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Two Major Pacific Northwest Fossil Fuel Projects Dealt Massive Setbacks In One Day

Posted January 20, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 6 minsTwo enormous fossil fuel projects in the Pacific Northwest suffered devastating setbacks on Tuesday, severely dimming their prospects of ever moving forward.

On President Donald Trump’s last full day in office, the Federal Energy Reg…

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Keystone XL Pipeline Canceled. Here’s What It Means for the Future Fight Against Fossil Fuels

Posted January 20, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 7 minsPresident Joe Biden, in one of his first actions after entering the White House, signed an executive order Wednesday canceling the permit for the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline. The move blocks construction of the 1,200-mile pipeline, and …

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Nah nah nah nah Goodbye

Posted January 19, 2021 by Anonymous

Cartoon for @chronicleherald #trump #BidenHarrisInauguration #BidenHarris #TrumpTreason pic.twitter.com/t5Wm5V3OSX

— Michael de Adder (@deAdder) January 19, 2021

And so after four years as a failed president, tomorrow Donald Trump will return to his previous career as a failed businessman.

— Victor Laszlo (@Impolitics) January 19, 2021

It feels a bit like Christmas Eve, but you already know what you’ll get when you open the present. A restoration of American democracy, decency, and hope.

— Dan Rather (@DanRather) January 19, 2021

I’m like a little kid on Democracy Eve

— Tom and Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) January 19, 2021

would he settle for me launching water balloons filled with cat piss at him as he’s wheeled out of town in a garbage can https://t.co/QtqNmum4ri

— kilgore trout, brad r’s brother (@KT_So_It_Goes) January 15, 2021

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Will Amy Coney Barrett, Whose Father Was a Shell Attorney for Decades, Recuse from Climate Suit?

Posted January 16, 2021 by guest

Read time: 9 minsBy Karen Savage, The Climate Docket. Originally published on The Climate Docket.

With oral arguments set for next week before the U.S. Supreme Court in a climate liability lawsuit against the country’s largest oil companies, Justice A…

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Saturday Stories: The Myths Of Pandemic Fatigue, COVID Is Absolutely Controllable, And On Being A Female Expert

Posted January 16, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

If you’re not already following Dr. Popescu, you should be.
Stephen Reicher and John Drury, in the BMJ, on how adherence to COVID recommendations is reliant more on resources and less on motivation or energy.Gideon M-K, in Medium, with the plain truth …

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Total Quits Fossil Fuel Lobby Group the American Petroleum Institute Over Climate Change

Posted January 15, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 3 minsFrench oil giant Total announced on Friday that it would not renew its membership to the American Petroleum Institute (API), a stunning blow to the oil industry’s most powerful business lobby. Total pointed to its differences with API …

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Oil Industry’s Public Climate Denial Campaign Dates Back to at Least 1980, Nearly a Decade Earlier Than Previously Thought

Posted January 15, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 6 minsThe American Petroleum Institute (API), the leading oil and gas industry trade group, publicly pushed misleading information on climate change as early as 1980 – much earlier than previously thought – according to newly discovered arch…

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What happened on 1/6, and what will happen next

Posted January 14, 2021 by Anonymous

Here’s a map I found that illustrates the Jan 6 Trump Insurrection: The New York Times has an excellent interactive article which describes how the attack on the US Capital building went, and here’s an article from the Washington Post describing what W…

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Decoding the Hype Behind the Natural Gas Industry’s Hydrogen Push

Posted January 14, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 15 minsIt seems like nearly every day another hopeful article touts the potential of using hydrogen as a fuel to tackle climate change. What’s known as “green hydrogen” — which relies on renewable power for production — is getting the bulk o…

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Lawsuit Challenges Permits for Some of Texas’ Largest Polluters, Alleges State Fails to Enforce Federal Laws

Posted January 13, 2021 by Sharon Kelly

Read time: 6 minsFour environmental groups sued Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Andrew Wheeler last week, alleging that the agency stood by while Texas failed to enforce the nation’s federal environmental laws and adequately control air pol…

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In Louisiana Where Science Denial is Commonplace, Support Remains Strong For Trump

Posted January 13, 2021 by Julie Dermansky

Read time: 10 mins“The president has not conceded — the president said he has got us,” I heard a voice blare out over a loudspeaker as I walked toward the Louisiana State Capitol building in Baton Rouge at a “Stop the Steal” rally on January 9. Once th…

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Washington State Considers Climate Impact of Major Petrochemical Plant With ‘Pattern of Influence Peddling’

