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Congressional Dems put fossil fuel execs in the hot seat over climate change

Democratic leaders on the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee sent letters Thursday inviting the heads of key fossil fuel companies and lobbying groups to testify before the panel about the industry’s contributions to climate disinformation in recent decades. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Applauded by advocates of holding polluters and their business partners accountable for […]

September 17th

Advocates claim GOP recall failure as victory for climate action – call for immediate fossil fuel phaseout

Right after a landslide victory against numerous Republican contenders in the fourth gubernatorial recall election in the nation’s history, California Governor Gavin Newsom now faces renewed calls from environmentalists to address the climate crisis. By Dan Bacher They urged him to stop all new fossil fuel permits, ending fossil fuel drilling and instituting immediate buffer zones between drill operations […]

September 15th

House Dems’ tax plan leaves oil subsidies in place

Climate campaigners took House Democrats to task on Monday for releasing a tax plan that would keep in place billions of dollars in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, a decision that one advocacy group called an “egregious dereliction of duty” amid the worsening planetary crisis. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams While the proposal (pdf) unveiled by the powerful House Ways […]

September 14th

Rep Ro Khanna vows to put big oil, PR firms in hot seat ‘Like the big tobacco hearings’

Rep. Ro Khanna on Thursday fired a broadside at an often-overlooked enabler and profiteer of the worsening climate emergency—the public relations and advertising firms that continue to serve the fossil fuel industry—by announcing that their deceptive practices would be scrutinized during forthcoming congressional hearings on Big Oil climate misinformation. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams In a […]

September 13th

Labor Day: As we move away from oil and coal, ensuring a fair transition for US fossil fuel workers

Long before the coronavirus (COVID-19) hit and oil prices collapsed, the U.S. fossil fuel industry and its workers were vulnerable. Threats included increasing cost-competitiveness of renewable energy compared to fossil fuels, investor concerns about financial risks and stranded assets, and a changing policy landscape (at state and local levels at least) seeking to meet decarbonization […]

September 6th

The Squad protests Line 3 Pipeline in Minnesota: ‘We are here because the climate crisis is here’

Members of the progressive “Squad” held a press conference in Minnesota on Friday to draw attention to the Indigenous-led fight against Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline, which water protectors and environmentalists have been battling on the ground and in court. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Hosted by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), the press conference also featured remarks […]

September 6th

Why are there still fossil fuel subsidies in the reconciliation bill?

In a Monday letter to party leadership, dozens of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives called for repealing fossil fuel industry subsidies in the reconciliation bill that lawmakers are now working on after approving the budget blueprint last week. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The demand for the evolving Build Back Better Act was spearheaded by Reps. Ro Khanna […]

August 31st

BHP of Australia is offloading oil and gas assets – the global market has turned on fossil fuels

The announcement by BHP, the world’s second-largest mining company, that it will shift its oil and gas assets into a joint venture with Australian outfit Woodside is a clear indication the “Big Australian” is getting out of the carbon-based fuel industry. By John Quiggin, The University of Queensland The Conversation BHP has also been offloading […]

August 29th

Oil leasing resumes (thanks to Trump-appointed judge) but Biden should do more

Progressive advocates are rebuking the Biden administration after it said this week that federal officials will soon resume selling new leases for oil and gas drilling on public lands and waters.   By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams President Joe Biden’s Tuesday announcement (pdf) came in response to a June court ruling by a Trump-appointed federal judge who sided with a group of […]

August 27th

Big oil continues to buy off your elected representatives (Spend millions, get billions)

Despite California’s “green” and “progressive” image, the fossil fuel industry continues to be the most powerful and influential corporate lobby and campaign donor in Sacramento as the state is devastated by climate change-driven fires and unprecedented drought while thousands of salmon die of disease in warm, low water conditions on the Sacramento and Klamath River systems By Dan […]

August 23rd

‘Victory for Environmental Justice’: Review Ordered for Proposed Cancer Alley Plastics Complex

Environmental justice and climate campaigners celebrated after a federal official on Wednesday ordered a detailed review of the impacts of a massive Formosa Plastics complex set to be built on over 2,000 acres in an area of Louisiana long known as “Cancer Alley.”   By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Today’s announcement is the ultimate David v. […]

August 20th

The smart choices we must make TODAY: US history shows spending on infrastructure doesn’t always end well

  Richard White, Stanford University The Conversation Over the past two centuries, federal, state and municipal governments across the U.S. have launched wave after wave of infrastructure projects. They built canals to move freight in the 1830s and 1840s. Governments subsidized railroads in the mid- and late 19th century. They created local sewage and water […]

August 19th