California gets more “voluntary” water compliance (that doesn’t actually limit water use)

Published on May 19th, 2022 | by

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Last week, the board of the Metropolitan Water District (MWD), the largest water wholesaler in Southern California, voted to participate in what environmental justice and fish advocates describe as the “environmentally destructive” Voluntary Agreements (VA’s) currently being promoted by agribusiness and the Newsom Administration. By Dan Bacher “These agreements are a work around to regulations […]

House to vote on bill to end big oil’s obscene price gouging

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As congressional lawmakers prepare to vote on a bill aimed at curbing Big Oil profiteering, an analysis published Wednesday by a trio of advocacy groups shows how fossil fuel companies “continue to generously reward their investors while consumers pay sky-high prices.” By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams Data compiled by Friends of the Earth, BailoutWatch, and Public Citizen […]

Bitcoin bro says solar energy is a scam; what we really need is… nuclear cars?

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On Tuesday we pointed out that the Koch’d up RealClear ran a Koch’d up pundit’s propaganda, so we won’t spend today looking at the pieces it ran attacking Deb Haaland, cheerleading for nukes, and lobbying against regulations, even though the latter came from an energy consultancy with 48 people on its “about” page, of which only nine are women […]

Great Replacement? GOP war on science is killing Republicans

Published on May 18th, 2022 | by

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COVID-19 has now claimed the lives of 1 million Americans – a grim milestone made worse by the fact that probably a third of those fatalities could have been avoided. Estimates suggest that more than 318,000 deaths from the disease occurred among individuals who had access to vaccines, but chose not to receive any.   […]

Election 2022: Climate Hawks prevailed in last night’s primaries

Published on May 18th, 2022 | by

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Last night looked good for climate hawks across the country! Three states held hotly contested primaries where climate hawks faced off and emerged victorious congrats climate hawks @summerforPA @CheriBeasleyNC @JamieforOregon running on climate and soaring in primaries! pic.twitter.com/fMqkGzI1EX — Climate Hawks Vote (@ClimateHawkVote) May 18, 2022   By RL Miller Climate Hawks Vote The big […]

EcoRight Speaks podcast: Clear Skies Texas director Sarah Davis

Published on May 18th, 2022 | by

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For this week’s episode, I’m joined by Sarah Davis, director of Clear Skies Texas, an organization founded in 2021 by seven prominent conservative Texas women concerned about the environment and climate challenges, as well as their political ramifications. Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/ RepublicEN They were inspired by polling of likely conservative and right-leaning voters, which determined that […]

Sky-high energy prices are DRIVING inflation – raising interest rates will only make it worse

Published on May 18th, 2022 | by

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Everyone who owns a gasoline-burning car has noticed that fuel prices have shot up in recent weeks. And most of us have read headlines about high energy prices driving inflation. But very few Americans have any inkling just how profound the current energy crisis already is, and is about to become.   By Richard Heinberg […]

Climate Hawk and Green New Deal supporter Summer Lee beats conservaDem in PA primary

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Summer Lee declared victory late Tuesday in the Democratic primary race to represent Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District in the U.S. House, voicing confidence that the remaining uncounted votes will favor her campaign over corporate attorney Steve Irwin’s. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams “We built a movement in Western Pennsylvania that took on corporate power.” Background: Climate […]

The mainstreaming of white nationalism helps spread climate denial and disinformation

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On May 10th, the Bulletin of Technology & Public Life published a review of the scientific literature on far-right online radicalization. Among other things, lead author Alice Marwick noted they found, “the internet does not cause radicalization, but it helps spread extremist ideas, enables people interested in these ideas to form communities, and mainstreams conspiracy theories and […]

To avert climate disaster we must shutter much of existing oil and gas infrastructure

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A new study published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Research Letters shows that keeping global warming below the key 1.5°C threshold by the end of the century will require not just halting the construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure, but also shutting down many existing sites. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams Led by Kelly Trout of Oil Change […]

The latest GOP disinformation war: Defending your right to drive drunk

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Buried in last August’s bipartisan infrastructure bill is a clause stipulating that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration needs to start figuring out the best way for cars to use technology capable of preventing drunk driving, and make it standard equipment in new cars. This technology is already around, cars are already collecting all sorts […]

Watch John Oliver roast greedy utilities who rip off their customers and fight clean energy

Published on May 16th, 2022 | by

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John Oliver exposed a mainstream audience to the ways that failed utility regulation often result in higher monthly bills, political corruption and environmental damage on Last Week Tonight, his weekly late-night show on HBO. By David Pomerantz Energy and Policy Institute John Oliver takes on monopoly utilities After explaining how monopoly utilities make money from capital expenditures and influence […]

It’s the cover-up: DeJoy hiding docs from USPS purchase of gas-guzzlers

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A pair of green groups on Thursday appealed the U.S. Postal Service’s rejection of a Freedom of Information Act request seeking to uncover details about the mail agency’s contract to purchase more than 160,000 new delivery trucks, 90% of which are expected to be gas-powered.   By Jake Johnson Common Dreams “As the USPS forges ahead […]

Big Oil is busy greenwashing for the left (while stoking anti-woke hatred on the right)

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A core feature of propaganda is the co-opting of the opposition’s messaging, and the fossil fuel industry’s greenwashing is a perfect example. The idea that methane-based “natural” gas is good for the environment despite being a fossil fuel that’s incompatible with a safe climate has been a particularly popular one, even with Democratic administrations who know […]

Thanks to greedy corps, Americans can keep on trucking into poverty

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Thanks to greedy corporate bosses, what was once a skilled, middle-class, union job is now a skilled poverty-wage job. By Jim Hightower OtherWords “Keep On Truckin’” was an iconic underground cartoon created in 1968 by comic master Robert Crumb. Featuring various big-footed men strutting jauntily through life, the expression became widely popular as an expression of […]