Posted January 12, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 11 minsIn 2014, a company named Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) proposed building a multi-billion-dollar petrochemical project in Kalama, Washington, a port town roughly 40 miles north of Portland, Oregon. Now, after years of delays and mu…

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Some stuff to enjoy while we wait for the apocalypse

Posted January 11, 2021 by Anonymous

 Here’s some stuff I collected from Twitter – enjoy! My goal was to lose 10 lbs by the end of 2020. Only 24 lbs to go!— Jordan (@FoxyDocKnoxy) December 28, 2020 Okay, who did this? pic.twitter.com/Ezmgd3p441— jamie (@gnuman1979) December 28, 2020…

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How close was that?

Posted January 9, 2021 by Anonymous

What an awful week. I’m still processing the horror of what happened, and what almost happened, in Washington.  It seems pretty clear now that Trump and his grotesque family wanted the mob to invade Congress and lynch them if they would…

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Saturday Stories: Vaccination, Variants, and Lockdowns

Posted January 9, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Daniela J. Lamas, in The New York Times, reflects as a front line physician on her vaccination.
Julia Belluz in Vox, on the new COVID variants and their implications for vaccinations

Alex Crozier, in The Guardian, on how lockdowns can’t work without …

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As Enbridge Races to Build Line 3 Pipeline, Resistance Ramps Up in the Courts and On the Ground

Posted January 8, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 10 minsOn January 2, 2021, during the first weekend of the New Year, dozens of water protectors gathered to demonstrate and pray along Great River Road near Palisade, Minnesota. They joined in song, protesting a controversial tar sands oil p…

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Climate Deniers Moved Rapidly to Spread Misinformation During and After Attack on US Capitol

Posted January 8, 2021 by Sharon Kelly

Read time: 7 minsProminent climate science deniers moved rapidly to spread false and misleading conspiracy theories online during and after the attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters this week.

Some climate deniers, including some with ties to…

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‘Biggest Threat Yet’ to Arctic Refuge as Trump Readies Last-Minute Lease Sale

Posted January 5, 2021 by guest

Read time: 4 minsBy Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams. Originally published on Common Dreams under CC BY-SA 3.0 US.

“The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge faces its biggest threat yet.”

That’s the warning issued by the National Audubon Society on Tuesday …

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I think Trump will try to declare Martial Law

Posted January 4, 2021 by Anonymous

When Trump doesn’t succeed on Wednesday to get Pence to “do something” about winning the election, I believe he is going to try to declare Martial Law, thinking that will stop Biden from being sworn in. It’s going to be a nightmare. We’re alr…

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Saturday Stories: Year Two And The New Strain

Posted January 2, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, with a typically phenomenal piece (and sadly the last he’ll be writing for a while as he finishes up a book) where he discusses the pandemic’s year two.Kai Kupferschmidt, in Science, with what you need to know, and why people…

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Looking Ahead to 2021: COP26, Clean Air, and Biden’s Next Steps

Posted December 30, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 4 minsA calamitous year of lockdowns, tiers, and certainly tears, have left us reaching for 2021 like sun-starved plants in a darkened room.

The last 12 months have also been a stark reminder of how far we are still from intersectional just…

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Photos of the Struggle for Environmental Justice in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley in 2020

Posted December 30, 2020 by Julie Dermansky

Read time: 7 minsThe disproportionate toll that COVID-19 is taking on the Black community brought environmental justice issues to the forefront during 2020. Calls for dealing with climate change and environmental justice were elevated by president-elec…

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These Are Some Climate Stories That Flew Under the Radar in 2020

Posted December 28, 2020 by Sharon Kelly

Read time: 9 minsAt the start of December 2020, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres spoke at Columbia University, appearing not before a packed auditorium as in years past, but before a “virtual” audience, making his annual State of the Planet addr…

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Saturday Stories: Bill Gates’ Hopeful Thoughts, COVID Mythbusting, And #COVIDZero

Posted December 26, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Bill Gates, in his blog GatesNotes, explains the science of why 2021 promises many more advances in the treatment and prevention of COVID and science as a whole.
Gid MK, in Medium, busting 20 myths about COVID
Devi Sridhar, in The Guardian, on how the…

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My favorite Christmas videos

Posted December 23, 2020 by Anonymous

Here are some of my favorite “Christmas” videos, the ones I listen to every year around this time:  This one is from one of the oddest Christmas specials ever:  Here’s my husband’s favorite – it reminds him of his own trips home at Chris…

