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Once again, elections have consequences: EPA rule cuts climate-crashing pollutant HFCs

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday finalized a rule long pushed for by climate campaigners that slashes the use of chemicals identified as “super-pollutants” that are commonly used in air conditioners and refrigerators. The Biden administration announced a new rule requiring the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) be cut by 85% over the next 15 years, implementing a […]

September 24th

Tonight – Join a webinar with Climate Hawk Rep Mike Levin of CA

I want to invite you to the next edition of Climate Under, a webinar series where we chat directly with Congressional climate hawks. This time, we’ll be talking to Representative Mike Levin of California, a Climate Hawks Vote-endorsed member of Congress who has made climate change action a top priority. By Jessica Hamilton Climate Hawks Vote […]

September 22nd

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

House Dems unveil bill to stop Wall Street from destroying the planet with fossil fuels

Progressives on Wednesday applauded Democratic Reps. Mondaire Jones, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib for unveiling a bill that would prevent Wall Street from continuing to bankroll fossil fuels, the primary driver of the climate emergency. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams The Fossil Free Finance Act (pdf) would require the Federal Reserve to mandate, via regulation or guidance, […]

September 16th

Progressives slam House Dems’ tax plan

Democrats on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee are reportedly planning to unveil a slate of changes to the U.S. tax code that would raise the rates paid by large corporations and the rich—but not to the extent that President Joe Biden proposed earlier this year. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams According to a brief draft document circulating […]

September 15th

Why are supposedly green companies tanking our one chance at a climate bill?

Big Business is trying to block the passage of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion climate and social spending legislation and environmentalists are pissed, Politico reports. “Was it all bullshit?” Lori Lodes, executive director of Climate Power, rhetorically asked of previous statements by corporations that claim to support climate action but remain members of trade groups lobbying to […]

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

CCL applauds Senate consideration of carbon pricing

Today, Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization, released a statement of support for the inclusion of a carbon price in budget reconciliation. According to a document released by the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, a carbon price and dividend is under consideration for inclusion in the reconciliation package as part of a menu […]

September 9th