Author: Jake Johnson

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With Wildfires Tearing Through the West, Biden Slams Trump Denial and Calls Climate Crisis an ‘Imminent, Existential Threat’

As wildfires continue to tear through California, Oregon, and Washington state, engulfing entire communities and leaving utter devastation in their wake, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden issued a statement Saturday connecting the blazes to the global climate emergency and slamming President Donald Trump’s ongoing refusal to act. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams “The science is clear, and deadly signs like these […]

September 14th

‘The Age of Incrementalism Is Over,’ declares Green New Deal champion Ed Markey after defeating Joe Kennedy III

Bolstered by an energized climate movement, small-dollar donors, and support from prominent progressive lawmakers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Green New Deal champion Sen. Ed Markey on Tuesday fended off a Democratic primary challenge from Rep. Joe Kennedy III, whose name recognition and late endorsement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were ultimately insufficient to topple the popular Massachusetts […]

September 2nd

Climate groups furious as DNC drops plank on ending fossil fuel subsidies from Democratic platform

Environmentalists reacted with outrage late Tuesday to news that the Democratic National Committee this week quietly removed from the final party platform an amendment calling for an end to federal subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, a longstanding demand of climate activists that both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris supported during the primary. By Jake […]

August 19th

Alleging cover-up to protect Secretary Bernhardt, lawmakers demand criminal perjury probe into top interior official

Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Raúl Grijalva on Tuesday alleged a “cover-up” and demanded a criminal perjury probe into the Interior Department’s top lawyer after an inspector general report concluded that political appointees at the agency withheld documents about Secretary David Bernhardt during his Senate confirmation process last year. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams In a joint statement, […]

August 14th

As Biden embraces more ambitious climate plan, fossil fuel execs donating to Trump with greater zeal than 2016

With presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s climate platform becoming increasingly ambitious thanks to nonstop grassroots pressure, fossil fuel executives and lobbyists are pouring money into the coffers of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign in the hopes of keeping an outspoken and dedicated ally of dirty energy in the White House. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams The Houston Chronicle reported Monday that […]

August 4th

With dirty energy sector crashing, nearly 70 groups urge Fed to stop buying up wasteful fossil fuel industry debt

A coalition of nearly 70 advocacy organizations is demanding that the Federal Reserve immediately stop using its emergency Covid-19 lending facilities to buy up fossil fuel debt, warning that rescuing the faltering oil and gas industry is both a bad investment of public money and disastrous for the climate. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams The Federal Reserve Board’s “decision […]

August 3rd