Earth Matters: We’re already blowing past the targets set by the Paris Climate Agreement

Published on October 6th, 2022 | by

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To be sure, the nations of the world have had a lot added to their plates the past couple of years—having to deal on the fly with the pandemic, the Ukraine war, and the economic and sociological fallout from both. And now recession is definitely in the air. So it’s understandable that climate has been again shoved a bit […]

Election 2022: Climate Hawks Vote backs Hillary Scholten to flip the MI-03 seat and hold the House!

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Protecting our right to a habitable planet includes protecting water. Today Climate Hawks Vote is endorsing Hillary Scholten in Michigan’s Third District, on the shores of Lake Michigan, for two reasons: she’ll stand up for water, and she’ll help Democrats hold the House and keep a seat away from a MAGA extremist. By RL Miller […]

Energy Security? US should respond to OPEC by reinstating oil export ban

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The Biden administration and Congress faced new pressure Wednesday to reinstate a ban on U.S. gasoline exports after the Saudi-led Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed to slash oil production by two million barrels a day to boost prices, a move that drew outrage from the White House and some congressional Democrats. By Jake Johnson […]

Spencer vs Monckton – Denier debunks anti-scientists who’s even wronger than he is

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In the process of monitoring the upside-down world of disinformation, every once in a while we come across good news or accurate content. But it’s rare when it’s twice in one day, so today we’re looking at two good pieces from the Bad Places. By Climate Denier Roundup The first is from Dr. Roy Spencer, […]

No Justice: Michigan Judge drops charges against 7 officials involved in the Flint Water Crisis

Published on October 5th, 2022 | by

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A Michigan judge on Tuesday dropped felony criminal charges against seven former officials in connection to the 2014 Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people and killed dozens. Genesee County Circuit Judge Elizabeth Kelly’s decision stems from a Michigan Supreme Court ruling in June that deemed state prosecutors’ use of a one-man grand jury to issue indictments legally improper, throwing into […]

President Biden can (and SHOULD) fire David Malpass, the climate denier heading up the World Bank

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The head of the World Bank, David Malpass, was asked repeatedly by a New York Times reporter if climate change was real. He said, “I’m not a scientist.”  By RL Miller Climate Hawks Vote The head of the World bank is in charge of funding energy projects across the globe. But Malpass isn’t Joe Biden’s pick, he’s […]

“Let them eat gas”: Heidi Heitkamp’s latest op-ed for gassy front group

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Last week we talked about the utility front group ad spend tracker, mentioning that Natural Allies For A Clean Energy Future was one of the many big national front groups paying Facebook to be a disinformation billboard. By Climate Denier Roundup But ads are just the start. The real stuff coming from front groups like Natural Allies For A Clean […]

SCOTUS showed it has no idea how wetlands work. Here’s an explanation.

Published on October 4th, 2022 | by

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Wetlands are areas of land that are covered by water, or have flooded or waterlogged soils. They can have water on them either permanently or for just part of the year. Whether it’s year-round or seasonal, this period of water saturation produces hydric soils, which contain little or no oxygen. But this doesn’t mean that […]

Earth Matters: Hydroponics help schools grow their own food; plus horses, trees, and… octopus?

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At Civil Eats and Earth Island Journal, Lisa Held reports on school-based hydroponic gardens in Maryland, California, and New York that help urban schools grow food all year round. These projects have both academic and practical benefits. Among them is providing school cafeterias with food. And not just in small amounts. By Meteor Blades For […]

Big oil is trying to court-shop its way to SCOTUS – will the Biden DOJ help it?

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday invited the Biden Justice Department to offer its position on a hugely consequential case in which oil giants are attempting to move climate liability lawsuits from state to federal courts, where they believe they would be more likely to prevail against efforts to make them pay for damaging the environment. […]

Climate Hawks Vote: Vote this year as if we could lose the climate along with the courts (because we WOULD)

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This is a perilous time in America. A critical midterm election. Democracy itself on the ballot. Republicans eager to undo the climate benefits of the Inflation Reduction Act if they flip the House. The Supreme Court beginning another term, and another chance to impose extremism on us all in the name of religious liberty. By […]

We didn’t MAKE Hurricane Ian, but our climate actions DID make it worse (Also, street sharks are now a thing)

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If you’ve been on social media during a hurricane in the past ten years or so, you’ve likely seen someone post an image of a shark on the highway, claiming the storm was so bad sharks are swimming the streets of [flooded area.] You’ve also likely seen hot takes about how climate change has nothing to […]

Which wetlands should receive federal protection? SCOTUS revisits a question it has struggled in the past to answer

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The U.S. Supreme Court opens its new session on Oct. 3, 2022, with a high-profile case that could fundamentally alter the federal government’s ability to address water pollution. Sackett v. EPA turns on a question that courts and regulators have struggled to answer for several decades: Which wetlands and bodies of water can the federal […]

As EPA urges CA to consider indigenous rights, the State Water board barrels ahead with the water-stealing Delta Tunnel

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California Tribes and Delta environmental justice organizations, represented by the Environmental Law Clinic at Stanford, last week received a Denial of Request for Reconsideration from the State Water Resources Control Board in response to the coalition’s Request for Reconsideration of the Board decision in June 2022 of denying the coalition’s Petition to Review and Revise the Bay-Delta Water Quality Standards. By […]

Listen in HERE as SCOTUS opens this year’s session with an assault on clean water

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday began hearing oral arguments in a case that corporate polluters are hoping will take an axe to the Clean Water Act, a bedrock environmental law that protects the nation’s streams and wetlands from industry exploitation. The long-brewing case in question, Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, was brought by Idaho couple Chantell […]