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An Illustrated History of Government Agencies Twisting the Truth to Align With White House Misinformation

It has become a familiar pattern: President Donald Trump says something that doesn’t line up with the facts held by scientists and other experts at government agencies. Then, instead of pushing back, federal officials scramble to reconcile the fiction with their own public statements.  By Eric Umansky ProPublica It happened in March, when Trump pushed […]

June 28th

DC Sues Fossil Fuel Giants for Decades of Spending Millions to ‘Mislead Consumers and Discredit Climate Science in Pursuit of Profits’

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine on Thursday sued fossil fuel giants BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Royal Dutch Shell for “systematically and intentionally” misleading D.C. consumers about the role their products play in causing the climate crisis—following in the footsteps of other communities and states across the country, including Minnesota on Wednesday. By Jessica Corbett […]

June 26th

DNC Snubs Climate Movement Just as Greenpeace Endorses Democratic Panel’s Visionary Plan

Despite mounting pressure on the party to craft a 2020 platform that includes ambitious climate policies, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez on Monday announced a drafting committee that, in the words of journalist Emily Atkin, “snubs progressive climate activists again.” By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams  Despite mounting pressure on the party to craft a […]

June 24th

A small bipartisan step toward environmental justice passes in the Senate: Great American Outdoors Act

As we face the COVID-19 pandemic while once again confronting our greatest national sin—racism—coming together for reconciliation and healing is more important than ever. Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) in the Senate does just that. By Rev. Mitch Hescox Evangelical Environmental Network For many, the best place to seek freedom, healing, and […]

California fires: PG&E pleads guilty to felony manslaughter of 84 people, only fined $3.5 million

The CEO of Pacific Gas & Electric pled guilty on behalf of the company Tuesday to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter in a dramatic hearing regarding the devastating Camp Fire of 2018, but advocates for corporate accountability argued the nation’s largest utility should face more concrete consequences for the crime. Yes, the CEO needed to stand in court […]

June 18th

7 Ways the Trump admin is trashing the climate (With video!)

Many environmental protections in the United States can be traced back to the first Earth Day in 1970, which generated support for creating the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as the Clean Air and Water Acts. Environmental safeguards are critical to protecting Americans and ensuring sustainable economic growth. Unfortunately, over the last three and a half […]

June 18th

“Our fight is not over” say green groups after SCOTUS clears way for fracked gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Environmental campaigners on Monday reiterated their opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline after a U.S. Supreme Court decision removing a hurdle for the “climate-wrecking” fracked gas infrastructure project. The high court’s Monday decision (pdf) was 7-2, with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer joining the court’s conservative majority. Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented. By Andrea Germanos […]

June 18th

SCOTUS greenlights another pipeline, WSJ celebrates (while dissing the Lorax)

On Monday night, the Wall Street Journal editorial board confirmed that it is, in fact, every bit the villain that children’s stories warn about. And what’s more, they know it. Because in addition to an editorial sarcastically congratulating Justice Elana Kagan for persuading Neil Gorsuch to ‘rewrite’ the Civil Rights Act and confirm that gay and transgender people […]

Oil and gas win, clean energy loses in US Coronavirus response

As the United States reels from an unparalleled economic recession sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, Congress has correctly responded with some $3 trillion in stimulus packages, with more on the way. Economists on the left and right, including the head of the Federal Reserve, agree that stimulus spending is absolutely essential for our economic recovery. There […]

June 17th

If Trump wins re-election, you can kiss environmental protection goodbye

Donald Trump has been using cover of COVID-19 and his wannabe strongman response to Black Lives Matter protests to continue his pro-polluter agenda, recently with an Executive Order tossing basic environmental protections out the window under guise of economic recovery.   By Climate Denier Roundup Fortunately, this appears to be yet another pointless distraction., As Niina […]

Witnesses tell House hearing how the Coronavirus pandemic has spotlighted environmental injustice

Two congressional committees held hearings Tuesday that raised the matter of environmental injustice amid the national protests and the conversation about systemic racism sparked by the killing of unarmed, handcuffed African American George Floyd two weeks ago. As long as the Senate remains under Republican control, of course, the chances any legislation will pass Congress are slim […]

June 11th

Ecoright News: Bipartisan ag bill rewards climate-friendly farmers

Indiana Senator Mike Braun joined a bipartisan group of senators, including Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) to introduce the Growing Climate Solutions Act, a bill which would break down barriers for farmers and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets so they can be rewarded for climate-smart practices. The bill has the support of the American Farm Bureau Federation, National […]

Citizens’ Climate Lobby applauds Sens. Braun, Stabenow, Graham & Whitehouse for agriculture, climate bill

Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have introduced a bipartisan bill called the Growing Climate Solutions Act. According to the senators’ press release, the bill “will break down barriers for farmers and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets so they can be rewarded for climate-smart […]