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Divest! Banks and institutions dumping dirty fossil fuel money

Institutions are reacting to public outrage over fossil fuel investments. Through divestment from fossil fuels, profits that wreak havoc on our planet are being diverted to alternative energy and other investments that can provide a sustainable tomorrow for the world’s citizens. by Carolyn Fortuna  Divestment decisions last month at Harvard University heartened student activists and reinforced a […]

May 26th

Renewable energy is an unstoppable wave, says Financial Times

With more then 2.2 million readers a day, the Financial Times is the newspaper of record for economists, business leaders, and government policy makers worldwide. On May 18, its lead story was entitled: The Big Green Bang: How Renewable Energy Became Unstoppable. by Steve Hanley   The Financial Times tells the story of Torotrak, a British […]

May 26th

Divest! US Bank agrees to dump pipeline financing!

One of America’s leading banks, U.S. Bank, announced in April that it would formally exclude all gas and oil pipelines from its project financing. In a revision to the company’s Environmental Responsibility Policy, U.S. Bank stated that it no longer “provide project financing for the construction of oil or natural gas pipelines.” Further, U.S. Bank explained that […]

May 16th

DIVEST! Protests want Chase Bank OUT of tar sands financing

By Meteor Blades On Monday, 26 activists were arrested in Seattle when they occupied 13 branches of JPMorgan Chase bank. Their complaint? They want Chase to stop lending money to TransCanada, the builder of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Although President Barack Obama nixed the northern leg of the pipeline before he left office, […]

May 11th

Trump bailing on another promise – using US steel for pipelines

Just four days after he took office, Pr*sident Donald Trump fulfilled one of his campaign promises by issuing a memorandum calling for a Commerce Department study on using American steel for pipelines – all-new, retrofitted, repaired, or expanded U.S. pipelines. The problem for Trump is that it’s likely no way can be found to craft a domestic-steel-only policy that’s legal. […]

May 5th

Jobs vs. environment? Trump’s EPA chief gets it backward

The Environmental Protection Agency-hating chief of the EPA was on Fox & Friends Thursday morning spouting what has become his standard line of nonsense about President Obama’s stance on jobs and the environment. By Meteor Blades Scott Pruitt, who as Oklahoma attorney general sued the EPA more than a dozen times, said on Fox what he’s been saying […]

April 13th

Oklahoma drinking water getting trashed by oil and gas injection wells

By Meteor Blades Clean Water Action, a 45-year-old eco-advocacy group that opposes hydraulic fracturing, has released a 16-page report that argues Oklahoma regulators are ignoring risks to underground sources of drinking water (USDWs) from oil and gas wastewater injection wells. The regulators challenge the report’s assertions, but the report says this is occurring because the regulators are […]

April 10th

Trump admin rams through DAPL pipeline approval shockingly fast

With the announcement that the Trump administration is cutting through all the normal procedures and approving the DAPL pipeline, construction could resume tomorrow. By Jeremy Bloom From Indigenous Rising: Today, the Department of Army send a notice of intent to grant the final easement to Dakota Access pipeline to cross Lake Oahe, also known as […]

February 8th

Did Jerry Brown’s campaign launder dirty money from big oil?

by Dan Bacher The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) announced  that it has opened an investigation into the California Democratic Party in response to a report by a prominent consumer group claiming that the party acted as a “laundry machine” to funnel donations from oil, energy and utility companies to Brown’s 2014 election campaign.  In her letter to the Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog, Galena […]

September 29th

Trump putting climate denier in charge of EPA?

By Meteor Blades Back in 2007, Myron Ebell said: “Every interview I do, when I’m asked about scientific issues, I say I’m not a climate scientist. I’m just giving you the informed layman’s perspective.” Too modest by far—then and now. Ebell certainly is not a climate scientist. He is instead a disinformation specialist on global warming, working out of the D.C. offices […]

September 26th

Western States Petroleum Association wins the prestigious “Scummy” Award

by Dan Bacher   The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the lobbying organization for Big Oil in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, received the prestigious “Scummy Award” from the environmental group “Stop Fooling California” (stopfoolingca.org) on June 17 for “fighting for the oil industry’s right to pollute.” In every edition of Stop Fooling California’s “The Crude Truth” newsletter, the […]

June 18th