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We beat Manchin’s dirty pipeline deal (With a LOT of help from Dirty Mitch)

Climate campaigners and people on the frontlines of the planetary emergency celebrated Tuesday after Sen. Joe Manchin requested that his fossil fuel-friendly permitting reforms be stripped out of a stopgap funding bill. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “People power has won the day,” said Protect Our Water Heritage Rights Coalition (POWHR) organizer Grace Tuttle. “Thank […]

September 28th

Louisiana LNG plant that would have made cancer alley so much worse is in deep trouble – for economic reasons

Frontline leaders in Louisiana and environmental advocates cautiously celebrated Friday after gas developer Tellurian revealed that major deals with Shell and Vitol have fallen apart, a big blow to an export terminal project. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “While the fight is not over, this is hopeful news,” declared Roishetta Ozane, founder of the Vessel Project and Southwest […]

September 26th

8 Senators call for a separate vote on Manchin’s dirty side deal on oil drilling and pipelines

Environmental justice campaigners on Thursday welcomed a letter from eight senators demanding separate votes on a government funding resolution and Sen. Joe Manchin’s fossil fuel-friendly federal permitting bill. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)—who made a backroom deal with Manchin (D-W.Va.) on permitting reform to pass the Inflation Reduction Act—echoed a message that dozens […]

September 23rd

Manchin unveils his side deal – And no surprise, it’s a shameless giveaway to big oil that would lock us in to fossil fuels

Frontline communities and climate campaigners on Wednesday reiterated their opposition to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s “dirty deal” after the West Virginia Democrat unveiled the full text of his proposal to overhaul federal permitting for energy projects. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Since Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) agreed to force through the previously unreleased permitting legislation after passing the […]

September 22nd

They keep saying the clean energy transition is too expensive – but it would actually SAVE $12 trillion

Peer-reviewed research released last week by a team at the University of Oxford reveals that transitioning to 100% clean energy within the next three decades could save not only lives and the planet but also $12 trillion. The study from the Oxford Martin Program on the Post-Carbon Transition, published in the journal Joule, comes as scientists continue to […]

September 21st

‘Earth Is Now Our Only Shareholder’: Founder donates stake in Patagonia to save the planet

Patagonia founder and “reluctant billionaire” Yvon Chouinard just raised the bar for corporate action on the fossil fuel-driven planetary emergency. The 83-year-old, his wife Malinda, and their adult children, Fletcher and Claire, gave away the company, valued at about $3 billion. The rock climber-turned-businessman explained the decision in an interview published Wednesday by The New York Times, along with […]

September 15th

How would you like lung cancer? New study shows how fossil fuels fill our lungs with deadly pollution

Experts emphasized the importance of more ambitiously addressing air pollution from fossil fuels after the presentation of a new breakthrough on lung cancer in Paris on Saturday. Scientists at the Francis Crick Institute and University College London (UCL) shared their findings—part of the TRACERx lung study funded by Cancer Research U.K.—at the annual conference of the European Society […]

September 12th

DC mobilization tells Congress: Stop Manchin’s dirty pipeline deal

Hundreds of people descended on Washington, D.C. Thursday to lobby lawmakers and rally against a federal permit reform proposal—which would serve the fossil fuel industry that’s driving the global climate emergency. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) agreed to pass permit changes in exchange for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voting for […]

September 9th

Today’s Action: Activists descend on DC telling Congress to reject Manchin’s dirty pipeline permit deal

Frontline organizers and community members fighting against U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s proposed federal permitting reforms that would benefit the fossil fuel industry are set to descend on Washington, D.C. Thursday. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Since Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) agreed behind closed doors to push through a permitting measure in order to secure support from Manchin (D-W.Va.) for the […]

September 8th

Climate Chaos: Swaths of the Amazon rainforest have already passed a key tipping point

Indigenous leaders and scientists on Monday revealed research showing that the destruction of the Amazon rainforest is so advanced that some swaths may have hit a key tipping point and never recover. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams While experts have long warned of human activity causing portions of the massive, biodiverse rainforest to shift to savannah, the new […]

September 6th

Clean Creatives: PR giant Edelman does the right thing, breaks with client over fossil fuels

Public relations giant Edelman and Standard Bank Group are ending their relationship, reportedly due to a controversial oil project—a development that climate campaigners last week welcomed as a win for activism pressuring PR firms to break up with polluters.By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams A global campaign against the East African Crude Oil Pipeline, StopEACOP, tweeted […]

August 16th

The Inflation Reduction Act is both an historic climate action breakthrough – and the last gasp of a dying fossil fuel oligarchy

While many environmental advocates celebrate the Senate Democrats’ climate deal this week, frontline activists and more critical voices continue to note that the legislation, whatever its promises and upsides, remains an inadequate response to the global emergency that will likely further harm communities already affected by fossil fuel pollution. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The Senate approved the Inflation Reduction Act […]

August 11th

Gas prices are down, but price gouging by big oil siphoned billion$ from your pockets to their profits

As fossil fuel giants this week reported record profits for the second quarter, an analysis out Friday highlighted how eight oil companies have raked in nearly $52 billion over the past three months “while Americans continue to struggle at the pump.” By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams "8 of the largest oil companies in the country made a record-breaking […]

August 2nd

We have a climate deal! Manchin comes through! (…Or does he?)

While Democratic leaders on Wednesday celebrated a surprise budget reconciliation deal with Sen. Joe Manchin on new climate and tax policies, progressive campaigners had a range of responses, from cautious optimism, to skepticism, to outright concern. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) unveiled what Politico called “Washington’s best-kept secret” less […]

July 28th