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‘Climate Shame’: How ExxonMobil’s climate denial mimics tobacco industry’s victim-blaming propaganda

A new study published yesterday by Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes of Harvard found ExxonMobil used a frame of climate “risk” to make it sound uncertain, and emphasized “demand” to deflect blame for their pollution off themselves and onto the public. Just like how Big Oil would come to hire and embrace Big Tobacco’s “scientists” and organizations, ExxonMobil, the study says, […]

Gov. Newsom’s May budget revision allocates $200 million to plug California’s abandoned and orphaned oil wells

California Governor Gavin Newsom on May 14 unveiled his May budget revision that allocates $200 million to plug abandoned and orphaned oil and gas wells, many located near low-income residential areas where the majority of residents are Latino and Black. By Dan Bacher In January 2020, a report by the California Council on Science & Technology revealed that California taxpayers could […]

May 17th

Colonial Pipeline shutdown wasn’t about cyber attack – it was protecting corporate profits

Colonial Pipeline operators made the proactive choice to shut down the 5,500-mile pipeline, setting off gas shortages, panic, and chaos up and down the East Coast, in order to protect their own profits, CNN reports. The ransomware attack did not actually affect the Koch-owned pipeline’s operations, but did make the company concerned it wouldn’t be able to […]

May 17th

Australia: This $1 billion energy deal promises to cut emissions and secure jobs. So why on earth is gas included?

In case you missed it, a major A$1 billion energy deal between the Morrison and the South Australian government was revealed recently. The bilateral deal represents a key driver for the national economic recovery from COVID. It promises to provide jobs in the energy sector and contribute to South Australia achieving net 100% renewables by […]

Big Oil pretends to embrace climate action nationally, while fighting climate policies locally

This week, fossil fuel giant BP announced that while it left some trade groups last year, supposedly over their climate denial, it’s still going to maintain membership in the American Petroleum Institute, National Association of Manufacturers, US Chamber of Commerce and others. Apparently those groups’ lip-service embrace of a price on carbon is enough to set them apart from […]

Fracked gas IS a bridge… to tens of thousands of premature deaths

A new study by researchers at Harvard University confirmed Wednesday that natural gas and wood as energy sources—billed by proponents as “cleaner” alternatives to coal and oil—are a major threat to public health and are responsible for pollution which causes tens of thousands of premature deaths each year. By Julia Conley Common Dreams The study, published in […]

May 6th

House Dems ask AG Garland to review Chevron’s ‘Unjust Legal Assault’ on Steven Donziger

Six members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus sent a letter Tuesday urging U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to immediately review an ongoing legal case involving who has endured more than 600 days of house arrest related to his efforts to help hold oil giant Chevron accountable for its Ecuador disaster. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams “Environmental […]

May 4th

California’s new fossil fuel pledge – a half-measure, but still significant

Climate campaigners on Friday cautiously applauded California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s moves to cut off new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024 and evaluate phasing out oil production by 2045, while also stressing that the timeline still needs to be accelerated. By Kenny Stancil and Jessica Corbett  Common Dreams The embattled Democratic governor of the world’s fifth-largest economy directed the state […]

April 26th

“American Energy” is the new “Freedom Gas”, because GOP leadership knows its base is racist

This year’s Earth Day news was dominated by President Biden’s summit of world leaders and a pledge to cut emissions in half by 2030, but that didn’t stop deniers from trying to either crash or poop the party. The deplorable caucus spent the day being very mad at the Green New Deal, with locker room-abuse-denier Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) joining pro-treason Rep. Lauren […]

Big oil spends more on PR for its renewables research than on the research itself (not including cost of buying GOP senators)

Senator Bernie Sanders graciously invited a few Big Oil CEOs to a hearing last week on the cost of climate change, but wouldn’t you know it, they just couldn’t quite bring themselves to show up. But in ExxonKnews, Emily Sanders reported how, despite being too scared to show up and testify on the record, Big Oil’s presence was […]