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Climate Brief: EPA employees union joins call to declare a climate emergency

At least 38 countries have officially declared climate emergencies. And since last December, many activists have called upon President Biden to do the same in hopes this will provide the White House with means to address the situation in ways that Republicans and a few Democratic enablers in Congress absolutely refuse to do. By Meteor Blades At COP26 […]

November 23rd

Fed Chair Powell is no climate activist. Why would Biden consider renominating him?

Update: As we feared, President Biden announced Monday morning that he would renominate Republican Jerome Powell to lead the Federal Reserve. Read on to see why that’s not the optimum choice for a robust response to climate change. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams With President Joe Biden reportedly nearing a decision on his pick to head the […]

November 22nd

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

Creationcare: The signing of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill is good news for our children, communities and country

As people of the Good News, we celebrate the signing of the landmark bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law today by President Biden because it is good news for our children’s health, our communities’ safety, and the financial wellbeing of our families and the economy. We thank President Biden for his leadership on this historic investment […]

Biden is locked into new fossil fuel drilling leases by law. What can we do about that?

President Joe Biden’s speech at the COP26 summit was heartening after four years of grotesque climate lies, and the destruction or undermining of many of the modest climate-related policies in place before Biden’s predecessor in the White House got his hands on them. By Meteor Blades Biden said: My friends, if we’re to recognize that […]

November 16th

Big Ag furious after EPA determines top herbicides driving vulnerable species toward extinction

As Big Ag fumed Monday over a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency determination that herbicides including the endocrine-disrupting atrazine and carcinogenic glyphosate are likely to harm more than 1,600 protected plant and animal species, environmentalists pointed to the agency’s findings as proof of the need for stricter limits on the use of the dangerous poisons.   By Brett Wilkins […]

November 16th

House passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill (but punts on Build Back Better)

The U.S. House on Friday night passed a bipartisan physical infrastructure bill but didn’t bring the Build Back Better Act to the floor—sending just one half of President Joe Biden’s two-pronged economic agenda to the White House, with only a pledge that conservative House Democrats will vote for the party’s broader social infrastructure and climate package […]

November 7th

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill has a lot of climate and green items for the DOI

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland applauded the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal (BID), a once-in-a-generation investment that will help communities tackle the climate crisis while creating good-paying union jobs, advancing environmental justice, and boosting local economies. The legislation is the largest investment in the resilience of physical and natural systems in American history. […]

November 6th

Biden addresses COP26 (but activists want to see fewer words, more climate action)

President Joe Biden’s speech at the opening ceremony of the COP26 conference on Monday was met with an icy response from the U.S. climate movement, which warned his lofty rhetoric will be meaningless if he continues to resist sweeping action to slash emissions, end all new fossil fuel projects, and swiftly transition to renewable energy. By […]

November 2nd

SCOTUS could terminate US climate action by taking away EPA power over greenhouse gases

As U.S. President Joe Biden prepares for a consequential United Nations climate summit in Scotland, the Supreme Court on Friday provoked widespread alarm by agreeing to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to limit planet-heating pollution. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The Supreme Court could destroy the planet. Pass it on,” tweeted Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) in response to the decision. The […]

November 1st

Build Back Better: Biden announces framework. What’s in, what’s out

President Joe Biden released details Thursday about the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better plan—scaled back significantly from the $3.5 trillion proposal put forward by progressives—after meeting with congressional Democrats, saying the proposal now includes $555 billion for programs to incentivize the use of electric vehicles, solar and wind energy, and decarbonize certain industries. By Julia Conley […]

October 29th

Build Back Better: First Manchin came for the Clean Electricity Performance Program. Now he’s gunning for the Methane Fee

Progressives are fuming amid reports that right-wing Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is pushing his party to weaken or remove the reconciliation bill’s proposed fee on methane pollution, even as scientists warn that humanity’s fate depends on rapidly slashing emissions of the potent greenhouse gas. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams Manchin’s opposition to imposing a methane fee on oil and gas producers—whose leaky wells […]

October 27th

Federal Judge tosses Trump attack on clean water rule

Environmental and Indigenous advocates on Friday cheered as a federal judge rejected a Biden administration request to temporarily keep in place a Trump-era Clean Water Act rule that one attorney said would have “devastated” states’ ability to manage their rivers. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams On Thursday, Judge William H. Alsup of the United States District […]

October 24th

House Progressives call on Biden to declare a climate emergency NOW

Echoing the demands of demonstrators who were arrested outside the White House throughout last week, Congresswoman Cori Bush led a dozen other progressive lawmakers Friday in pressuring President Joe Biden to block fossil fuel projects and immediately declare a climate emergency. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams While praising the president’s commitments to climate action and serving frontline communities, the 13 […]

October 23rd

As COP26 climate summit approaches, US actions are yet to match up with rhetoric (Thanks, Joe Manchin!)

While the search continues to uncover just how small a fraction of the Biden administration’s proposed climate funding Sen. Joe Manchin III is willing to vote to include in the Democratic reconciliation bill, there is much wondering around the planet about what exactly the United States will bring to the COP26 climate summit that begins in […]

October 21st