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Rage against Willow – Fellow Dems say arctic drilling approval leaves ‘Oil Stain’ on Biden climate legacy

Progressives on Capitol Hill joined climate advocates and Indigenous leaders across the country Monday in blasting U.S. President Joe Biden for his administration’s approval of ConocoPhillips’ Willow oil project on federal land in Alaska. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “The Biden administration has committed to fighting climate change and advancing environmental justice—today’s decision to approve the Willow […]

March 14th

Rage against Willow – Biden administration okays oil and gas ‘carbon bomb’ on Alaska’s pristine North Slope

The supreme irony of the Biden administration’s decision announced Monday to green-light ConocoPhillips’ massive, $8 billion Willow oil and gas project in a pristine part of Alaska’s North Slope can be found in a word: thermosiphons. Since the 1960s, Alaska has warmed more than twice as fast as the rest of the United States. By Meteor Blades Scientists predict that the region will warm […]

March 14th

VP Kamala Harris touts administration’s efforts on climate and environment at Colorado event

To an overflow audience that included Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and numerous other state and local officials at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris explored the benefits of the billions of dollars of the Investment and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). As she has done at previous events […]

March 11th

Climate Hawks win! For now… Biden admin puts off decision on climate-killing Willow arctic oil-drilling

Sometimes, climate hawks like you are un-flapping believable. Driven by young climate activists and indigenous Alaskan leaders, calls to #StopWillow have been seen more than 500 million times on social media, and have generated millions of comments opposing the project.    By RL Miller Climate Hawks Vote President Biden was supposed to issue a final decision […]

March 9th

Biden Admin sues petrochemical giants over deadly pollution in Cancer Alley

The Biden administration on Tuesday sued two corporations behind a petrochemical plant in Louisiana, arguing that the facility poses “unacceptably high cancer risks” to the low-income and predominantly Black residents of nearby communities and demanding significant cuts in toxic pollution. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams On behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the […]

March 2nd

Instead of a climate realist, Biden appoints a Wall Street exec to head World Bank

U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday nominated a private equity executive and former Mastercard CEO to lead the World Bank, drawing furious backlash from climate and anti-corruption campaigners who said the pick would ensure the key global financial institution remains a tool of corporate interests and funder of climate chaos. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams Ajay Banga’s […]

February 26th

Biden administration announces plans on equity, renewables, environmental justice

Three environmentally important announcements came from the Biden administration this month. Reinforcing an effort he signed into action on his first day in office, the president on Thursday ordered federal agencies to provide annual plans to guarantee that underserved communities can actually benefit from their policies. They must also designate a senior leader to promote racial equity and foster […]

February 21st

EPA’s $27 billion greenhouse gas reduction fund will provide health, economic, and wealth-building benefits to communities

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its initial program design guidance for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GHGRF or “fund”). This key environmental justice and climate provision of President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act will help provide direct investment toward climate mitigation and resilience projects in communities across the country. By Public Citizen “The EPA’s initial guidance for […]

February 16th

EPA gets more than four hundred thousand comments calling for the strongest possible methane rule

The public comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed supplemental rule aimed at cutting methane and other emissions from the oil and gas sector ended Tuesday. The broad coalition of methane rule supporters submitted more than 400,000 comments, more than 16,000 of which came from Sierra Club members and volunteers, urging EPA to […]

February 15th

SOTU: Bringing manufacturing back to the US requires political will, but success hinges on training American workers

Supply chain disruptions during COVID-19 brought to light how interdependent nations are when it comes to manufacturing. The inability of the U.S. to produce such needed goods as test kits and personal protective equipment during the pandemic revealed our vulnerabilities as a nation. Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology The Conversation China’s rise as […]

February 8th

SOTU: Biden calls for climate action. His first step should be halting new oil and gas drilling

President Joe Biden said during his State of the Union address Tuesday that the climate crisis is an “existential threat” and political leaders have an obligation to confront it. Seconds later, the president briefly deviated from his prepared remarks to add, “We’re still going to need oil and gas for a while”—prompting applause from Republican lawmakers. By Jake Johnson Common […]

February 8th