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Think the economic damage from covid was bad? Climate crisis will cost twice as much… EVERY YEAR

New research by global insurance giant Swiss RE warns that the looming devastation of runaway greenhouse gas emissions and the climate crisis could result in economic retractions twice as potent as the global recession unleashed by  Covid-19—a calamity, unlike the pandemic, which could go on for many years without end. By Jon Queally Common Dreams Analyzing […]

L.A. City Council votes to support closing SoCalGas Aliso Canyon gas storage facility

In a major victory for community activists and public health advocates, the Los Angeles City Council voted to support closing the SoCalGas Aliso Canyon gas storage facility on Wednesday, May 19. Aliso Canyon, located in Santa Susana Mountains near Porter Ranch in Los Angeles, was the site of the worst gas blowout in U.S. history. By Dan Bacher Fourteen […]

May 21st

Colonial Pipeline shutdown: Turns out oil and gas are intermittent, too (and dirty)

The ransomware hacking of the Koch-owned Colonial Pipeline is exactly the sort of uncertain energy-relevant situation that climate deniers love to exploit with disinformation. This time though, they seem to be having a bit of trouble blaming this fossil fuel infrastructure problem on climate activists. Not that they’re not trying. By Climate Denier Roundup It started incoherently, […]

Texas’ weasel Gov Greg Abbott tries to shift the blame (to the clean energy that prevented a TOTAL disaster)

There is a weasel word that politicians use whenever something goes wrong on their watch: “unacceptable.” We just heard it slither out of the mouth of Texas governor Greg Abbott in response to the state’s failure to prepare for a killer winter storm. “What happened this week to our fellow Texans is unacceptable,” he fumed. […]

March 6th

Texas freeze: What’s behind $15,000 electricity bills?

Texans who made it through February’s extreme cold weather without losing power or natural gas must have felt lucky. But for some, keeping their electricity through the blackout may turn out to be more traumatic than losing it. An undetermined number of homeowners have been shocked to receive bills running into the thousands of dollars […]

February 28th

Carbon Brief: Did climate change contribute to India’s catastrophic ‘glacial flood’?

On Sunday 7 February, a sudden flood devastated a Himalayan valley in the Indian province of Uttarakhand. It tore through two hydroelectric dams, killing dozens of people and trapping hundreds more in construction tunnels. The risks of development in an area vulnerable to accelerated #climatechange: The Himalayan range, Hindu Kush, Tibetan Plateau and their peaks […]

February 25th

As millions in Texas still lack safe water, Sunrise Movement rallies at state capitol for Green New Deal

While millions of Texans on Monday continued living without safe drinking water and many faced storm damage and massive electricity bills, youth leaders with the Sunrise Movement rallied at the state capitol in Austin, using the current conditions across the Lone Star State to bolster their demand for a Green New Deal. .@sunrisemvmt at the Texas Capitol this morning to confront state […]

February 23rd

Fossil fuel exec brags of ‘Hitting the Jackpot’ as natural gas prices surge amid deadly crisis in Texas

More than two dozen Texans have died as a result of Winter Storm Uri—and thousands remain without heat, water, and food—but widespread evidence of human suffering didn’t stop one dirty energy executive from boasting about profiting from the crisis. “Obviously, this week is like hitting the jackpot.” That’s what Roland Burns, president and chief financial officer of Comstock Resources, […]

February 21st

Power outages across the Plains: 4 questions answered about weather-driven blackouts

Editor’s note: Amid record cold temperatures and skyrocketing energy demand, utilities across the central U.S. have ordered rolling blackouts to ration electricity, leaving millions of people without power. Energy expert Michael E. Webber explains why weather extremes can require such extreme steps. By Michael E. Webber, University of Texas at Austin The Conversation 1. The […]

February 18th

Calls for Texas Governor Abbott to resign as he falsely blames blackouts on wind and solar

As millions of Texans struggled desperately to keep warm amid power outages stemming from the devastating winter storm sweeping the nation, the state’s Republican governor late Tuesday blamed solar and wind for the blackouts—despite the fact that Texas relies overwhelmingly on fossil fuels—and falsely claimed the crisis shows that the Green New Deal would be a “deadly deal” […]

February 17th