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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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New report reveals how plastic polluters have avoided regulation worldwide for decades

‘Delay, Distract, and Derail’ “This report is a damning exposé of the tactics employed by the plastics industry and shines a welcome light on the shadowy world of corporate lobbying.” by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Friday,…

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A protester is seen holding a placard during a climate change demonstration. (Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Investors who manage $47 trillion pressure top polluters to pursue transition to net-zero emissions

“Companies across all sectors need to take more ambitious action to ensure otherwise devastating impacts of climate change are avoided while they still can be.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, September 14 As historic, climate…

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A refining plant in West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. New research indicates that industrial air pollution may explain the disproportionate rate of coronavirus deaths in West Baton Rouge and other parishes in the state’s chemical corridor. (Patrick Dennis/The Times-Picayune and The Advocate)
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New research shows disproportionate rate of coronavirus deaths in polluted areas

The type of pollution emitted by many chemical plants in Louisiana’s industrial corridor is correlated with increased coronavirus deaths, according to new peer-reviewed research from SUNY and ProPublica. by Lylla Younes, ProPublica, and Sara Sneath The…

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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)
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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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Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca Councilwoman, Ponca Nation of Oklahoma, speaking outside the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit in California. (Photo: Christopher D. Cook)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Energy First Nations Opinion Waste

A Message to Senate Democrats: Tribal Lands Are Not Carbon Dumping Grounds

Targeting Native nations with carbon pricing projects that would disproportionately increase wealth and accumulation for the largest petroleum and mineral polluters at the expense of Native lives is unforgivable and horrifying. by Tom Goldtooth Friday, September…

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AGs sue Trump council over gutting of bedrock US environmental law

‘Reckless and Unprecedented’ “This administration’s insidious attack on one of our most important environmental laws is an attack on the democratic process itself.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, August 28 A coalition of 27 U.S….

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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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The chemical leak broke out near Lake Charles, Louisiana after Hurricane Laura tore through the area on Thursday, August 27, 2020. (Photo: RadarOmega/Twitter Screengrab)
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As Hurricane Laura batters Louisiana, massive chemical leak spews toxic smoke near Lake Charles

“We knew this would happen. Lake Charles and Cameron Parish are petrochemical industry epicenters. The plants, export terminals, refineries, oil tank farms are ticking time bombs every hurricane season.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, August…

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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)
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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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After dams fail, Dow admits floodwaters in Midland, Michigan ‘commingling’ with toxic chemical storage ponds

“This has the potential to be a major environmental disaster.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, May 20, 10 AM EDT Floodwaters unleashed by a dam failure in central Michigan have reached a Dow Chemical facility…

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