Fossil Fuels

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Pipelines Leak: With almost zero regulation, pipelines are spewing methane pollution into the atmosphere

The largest source of leaks of the potent greenhouse gas methane may be the spider web of largely unregulated pipes transporting it from drilling sites to processing facilities, according to new research from the Environmental Defense Fund. Nexus Media News This 425,000-mile network network of pipes is overseen by the little known Pipelines and Hazardous […]

January 18th

Indigenous advocates in Florida say oil drilling in Big Cypress will destroy sacred sites

On an early April morning last year, Betty Osceola, a member of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, led a group of 50 people through the marshy swamp of South Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve for six hours. The 729,000-acre preserve has long held recreational and sacred sites for the Miccosukee people. They harvest plants for […]

January 16th

Even after Biden rollback of Trump policy, Alaska oil reserve is still half-open to drilling

The Bureau of Land Management said this week it intends to only allow oil and gas companies to drill in half of a vast, largely untrammeled swath of northern Alaska, instead of most of it, as the previous administration wanted to allow. BLM’s filing to a federal court in Alaska came less than one week […]

January 14th

Keep it in the Ground: US crude oil production will surpass pre-pandemic levels in 2023

In case you were thinking that the federal government was addressing the climate crisis by reducing oil drilling and dependence on fossil fuels in the U.S. at this time, I’ve got some alarming news for you. By Dan Bacher The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts that U.S. oil production will average 12.4 million barrels per day during 2023, […]

January 13th

Biden reverses Trump’s terrible policy of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)

While praising President Joe Biden for taking steps Monday to reverse a Trump administration policy that opened up millions of acres in the Western Arctic for oil drilling, environmental justice advocates argued that only a comprehensive federal ban on new fossil fuel leasing can adequately protect public lands and waters and stave off the worst impacts of the climate crisis. […]

January 12th

Green California? Gov Newsom’s budget doesn’t go far enough to confront fossil fuel dependence

Governor Gavin Newsom on January 10 unveiled his 2022-23 state budget proposal including a $45.7 billion budget surplus, receiving both criticism and praise from environmental and climate advocates. By Dan Bacher The budget followed one of the most catastrophic years for fish and the ecosystem in California history during which the Delta smelt became virtually extinct in the wild, […]

January 12th

Increased cryptocurrency mining (using coal and gas) will harm vulnerable communities

Bitcoin mining companies have set their sights on New York and Texas, but locals are concerned about the environmental harm in their communities. By Alexandra Martinez Prism From the outside, the Greenidge power plant in Seneca Lake, New York, looks like a 1950s-era relic of New York’s coal-fired past. But behind the facade of the […]

January 10th

Victims of the uranium boom pay high costs (despite what they’re owed by the US government)

Next July, the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) is scheduled to sunset, shutting off compensation to the thousands of people exposed to radioactive materials during the Cold War-era uranium boom, either from nuclear testing fallout or mining efforts. Advocates are currently pushing for the RECA Amendments Act which would extend the bill for another 19 years, increase compensation amounts, […]

January 9th

Petrochemical companies are racing to make more plastic — and force poor countries to become landfills for it.

In a world that’s clogged and choking with a massive overdose of plastic trash, you’ll be heartened to learn that governments and industries are teaming up to respond forcefully to this planetary crisis. Unfortunately, their response has been to engage in a global race to make more plastic stuff — and to force poor countries to become dumping […]

January 8th

Should Hoosiers ‘count on coal’? Or do coal companies want you stuck buying their dirty product?

Why is it that coal companies are so shy about taking credit for their PR campaigns? Why do they go to such great lengths to conceal their hand behind basically every anti-climate initiative out there? Hardly a new question, or one without an obvious answer, but since it’s a new year, let’s unmask a new […]

‘No Winners in a Nuclear War’: US, Russia, China, UK, and France issue rare joint statement

As the leaders of five of the world’s nine nuclear powers on Monday released a rare joint statement acknowledging that there can be no victors of a nuclear war, disarmament campaigners called on them to “walk the talk” and pursue meaningful action to reduce the risk of thermonuclear armageddon by reducing—and ultimately eliminating—their own atomic stockpiles. By Brett […]

January 5th

Germany is one step closer to nuclear-free future as 3 of 6 power plants go offline

Green groups celebrated as Germany prepared to shut down three of its six remaining nuclear power plants, part of that country’s ambitious goal of transitioning to mostly renewable energy by the end of the decade. The nuclear phaseout—which was proposed by the center-left government of former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder at the turn of the century and accelerated […]

January 4th

Trump-appointed judge sides with cops who brutalized DAPL pipeline protesters

Five years after police began to brutalize activists opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline, a federal judge appointed by former President Donald Trump has dismissed a lawsuit accusing North Dakota law enforcement officers of excessive use of force—a decision that critics have characterized as a tacit endorsement of the violent repression of climate justice advocates.   By Kenny Stancil Common […]

January 2nd

RedGREENandBlue’s top 10 stories of 2021: Steven Donziger beat Chevron in court, so they crucified him. He just won his appeal.

We’re revisiting our most-viewed stories of 2021. This was originally posted on March 5. RedGREENandBlue’s top 10 stories of 2021: Steven Donziger beat Chevron in court, so they crucified him. He just won his appeal Michael Mann on “Don’t Look Up”: DO see this film! Earth’s magnetic field broke down 42,000 years ago and caused […]

December 31st

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