Posted in Analysis Climate change Energy Pro Publica Utilities

Inside the utility company lobbying blitz that will hike electric bills

Democrats who campaigned against Virginia’s largest public utility, Dominion Energy, swept into office. Then the company’s lobbying efforts kicked into high gear. Here’s how it fought against legislation meant to lower residents’ electric bills. by Patrick…

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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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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 Environment EPA News

Coalition of state and local governments sues EPA To block Trump’s gutting of methane regulation

“We need leaders who step up and propose solutions. Instead, we get President Trump’s version of the EPA.” by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer A coalition of 19 states and six municipalities Monday sued the Environmental Protection…

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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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Posted in Analysis Climate change Common Dreams

Fossil fuel lease sales in California amid historic wildfires

“More oil wells mean more greenhouse gases, more air pollution, and more destroyed habitat.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, August 28 In the midst of wildfires ravaging the region, conservationists sounded alarm Thursday in response…

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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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