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Thousands join ‘People Vs. Fossil Fuels’ protest at White House

At least 155 more protesters were arrested outside the White House Tuesday as part of a weeklong action pressuring President Joe Biden to declare a climate emergency and end all new fossil fuel projects. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Guided by the theme “fossil fuels are driving the climate crisis,” the latest demonstration followed over 100 arrests on […]

October 13th

Climate leaders call for passing Build Back Better reconciliation bill before COP26 UN summit

“Climate inaction is not an option, the climate emergency is here and we are living it… We cannot miss this once-in-a-generation opportunity to act for a cleaner, healthier future.” By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) delivered that warning outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, joined by Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass), […]

October 10th

Global Blueprint details why there is no climate justice without debt justice

The global climate and debt crises are connected and wealthy, high-polluting countries aren’t doing their part to address either or advance global justice, according to a policy blueprint published Friday by Progressive International. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Climate justice is essential to the future of the planet, and it is impossible without debt justice,” argue authors Tess […]

October 9th

‘Cruel and Unfathomable’: Sinema pushing $100 billion in climate cuts from reconciliation bill

Already under fire from progressive activists and lawmakers for holding up congressional Democrats and President Joe Biden’s agenda, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema drew additional ire Friday with reporting that she’s proposed cutting $100 billion in climate provisions from the reconciliation package. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Kyrsten Sinema is a climate denier — Kate Aronoff (@KateAronoff) […]

October 9th

Years of local opposition defeats PennEast Pipeline

Environmental and public health advocates on Monday celebrated the demise of a proposed fracked gas pipeline across Pennsylvania and New Jersey after PennEast decided to cease development because of difficulties acquiring certain state permits.   By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “This is a huge victory. Today, water, the environment, and people spoke louder than fossil fuels,” said Jim […]

September 28th

Clean Air: WHO’s new air pollution guidelines reflect deadly toll of fossil fuels

Bolstering arguments for rapidly phasing out fossil fuels to not only combat the climate emergency but also potentially save millions of lives annually, the World Health Organization on Wednesday updated its guidelines on air quality for the first time in over 15 years. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams  “The burden of disease attributable to air pollution is now […]

September 25th

Congressional Dems put fossil fuel execs in the hot seat over climate change

Democratic leaders on the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee sent letters Thursday inviting the heads of key fossil fuel companies and lobbying groups to testify before the panel about the industry’s contributions to climate disinformation in recent decades. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Applauded by advocates of holding polluters and their business partners accountable for […]

September 17th

Reconciliation bill will include a Clean Energy Standard (Let’s keep it TRULY clean)

As Democrats work to rapidly finalize the details of their $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, climate campaigners on Wednesday urged them to exclude fossil fuels and “false solutions” from a new clean energy program intended to cut down planet-heating emissions. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Ahead of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s September 13 markup for […]

September 10th

Climate groups welcome Biden solar blueprint (But urge quicker energy transition)

While welcoming the Biden administration’s new blueprint showing how solar energy could produce nearly half of U.S. electricity by 2050, climate campaigners on Wednesday also pointed to damage from recent fires and floods as evidence of the need for more rapid and sweeping systemic reforms. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) […]

September 9th

As Biden tours Hurricane Ida damage, protesters call for phase-out of all fossil fuels

When President Joe Biden on Tuesday toured communities in New York and New Jersey devastated by the remnants of Hurricane Ida last week, he was greeted by protesters pointing to the deadly storm as just the latest proof of the need to immediately phase out fossil fuels.   By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Fossil fuels are destroying our climate with […]

September 8th

The Squad protests Line 3 Pipeline in Minnesota: ‘We are here because the climate crisis is here’

Members of the progressive “Squad” held a press conference in Minnesota on Friday to draw attention to the Indigenous-led fight against Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline, which water protectors and environmentalists have been battling on the ground and in court. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Hosted by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), the press conference also featured remarks […]

September 6th

Why are there still fossil fuel subsidies in the reconciliation bill?

In a Monday letter to party leadership, dozens of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives called for repealing fossil fuel industry subsidies in the reconciliation bill that lawmakers are now working on after approving the budget blueprint last week. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The demand for the evolving Build Back Better Act was spearheaded by Reps. Ro Khanna […]

August 31st

Central banks accused of dawdling on climate as world burns

Despite needing to “play a critical role in catalyzing the rapid shift of financial flows away from oil, fossil gas, and coal,” 12 major central banks “have instead tinkered at the edges,” according to a report released Tuesday. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The new analysis (pdf) from two dozen advocacy groups including Oil Change International (OCI) examines financing and policies of […]

August 26th

Pelosi runs over ConservaDems as House approves $3.5 trillion climate action budget blueprint

In a party-line vote Tuesday afternoon that followed contentious negotiations, U.S. House Democrats adopted a resolution to advance a key voting rights bill, bipartisan infrastructure legislation, and a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint to invest in climate action, Medicare expansion, child care, free community college, and other progressive priorities. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The resolution (pdf) set up final […]

August 25th

Joining fight against Line 3 Pipeline, health professionals urge Biden to block project

U.S. doctors, nurses, and other health professionals came together Tuesday for a national day of solidarity against Line 3 that included various events and a letter calling on President Joe Biden to block Enbridge’s tar sands project. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The health professionals are pressuring Biden to “take action that climate science demands, listen to the […]

August 23rd