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How green is California? Agencies are deep in the pockets of Big Ag and Big Oil

California is portrayed as the green leader, but the reality is much different. The state has some good environmental laws that protect our rivers, lakes, streams and ocean waters, but they’re enforced very poorly. These laws includes the California Endangered Species Act, California Environmental Water Quality Act, California Coastal Act, Marine Life Protection Act and […]

May 22nd

Trump admin rams through DAPL pipeline approval shockingly fast

With the announcement that the Trump administration is cutting through all the normal procedures and approving the DAPL pipeline, construction could resume tomorrow. By Jeremy Bloom From Indigenous Rising: Today, the Department of Army send a notice of intent to grant the final easement to Dakota Access pipeline to cross Lake Oahe, also known as […]

February 8th

GOP pushing for oil drilling in national parks

On Monday, Rep. Paul Gosar, the Republican who represents Arizona’s 4th Congressional District, launched Example #117 in the Trump-era category of No Big Surprise. By Meteor Blades (Originally appeared at DailyKos) He introduced a resolution to eliminate rules imposed in 2016 under the Obama administration that placed restrictions on existing oil and gas drilling operations on land governed […]

February 2nd

Fossil fuel lobbyists descend on Morocco climate talks

By Meteor Blades Fossil fuels will be heavily represented at next week’s Morocco Climate talks: Diplomats will convene in Marrakech for a couple of weeks starting Monday to determine how the signers of the Paris climate agreement will meet their pledges. [A]s the advocacy organization Corporate Accountability International shows, coal and gas representatives are also heavily involved. The […]

November 2nd

Did Jerry Brown’s campaign launder dirty money from big oil?

by Dan Bacher The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) announced  that it has opened an investigation into the California Democratic Party in response to a report by a prominent consumer group claiming that the party acted as a “laundry machine” to funnel donations from oil, energy and utility companies to Brown’s 2014 election campaign.  In her letter to the Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog, Galena […]

September 29th

Green news roundup – from climate to the Bundy Trial

By Meteor Blades FishOutofWater writes—Tropical Storm Matthew Forms, Moving into Caribbean’s All Time Ocean Heat, Looks Like a Killer: “I have feared for over a year that the combination of global warming and El Niño would warm the tropical Atlantic to record levels producing the conditions that would allow a hurricane as destructive as Sandy or Mitch […]

September 28th

Western States Petroleum Association wins the prestigious “Scummy” Award

by Dan Bacher   The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the lobbying organization for Big Oil in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, received the prestigious “Scummy Award” from the environmental group “Stop Fooling California” (stopfoolingca.org) on June 17 for “fighting for the oil industry’s right to pollute.” In every edition of Stop Fooling California’s “The Crude Truth” newsletter, the […]

June 18th

TransCanada plugs leak in Keystone I pipeline and turns on the flow from the tar sands again

By Meteor Blades Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. found the leak in Keystone I pipeline late Friday, patched it and opened the valves Sunday. The leak was found nine days ago by a farmer (NOT by the pipeline company) near a pump station in Freeman, South Dakota, a rural area. Nearly 17,000 gallons—400 barrels—of oil had leaked before the pipeline was shut down […]

April 11th

Fossil fuel dinosaurs need to adapt to the new energy climate or go extinct

By Meteor Blades The three-year-old fossil-fuel divestment movement, initiated by Bill McKibben and other climate activists, has been fairly successful at getting institutions—foundations, municipalities, universities and pension funds—to divest fossil fuels from their stock portfolios. In fact, 509 divesters have shed fossil-fuel investments worth an estimated $3.4 trillion. The latest example is the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Although the […]

March 25th

GOP plan Bundy-style public land giveaway to oil, mining and ranching millionaires

By Meteor Blades Two Republican Utah congressmen have introduced a deceptive public lands initiative designed to open a million acres of public land to private interests while pretending to protect other lands under a bogus “wilderness” designation where weakened environmental regulations would make that label a very unfunny joke. For 40 years, extremists have been eager to take over […]

January 21st