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Drain the swamp (or permafrost): Selling out the arctic

The wild and unspoiled northeastern corner of Alaska known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has been protected from development for more than half a century, but that’s never stopped oil and gas companies from wanting to drill there. On several occasions, they’ve come dangerously close to succeeding. But now, thanks to the chaos of […]

October 12th

Scott Pruitt’s cynical move to dump the Clean Power Plan

Yesterday, the EPA took a first formal step in repealing the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a regulation designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by approximately 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. This is a terribly irresponsible decision. Recent ferocious storms, intensified by warming oceans and air, remind us of […]

October 12th

FERC reluctant to go along with Rick Perry’s scheme to subsidize dirty coal plants

At the end of September, US Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry formally proposed to the country’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) the propping-up and subsidization of the coal and nuclear industries, but immediate and subsequent commentary suggest that Secretary Perry won’t be having things all his way. By Joshua S Hill  Following in the wake […]

October 11th

Evangelicals oppose messing with methane rules

Fixing natural gas leaks on public lands is pro-life and good stewardship.  That is why we oppose the Trump Administration’s proposal to delay and then weaken the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) regulation to reduce methane pollution on public lands under BLM’s jurisdiction.  This regulation or rule was released in November 2016. By Rev. Mitch Hescox President/CEO […]

October 8th

99% of Scotts oppose fracking; government orders ban

The battle lines between the fossil fuel industry and ordinary people are starkly drawn in Scotland. The Scottish economy depends on natural gas for much of its domestic heating and commercial activity, but production from wells in the North Sea have been declining for years. The industry proposes to cover the shortfall by fracking on […]

October 5th

Fracking industry loves Sean Spicer

Sean Spicer might be among the least trusted public figures in the U.S. After he lost his job as White House press secretary, all five major TV news networks — including both Fox News and CNN, as well as CBS News, ABC News, and NBC News — declined to hire Spicer as a paid contributor, with network insiders reportedly telling NBC News, Spicer had a “lack of credibility.” His attempt to rehabilitate […]

October 4th

Rick Perry’s Energy Department plans to prop up coal plants with direct subsidies

In a blatant money-grab for the coal industry, Rick Perry’s Energy Department is pushing for direct subsidies to dirty, un-economical coal-fired power plants. So much for “The government shouldn’t pick winners and losers”. So much for “Let market forces decide”. By Jeremy Bloom Ironically, after years of environmentalists urging that the true cost of fuels be […]

September 29th

Katherine Hayhoe: I was a an Exxon-funded climate scientist

ExxonMobil’s deliberate attempts to sow doubt on the reality and urgency of climate change and their donations to front groups to disseminate false information about climate change have been public knowledge for a long time, now. Investigative reports in 2015 revealed that Exxon had its own scientists doing its own climate modeling as far back as the 1970s: science and modeling that […]

September 23rd