Author: Jessica Corbett

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Facebook misled investors about battling climate and covid lies – according to SEC filings

In complaints to the U.S. government, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen accused the tech giant of misleading investors about combating climate and Covid-19 misinformation, The Washington Post revealed Friday. By Jessica  Corbett Common Dreams Haugen has gained international attention for speaking out in the press and testifying to Congress. The former Facebook employee is represented by Whistleblower Aid, which filed the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) […]

February 21st

Students at 5 top universities push for the ‘Legal Imperative’ of fossil fuel divestment

Student-led divestment campaigns at five top U.S. universities on Wednesday employed a tactic that has proven effective at a few other schools: They filed legal complaints accusing their institutions of breaking the law by investing in the climate-wrecking fossil fuel industry. With assistance from Climate Defense Project (CDP), students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Princeton, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and Yale filed […]

February 17th

Rooftop solar could have saved lives during Texas deep freeze

A year after deadly winter weather swept through Texas, leaving residents without electricity, food, and water, an analysis published Thusday revealed how rooftop solar could have helped save lives during the nearly two-week crisis that killed at least 246 people. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Most Texans rely on the state’s isolated and underregulated power grid—which was no match for the unusually […]

February 14th

US court restores Endangered Species Act protection for gray wolves

While celebrating a U.S. judge’s Thursday decision to restore federal protections that the Trump administration had stripped from the gray wolf, wildlife advocates and experts also demanded action to save wolves that won’t be protected by the legal triumph. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Calling the ruling “a significant victory for gray wolves and for all those who value nature […]

February 12th

Congress invited big oil execs to testify about climate action. They all bailed, but the scientists showed up.

A world-renowned climatologist made clear to Congress on Tuesday that some of fossil fuel companies’ key proposals to reduce planet-heating emissions are talking points rather than “meaningful” solutions to the climate emergency the industry created. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, was among the […]

February 9th

Mountain Valley Pipeline gets its 3rd piece of bad news in a week (sorry, noxious fracked gas)

Climate campaigners celebrated Thursday after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit delivered yet another blow to a controversial gas project spanning over 300 miles in Virginia and West Virginia. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “At a time when we need to urgently move away from fracked-gas pipelines and all the harms they bring—from impacts […]

February 4th

House calls Big Oil board to testify on ‘phony’ net-zero pledges

After grilling fossil fuel chief executives on climate disinformation at a historic hearing last year, Democratic leaders sent letters late Thursday calling for board members at the same four major oil and gas giants to testify next month before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The testimony requests—and the threat of subpoenas if […]

January 24th

2021 continues global warming hot streak, as public opinion finally shifts on climate action

Amid rising public alarm about human-caused global heating, U.S. government scientists announced Thursday that 2021 was the sixth hottest year since records began in 1880. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams (1/6) It’s official: 2021 was Earth’s 6th-warmest year on record according to NOAA and @NASA scientists. The average global surface temperature rose 1.51°F (0.84°C) above average, […]

January 17th

Joe Manchin’s sabotage of Build Back Better (and clean energy and climate action)

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin came under fire Saturday after The Washington Post reported that the West Virginia Democrat “does not currently support” passing even his own recent $1.8 trillion counteroffer to President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Sen. Manchin is operating in bad faith,” tweeted Nida Allam, a progressive congressional candidate in North Carolina. “We […]

January 10th

Green groups tell Congress: Protecting US democracy and climate action are ‘Inseparable,’

As people across the United States this week look back on last year’s January 6 insurrection, environmental advocacy groups came together to remind federal lawmakers and President Joe Biden that efforts to protect U.S. democracy and tackle the climate emergency are fundamentally connected. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams One year ago at 5:04pm, I took this photo of […]

January 7th

Despite climate imperative, 94% of coal companies have no phaseout plan

With a new analysis in hand, an international climate advocacy group on Tuesday demanded that banks and investors worldwide use their leverage to force the coal industry to more rapidly end their planet-wrecking operations. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The new report by Paris-based Reclaim Finance—entitled The Coal Companies Watchlist: How finance can accelerate the coal phaseout—makes […]

December 30th

Senate Dems tell Facebook, Google CEOs to fulfill pledges to end spread of climate disinformation

A trio of Democratic U.S. senators have sent a letter demanding that the CEOs of Facebook and Google follow through on their promises to stop the spread of climate disinformation on their platforms. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “The climate crisis poses an existential threat,” states the letter from Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), […]

December 24th