Author: Julia Conley

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Biden launches Clean Energy Corps (but it would be better if Build Back Better passed)

A new program launched by the Biden administration on Friday will hire 1,000 Americans to help expand the country’s clean energy infrastructure, a step the White House says is “critical to achieving the president’s goal of 100% carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035.” Workers in the Clean Energy Corps will work in areas including engineering, physical science, legislative […]

January 15th

‘Protest Works’: Cheers as Shell signals pullout of Cambo Oil Field project

Climate campaigners in the United Kingdom applauded as oil giant Shell signaled it would not drill for oil in the proposed Cambo oil field off the coast of Scotland’s Shetland Islands, following a grassroots effort to halt the project. By Julia Conley Common Dreams Advocates said Shell’s announcement that it had found a weak economic case for the […]

December 8th

Court-ordered oil lease goes ahead – why didn’t Biden do more to block it?

>As the Biden administration moved ahead Wednesday with an auction of more than 80 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas companies—the largest-ever sale of fossil fuel drilling leases in the Gulf—climate action groups and legal experts said the Interior Department’s actions were legally dubious as well as being “dangerous” and “hypocritical.” By […]

November 18th

Greta Thunberg accuses world leaders of ‘Pure Madness’ for climate failures at COP26

Rejecting the label of “radical” that has been assigned to climate action advocates for decades, Fridays for Future leader Greta Thunberg addressed thousands of campaigners in the center of Glasgow on Friday as politicians at the United Nations’ 26th Conference of the Parties unveiled plans to combat the climate emergency—plans, Thunberg and others at the […]

November 6th

‘Green New Deal is a winning issue:’ Michelle Wu elected Boston mayor

Advocates for far-reaching climate action applauded Michelle Wu’s victory in Boston as the city elected a new mayor who ran on a platform including a comprehensive city-level Green New Deal, combating environmental racism, and accelerating decarbonization. By Julia Conley Common Dreams Wu won more than 64% of the vote against Annissa Essaibi George, a city councilor who […]

November 4th

Build Back Better: Biden announces framework. What’s in, what’s out

President Joe Biden released details Thursday about the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better plan—scaled back significantly from the $3.5 trillion proposal put forward by progressives—after meeting with congressional Democrats, saying the proposal now includes $555 billion for programs to incentivize the use of electric vehicles, solar and wind energy, and decarbonize certain industries. By Julia Conley […]

October 29th

Despite outcry, Japanese Prime Minister won’t block release of contaminated radioactive Fukushima wastewater into ocean

A South Korean official has denounced Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s call to begin releasing contaminated wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea starting in 2023. Kishida, who took office last month, visited the plant and said the plan to release more than one million tonnes of water into the sea over […]

October 25th

Drill Baby Drill: Despite the climate crisis, the world is set to consume fossil fuels at full speed

Climate campaigners on Wednesday said a new report from the United Nations and several leading research institutes offers a “damning indictment” of governments around the world, showing that more than a dozen countries plan to continue producing fossil fuels in the coming decade at a rate that could make it impossible to limit the heating […]

October 22nd

Biden to restore key elements of ‘bedrock environmental law’ NEPA that Trump gutted

Environmental defenders on Wednesday applauded the Biden administration’s proposal to reinstate key elements of one of the United States’ foundational environmental laws a year after former President Donald Trump gutted the measure, while emphasizing that the proposal is just a first step toward reversing the damage done by the previous administration. By Julia Conley Common Dreams […]

October 7th

Stephen Donziger, the lawyer who beat Chevron, gets 6 months in jail from Chevron’s judge

Environmental justice advocates and other progressives on Friday condemned a federal judge’s decision Friday to sentence human rights lawyer Steven Donziger to six months in prison—following more than two years of house arrest related to a lawsuit he filed decades ago against oil giant Chevron. By Julia Conley Common Dreams The sentence, delivered by U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in New York City, represents “an […]

October 2nd

Coal Is Dead: New global pact announced after China’s bold step

Just two days after Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the world’s largest coal producer would stop funding overseas coal projects, seven countries on Friday pledged they would also cease building new coal power plants—the latest sign one of the world’s dirtiest energy sources is on its way out. By Julia Conley Common Dreams Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Montenegro, Sri Lanka, and […]

September 27th

Once again, elections have consequences: EPA rule cuts climate-crashing pollutant HFCs

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday finalized a rule long pushed for by climate campaigners that slashes the use of chemicals identified as “super-pollutants” that are commonly used in air conditioners and refrigerators. The Biden administration announced a new rule requiring the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) be cut by 85% over the next 15 years, implementing a […]

September 24th

China used to fund more overseas coal plants than everyone else combined. No more.

Following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s announcement late Tuesday that the country will end its financing of overseas coal projects, climate action advocates applauded the “huge step forward” into a future with far fewer carbon emissions—while pushing China to commit to further action. By Julia Conley Common Dreams In a pre-recorded address at the United Nations General Assembly […]

September 23rd

Climate inaction has left majority of young people believing humanity is doomed

Amidst a sharp increase in deadly wildfires and flooding, increasingly violent storms, and extreme heat, new research published Tuesday found that refusal by governments to act on the climate emergency is causing a widespread sense of hopelessness and eco-anxiety in teenagers and young adults worldwide. By Julia Conley Common Dreams A shocking 58% of the children […]

September 18th

Moratorium on deep sea mining adopted at Global Biodiversity Summit

A vote overwhelmingly in favor of placing a moratorium on deep sea mineral mining at a global biodiversity summit this week has put urgent pressure on the International Seabed Authority to strictly regulate the practice.   By Julia Conley Common Dreams The vast majority of governments, NGOs, and civil society groups voted in favor of the moratorium […]

September 12th