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Buden and Haaland block Trump’s stupid plan for oil drilling in ANWR

Environmental campaigners in Alaska and across the country are cautiously celebrating the Biden administration’s Tuesday decision to suspend some fossil fuel drilling leases that were sold in the Arctic shortly before former President Donald Trump left office while also calling on Congress to provide permanent protections to one of the planet’s most biodiverse places. By Jessica […]

June 2nd

Why is the Biden Justice Department defending Trump’s massive Alaska drilling project?

The Biden administration is facing backlash from climate activists and scientists after filing a court brief Wednesday in defense of a major Trump-era Alaska drilling project that’s expected to produce up to 160,000 barrels of oil a day over a 30-year period—a plan that runs directly counter to the White House’s stated goal of slashing U.S. carbon emissions. By Jake Johnson […]

May 28th

Why are we even considering building yet another petrochemical plant in LA’s “Cancer Alley”

Citing the imperative to “protect the residents and natural resources of St. James Parish and to prevent public health and environmental harms across our jurisdictions,” attorneys general from four states and the District of Columbia on Monday sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking it to thoroughly evaluate the adverse impacts […]

May 26th

JP Morgan Chase is greenwashing on fossil fuel funding. It’s time to stop the money pipeline!

In October of last year, JPMorgan Chase, the world’s largest funder of fossil fuels, announced that it was going to align its business model with the Paris Agreement. The pledge came only after years of campaigning by activists and was widely welcomed. The most exciting part of the announcement was Chase’s promise to release 2030 climate targets. […]

CA oil drilling setback bill was defeated by pols who received $288k from big oil

On April 27, Amy Moas of Greenpeace began a series of pieces profiling some of the many ways that the fossil fuel industry exerts pressure across California’s government with a well-written and well-researched piece, “California’s Fossil Fuel Friendships – Part 1. Votes for Polluters over People.” By Dan Bacher  “Through lobbying, insider influence, campaign spending and more, the […]

May 22nd

L.A. City Council votes to support closing SoCalGas Aliso Canyon gas storage facility

In a major victory for community activists and public health advocates, the Los Angeles City Council voted to support closing the SoCalGas Aliso Canyon gas storage facility on Wednesday, May 19. Aliso Canyon, located in Santa Susana Mountains near Porter Ranch in Los Angeles, was the site of the worst gas blowout in U.S. history. By Dan Bacher Fourteen […]

May 21st

Gov. Newsom’s May budget revision allocates $200 million to plug California’s abandoned and orphaned oil wells

California Governor Gavin Newsom on May 14 unveiled his May budget revision that allocates $200 million to plug abandoned and orphaned oil and gas wells, many located near low-income residential areas where the majority of residents are Latino and Black. By Dan Bacher In January 2020, a report by the California Council on Science & Technology revealed that California taxpayers could […]

May 17th

Colonial Pipeline shutdown wasn’t about cyber attack – it was protecting corporate profits

Colonial Pipeline operators made the proactive choice to shut down the 5,500-mile pipeline, setting off gas shortages, panic, and chaos up and down the East Coast, in order to protect their own profits, CNN reports. The ransomware attack did not actually affect the Koch-owned pipeline’s operations, but did make the company concerned it wouldn’t be able to […]

May 17th

Colonial Pipeline shutdown: Turns out oil and gas are intermittent, too (and dirty)

The ransomware hacking of the Koch-owned Colonial Pipeline is exactly the sort of uncertain energy-relevant situation that climate deniers love to exploit with disinformation. This time though, they seem to be having a bit of trouble blaming this fossil fuel infrastructure problem on climate activists. Not that they’re not trying. By Climate Denier Roundup It started incoherently, […]

Big Oil pretends to embrace climate action nationally, while fighting climate policies locally

This week, fossil fuel giant BP announced that while it left some trade groups last year, supposedly over their climate denial, it’s still going to maintain membership in the American Petroleum Institute, National Association of Manufacturers, US Chamber of Commerce and others. Apparently those groups’ lip-service embrace of a price on carbon is enough to set them apart from […]

Supporters rally for Steven Donziger as Chevron’s trial aimed at silencing critics begins

Human rights defenders spoke at a rally in New York City Monday ahead of what they called a “show trial” for attorney Steven Donziger, who was held in contempt of court in 2019 by a prosecutor with ties to the fossil fuel industry. Donziger won (pdf) a historic $9.5 billion judgment against oil giant Chevron in 2013 over the […]

May 11th

Fracked gas IS a bridge… to tens of thousands of premature deaths

A new study by researchers at Harvard University confirmed Wednesday that natural gas and wood as energy sources—billed by proponents as “cleaner” alternatives to coal and oil—are a major threat to public health and are responsible for pollution which causes tens of thousands of premature deaths each year. By Julia Conley Common Dreams The study, published in […]

May 6th