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Keep it clean: 660+ groups call on Democrats to reject false climate solutions for Clean Energy Standard

With federal lawmakers and the White House working on a historic infrastructure package, more than 660 progressive groups on Wednesday demanded that top Democrats in Congress “reject gas and other false climate solutions” and instead push for a total transition to renewable energy to address the global climate emergency. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The […]

May 13th

Biden Administration aims to protect 30% of US lands and waters by 2030

Climate and conservation advocacy groups joined business, Indigenous, and local political leaders on Thursday in welcoming a new federal report that details the Biden administration’s vision for conserving at least 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “It’s a big deal that the Biden administration recognizes we’re in the midst of a wildlife […]

May 7th

Backed by unions and climate campaigners, Brown and Schumer unveil $73 billion clean bus plan

As scientific studies continue to show the necessity of sweeping societal reforms to reduce planet-heating emissions, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer joined with Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Chair Sherrod Brown on Tuesday to unveil a plan—backed by green groups and union leaders—that would invest $73 billion in electrifying public transit. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Today, […]

May 7th

Hydrofluorocarbons: Biden’s EPA proposes phasedown of climate super-pollutants

As the Biden administration faces pressure to step up its climate action, the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced its first rule to tackle the global emergency—a proposal to reduce planet-heating chemicals commonly used in refrigeration and air conditioning by 85% over the next 15 years. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The EPA’s proposed rule on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)—which are thousands of […]

May 5th

Dingell and Markey introduce $10 trillion THRIVE Act to tackle ‘Our biggest emergencies’

On the heels of President Joe Biden unveiling the second prong of his infrastructure proposal, progressives in Congress came together Thursday to formally introduce sweeping legislation that would invest $10 trillion over a decade in advancing climate, economic, and racial justice while putting 15 million people nationwide to work. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Rep. […]

May 3rd

Biden’s first 100 days of climate action: A good start, but bigger, bolder action needed

After running on vows to boldly tackle the climate emergency and winning a wide range of endorsements, President Joe Biden has taken some necessary steps during his first 100 days to meet or exceed his campaign promises—but he needs to go much further, according to some climate experts and advocacy groups. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Ahead of […]

April 29th

California’s new fossil fuel pledge – a half-measure, but still significant

Climate campaigners on Friday cautiously applauded California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s moves to cut off new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024 and evaluate phasing out oil production by 2045, while also stressing that the timeline still needs to be accelerated. By Kenny Stancil and Jessica Corbett  Common Dreams The embattled Democratic governor of the world’s fifth-largest economy directed the state […]

April 26th

NYC sues Big Oil for ‘Systematically and intentionally deceiving New Yorkers’

As the world celebrated Earth Day, Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio and Corporation Counsel James E. Johnson on Thursday announced that New York City filed suit over Big Oil’s decades of lies about fossil fuels and the climate emergency—just the latest addition to over two dozen similar cases launched by U.S. communities. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams […]

April 23rd

On Earth Day, Biden announces plan to cut back finance of fossil fuels

While marking Earth Day with his long-awaited Leaders Summit on Climate to discuss how countries plan to meet the goals of the Paris agreement, U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday released an International Climate Finance Plan that disappointed some progressive campaigners. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Today’s announcement by President Biden on international finance for fossil fuels […]

April 23rd

Ocasio-Cortez and Markey reintroduce Green New Deal Resolution

As part of what they are calling “Green New Deal Week,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey on Tuesday led the reintroduction of their landmark resolution envisioning a 10-year mobilization that would employ millions of people with well-paying, union jobs repairing U.S. infrastructure, while reducing pollution and tackling the country’s intersecting climate, economic, health, […]

April 21st

‘Watershed moment’ as Haaland revokes Trump-era orders, creates Climate Task Force

As the Biden administration reviews the U.S. government’s federal fossil fuels program and faces pressure to block any new dirty energy development, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland won praise from environmentalists on Friday for issuing a pair of climate-related secretarial orders. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Today is a watershed moment in the history of the U.S. Department of the […]

April 19th

Scientific American will only use the term Climate Emergency going forward. (So will we)

After over 175 years of publishing, Scientific American made a major editorial announcement on Monday: the historic U.S. magazine will officially adopt the term “climate emergency” for its coverage of the human-caused crisis. (Photo by AJ+ via Twitter) By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The move came as part of a new initiative led by Covering Climate Now, […]

April 13th

Despite pandemic shutdowns, CO2 now at levels unseen in 3.6 million years

U.S. government scientists warned Wednesday that despite temporary drops in planet-heating emissions due to shutdowns triggered by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, “levels of the two most important anthropogenic greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and methane, continued their unrelenting rise in 2020.” By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also said that the global surface average […]

April 12th

Despite pledges on Tribal relations and climate, Biden declines to shut down Dakota Access Pipeline

Indigenous leaders and climate campaigners on Friday blasted President Joe Biden’s refusal to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline during a court-ordered environmental review, which critics framed as a betrayal of his campaign promises to improve tribal relations and transition the country to clean energy. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Biden’s inaction to protect our […]

April 10th