Posted in Analysis Energy Environment Pipelines The Revelator

Oil and gas in flux: After a series of stunning defeats, what’s next for the industry?

Environmental, economic and political forces have converged, threatening to finally upend fossil fuel dominance. by Tara Lohan Wednesday, July 29 When Dominion Energy and Duke Energy unexpectedly cancelled plans to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on…

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A file photo shows the FSO Safer supertanker permanently anchored off Yemen's Red Sea coast, west of Hodeida. (Handout)
Posted in Common Dreams Energy Environment News

Warnings of ecological, humanitarian disaster as tanker risks dumping four times more oil than Exxon Valdez

‘Massive Floating Time Bomb’ The potential disaster would “directly affect millions of people in a country that is already enduring the world’s largest humanitarian emergency.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, July 17 A United Nations…

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A gas flare is seen at an oil well site on July 26, 2013 outside Williston, North Dakota. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Posted in Air Polution Climate change Common Dreams News

Judge blocks Trump attempt to gut methane restrictions

“The judge basically rejected every attempt by the Trump administration to gut these common-sense waste prevention measures on behalf of their oil and gas industry cronies.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, July 16 Green groups…

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Thousands gathered at the San Francisco Civic Center in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux against the Dakota Access Pipeline on Nov. 15, 2016. (Photo: Peg Hunter/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Common Dreams Energy Environment News Pipelines

‘Monumental Victory’: Tribes and climate activists celebrate court-ordered shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline

“If the events of 2020 have taught us anything, it’s that health and justice must be prioritized early on in any decision-making process if we want to avoid a crisis later on.” by Jessica Corbett, staff…

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The shared ownership model could help low-income areas and provide economic payoffs too, a separate analysis says.
Posted in Analysis Energy Environment

Utility lobbying and policy inattention hinder community solar, study finds

by Kathiann M. Kowalski Utility lobbying has blocked community solar expansion, but a recent study suggests it’s been effective in part because many policymakers don’t understand the concept and its potential benefits. Community solar programs let…

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Posted in Energy Environment News

Solar Co-op launches for Tucson residents to go solar together

Meteor staff from reports Tuesday, June 16, 2020 The nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors announced the launch of the Tucson Solar Co-op today, in partnership with the Center for Biological Diversity and Physicians for Social Responsibility…

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Posted in Common Dreams Energy News

450+ Groups demand FERC halt attack on community solar power

Net metering must continue, the groups tell the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, June 16 Over 450 environmental, faith, and consumer advocacy groups on Monday urged federal regulators to reject a…

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Posted in Analysis Energy Investigative Reporting Workshop

The slow-walking switch to clean energy

by Alexandra Tempus / FairWarning May 28, 2020 Even in the gray fog of a pandemic, news about the future of the U.S. power sector has been dominated by a sunny outlook on renewable energy. In…

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A drilling rig in the Uinta Basin in Utah, with the Uinta Mountains shown in the background. (Photo: WildEarth Guardians/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Common Dreams Energy News Public Lands

Oil companies can set their own rates for royalties from drilling on public lands

“Oil and gas corporations already pay pennies compared to what they make in profits from plundering public lands—land that belongs to the American people—and now they’ll pay even less.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, May…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Energy News

Trump slaps wind and solar industry with $50 Million in old rent bills while pushing big oil bailouts

‘Not Just Bad, It’s Pathological’   “Robbing from a clean energy future to prop up the dirty energy past.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday, May 18 While giving fossil fuel companies access to relief funds…

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Posted in Art Climate change Energy The Conversation

Solar farms, power stations and water treatment plants can be attractions instead of eyesores

Infrastructure as art: Jacob van Ruisdael, ‘Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede,’ c. 1670. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, CC BY-ND   by  Margaret Birney Vickery, University of Massachusetts Amherst Amid the economic and social fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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Posted in Business Common Dreams Energy Environment News

‘Milestone Moment’ as JPMorgan Chase announces former Exxon CEO to no longer be Lead Director of bank’s board

The ousting of “America’s #1 climate denier” from the leadership position on the board of the largest global lender of fossil fuels is being welcomed by the climate movement. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Saturday, May…

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Decommissioned pumpjacks stand on what was once an Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway platform. (Corbin Hiar / E&E News)
Posted in Accountability Energy Environmental Justice Health News Off the wire Toxic Chemicals

Years of toxic leaks raise cancer risk in Western oil town.

