Fossil Fuels

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US must tackle marine plastics pollution ‘From source to sea’

The United States is the world’s leading marine plastics polluter and should devise a “national strategy” by the end of next year to address the crisis, according to a new report published Wednesday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams An estimated 8M metric tons of plastic waste enter […]

December 3rd

Since Congress lifted the crude oil export ban in 2015, US has dropped a climate bomb on the world

After Congress lifted a ban on crude exports in late 2015, oil and gas production in the Permian Basin soared while domestic consumption remained flat—leading to a massive build-out of pipelines and other infrastructure that culminated in the U.S. “flooding global markets” with fossil fuels at the expense of humanity, in general, and vulnerable Gulf Coast communities already […]

December 2nd

9 Dem lawmakers urge DOJ to free Steven Donziger, whose Chevron-backed prosecution is a gross miscarriage of justice

Nine U.S. House Democrats on Monday urged the Justice Department to “take immediate action” to secure the release of Steven Donziger, a human rights attorney who helped thousands of Ecuadorians win a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against oil giant Chevron and is now incarcerated on a contempt of court charge that experts say is retaliatory—and which followed two years of pre-trial house arrest, a […]

December 1st

How big oil money spreads influence: 17 CA Assembly Members got more than $10k in campaign cash

Yesterday the Sierra Club California released the November Update to its Tracking the Dirty Dollars Project, revealing the enormous influence that the oil and gas industry continues to exert over members of the California Legislature. This update found that 17 Assemblymembers have now received more than $10,000 in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry and its allies, an increase […]

December 1st

Keep it in the Ground: Biden admin oil drilling policy falls short

Climate campaigners and other progressive critics on Friday called out the Biden administration for a new U.S. Interior Department report about leasing public lands and waters to oil and gas companies, slamming its proposals as far too weak given the need to keep fossil fuels in the ground.   By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The report—prepared in […]

November 29th

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: 57,000 pro-life evangelicals call to protect God’s creation

57,000 pro-life Christians signed the Evangelical Environmental Network’s (EEN) petition calling for the protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Arctic Refuge is a sacred place, and pro-life Christians know that ongoing attempts to open the land to oil and gas drilling is an affront to God’s creation and the Indigenous sovereignty of the […]

Indigenous leaders hail Biden’s Chaco Canyon drilling ban as ‘Important first step’

A coalition of Southwestern Indigenous leaders applauded President Joe Biden and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland following the announcement of a proposed 20-year fossil fuel drilling ban around the sacred Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico—even as the administration auctioned off tens of millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas extraction. […]

November 28th

Biden taps the Strategic Petroleum Reserve – What is it? Where did it come from? And does the US still need it?

President Joe Biden ordered a release of oil from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve on Nov. 23, 2021, as a part of a coordinated effort with five other countries to tamp down rising fuel prices. The U.S. plans to tap 50 million barrels of crude oil in the coming months, while the other nations – the […]

November 26th

KXL Pipeline owner exploits NAFTA provision to file $15 billion claim against US

The Canadian company behind the canceled Keystone XL pipeline filed a formal request for arbitration this week under the North American Free Trade Agreement to seek over $15 billion in economic damages over the Biden administration’s revocation of the cross-border oil project’s permit. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams In its Monday filing, TC Energy criticizes the permit’s cancellation as “unfair […]

November 26th

New mayor Michelle Wu divests Boston funds from fossil fuels

In her first major policy action, Boston Michelle Wu signed an ordinance on Monday to divest public funds from fossil fuels. The measure prohibits public investment in any financial instrument deriving more than 15% of its revenue from fossil fuels, as well as from tobacco products or jail or prison facilities. By Nexus Media News […]

November 26th

Private equity firm sucked millions out of Warrior Coal. Now workers strike for fairness

As Alabama miners continue their seven-month strike against Warrior Met Coal, a trio of U.S. senators on Tuesday sent letters of inquiry to the private equity firms the lawmakers say “made off like bandits” after taking over the company while workers “endured severe cuts to pay and benefits” in order to ensure its success. By Brett […]

November 24th

With his coal holdings exposed, Matt “Sub-Prime” Ridley now pushing covid conspiracies instead of climate denial

About six years ago, British landed gentry Matt Ridley was a recurring voice in climate denial-land, penning long opinion pieces about the never-not-debunked pause in warming, criticizing the now-repeatedly-reproven hockey stick graph and otherwise leeching credibility from legitimate science institutions. But DeSmog’s revelation that his pro-coal and anti-climate lobbying might stem from the millions in annual fees from coal mines on his family estate seemed to put a damper on his eagerness to publish […]

November 24th

Portugal becomes Europe’s 4th country to quit coal

Environmentalists on Monday hailed the shutdown of Portugal’s last coal-fired power plant—a move that came nearly nine years ahead of the government’s 2030 target—while warning against converting the facility to run on unsustainable biofuel. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams Reuters reports the Pego power plant in Abrantes, which was responsible for 4% of Portugal’s carbon emissions, exhausted its coal stock […]

November 23rd

Edelman, world’s biggest PR firm, has blood on its hands for enabling climate destruction

A group of over 100 climate justice advocates and creators on Monday publicly called on the world’s largest public relations firm—Edelman—to drop ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel companies as clients. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams “Edelman’s fancy ads are giving ExxonMobil social license to operate, and to thereby destroy our climate,” Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a marine […]

November 20th

Court-ordered oil lease goes ahead – why didn’t Biden do more to block it?

>As the Biden administration moved ahead Wednesday with an auction of more than 80 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas companies—the largest-ever sale of fossil fuel drilling leases in the Gulf—climate action groups and legal experts said the Interior Department’s actions were legally dubious as well as being “dangerous” and “hypocritical.” By […]

November 18th