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As Biden embraces more ambitious climate plan, fossil fuel execs donating to Trump with greater zeal than 2016

With presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s climate platform becoming increasingly ambitious thanks to nonstop grassroots pressure, fossil fuel executives and lobbyists are pouring money into the coffers of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign in the hopes of keeping an outspoken and dedicated ally of dirty energy in the White House. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams The Houston Chronicle reported Monday that […]

August 4th

With dirty energy sector crashing, nearly 70 groups urge Fed to stop buying up wasteful fossil fuel industry debt

A coalition of nearly 70 advocacy organizations is demanding that the Federal Reserve immediately stop using its emergency Covid-19 lending facilities to buy up fossil fuel debt, warning that rescuing the faltering oil and gas industry is both a bad investment of public money and disastrous for the climate. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams The Federal Reserve Board’s “decision […]

August 3rd

150 attacks on science and counting: Trump administration’s anti-science actions hurt people and communities nationwide

Suppressed studies. Muzzled scientists. Disbanded scientific advisory committees. These are some examples of the gross violations of scientific integrity that the Trump administration has carried out during its 3½ years in power. At the Union of Concerned Scientists, we have been tracking these attacks on science since day one and our tracker has now hit a new, […]

August 3rd

‘Back for Another Whack’: Trump administration rule proposal would further undermine endangered species act

Environmental groups on Friday condemned the announcement of a new rule proposed by President Donald Trump that would further weaken the Endangered Species Act by making it easier to destroy habitats vulnerable species rely on for survival. “President Trump is back for another whack at another key environmental law,” said Oceana senior federal policy director Lara Levison. By Eoin […]

August 3rd

Coalition sues to block Trump’s scorched-earth attack on bedrock environmental law NEPA

A coalition of 20 organizations filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to block the Trump administration’s gutting of a law dubbed the “Magna Carta” of U.S. environmental legislation. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a five-decade old law, “embodies our nation’s environmental conscience” and “expressly commands the federal government to ‘fulfill the responsibilities of each generation as trustee […]

August 1st

EcoRight climate change news for the week of July 31

Last. Day. Of. July. Also known as: eight days until my baby leaves for college. (I’m not crying, you’re crying.) (Okay. I’m crying.) But for real… there was some activity this week! While we still aren’t up to pre-covid levels of action, it’s nice to see action brewing. By Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/ RepublicEN This week’s […]

July 31st

Climate speeches in Congress: Dems talk science while GOP gives wacky weather updates from 1964

A new study in Environmental Politics, led by Deboarh Lyn Guber, used an archive of the Congressional Record from 1996 to 2015 to analyze how elected officials have talked about climate change. The partisan difference was stark, with a single exception: Republicans were willing to talk about the impacts of climate change when those impacts were occurring in their […]

‘For a Greener Future’: Omar, Sanders introduce bill to end destructive taxpayer subsidies for fossil fuels

Progressive Democrats led by Rep. Ilhan Omar and Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday introduced a bill to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and other industry giveaways, calling taxpayer support of the climate-killing business- a counterproductive and dangerous use of federal funds as the climate crisis worsens and Americans suffer through an economic downturn sparked by the […]

July 27th

How to encourage your local government to go green

It’s always been important to live sustainably as individuals. Our smallest actions can make a significant impact as a whole! But it’s even more crucial for our local governments to realize their own climate change responsibility. These representatives have the means to set regulations that push us toward a sustainable future. By Emily Folk Here […]

July 23rd