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Half a victory – Mountain Valley Pipeline partly blocked in North Carolina

Frontline critics of the Mountain Valley Pipeline celebrated after Equitrans Midstream revealed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that the distance of the proposed Southgate extension project has been cut in half. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The partially completed MVP project—long delayed by legal battles until congressional Republicans and President Joe Biden included language to fast-track it in […]

January 6th

GOP’s Lauren Boebert wants YOU to pay to clean up her Big Oil buddies messes

Fossil fuel industry-funded Republicans on the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee voted Wednesday to advance Rep. Lauren Boebert’s bill that would saddle taxpayers with the massive cost of cleaning up oil and gas wells on federal lands. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Corporations awarded a lease to drill on federal land must post a bond. If the leasing […]

December 7th

‘End Fossil Fuels’ protests kick off worldwide ahead of UN Climate Ambition Summit

Hundreds of demonstrations around the world demanding “a rapid, just, and equitable phaseout from fossil fuels in favor of sustainable renewables” began Friday ahead of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ Climate Ambition Summit in New York City next week. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “From Pacific nations, heavily affected by sea-level rise and storms, through Mumbai to Manila, London to Nairobi, […]

September 17th

Manchin sides with GOP to roll back truck emission standards – where was Feinstein?

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is facing fresh calls to resign after her extended absence—and Sen. Joe Manchin’s inclination to partner with Republicans—led to the Wednesday passage of a resolution to roll back Biden administration emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams In a 50-49 vote, Manchin (D-W.Va.)—a fossil fuel industry beneficiary known for obstructing his own […]

April 28th

GOP House passes draconian debt ceiling bill to roll back clean energy, push fossil fuels, and hurt seniors and veterans

A wide range of advocacy groups and Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday fiercely denounced Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives for narrowly passing their “debt ceiling scam” containing “extreme, harmful cuts against average Americans to protect billionaire tax breaks.” By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The so-called the Limit, Save, Grow Act was unveiled last week by GOP House […]

April 27th

SCOTUS actually agrees with us – says lawsuits vs fossil fuel giants can move forward

Campaigners and frontline communities celebrated Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear five appeals from major fossil fuel companies hoping to shift climate liability cases from state to federal court, where polluters are more likely to prevail. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Big Oil companies have been desperate to avoid trials in state courts, where […]

April 25th

G7 remains addicted to fossil fuels, and nothing changed at this year’s meeting

Advocacy groups on Sunday expressed frustration with the joint statement emerging from this year’s G7 meeting, in which climate, energy, and environment ministers from the world’s top economies committed to tackling “the unprecedented triple global crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution” but also left the door open to investments in planet-wrecking fossil fuels. […]

April 19th

Not just Exxon – Oil giant Shell knew about climate impacts of fossil fuels even earlier

The reporting from DeSmog and Follow the Money is based on Dirty Pearls: Exposing Shell’s hidden legacy of climate change accountability, 1970-1990, a project for which researcher Vatan Hüzeir compiled 201 books, correspondence, documents, scholarship, and other materials. Hüzeir—a climate activist, Erasmus University Rotterdam Ph.D. candidate, and founder and director of the Dutch think tank Changerism—collected the documents from former […]

April 8th

House GOP pushes to fast-track the Mountain Valley Pipeline (because they’ve got nothing to actually help Americans)

As congressional Democrats launch new clean energy and environmental justice efforts, House Republicans outraged climate campaigners and frontline communities with a move to fast-track a long-delayed fracked gas pipeline. Congresswoman Carol Miller (R-W.Va.), backed by 10 other Republicans, introduced an amendment to the GOP-led Lower Energy Costs Act (H.R. 1) to ensure that the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline […]

April 7th

After backlash, Hochul walks back her backroom plan to gut New York climate law

Climate groups celebrated Wednesday once top officials revealed that after outraging campaigners and fellow Democrats, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul no longer sees rewriting a landmark state law to allow more planet-heating emissions as a top priority for budget negotiations. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Make no mistake, this is because of the enormous and immediate public […]

April 6th

GOP’s big plan to help the middle class? HR 1 gouges everyone else to help big oil

Climate campaigners and congressional Democrats on Thursday called out House Republicans for approving energy legislation that would, as U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib warned, “put polluters over people” by “further poisoning of our air and water.” By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The lower chamber passed the GOP-led Lower Energy Costs Act (H.R. 1) with a 225-204 vote mostly along party lines: The […]

March 31st

Biden veto expected after 4 Senate Dems + Sinema help GOP gut water protections

U.S. President Joe Biden’s vow to veto a Republican-led resolution that would gut his administration’s water protections did not stop four Democratic senators and one ex-Democrat from helping the GOP send the measure to his desk on Wednesday. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Democratic Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), […]

March 30th

ESG: After bank collapses, US regulators must set rules on climate-related financial risk

In the wake of recent bank collapses and protests across the United States demanding financial institutions end fossil fuel financing, 50 climate, environmental justice, and Indigenous rights groups on Tuesday advocated for new regulations. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “We the undersigned strongly urge financial regulators and Congress to learn from the collapse and bailout of Silicon […]

March 29th

Doctors join the chorus of calls to block the GTN XPress fracked gas pipelines – It’s a health issue

As of Monday, more than 500 physicians and other medical professionals had signed on to a letter urging federal regulators to prevent the expansion of a fracked gas pipeline in the Pacific Northwest. The sign-on campaign comes as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is expected to weigh in on TC Energy’s Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN) Xpress […]

March 8th