Author: Julia Conley

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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

Proving ‘A Different World Is Possible,’ Exxon dropped from Dow Jones after 92-year run

Climate campaigners on Tuesday marked a major milestone in the fight to eliminate the use of fossil fuels and transition to a green energy economy as ExxonMobil was dropped from the S&P Dow Jones Industrial Average after nearly a century. The oil giant, the oldest member of the Dow, was replaced on the index by software company Salesforce as more […]

August 26th

Trump EPA plan to gut emission rules for oil and gas industry denounced as ‘Beyond Comprehension’

In a move one green group said shows the Trump EPA’s approach is “manifestly inconsistent with the agency’s legal obligations” and with science, the agency is under fire for preparations to roll back methane rules for U.S. oil and gas producers. By Julia Conley Common Dreams Before Friday, the New York Times reported, the EPA is expected to unveil […]

August 14th

As Earth edges closer to multiple climate tipping points, scientists identify first active methane gas leak in Antarctica

Scientists have for the first time identified an active leak of methane gas from the sea floor in Antarctica, increasing the possibility that the planet is close to one of the “tipping points” that would put the impacts of global heating out of humans’ control. By Julia Conley Common Dreams According to The Guardian, researchers led by Andrew […]

July 28th

Portland mothers form human shield to protect protesters from Federal agents. Feds respond with gas and pepper rounds.

Angered over the arrival of federal agents in Portland, Oregon, where racial justice protests have been ongoing for nearly two months, dozens of mothers from across the city joined demonstrators over the weekend to form a “Wall of Moms.” The human shield was formed by the mothers to protect hundreds of demonstrators assembling in the city who […]

July 21st

‘Violence by Number Tampering’: Trump manipulated government estimates of climate costs, says GAO report

A nonpartisan congressional report released Tuesday reveals how the Trump administration manipulated data to justify deregulating carbon emissions by drastically understating the costs of allowing fossil fuel extraction—and the resulting climate crisis—to continue. By Julia Conley Common Dreams The Government Accountability Office, the nonpartisan investigative office of the U.S. Congress, shows in the report that the Trump administration revised […]

July 16th

Steamrolling rights of people and planet, Trump finalizes rule weakening bedrock environmental law NEPA

Environmental defenders on Wednesday accused the Trump administration of trampling the rights of frontline communities as it finalized plans to weaken the law known as “the Magna Carta of environmental legislation.” President Donald Trump was expected to announce at a campaign stop in Atlanta Wednesday the rollback of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which was signed into law by […]

July 16th

Watchdog accuses Trump’s NOAA of choosing extinction for critically threatened right whales by hiding scientific evidence

As the North Atlantic right whale was placed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s list of critically endangered species Thursday, environmental protection groups accusing the U.S. government of bowing to fishing and fossil fuel industry pressure to downplay the threat and failing to enact common-sense restrictions to protect the animals. By Julia Conley Common Dreams […]

July 13th

As the Arctic burns, the global climate is once again pushing into “Hottest Year Ever” territory

The unprecedented heat and fires that ravaged Siberia last month came at the tail end of a 12-month period that European researchers revealed Tuesday effectively tied with the hottest year on record based on global surface temperatures, bolstering calls from activists for international bodies and governments across the globe to take immediate action to tackle the climate […]

July 8th

Tribes and climate activists celebrate court-ordered shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)

A U.S. district court on Monday delivered a major win to local Indigenous organizers and climate activists—and a significant blow to the fossil fuel industry and the Trump administration—by ordering the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to be shut down and emptied of oil by Aug. 5 while federal regulators conduct an environmental review of the project. By Jessica […]

July 6th

Sanders, Pressley launch ‘Renew New England’ to elect candidates committed to Green New Deal and jobs guarantee

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ayanna Pressley joined 1,700 people Tuesday evening to launch Renew New England, a coalition of grassroots volunteers and advocates fighting to elect candidates across the U.S. northeast region who are committed to a rapid shift to renewable energy as part of a broader move toward economic equality and justice. By […]

July 2nd