on Tuesday that oil and gas companies don’t receive special treatment in the U.S. tax code, a claim that the California Democrat quickly refuted—while also offering to eliminate the tax breaks. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams Asked […]

March 11th

DeJoy is locking USPS into fossil fuels (but corruption may bring him down)

A Democratic congressman is demanding that the Securities and Exchange Commission investigate a shady $54 million purchase of Oshkosh Corporation stock just hours before scandal-ridden Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced the decision to award that company with a lucrative 10-year contract to produce a new, largely gasoline-powered fleet of U.S. Postal Service delivery trucks. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams […]

March 10th

Anger at GOP leaders surges as food, water shortages compound Texas blackout crisis

Texans who have been without power for days in the aftermath of Winter Storm Uri are now also facing food and water crises as frigid temperatures and ongoing blackouts disrupt supply chains and wreak havoc on the state’s infrastructure—compounding emergencies that have spurred intensifying backlash against GOP leaders. This is not a third world country. This is […]

February 18th

Calls for Texas Governor Abbott to resign as he falsely blames blackouts on wind and solar

As millions of Texans struggled desperately to keep warm amid power outages stemming from the devastating winter storm sweeping the nation, the state’s Republican governor late Tuesday blamed solar and wind for the blackouts—despite the fact that Texas relies overwhelmingly on fossil fuels—and falsely claimed the crisis shows that the Green New Deal would be a “deadly deal” […]

February 17th

GOP was fine with an actual coal lobbyist in charge of Interior, but find Deb Haaland “extreme”

Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas on Monday highlighted a Wall Street Journal story on Deb Haaland—President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of the Interior—with a tweet accurately stating: “Interior secretary nominee has joined pipeline protests and opposed fracking.” Interior secretary nominee has joined pipeline protests and opposed fracking — Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) February 15, […]

February 16th

Biden’s dirty dozen: Watchdog raises issue of USDA nominee Vilsack’s “Disturbing repression of science”

On top of concerns about his close industry ties, corporate-friendly policy record, and alarming civil rights history, President Joe Biden’s Agriculture Secretary nominee Tom Vilsack is also facing scrutiny over what one watchdog organization on Friday characterized as “disturbing” evidence that he improperly meddled in and suppressed scientific research during his previous tenure as head of USDA. By Jake Johnson Common […]

February 1st

‘Now is the moment to deliver’: Sunrise Movement says Biden climate action requires abolition of Senate filibuster

Applauding President Joe Biden’s newly announced executive actions as “a historic step forward” in the fight against the climate crisis, the youth-led Sunrise Movement on Wednesday said the Democratic Party must use its unified control of the federal government to go further with bold legislation that invests massively in clean energy, creates millions of good-paying […]

January 29th

Denouncing ‘Handouts to Big Oil,’ Biden calls on Congress to end $40 billion in taxpayer subsidies for fossil fuels

In a speech Wednesday outlining his new executive actions aimed at confronting the “existential threat” of the climate crisis, President Joe Biden said he plans to ask the Democratic-controlled Congress to pass legislation eliminating the tens of billions in taxpayer subsidies the federal government continues to hand Big Oil even as the planetary emergency wreaks havoc […]

January 28th

After ‘Incredible first steps’ on KXL and Paris, Biden urged to ‘Go further’ on climate

As President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took the oath of office on Wednesday, climate action advocates reiterated calls for them to not only deliver on campaign promises but to go even further to address the planetary crisis both ignored and exacerbated by former President Donald Trump. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams  Friends of the Earth president […]

January 21st