The broader influence of the oil industry in Artesia, New Mexico is hard to miss.  Bronze statues venerate roughnecks and wildcatters, a brewpub downtown is named the Wellhead, and the walls of the local Chamber of…

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More than 800 groups called on Congress to include relief from water and utility shutoffs in any new coronavirus relief package. (Photo: Peter Werkman/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net Utilities

Justice groups say next coronavirus relief package must include moratorium on utility shutoffs

“It’s unconscionable that Senate Republicans chose to protect corporate America over families in the last rescue package.”     by Julia Conley, staff writer With more than a quarter of Americans reporting lost income as a…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Banks Common Dreams Coronavirus Energy Mining News

Big banks move to buy up fracking industry assets with coronavirus bailout funds

Critics Decry ‘Massive Step in Wrong Direction’     JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Citi “Taxpayers shouldn’t be required to backstop oil and gas companies that were already in trouble prior to the…

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Posted in Climate change Colorado Plateau Energy Environment EPA News

Trump Administration plan expands fossil fuel extraction across Southwestern Colorado

by Meteor Staff from reports Thursday, April 9, 4:10 PM MST The Trump administration today announced the release of its final plan to expand drilling and fracking and other fossil fuel extraction across southwestern Colorado for…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Climate change Common Dreams Corporate Influence Energy Environment News

As pandemic paralyzes global economy, world Is ‘awash in seas of oil’ with nowhere left to store it

“How about we #KeepItInTheGround?” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Despite the coronavirus pandemic grounding global oil demand to a halt, oil producers continue to extract the fossil fuel—even as storage space is running out, the price…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Corporate Influence Energy Environment News

Trump to hold in-person meeting with Big Oil CEOs to discuss coronavirus relief

‘Moving to Rob Us Blind in Broad Daylight’?   “Right now money is needed for people’s health, direct relief, and making sure we have a resilient future—not bolstering the fossil fuel industry.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Energy Environment News Public Policy

Meetings with energy companies dominate Interior Dept agendas 12 – 1

Analysis Finds 235 Interior Department Meetings With Dirty Energy Over Two Years, Compared to 19 With Conservation and Renewable Energy Interests By Mac England Ι The Meteor March 10, 2020 Executives from the oil, gas, electricity,…

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Coal Fired Power Plant Chesterfield Virginia
Posted in Citizen Power Energy Mining News Utilities

Virginia passes clean energy legislation

The Virginia Clean Economy Act follows other states in capping energy bills of low-income ratepayers at no more that 6% of a family’s income for electricity and 10% for gas use. It creates a “social cost…

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Posted in Climate change Columns Energy Environment Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Thorium reactors and climate change

New Orleans     I’m trying to keep an open mind, OK? I know we’re all supposed to hate nuclear energy and be scared of total disasters, right? There’s Three-Mile Island in Pennsylvania. I’ve read the…

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Posted in Courts/justice Energy Mining News Off the wire Public Lands The West

Judge voids Trump oil and gas lease sales on nearly 1 million acres of Sage Grouse habitat

“The judge confirmed that it’s illegal to silence the public to expand fossil-fuel extraction.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Environmental advocates cheered a federal judge’s ruling Thursday that voided oil and gas leases on roughly one…

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The Bears Ears
Posted in Colorado Plateau Diné First Nations Hopi News Public Lands Public Policy Ute Ute Mountain Ute Zuni Pueblo

Bears Ears: what’s the rumble about?

Bears Ears is the first tribally requested national monument and has been home to Hopi, Diné, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni peoples since time immemorial, it was designated as a national monument in 2016 to…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Development Energy Environment First Nations Mining News The West Water

BLM suspends oil & gas extraction leases in Little Colorado River Valley

Flagstaff  The Trump administration has suspended 4,200 acres of oil and gas leases on public land in Arizona’s Little Colorado River Valley as part of a joint motion filed in federal court yesterday (Feb 5) after…

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