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Trump plan to open National Forests to oil and gas drilling rebuked as attack on biodiversity and indigenous lands

Defenders of wildlife and biodiversity on Tuesday decried a proposal released by President Donald Trump’s Department of Agriculture that would sharply curtail the U.S. Forest Service’s ability to weigh in on the activities of oil and gas giants in the country’s national forests, opening millions of acres of protected land to drilling operations. By Julia Conley Common Dreams The […]

September 5th

Big oil and coal are in big trouble despite billions in bailouts

Just over a month ago, President Trump claimed victory for saving Big Oil, saying that he ‘created it’ and then he ‘saved it.’ But like many, many claims by the President, this fantasy is false. Despite upwards of $7 billion in taxpayer-backed Paycheck Protection Program loans, billions more in tax breaks, and waiving environmental rules by federal agencies that gave corporations […]

September 4th

Children shouldn’t have to live right next to oil wells and fracking; Ventura County Supervisors pass setback rule

After years of community members organizing and going to hearing after hearing, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors in an on-line 14-hour final hearing last night voted 3 to 2 to tentatively approve the nation’s first 2500 foot health and safety setback from oil wells as part of their General Plan. By Dan Bacher “We’re now one step closer to […]

September 4th

If Cali. Gov. Newsom wants to cut back on oil and fracking, why are new drilling permits up 190% in past 6 months?

As the California Resources Corporation and other oil companies filed for bankruptcy and COVID-19 cases shattered California daily records in the second quarter of 2020, oil regulators under Governor Gavin Newsom also shattered records for dispensing new oil and gas production well drilling permits, Consumer Watchdog and FracTracker Alliance said in a report released today. By Dan Bacher “The […]

September 3rd

Despite poll showing aggressive climate action a winning issue, Biden boasts ‘I am not banning fracking’

In response to claims from President Donald Trump that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would ban fracking, the former vice president told voters in the swing state of Pennsylvania on Monday that he would not outlaw the practice—despite polling that shows the American public increasingly favors aggressive actions left out of Biden’s campaign proposals and […]

September 1st

The 3 CA Senate Dems who voted against drilling setbacks bill took big bucks from big oil

Three California Senate Democrats who voted with Republicans against an amended version of AB 345, a bill that would require the establishment of an environmental justice program at the California Natural Resources Agency, received $142,206 in donations from oil and gas corporations. By Dan Bacher Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg, Senator Anna Caballero and Senator Ben Hueso joined Republican Senators Andrea Borgeas and Brian Jones to defeat the […]

August 20th

Fracking must have a great future if they have to hire PR flacks to write cheesy op eds

These days, it’s somewhat rare for us to come across a name we don’t recognize while perusing the deniersphere, as their aging demographic isn’t exactly bringing in much fresh blood. So we were surprised by a “guest post” at Energy in Depth, given that the Independent Petroleum Association of America’s dedicated propaganda blog generally posts […]

Big banks are buying up fracking industry assets with coronavirus bailout funds

Climate advocates are slamming banking interests after a report revealed that JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Citigroup are planning to take over distressed oil and gas companies assets in the wake of an industry collapse, likely by using access to federal bailout money included in the coronavirus relief package passed by Congress. […]

August 17th

CA Senate committee votes 4 to 5 against bill to create health and safety zones around oil wells

California, a state that state officials and the mainstream media constantly portray as “green” and “progressive,” still doesn’t have health and safety setbacks around oil and gas wells like Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Dakota and other states do. By Dan Bacher The  Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water yesterday voted 4-5 against AB […]

August 7th

United Domestic Workers of America backs bill mandating safe distance between oil wells and schools, houses

United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930) has just announced they’ve joined as co-sponsors of an amended version of Assembly Bill AB 345 (Muratsuchi), legislation originally designed to require 2500 foot health and safety setbacks from oil and gas wells in California. By Dan Bacher The announcement took place one day before the bill was scheduled to be heard by the […]

August 5th

As far-right militia takes over the Bakken oil fields, rates of missing and murdered indigenous women skyrocket

Yesterday, we drew some highlights from an incredible story by Justin Nobel in DeSmog about how, according to one Three Percenter, “you have a lot of Three Percenters working in the oil fields of North Dakota,” and why the Bakken oil field in North Dakota is employing a bunch of militaristic, racist, well-armed men “with a paranoid worldview,” in […]

Is a far-right militia taking over the Bakken oil fields?

A bombshell story from Justin Nobel at DeSmogblog yesterday reports that members of the Three Percenters have infiltrated the Bakken oil fields. To those steeped in climate change, a group of people called “Three Percenters” may be mistaken for the name of those who deny the consensus about climate science shared by 97% of scientists. While that’s […]

Pro-life Christians ask why Pennsylvania is throwing money at dirty energy

Why in the world would Pennsylvania wish to give away money to the natural gas and petrochemical industry? Sadly, that’s exactly what happened on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 as the House concurred with the Senate-amended HB 732 that gives away $26,666,668 per year in tax breaks for new petrochemical plants in Pennsylvania that use locally […]

Elected officials ask why California regulators under Newsom are approving new fracking permits

Elected Officials to Protect California (EOPCA ), a coalition of current and former elected officials opposed to fracking and increased oil and gas drilling in the state, is asking why California Governor Gavin Newsom is helping the failing fracking industry by overseeing an expansion of fracking operations during a global pandemic. By Dan Bacher In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

July 16th

‘Privatize the Profit, Socialize the Mess’: Abandoned fracking wells spew climate-killing methane nationwide

A devastating new report from the New York Times details how as fracking companies are going out of business they are leaving behind unsecured wells spewing methane and other gases into the atmosphere and paying out the same executives that drove them into bankruptcy huge bonuses—drawing condemnation from activists and climate advocates. By Eoin Higgins Common Dreams […]

July 15th