Youth activists stand against Oregon pipeline

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It’s youth of today vs energy of the past in Oregon today. Youth climate justice leaders from Oregon and California, including plaintiffs in the climate action lawsuit Juliana v. US. (supported by Our Children’s Trust) will challenge a Liquid Natural Gas Pipeline as a threat to climate, water and communities today. By Dan Bacher  The young […] read more

James Howard Kunstler: The religious hysteria of the secular left patriarchy

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The abiding enigma of this tormented era remains: why has the thinking class of America abandoned thinking? The answer is: it’s the reaction to their own failure. Failure to do what? To produce the utopia that Gnostic liberalism promised — a perfect world based on altering human nature. By James Howard Kunstler The result is […] read more

Trump approves first new Arctic oil drilling – by Russian-connected company, of course

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It hasn’t even been two years since Shell abandoned it’s stupid and expensive arctic oil drilling campaign. But the Trump administration – that never met a stupid idea it wasn’t gung-ho in favor of – has reopened the can of worms. And of course, there’s a hefty Russian connection. By Jeremy Bloom Royal Dutch Shell […] read more

Jerry Brown’s cap-and-trade bill passes Senate Environmental Quality Committee

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Assembly Bill 398, Governor Jerry Brown’s legislation extending California’s controversial cap-and-trade program, passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee by a five- to-two party line vote today. It will head to the Senate floor on Monday, July 17. By Dan Bacher The bill is opposed by many environmental justice, consumer and conservation groups, although supported by some “Big Green” NGOs, including the Natural Resources Defense […] read more

71% of global greenhouse gas emissions came from just 100 companies

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A historic new report from CDP has revealed that 71% of all greenhouse gas emissions since 1988 can be traced back to only 100 fossil fuel producers, a group which together are responsible for 635 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. By Joshua S Hill  The new research from CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, which […] read more

Big agriculture’s awful GROW water bill passes house. Dems will fight it in the Senate.

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The bill to take control of California’s water away from California has passed the House. HR 23, the “Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017,” aka the GROW water bill, passed on a near-party-line vote. By Jeremy Bloom  “This will provide more water … allow more of that water to come through the Valley where […] read more

America’s Pledge: Cities and states have a roadmap to meet Paris Climate Agreement despite Trump

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Good news and real leadership are here, just when we need them most, as a massive trillion-ton iceberg breaks away from the Larsen ice sheet in Antarctica and an apocalyptic viral climate article in New York Magazine captivates (and terrifies) the internet. By Mary Ann Hitt Sierra Club Beyond Coal campaign Today, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and California […] read more

Paris Climate Agreement: EU ministers moving forward without the US

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Environment ministers from across the European Union will meet this week in Estonia to discuss recent global developments on climate change and the European Union’s implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement. By Joshua S Hill  To say that the first half of the year has been contentious would be to belabor understatement to its breaking point. […] read more

California’s cap-and-trade bill is a giant wet kiss to big oil

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If California is so green, why is big oil about to get a giant wet kiss from the Democratic legislature – a cap-and-trade bill written from big oil talking points that gives away the store? By Dan Bacher Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch oppose Assembly Bill 398, California’s cap-and-trade bill, calling it “a […] read more

Oh, snap! Trillion-ton Larsen C iceberg breaks off Antarctic ice shelf

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The biggest iceberg in recorded history has broken off of Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf, sending a trillion tons of ice into shipping lanes. If only somebody could tow this Larsen C iceberg to California, it would go a long way toward solving the Southwest’s water shortages… By Jeremy Bloom Scientists worry that the entire […] read more

Feinstein, Harris, even Jerry Brown hate big agriculture’s awful GROW water bill

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California Governor Jerry Brown and Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein have voiced their opposition to HR 23, the “Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017,” aka the GROW water bill, that is supported by San Joaquin Valley agribusiness interests. By Dan Bacher  This bill is strongly opposed by California Indian Tribes, fishing groups and conservation […] read more

Polluting Pruitt’s latest stupid idea: a TV debate on climate science

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Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency-hating chief of the EPA, wants to have a televised debate among scientists on climate change. When my colleague Mark Sumner read the news about this, he pictured a climate Thunderdome in which two scientists enter and a hunk of the public leaves still believing that there really is a debate to be had. By […] read more

France will cut back on nuclear power by shutting down up to 17 aging reactors

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Environment Minister  Nicolas Hulot says that France may shutter as many as 17 nuclear power reactors by the year 2025. During an interview on RTL radio, Hulot noted that the government of newly-installed Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will continue pursuing a policy of cutting back nuclear’s current 75% share of France’s electricity generation to 50% […] read more

Peak oil: Saudi Aramco CEO says oil shortage is coming. Discoveries and investments are down.

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The CEO of Saudi Aramco, Amin Nasser,  recently told a conference in Istanbul that the world is  heading toward an oil supply shortage as a result of falling discoveries of new conventional oil reserves and steep drops in new investment. By James Ayre  This situation — peak oil for conventional oil fields, which was passed several […] read more

Bringing salmon home to Cali – natives raise $60,000 on GoFundMe

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California’s native Winnemem Wintu tribe has been working tirelessly to restore the native salmon to their Northern California streams and rivers. And they’ve nearly reached their GoFundMe goal of $85,000, having reached their preliminary target of $60,000. By Jeremy Bloom In one of the most unusual restoration stories I’ve ever heard, the Winnemem Wintu are attempting to […] read more