Fossil Fuels

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. At issue are over 4,300 acres of public land in Kern County, an area recently dubbed …

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Greenpeace Gives Democratic Platform C+ on Climate, Calling for ‘Action at the Scale That Science and Justice Demand’

Greenpeace USA announced Wednesday that the platform which Democrats are set to adopt this week earns only a C+ rating based on the scorecard process the group previously used to rank the climate policies of what was once a large field of the party’s 2020 presidential primary candidates. That C+ (52.5 points out of 100) …

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‘Immoral, Criminal, Inexcusable’: Climate Groups Furious as DNC Drops Support for Ending Fossil Fuel Handouts From Platform

Environmentalists reacted with outrage late Tuesday to news that the Democratic National Committee this week quietly removed from the final party platform an amendment calling for an end to federal subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, a longstanding demand of climate activists that both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris supported during the primary. “We are …

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Climate Activists and Scientists Raise Alarm After Death Valley Endures Potentially Record-Breaking 130ºF

The temperature in eastern California’s Death Valley, one of the hottest places on the planet, hit a potentially record-breaking 130ºF on Sunday, according to a preliminary reading—an event that led alarmed activists and scientists to reiterate calls for urgent global action to combat the climate crisis. “Please understand: it will get hotter, and hotter, and …

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Trump EPA Plows Ahead With ‘Mind-Bogglingly Stupid and Destructive’ Rollback of Methane Emissions Rules

In a widely anticipated move Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency yet again advanced President Donald Trump’s deregulatory agenda by weakening rules on oil and gas companies’ emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane that were put in place by the Obama administration. “These rollbacks distort and defy basic principles of science, economics, and policy design—an …

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Trump EPA Plan to Gut Emission Rules for Oil and Gas Industry Denounced as ‘Beyond Comprehension’

In a move one green group said shows the Trump EPA’s approach is “manifestly inconsistent with the agency’s legal obligations” and with science, the agency is under fire for preparations to roll back methane rules for U.S. oil and gas producers. Before Friday, the New York Times reported, the EPA is expected to unveil two new rules …

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‘We Are Expecting the Worst’: Alarm Over Eco Crisis Grows Amid Fears Ship Leaking Oil Near Mauritius Could Break in Two

Urgent efforts to contain an oil spill off the coast of Mauritius reportedly ramped up on Monday due to fears that a cracked ship spilling fuel into the Indian Ocean—polluting nearby coral reefs, mangrove forests, and beaches of the island nation—could soon split in two, exacerbating the local environmental crisis. Though the Japanese-owned vessel ran …

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100 Top Economists Call for End of Carbon Economy to Usher in ‘Greener’ and More Just World

Over 100 leading economists on Tuesday urged policymakers to seize “the rare opportunity” at hand to wholly transform the economic system into one that rejects a reliance on fossil fuels in favor of support for a livable planet and more just world. “As we seek to rebuild our world, we can and must end the …

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‘Worst Possible Person’: 300+ Groups Demand Senate Reject Trump’s Pick to Manage US Public Lands

Over 300 groups on Monday called on the Senate to reject President Donald Trump’s pick to manage nation’s public lands, pointing to William Perry Pendley’s decades-long public record of extremist views and actions as evidence he is “abjectly unfit” to hold the office. The demand from the civil rights, environmental, tribal, and immigrant advocacy groups came …

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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. The Federal Reserve Board’s “decision to …

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New Analysis Details How Electrifying the US Economy by 2035 Could Create 25 Million Green Jobs

A report released Wednesday by a new nonprofit—in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the resulting economic disaster, and calls for a green recovery from those intertwined crises that prioritizes aggressive climate policies—lays out how rapidly decarbonizing and electrifying the U.S. economy could create up to 25 million good-paying jobs throughout the country over the …

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Global Witness Reveals 2019 Was ‘Deadliest Year on Record’ for Eco-Defenders, With 212 Murdered Worldwide

“In 2019, Global Witness recorded 212 murdered land and environmental defenders—making it the deadliest year on record for people defending their homes, forests, and rivers against climate-destructive industries.” That’s according to Defending Tomorrow: The climate crisis and threats against land and environmental defenders (pdf), an annual report released Wednesday by the watchdog group, which has …

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Activists Ramp Up Pressure on Other Insurers After Swiss Company Ditches ‘Climate-Wrecking’ Trans Mountain Pipeline

Climate campaigners and Indigenous activists celebrated after reporting from Reuters revealed on Wednesday that the Swiss insurance giant Zurich will soon stop providing coverage to the Canadian government-owned Trans Mountain Pipeline, increasing the pressure on other insurers to also ditch the existing tar sands pipeline and long-delayed expansion project. “Insurers should protect us from risk, …

