Posted in Corporate Taxes Energy News

‘Don’t patronize me’: Katie Porter tears Into oil exec for claiming his industry doesn’t get special tax breaks

“The wonderful Rep. Katie Porter provides a signal moment in congressional history. And it’s a sign of the weakening position of the oil industry—no deference to these liars any longer.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday,…

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Savannah and Sam Peyton, who were without power for days last week, huddle in multiple layers under a sleeping bag at their home in Austin, Texas, on Thursday night, Feb. 18, 2021. Temperatures plummeted to the teens and single digits across Texas, and at least 58 have died in storm-affected areas across the country from causes including carbon monoxide poisoning, car crashes, drownings, house fires and hypothermia. Credit: Tamir Kalifa/The New York Times/Redux
Posted in Accountability Analysis Energy Pro Publica

“Power companies get exactly what they want”: How Texas repeatedly failed to protect its power grid against extreme weather

Texas regulators and lawmakers knew about the grid’s vulnerabilities for years, but time and again they furthered the interests of large electricity providers. by Jeremy Schwartz, Kiah Collier and Vianna Davila, ProPublica/Tx Tribune Tuesday, February 23,…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Energy Green New Deal

Media reaction: Texas ‘deep freeze’, power blackouts and the role of global warming

This week, a blast of Arctic air has engulfed much of the central US, bringing freezing conditions and record low temperatures to many states. by Josh Gabbatiss, Robert McSweeney, Carbon Brief Texas, in particular, has been…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Energy

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

The GOP is erroneously blaming frozen wind turbines for power outages because the Green New Deal is “the biggest legislative threat against the corrupt powers responsible for (and benefiting from) the suffering unfolding now,” said Rep….

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Donald Pols (R), director of Dutch environmental organization Milieudefensie, and Channa Samkalden (L), lawyer for Milieudefensie, react following the court ruling in the case that the organization, along with four Nigerian farmers, filed against Shell over oil leaks that have allegedly polluted their villages, in The Hague, on January 29, 2021. The Nigerian branch of Shell has to pay compensation to some farmers from the African country. The company has been found liable for two oil spills. The amount must be determined later, the court in The Hague ruled. (Photo: Remko de Waal / ANP / AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Energy Environmental Justice News world

Dutch court orders Shell Oil to pay for harm done to Nigerian farmers

“After 13 Years, Justice!” “Victims of environmental pollution, land grabbing, or exploitation now have a better chance to win a legal battle against the companies involved.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, January 29, 2021 Global…

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Posted in Climate change Energy News

Denouncing ‘handouts to Big Oil,’ Biden calls on Congress to end $40 billion in taxpayer subsidies for fossil fuels

“Biden campaigned on eliminating fossil fuel giveaways, and voters agree by a huge margin,” said one climate activist. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, January 28, 2021 In a speech Wednesday outlining his new executive actions…

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Posted in Energy News Public Lands

Environmental groups applaud Biden’s plan to pause new oil and gas leasing on public lands

“The simple truth is that we need to stop drilling and fracking everywhere, as soon as possible.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, January 27, 2021 As President Joe Biden prepares to enact a temporary moratorium…

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Posted in Climate change Energy News Sustainability

Biden praised for pause on drilling leases

“Let’s Turn This ‘Temporary Halt’ to Permanent Ban” “The federal oil and gas program is nothing but an injustice,” said Jeremy Nichols of WildEarth Guardians. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Thursday, January 21 President Joe Biden…

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Posted in Climate change First Peoples News News Pipelines

Indigenous women urge Biden to stop pipelines and respect Treaty Rights

“Joe Biden, we are asking you to stand on the right side of history and humanity by putting an immediate end to the deadly pipelines destroying our Earth, our communities, and all life.” by Jessica Corbett,…

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Posted in Columns Energy Sustainability Wade Rathke

Biodiesel, before and after

by Wade Rathke December 7, 2020 New Orleans   Over a decade ago, ACORN stumbled into an offer that seemed exciting as a progressive experiment. Friends and relatives of friends and comrades had been bitten by…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Energy News

Trump Admin rushes to auction off Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling rights before Biden inauguration

The pristine reserve is home to the Gwich’in people, who call it “Iizhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit,” or, “the sacred place where life begins.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Monday, November 16, 2020 In what critics are…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment First Nations News

