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Katherine Hayhoe: I was a an Exxon-funded climate scientist

ExxonMobil’s deliberate attempts to sow doubt on the reality and urgency of climate change and their donations to front groups to disseminate false information about climate change have been public knowledge for a long time, now. Investigative reports in 2015 revealed that Exxon had its own scientists doing its own climate modeling as far back as the 1970s: science and modeling that […]

September 23rd

Drain the swamp: Trump and Pruitt want to fill the EPA with oil and coal lobbyists

Every week, another decision that endangers our families seems to come out of Scott Pruitt’s and Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The latest facepalm/outrage comes in the form of confirmation hearings that start this week for four completely unacceptable nominees to critical leadership positions at EPA. By Mary Anne Hitt Sierra Club Beyond Coal campaign […]

September 20th

Hurricane Harvey left Houston residents breathing benzene

After Hurricane Harvey’s flooding caused an oil tank in Houston’s Manchester neighborhood to cave in, private monitors found benzene levels that far exceeded health guidelines By Lisa Song and Al Shaw, ProPublica, and Kiah Collier, The Texas Tribune As a longtime resident of Manchester, Guadalupe Hernandez is used to the chemical smells that waft through his southeast Houston, […]

September 18th

Big Oil defeats California bill to ban new offshore oil drilling

In spite of California’s “green” image, every bill except one opposed by the powerful oil industry has failed to make it out of the state legislature this year and during the 2015-2016 session. The latest victim of intense lobbying by Big Oil is Senate Bill 188, which would respond to President Donald Trump’s executive order opening the door to expanded offshore […]

September 6th

Hurricane Harvey: Playing the blame game

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey — the most destructive storm ever to strike the United States — the finger pointing has begun and the blame game is in full swing. Climate activists claim Hurricane Harvey is proof that climate change is increasing the likelihood of more powerful storms. Climate deniers say, “Storms happen. Get […]

September 2nd

National Monuments support local economies (a lot more than mining and drilling)

United States national monuments are a cherished aspect of American heritage, and a key contributor to local economies. National monuments attract visitors, support jobs, and drive economic growth in communities across the country. Rural and remote economies in particular benefit from proximity to national monuments. Rescinding national monument designations, as President Trump is considering, would […]

September 1st

Cap-and-Trade: Big Oil lobbyist lauds outcome of carbon auction

If anybody had any illusions that the passage of Governor Jerry Brown’s cap-and-trade bill, AB 398, was good for the environment, one only has to read the statement issued by Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), on August 23 praising the results of the state’s carbon auction. By Dan Bacher  “Today’s successful carbon auction […]

August 29th

Exxon Mobil lied about climate change for 40 years

The Attorneys General for the states of New York and Massachusetts are on a mission. They seek to prove in court that Exxon Mobil has consistently lied about what it knew about the relationship between burning the fossil fuels it supplies to world markets and climate change. The company is furiously defending itself, claiming the two […]

August 28th

DAPL pipeline company sues “eco-terrorist” environmental groups

The pipeline operator Energy Transfer has filed a lawsuit against Greenpeace, Earth First, and a number of other organizations, alleging that attempts to solicit donations and interfere with construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline constituted “eco-terrorism.” By James Ayre  In other words, Energy Transfer alleges that the environmental groups in question engaged in “acts of terrorism” […]

August 25th

Trump admin may be planning 90% cut to Bears Ears National Monument

Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke handed over his recommendations for changing national monuments to Pr*sident Donald Trump Thursday afternoon. The secretary announced that none of the 27 national monuments he reviewed would be rescinded, and only a “handful” would be reduced in acreage. This would allow mining and other activities prohibited by the national monument status. […]

August 25th