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Money talks: Big business, political strategy and corporate involvement in US state politics

Political spending by corporations is big business. As one corporate executive with experience in business-government relations says, “A company that is dependent on government that does not donate to politicians is engaging in corporate malpractice.” Our research group heard that statement during a series of interviews with industry insiders that we conducted for a study on corporate […]

June 30th

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

‘Outrageous and Chilling’: Police Condemned for Charging Peaceful Environmentalists With ‘Terrorizing’ in Louisiana

At least 40 U.S. climate and environmental advocacy groups on Friday rallied behind two Louisiana Bucket Brigade activists who are facing felony “terrorizing” charges for leaving a box of plastic pellets collected from Texas waters near a coastal Formosa Plastics facility on the doorstep of a fossil fuel lobbyist in December 2019. By Jessica Corbett […]

June 28th

Coronavirus responses highlight how humans are hardwired to dismiss facts that don’t fit their worldview

Bemoaning uneven individual and state compliance with public health recommendations, top U.S. COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci recently blamed the country’s ineffective pandemic response on an American “anti-science bias.” He called this bias “inconceivable,” because “science is truth.” Fauci compared those discounting the importance of masks and social distancing to “anti-vaxxers” in their “amazing” refusal to […]

June 27th

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

Environmental injustice is even worse than we thought

As our nation searches its soul for a response to racial injustice in policing, it must also reckon with profound environmental injustice. New research shows that a handful of egregiously polluting facilities account for the vast majority of toxic releases and that a disproportionate share of these facilities are located near black and brown neighborhoods. By David Coursen […]

June 21st

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

Feds are attacking the basis of solar energy. 450 green groups tell them “Hands off!”

Over 450 environmental, faith, and consumer advocacy groups on Monday urged federal regulators to reject a proposal from a secretive rightwing organization that would upend policies seen as “foundational to achieving the nation’s urgently-needed clean and just energy transition.” The call comes in a letter (pdf) to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and concerns the New England […]

June 17th

“But her emails”! Seriously, Daily Caller goes there. Again. Against Lisa Jackson.

On Friday morning, we laughed at the Daily Caller’s new majority owner Neil Patel claiming the now-Tucker-Carlson-Free outlet will “not be partisan in any way.” How long did it take before our skepticism was justified by an obviously partisan story? Approximately seven hours and 45 minutes. By Climate Denier Roundup On Thursday, Apple tapped its environmental director […]