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US must tackle marine plastics pollution ‘From source to sea’

The United States is the world’s leading marine plastics polluter and should devise a “national strategy” by the end of next year to address the crisis, according to a new report published Wednesday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams An estimated 8M metric tons of plastic waste enter […]

December 3rd

9 Dem lawmakers urge DOJ to free Steven Donziger, whose Chevron-backed prosecution is a gross miscarriage of justice

Nine U.S. House Democrats on Monday urged the Justice Department to “take immediate action” to secure the release of Steven Donziger, a human rights attorney who helped thousands of Ecuadorians win a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against oil giant Chevron and is now incarcerated on a contempt of court charge that experts say is retaliatory—and which followed two years of pre-trial house arrest, a […]

December 1st

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: 57,000 pro-life evangelicals call to protect God’s creation

57,000 pro-life Christians signed the Evangelical Environmental Network’s (EEN) petition calling for the protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Arctic Refuge is a sacred place, and pro-life Christians know that ongoing attempts to open the land to oil and gas drilling is an affront to God’s creation and the Indigenous sovereignty of the […]

Climate Brief: EPA employees union joins call to declare a climate emergency

At least 38 countries have officially declared climate emergencies. And since last December, many activists have called upon President Biden to do the same in hopes this will provide the White House with means to address the situation in ways that Republicans and a few Democratic enablers in Congress absolutely refuse to do. By Meteor Blades At COP26 […]

November 23rd

Dems deserve bragging rights for House passage of Build Back Better

Anybody who follows my views about the Build Back Better bill knows I am ecstatic about its passage in the House even though it is less than a third as big as it started out just a few months ago. We now get to spend a few weeks wondering if Sen. Joe Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Synema will get […]

November 22nd

Fed Chair Powell is no climate activist. Why would Biden consider renominating him?

Update: As we feared, President Biden announced Monday morning that he would renominate Republican Jerome Powell to lead the Federal Reserve. Read on to see why that’s not the optimum choice for a robust response to climate change. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams With President Joe Biden reportedly nearing a decision on his pick to head the […]

November 22nd

Dem lawmakers, climate groups urge Biden Admin to support children’s climate suit

Four dozen federal lawmakers and scores of advocacy groups on Thursday sent President Joe Biden and other leaders within his administration letters in support of the yearslong climate case that accuses the U.S. government of violating young Americans’ constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, and failing to protect essential public trust resources. By Jessica Corbett […]

November 21st

What’s in the Build Back Better Act? An amazing slate of climate action and clean energy

After months of negotiations, the House of Representatives (finally!) passed the Build Back Better Act despite opposition from every single Republican member. Next up: on to the Senate and President Biden’s desk — more on that below. By Morissa Zuckerman Sierra Club It’s hard to overstate the significance of this bill. If passed and implemented, […]

November 20th

Climate Action: House Democrats pass Build Back Better Act with zero GOP votes

Democrats broke out into applause and celebratory chants on the House floor Friday after the chamber passed its version of the Build Back Better Act, a $1.75 trillion package that includes hundreds of billions in funding for climate action, child care, housing, and other longstanding priorities.   By Jake Johnson Common Dreams The legislation’s passage came […]

November 19th

Large majority of voters support Build Back Better and its climate action provisions

A substantial majority of voters support the Build Back Better Act in its current form and strongly support its provisions, a new poll released yesterday by Data For Progress and Invest in America finds. 64% of voters, including 87% of Democrats, 63% of Independents, and 42% of Republicans, support the Build Back Better Act. By Data […]

November 19th

Build Back Better: House set to vote this morning after GOP delay

Progressive U.S. lawmakers are looking forward to an imminent vote on President Joe Biden’s flagship Build Back Better reconciliation bill this morning after the Congressional Budget Office released its estimates for the sweeping package—an analysis that a few conservative Democrats demanded before they would support the legislation. This comes after a lengthy speech by GOP […]

November 19th

Court-ordered oil lease goes ahead – why didn’t Biden do more to block it?

>As the Biden administration moved ahead Wednesday with an auction of more than 80 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas companies—the largest-ever sale of fossil fuel drilling leases in the Gulf—climate action groups and legal experts said the Interior Department’s actions were legally dubious as well as being “dangerous” and “hypocritical.” By […]

November 18th

Creationcare: The signing of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill is good news for our children, communities and country

As people of the Good News, we celebrate the signing of the landmark bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law today by President Biden because it is good news for our children’s health, our communities’ safety, and the financial wellbeing of our families and the economy. We thank President Biden for his leadership on this historic investment […]

Biden is locked into new fossil fuel drilling leases by law. What can we do about that?

President Joe Biden’s speech at the COP26 summit was heartening after four years of grotesque climate lies, and the destruction or undermining of many of the modest climate-related policies in place before Biden’s predecessor in the White House got his hands on them. By Meteor Blades Biden said: My friends, if we’re to recognize that […]

November 16th

Big Ag furious after EPA determines top herbicides driving vulnerable species toward extinction

As Big Ag fumed Monday over a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency determination that herbicides including the endocrine-disrupting atrazine and carcinogenic glyphosate are likely to harm more than 1,600 protected plant and animal species, environmentalists pointed to the agency’s findings as proof of the need for stricter limits on the use of the dangerous poisons.   By Brett Wilkins […]

November 16th