A view of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Pine Tree Wind Farm and Solar Power Plant in the Tehachapi Mountains on March 23, 2021 in Kern County.
Posted in Energy News Sustainability

Renewable energy smashes records in 2020

‘A Remarkable Story of Resilience and Hope “There is a huge amount to be done… The international community must look to this trend as a source of inspiration to go further.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer…

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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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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

No energy regulation equals rip-offs

by Wade Rathke March 9, 2021 New Orleans   Picture this, if you will. The crippled power grid in Texas triggered by the polar vortex bringing freezing temperatures and snow, left millions without power and others…

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Posted in Columns Economy Government Wade Rathke

Politicians face off over ESG investing

by Wade Rathke Friday, March 5, 2021 New Orleans    Free marketeers are caught in a crisis of contradictions. They want to pretend that market forces exist independent of any interference from government or other factors,…

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Posted in Climate change News Sustainability

Cancel all coal projects to have ‘fighting chance’ against climate crisis, says UN chief

“Phasing out coal from the electricity sector is the single most important step to get in line with the 1.5 degree goal.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, March 3, 2021   Emphasizing that the world…

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Posted in Disaster Relief News Water

‘It’s like nobody cares’: After two weeks without running water, Jackson, Miss. pleads for help

“Water is a basic necessity and it just brought a lot of frustration, anger, and disappointment,” said one of the city’s residents. “If you don’t know when it’s coming back, what is being done to help…

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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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Posted in Biden Administration Politics

Deb Haaland faces GOP backlash over role in pipeline protests

Opposition to fracking and fossil fuel pipelines “are the exact reasons Deb Haaland is the right pick for Interior secretary,” said one advocacy group. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Republican Sen. John…

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Posted in Indigenous News News Nuclear Waste

EPA awards $220 million for uranium mine cleanup on Navajo Nation

Work could start later this year following the completion of assessments for mining sites coordinated between the EPA and the Navajo Nation’s environmental agency, the federal agency said. by Haleigh Kochanski, Cronkite News Friday, February 12, 2021…

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Posted in Analysis Energy Pipelines

Living with natural gas pipelines: Appalachian landowners describe fear, anxiety and loss

Some reported never hearing about a planned pipeline until a “land man” – a gas company representative – knocked on their door offering to buy a slice of their property; others said that they found out…

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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 Analysis Energy Sustainability

Cheaper solar power means low-income families can also benefit – with the right kind of help

“Until recently, rooftop solar panels were a clean energy technology that only wealthy Americans could afford. But prices have dropped, thanks mostly to falling costs for hardware, as well as price declines for installation and other…

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Posted in Climate change News Pipelines Water

Arrests in Minnesota after Water Protectors chain themselves inside pipe section to halt Line 3 construction

“Enbridge’s last-ditch effort to build fossil fuel infrastructure is killing people and the planet.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, January 14 Water protectors were arrested Thursday after halting construction at a Minnesota worksite for Enbridge’s…

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Posted in Energy News

Lethal levels of radiation found in damaged Fukushima reactor will have ‘huge impact’ on shutdown

The radiation levels reported around shield plugs at two reactors are high enough to kill a worker exposed for even an hour. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Wednesday, December 30, 2020 In what Japanese regulators on…

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Posted in Biden Administration Common Dreams First Peoples News News

Indigenous Rights, climate action groups among those championing Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary

“It’s time that Indigenous people have authority over stolen land.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, December 10, 2020 The national women’s rights organization UltraViolet on Wednesday became the latest group to call on President-elect Joe…

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Posted in Analysis Energy Pipelines Pro Publica

Federal regulators are rewriting environmental rules so a massive pipeline can be built

Federal regulators and West Virginia agencies are rewriting environmental rules again to pave the way for construction of a major natural gas pipeline across Appalachia, even after an appeals court blocked the pipeline for the second…

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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 Energy Op/Ed Sustainability The Revelator

How renewable energy could power your state

Some parts of the United States could easily generate 10 times their energy needs, according to a new report. by Tara Lohan, The Revelator November 20, 2020 How much of U.S. energy demand could be met…

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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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