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As Planet Edges Closer to Multiple Climate Tipping Points, Scientists Identify First Active Methane Gas Leak in Antarctica

Scientists have for the first time identified an active leak of methane gas from the sea floor in Antarctica, increasing the possibility that the planet is close to one of the “tipping points” that would put the impacts of global heating out of humans’ control. According to The Guardian, researchers led by Andrew Thurber at Oregon State …

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‘Big Win for Our Climate and for Communities’ as Federal Panel Rejects Attack on Rooftop Solar in US

Federal regulators on Thursday released a pair of decisions expected to impact the expansion of renewable power nationwide—one that was celebrated by environmentalists and clean energy advocates as a crucial win and another that critics warned “could lead to more pollution by propping up fossil fuel power plants.” The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) delivered …

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Thousands Join Greta Thunberg in Letter Telling Global Leaders It’s Time to #FaceTheClimateEmergency​

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg and thousands of other advocates for climate action released an open letter Thursday demanding that European Union and global leaders #FaceTheClimateEmergency by pursuing bold and urgent changes to current economic and political systems that are essential to ensure a habitable future planet. “It is now clearer than ever that the climate …

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‘Massive Floating Time Bomb’: Warnings of Ecological, Humanitarian Disaster as Tanker Risks Dumping Four Times More Oil Than Exxon Valdez

A United Nations official raised alarm Wednesday about the potential threat of a major oil spill off the coast of Yemen, warning that an aging supertanker off the country’s coast could dump four times more oil into the Red Sea than the Exxon Valdez oil disaster of 1989. The remarks from U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) …

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‘We Will Sue,’ Vow Green Groups After Trump Guts Nation’s Key Environmental Law

A number of environmental protection groups on Wednesday announced their intention to bring the Trump administration to court directly after President Donald Trump announced his finalized plan to roll back the National Environmental Policy Act.  By weakening the 50-year-old law known as NEPA, the president will end the system of thorough environmental impact reviews, which are meant …

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Steamrolling Rights of People and Planet, Trump Finalizes Rule Weakening Bedrock Environmental Law

Environmental defenders on Wednesday accused the Trump administration of trampling the rights of frontline communities as it finalized plans to weaken the law known as “the Magna Carta of environmental legislation.” President Donald Trump is expected to announce at a campaign stop in Atlanta Wednesday the rollback of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which was signed …

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US Corporations a Driving Force Behind ‘Unprecedented Wave’ of Global Land Privatization: Report

A study released Tuesday by the Oakland Institute details an “unprecedented wave of privatization of natural resources that is underway around the world”—one that is largely being driven by the United States and its allies. According to the progressive think tank’s report (pdf), “Driving Dispossession: The Global Push to Unlock the Economic Potential of Land,” governments around the world—particularly in …

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‘The Public Has a Right to Know’: Fed Refuses to Release Documents on Fossil Fuel Industry’s Covid-19 Bailouts

The Federal Reserve has missed a deadline to release documents requested by environmental group Food & Water Action in May to reveal the extent to which the central bank has used one of its major Covid-19 lending programs to rescue the faltering oil and gas industry. “The public has a right to know if the …

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‘Monumental Victory’: Tribes and Climate Activists Celebrate Court-Ordered Shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline

A U.S. district court on Monday delivered a major win to local Indigenous organizers and climate activists—and a significant blow to the fossil fuel industry and the Trump administration—by ordering the Dakota Access Pipeline to be shut down and emptied of oil by Aug. 5 while federal regulators conduct an environmental review of the project. …

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‘The Poster Company for US Fracking Has Fallen’: Chesapeake Energy Files for Bankruptcy

Climate advocates pointed to news Sunday that fracking giant Chesapeake Energy was filing for bankruptcy as further evidence that the fossil fuel industry’s collapse is being hastened by the coronavirus pandemic and called for the government to stop propping up businesses in the field.  “Fracking giant Chesapeake Energy just declared bankruptcy thanks to its massive …

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‘Incredibly Reckless’: Trump Moves to Expand Fossil Fuel Drilling in Alaska’s Western Arctic Region

The Trump administration was lambasted Thursday for a proposal to open up most of Alaska’s Western Arctic reserve for fossil fuel drilling—a move conservation groups say would be a “disaster” for the climate and wildlife as well as the rights and well-being of Indigenous communities. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the “preferred plan” …

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Now That’s How You Hold a Bible: Pope Francis Calls for Fossil Fuel Divestment to Serve Planet and the Common Good

A new 226-page document issued by the Vatican on Thursday was applauded by climate campaigners who said the new environmental guidance from the Catholic Church and Pope Francis, including a call to divest financially from the fossil fuel industry, exemplifies the positive and far-reaching role that  faith organizations can play in the global effort to …

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