Indigenous Women to Financial CEOs: Stop abetting ‘climate-wrecking’ tar sands sector or expect more resistance

“Join us putting the proverbial nail in the coffin of these dying unneeded industries.” — Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Sioux by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 A group of Indigenous women and their allies…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Toxic Chemicals

Amid US sanctions, Venezuelan oil tanker at risk of spilling 1.3 million barrels and devastating Caribbean ecosystems

This is five times the Exxon Valdez spill off the coast of Alaska. “The Caribbean Sea would never be the same” should the oil spill, climate scientist Eric Holthaus tweeted. by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday,…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News

Oil giant refreezing rapidly melting permafrost to keep arctic drilling alive

The effort represented such “mindless idiocy” for many that 350.org ran a “help us out with this caption” contest in response. by Jon Queally, staff writer Monday, October 19 Reporting out Monday detailing how oil giant…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Common Dreams Environment

Leaked docs from inside ExxonMobil reveal plan to increase climate-killing emissions

‘Omnicidal’ “To no one’s surprise, Exxon is continuing to drive catastrophic climate change by putting profits before people and our planet.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, October 5 New reporting Monday based on leaked internal…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Energy News While we were looking elsewhere

Report details massive Fed bailout of fossil fuel industry

‘A $100 Billion Lifeline While Most Americans Are Being Left Behind’ “Big Oil is exploiting Covid-19 to go on an unprecedented borrowing binge, and the Trump administration is to blame.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Thursday,…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Energy Environment News

Putting ‘its money where its brains are,’ Cambridge announces historic fossil fuel divestment of £3.5 billion endowment

While welcoming the move as a “massive victory,” campaigners said that “this announcement comes five years too late and we’ll be pushing for the 2030 commitment to be brought forward.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday,…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Common Dreams Energy Environment News

BP and Shell still back anti-climate lobby groups, despite pledges

‘Trying to Have It Both Ways’ The Unearthed and HuffPost report reveals the companies failed to disclose membership in at least eight Big Oil lobbies in their transparency reports. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Monday, September…

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Posted in Banks Common Dreams Energy First Peoples News Op/Ed

Why is Bank of America still open to funding the destruction of our homelands in the Arctic?

We stand together, the Iñupiat and the Gwich’in, in calling on Bank of America to listen to Indigenous people, protect our homelands, and stay out of the Arctic Refuge. by Bernadette Demientieff, Siqiñiq Maupin Monday, September…

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Posted in Analysis Banks Energy Op/Ed The Revelator

Defund or defend? In the fight over fossil fuel investments, who’s winning?

Despite divestment victories, big banks and asset managers continue driving climate change through their lending practices. by Christine MacDonald Monday, September 21 “CalSTRS is using our teachers’ money to invest in the destruction of our own…

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Posted in Analysis Environment Pro Publica Toxic Chemicals

Oil Companies Are Profiting From Illegal Spills. And California Lets Them.

California may be a global leader on combating climate change, but state regulators have allowed companies like Chevron to make millions from inland oil spills that can endanger workers and damage the environment. by Janet Wilson,…

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Delaware's attorney general on Thursday filed a climate liability lawsuit against 31 fossil fuel companies in state court. (Photo: Delaware.gov)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Energy Environment News

Faced with rising seas and other consequences of climate crisis, Delaware sues 31 fossil fuel companies

The state attorney general’s move came just a day after Charleston, South Carolina became the first southern U.S. city to file a climate liability lawsuit. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, September 10 Joining the trend…

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Posted in Investigations News Pro Publica Trump Inc

Rick Perry’s Ukrainian Dream

When the then-energy secretary accidentally helped lead the president into impeachment, he was simultaneously trying to help his friends cash in on a big gas deal. by Simon Shuster, TIME, and Ilya Marritz, WNYC Thursday, September…

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A car drives through a flooded intersecton as Tropical Storm Fay passes through the New York City area on July 10, 2020 in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Photo: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)
Posted in Business Climate change Common Dreams Energy Environment News Wealth

City of Hoboken files climate suit against Exxon

‘The Most Ruthless, Deceitful, and Unapologetic Climate Polluters on the Planet’ “With climate costs surging everywhere and local budgets depleted, more and more communities are turning to the courts as their only recourse to make polluters…

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