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Aging fossil fuel operations in wildlife habitat at California’s Ballona Wetlands are a recipe for disaster!

As a tragic oil release in Orange County has devastated shorelines, beaches, wetlands and near-shore ecosystems, Los Angeles wildlife advocates and climate activists are calling on California Governor Gavin Newsom to close down fossil fuel operations threatening wildlife and abandon phony “restorations” that help the oil and gas industry, according to a press release from Defend Ballona Wetlands. By Dan Bacher As a tragic oil release in […]

October 21st

How methane emissions contribute to climate change

The United States and the European Union announced a new pledge to reduce global methane emissions by at least 30% by 2030 relative to 2020 levels, with the intention that many more major emitters will join on in the lead up to the annual climate conference in Glasgow later this year. For the first time, the pledge […]

September 19th

Texas oil fields full of ‘lawless’ methane flaring

As much as 84% of gas flaring performed by oil and gas drillers in the Permian Basin was done without permits, a new analysis from Earthworks reveals. “The oil and gas fields in Texas are just lawless,” Earthworks Senior Field Advocate and one of the report’s authors, Sharon Wilson succinctly told Reuters. By Nathan Kauffman […]

August 21st

Community members unite to stop SoCalGas from its polluting facility in Ventura

More than 250 frontline community members and elected officials from across California rallied in Ventura — the fastest warming county in the US, according to rally organizers —  to demand action from California Governor Gavin Newsom on fossil fuels. By Dan Bacher The rally took place at the site of a gas compressor station SoCalGas, a subsidiary […]

July 26th

House uses Congressional Revue Act to reverse child-killing Trump-Era methane rule

Progressive advocates celebrated the U.S. House’s passage Friday of a resolution to reinstate federal regulations on methane pollution, while also emphasizing that confronting the climate emergency requires implementing stronger safeguards. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams The resolution reversed the Trump administration’s rollback last August of the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules governing oil and gas companies’ emissions of the potent greenhouse gas. Twelve House Republicans joined Democrats […]

June 28th

Evangelical Environmental Network thanks the sponsors of the Methane Congressional Review Act

This week, the House Joint Resolution 14 passed in the U.S. House of Representatives ending Trump-era EPA methane emissions rule. President/CEO of the Evangelical Network, Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox made the following statement: “We are thankful for co-sponsors Representatives Diana DeGette of Colorado, Scott Peters of California, and Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania for their leadership […]

L.A. City Council votes to support closing SoCalGas Aliso Canyon gas storage facility

In a major victory for community activists and public health advocates, the Los Angeles City Council voted to support closing the SoCalGas Aliso Canyon gas storage facility on Wednesday, May 19. Aliso Canyon, located in Santa Susana Mountains near Porter Ranch in Los Angeles, was the site of the worst gas blowout in U.S. history. By Dan Bacher Fourteen […]

May 21st

Evangelicals encouraged as EPA defends creation from methane

The Evangelical Environmental Network and its body of 200,000+ pro-life Christians who support a strong fugitive methane standard are grateful to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their announcement to begin the process to develop a proposed rule to reduce methane and other harmful pollutants from new and existing sources in the oil and natural […]

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 […]

Reducing methane is crucial for protecting climate and health, and it can pay for itself – so why aren’t more companies doing it?

Methane, the main ingredient in natural gas, is a larger climate problem than the world anticipates, and cutting its emissions will be crucial to slow global warming, a new United Nations report warns. The greenhouse gas is many times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the planet, and its concentration in the atmosphere is […]

UN report highlights ‘Absolutely critical’ need to dramatically slash global methane emissions

The critical importance of reducing global methane emissions, including those generated by the fossil fuel industry, is more significant than previously understood, according to a report published Thursday by the United Nations Environment Program. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams The new global methane assessment (pdf) concludes that slashing a pollutant that is 84 to 87 times more potent than […]

May 8th

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

Evangelicals applaud the bipartisan Senate CRA vote that blocked Trump’s terrible methane rules

Following the bipartisan Senate vote on the Congressional Review Act, Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox, President and CEO of the Evangelical Network, released the following statement: “We are thankful for co-sponsors Senators Collins (R-ME), Heinrich (D-NM), King (I-ME), Markey (D-MA), and my own Senator Casey (D-PA) plus the great additional backing from Senators Graham (R-SC) and […]

UN warns that slashing methane emissions must take larger role in fighting climate crisis

The United Nations will release a report next month on methane, calling for a reduction in emissions of the main component of natural gas to play a greater role in fighting the climate crisis—a step that could result in relatively rapid benefits for public health and the climate, according to scientists. By Julia Conley Common […]

April 27th

How the natural gas industry is ‘Weaponizing equity amidst a climate crisis’

Earlier this month when the NAACP published a report on how the fossil fuel industry throws money around to exert its power and get what it wants (more money and power, so more pollution) we used Mike Rowe’s faux-working class persona as an example of how Big Oil co-opts community leaders. By Climate Denier Roundup While that was […]