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Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approves motions to phase out oil and gas drilling

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved two companion motions that will put Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the nation, on a path to ban existing oil drilling and transition fossil fuel workers to careers in clean energy and other climate-friendly industries. By Dan Bacher There are approximately 1,600 active and idle oil […]

September 20th

Harvard to divest from fossil fuels after a decade of pressure

Nearly a decade of tireless grassroots activism led by students, alumni, and faculty members culminated in Harvard University’s announcement Thursday that it is ending its investments in planet-warming fossil fuels, a decision campaigners celebrated as a major victory for the climate movement. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams In an open letter posted to the university’s website, Harvard President […]

September 11th

Biden calls Code Red on climate – now he has to act like it!

Yesterday, President Biden warned of a “code red” on climate change, predicting that natural disasters will continue with “more frequency and ferocity.” Now he must follow through on these warning with real action, and accept that there is no future with fossil fuels. By Jessica Hamilton Climate Hawks Vote There is a better way. The clean energy transition can […]

September 8th

Labor Day: As we move away from oil and coal, ensuring a fair transition for US fossil fuel workers

Long before the coronavirus (COVID-19) hit and oil prices collapsed, the U.S. fossil fuel industry and its workers were vulnerable. Threats included increasing cost-competitiveness of renewable energy compared to fossil fuels, investor concerns about financial risks and stranded assets, and a changing policy landscape (at state and local levels at least) seeking to meet decarbonization […]

September 6th

‘Victory for Environmental Justice’: Review Ordered for Proposed Cancer Alley Plastics Complex

Environmental justice and climate campaigners celebrated after a federal official on Wednesday ordered a detailed review of the impacts of a massive Formosa Plastics complex set to be built on over 2,000 acres in an area of Louisiana long known as “Cancer Alley.”   By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Today’s announcement is the ultimate David v. […]

August 20th

Thanks to ruling by Trump-appointed judge, Biden admin must resume oil drilling leases on public lands

Climate groups are expressing deep concern following an Interior Department announcement Monday that the Biden administration will resume oil and gas drilling leases on public lands and waters—a practice President Joe Biden vowed to ban during his 2020 run for the White House—in response to a federal court ruling. By John Queally Common Dreams While the Biden administration […]

August 18th

Blueprint for the Nation: County in WA state bans new fossil fuel infrastructure

In a move that comes as wildfires ravage the Western United States and could serve as a model for communities nationwide, the Whatcom County Council in Washington voted unanimously on Tuesday night to approve new policies aimed at halting local fossil fuel expansion. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “For too long, the fossil fuel industry has been allowed […]

July 29th

Ohio’s House Bill 6 was a giant step backward for clean energy energy marred by bribary scandal. Let’s repeal it!

This week marked the 1-year anniversary of the revelation of the $61 million bribery and racketeering scandal surrounding House Bill 6 (HB 6). This law removed all energy efficiency standards, slashed renewable energy standards, and continues to provide a bailout for two coal plants built in the 1950s (one of which is out of state). […]

The next big financial crisis could be triggered by climate change – but central banks can prevent it

In 2008, as big banks began failing across Wall Street and the housing and stock markets crashed, the nation saw how crucial financial regulation is for economic stability – and how quickly the consequences can cascade through the economy when regulators are asleep at the wheel. By Garth Heutel, Georgia State University; Givi Melkadze, Georgia […]

July 19th

Why is the Biden Admin approving fossil fuel permits faster than under Trump or Obama?

Flying in the face of the White House’s reference to the climate crisis as an “existential threat” and President Joe Biden’s campaign pledge, his administration has so far approved fossil fuel drilling permits on public and tribal lands at a faster rate than his two immediate predecessors, a new Associated Press analysis has found. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams […]

July 15th

With Amazon Rainforest at ‘tipping point,’ Big Banks told to end fossil fuel financing

Amazon Watch and Stand.earth revealed Thursday that major European and U.S. banks are at high risk of funding corruption, environmental harms, and human rights violations in the Amazon basin—along with exacerbating the climate emergency and escalating deforestation—due to their relationships with fossil fuel companies and traders. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The advocacy groups’ new report, […]

July 10th