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

Published on May 17th, 2022 | by

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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)

Published on May 16th, 2022 | by

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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

Published on May 15th, 2022 | by

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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 […]

Evangelical Environmental Network: Let’s work together for our clean energy future

Published on May 15th, 2022 | by

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With the final publication of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) rule on April 23, the table is set for Pennsylvania to start accruing proceeds that could amount to over $200 million every single quarter. It is well past time to move beyond partisan games and to work together for a new, vibrant, bipartisan energy […]

CA wildfires show how climate chaos even impacts the rich

Published on May 14th, 2022 | by

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As a fast-moving brush fire near Laguna Beach, California destroyed well over a dozen homes on Thursday—including five multimillion-dollar mansions—a prominent environmental researcher and advocate warned that the wealthy are not immune from the disastrous effects of the climate emergency, even as the fossil fuel-driven crisis harms the poor disproportionately. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams This is still MAY. We […]

How big corporations use religion to fight clean energy

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There is now no doubt that the dark money disinformation machine has turned its full focus to Environmental and Social Governance standards, the wonky way to say that if companies are to be people, then they shouldn’t be the absolute worst kind of person. (Volatile, racist, polluting bigots.) By Climate Denier Roundup The idea that […]

EcoRight climate news for the week of May 13, 2022

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It’s Friday the 13th. (Cue sinister music.) But I’m not superstitious. Not at all. I never knock on wood. I don’t avoid cracks in the sidewalk or have an unlucky number. Nope. Not me. Nothing to see here. Everything is fiiiiiiine. Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/ RepublicEN Let’s read on. This week’s must read: This piece […]

CA asked for “voluntary water conservation” to beat the drought. Yeah, that didn’t work.

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Domestic water use in California rose by 19 percent in March, exposing what Food & Water Watch describes as the “clear failure” of Governor Gavin Newsom’s repeated pleas for voluntary reductions in household water consumption, as well as California’s failure to rein in Big Ag and other corporate water abusers. By Dan Bacher This morning […]

NOAA May 2022 ENSO update: piece of cake

Published on May 13th, 2022 | by

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La Niña continued through April, and forecasters estimate a 61% chance of a La Niña three-peat for next fall and early winter. Current El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO, the entire El Niño and La Niña system) conditions, the forecast for the rest of the year, and some potential impacts are all on the dessert menu today. […]

Biden Admin cancels oil and gas lease sales on Federal lands

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While welcoming the Biden administration’s decision to cancel three oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Alaska, conservation and climate groups on Thursday also renewed demands for an end to all offshore drilling in U.S. waters. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The U.S. Interior Department explained in a statement late […]

Facebook’s failing climate disinformation report card: It labels a pitiful 2%

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Every time Facebook gets called out for being a bastion of election-stealing climate denial, it points to its fact check program, wherein it defers to fact checkers to moderate content. Which might be an okay system, if they actually enforced it. But … they don’t! Facebook can hire the smartest engineers in the world, but […]

As drought deepens, Western reservoirs turning into dead pools

Published on May 12th, 2022 | by

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Journalists reporting on the status and future of the Colorado River are increasingly using the phrase “dead pool.” It sounds ominous. And it is. Robert Glennon, University of Arizona The Conversation Dead pool occurs when water in a reservoir drops so low that it can’t flow downstream from the dam. The biggest concerns are Lake […]