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With dirty energy sector crashing, nearly 70 groups urge Fed to stop buying up wasteful fossil fuel industry debt

A coalition of nearly 70 advocacy organizations is demanding that the Federal Reserve immediately stop using its emergency Covid-19 lending facilities to buy up fossil fuel debt, warning that rescuing the faltering oil and gas industry is both a bad investment of public money and disastrous for the climate. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams The Federal Reserve Board’s “decision […]

August 3rd

As far-right militia takes over the Bakken oil fields, rates of missing and murdered indigenous women skyrocket

Yesterday, we drew some highlights from an incredible story by Justin Nobel in DeSmog about how, according to one Three Percenter, “you have a lot of Three Percenters working in the oil fields of North Dakota,” and why the Bakken oil field in North Dakota is employing a bunch of militaristic, racist, well-armed men “with a paranoid worldview,” in […]

Is a far-right militia taking over the Bakken oil fields?

A bombshell story from Justin Nobel at DeSmogblog yesterday reports that members of the Three Percenters have infiltrated the Bakken oil fields. To those steeped in climate change, a group of people called “Three Percenters” may be mistaken for the name of those who deny the consensus about climate science shared by 97% of scientists. While that’s […]

Election 2020: The GOP wants you to fear China and love big (American) oil and fracking

A month ago, Abby Smith at the Washington Examiner warned that Republicans were rolling out a new propaganda plank: attacking China on critical minerals – like lithium and cobalt – that are key components of battery and clean energy technologies. The fact that these are also essential ingredients to basically all advanced technology(phones, computers, etc) is generally […]

Environmental Justice: Oil bankruptcies require a just transition (worker retraining and toxic cleanups)

The California Resources Corporation (CRC), the largest oil and natural gas exploration and production company in the state, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, potentially leaving California taxpayers on the hook for a massive cleanup. CRC and its affiliates operate approximately 18,700 wells in California, including 7,826 that are already “idle,” meaning they’ve produced little to no oil in […]

July 17th

Elected officials ask why California regulators under Newsom are approving new fracking permits

Elected Officials to Protect California (EOPCA ), a coalition of current and former elected officials opposed to fracking and increased oil and gas drilling in the state, is asking why California Governor Gavin Newsom is helping the failing fracking industry by overseeing an expansion of fracking operations during a global pandemic. By Dan Bacher In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

July 16th

‘Privatize the Profit, Socialize the Mess’: Abandoned fracking wells spew climate-killing methane nationwide

A devastating new report from the New York Times details how as fracking companies are going out of business they are leaving behind unsecured wells spewing methane and other gases into the atmosphere and paying out the same executives that drove them into bankruptcy huge bonuses—drawing condemnation from activists and climate advocates. By Eoin Higgins Common Dreams […]

July 15th

California regulators approve 12 new fracking permits for Chevron in Kern County

  As Tribes, conservationists and environmental justice advocates were celebrating a federal ruling temporarily halting operations by the owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline, anti-fracking activists in California were disturbed that California regulators are continuing to approve new permits for fracking in the San Joaquin Valley. By Dan Bacher The California Geologic Energy Management Division […]

July 8th

Under cover of Coronavirus, Trump admin tries to ram through more mining on Navajo lands

While Navajo tribal leaders were focused on the coronavirus pandemic, Feds held virtual hearings on a proposal to permit new extractive operations near Native ancestral lands: The plan, if enacted, would allow fracking and mineral leasing around the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, land that the Pueblo Indians consider their homeland. By Meteor Blades Navajo leaders and some New […]

June 6th

Western States Petroleum Association, Chevron spend $2.7 million lobbying California in 1st quarter of 2020

From January 1 to March 31, 2020, the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the largest and most powerful corporate lobby in California, spent $1,089,702 lobbying state officials, according to financial data filed with the California Secretary of State on April 30. Meanwhile, after the Legislature recessed at home during the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. oil prices collapsed below […]

May 4th

Energy storage ramps up to bury coal and natural gas

Everybody knows that coal is on the way out, but the latest electricity report from BloombergNEF is something of a shocker. It casts a shadow of gloom over natural gas, too. Low-cost renewables are creeping into gas territory, helped along by falling costs for energy storage. In fact, according to BNEF, energy storage is now a cheaper […]

May 1st