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With ‘Irreparable damage’ looming, 15 state AGs sue to block Trump from fossil fuel assault on ANWR

A coalition of 15 attorneys general filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block the Trump administration’s plan to allow fossil fuel drilling in the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. “Hard to say what’s worse—destroying the nation’s largest wildlife refuge, or further inflaming the climate crisis with new oil and gas drilling so a few […]

September 10th

Big oil and coal are in big trouble despite billions in bailouts

Just over a month ago, President Trump claimed victory for saving Big Oil, saying that he ‘created it’ and then he ‘saved it.’ But like many, many claims by the President, this fantasy is false. Despite upwards of $7 billion in taxpayer-backed Paycheck Protection Program loans, billions more in tax breaks, and waiving environmental rules by federal agencies that gave corporations […]

September 4th

Children shouldn’t have to live right next to oil wells and fracking; Ventura County Supervisors pass setback rule

After years of community members organizing and going to hearing after hearing, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors in an on-line 14-hour final hearing last night voted 3 to 2 to tentatively approve the nation’s first 2500 foot health and safety setback from oil wells as part of their General Plan. By Dan Bacher “We’re now one step closer to […]

September 4th

If Cali. Gov. Newsom wants to cut back on oil and fracking, why are new drilling permits up 190% in past 6 months?

As the California Resources Corporation and other oil companies filed for bankruptcy and COVID-19 cases shattered California daily records in the second quarter of 2020, oil regulators under Governor Gavin Newsom also shattered records for dispensing new oil and gas production well drilling permits, Consumer Watchdog and FracTracker Alliance said in a report released today. By Dan Bacher “The […]

September 3rd

Amendments to California’s SB 1012 could shift oil well cleanup costs to taxpayers

California environmentalists today, the final day of the legislative session, have been tweeting, emailing and calling legislators in a last minute attempt to stop the Assembly from approving Senate Bill SB 1012, an amended bill that they say could stop state government from holding oil companies accountable for paying to clean up their wells. By […]

September 1st

Despite poll showing aggressive climate action a winning issue, Biden boasts ‘I am not banning fracking’

In response to claims from President Donald Trump that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would ban fracking, the former vice president told voters in the swing state of Pennsylvania on Monday that he would not outlaw the practice—despite polling that shows the American public increasingly favors aggressive actions left out of Biden’s campaign proposals and […]

September 1st

Big oil has a plan to stay profitable: Inundate Africa with US plastics

Green groups responded with alarm to Sunday reporting by the New York Times and Unearthed that a U.S.-based trade group for major chemical and fossil fuel companies has lobbied the Trump administration during the Covid-19 pandemic to use a forthcoming trade agreement to flood the African continent with plastics. Faced with plunging profits and a #ClimateCrisis threatening fossil fuels […]

August 31st

Trump rebuked for ‘Breathtakingly Vicious’ plan for fossil fuel lease sales in California amid historic wildfires

Especially given the climate-fueled wildfires ravaging the region, conservationists sounded alarm Thursday in response to a Trump administration proposal for an oil and gas lease sale in California, which would be the state’s first such federal auction in eight years. By Andrea Germanos The Conversation At issue are over 4,300 acres of public land in Kern […]

August 29th

A burning chemical plant may be just the tip of Hurricane Laura’s damage in this area of oil fields and industry

Hurricane Laura plowed through the heart of Louisiana’s oil and chemical industries as a powerful Category 4 storm, leaving a chlorine plant on fire and the potential for more hazardous damage in its wake. A chemical fire erupted at a manufacturing plant in Westlake, Louisiana, in the wake of #HurricaneLaura. Officials warned residents to stay […]

August 28th

Proving ‘A Different World Is Possible,’ Exxon dropped from Dow Jones after 92-year run

Climate campaigners on Tuesday marked a major milestone in the fight to eliminate the use of fossil fuels and transition to a green energy economy as ExxonMobil was dropped from the S&P Dow Jones Industrial Average after nearly a century. The oil giant, the oldest member of the Dow, was replaced on the index by software company Salesforce as more […]

August 26th

Gwich’in & allied groups sue Trump agencies for illegal oil lease program in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Gwich’in Steering Committee and allied groups took Trump’s Secretary of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management to court today for finalizing an illegal leasing program that would hand over the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the oil and gas industry. By The Sierra Club “BLM’s decision to violate […]

August 25th

The Kochs’ Kochtopus grows another arm: “Center For State Policy Analysis” a new think tank

In March of 2019, Alex de Waal, executive director of the World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, wrote a scathing criticism of Charles Koch’s “role in parasitizing America’s free market economy and poisoning its democracy and rule of law” on the foundation’s blog. By Climate Denier Roundup […]

Trump greenlights drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but will oil companies show up?

The Trump administration has announced that it is opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas development – the latest twist in a decades-long battle over the fate of this remote area. Its timing is truly terrible. Caribou from the Porcupine Caribou Herd migrate onto the coastal plain of the Arctic […]

August 23rd