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Another Bomb Train Accident Highlights Regulatory Failures

Posted December 23, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 6 minsA train carrying over 100 cars of volatile Bakken oil derailed in Washington state, causing the evacuation of the town of Custer. At least two of the train cars ruptured and the oil ignited and burned — reminding us once again why thes…

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2020 Gulf Coast Hurricane Season in Photos: From the Front Lines of Climate Change

Posted December 23, 2020 by Julie Dermansky

Read time: 8 minsThe 2020 Atlantic hurricane season had a record-breaking 30 named storms, so many that the National Hurricane Center ran through the standard list of names and moved on to the Greek alphabet with over two months of the season left. In …

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“Disappointing” Decision from Norway’s Supreme Court in Climate Lawsuit Challenging Arctic Offshore Oil Licenses

Posted December 22, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 5 minsNorway’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled not to overturn the Norwegian government’s approval of new licenses for offshore oil drilling in the fragile Arctic region.

The ruling – a culmination of four years of high-profile litigation in…

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How The Fracking Revolution Is Killing the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry

Posted December 22, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 16 minsAfter over a decade of the much-hyped U.S. fracking miracle, the U.S. oil and gas industry is having to deal with years of losses and falling asset values which has dealt the industry a serious financial blow. This is despite the frac…

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12 Trump Attacks on the Environment Since the Election

Posted December 22, 2020 by guest

Read time: 10 minsBy Tara Lohan, The Revelator. Originally posted on The Revelator.

In the aftermath of the November 3 election, President Donald Trump has tried every trick in the book to avoid facing the reality of his loss. A barrage of lawsuits ac…

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2020 Was a Busy Year for Taking the Climate Fight to the Courts

Posted December 21, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 11 minsThis year — with its converging crises, from the coronavirus pandemic to longstanding racial injustice to climate-related disasters — was also a remarkably active time for climate litigation. All around the world, communities, organiz…

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Saturday Stories: Caring For Patients With COVID, Side Effects, And Science

Posted December 19, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Olivia Veira and Joshua M. Sharfstein, in JAMA, with a roundup of healthcare workers’ candid thoughts on caring for patients with COVID.
Maryn McKenna, in Wired, on the importance of talking about the vaccines’ side effects.
Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, …

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San Antonio’s City-Owned Energy Utility Is Paying a Quarter Million Dollars a Year to Gas Industry Groups

Posted December 17, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 12 minsDeep in the heart of Texas, by far the nation’s top oil producer, the city of San Antonio is starting to grapple with its reliance on fossil fuels.

But the key player in implementing the Alamo City’s energy transition — the local ene…

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Big Name Climate Deniers Aren’t Joining Conspiracy Theory-Friendly Parler — Yet

Posted December 17, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 12 minsParler is fast becoming a conservative echo-chamber but big name climate deniers don’t seem to be abandoning mainstream social media for the fringe platform — at least not yet.
Tags: Social Mediaclimate denial databaseclimate den…

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‘The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Terrified’: Gas Company Sues to Destroy Small Town’s Rights of Nature Law

Posted December 16, 2020 by guest

Read time: 5 minsBy Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams. Originally published on Common Dreams under CC BY-SA 3.0 US.

In a clear signal of how the fossil fuel industry feels about efforts to enact Rights of Nature protections that safeguard communities and…

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Christmas commercials

Posted December 13, 2020 by Anonymous

Yeah, I know, but I just wasted an hour of my life watching a TV show that supposedly had the greatest Christmas commercials this year and they were all pretty awful. Here’s some better ones. My new favorite: This one is worth watching until the end: …

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New Youth Climate Lawsuit Launched Against UK Goverment on Five Year Anniversary of Paris Agreement

Posted December 12, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 6 minsThree young British citizens and the climate litigation charity Plan B today announced they are taking legal action against the UK government for failing to sufficiently address the climate crisis. The announcement comes on the five ye…

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Saturday Stories: How Pfizer’s Vaccine Works, School Closures And Life Expectancies, And Your Place In The Vaccination Line

Posted December 12, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Jonathan Corum and Carl Zimmer, in The New York Times, explain how the Pfizer vaccine will work inside of your body.Melissa Davey, in The Guardian, digs past the alarmist headlines and breathless tweets and speaks with epidemiologist Gid MK to explore…

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Electric Utilities Are Slow to Address the Climate Crisis, Reports Indicate

Posted December 11, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 10 minsThe electric utility sector is largely lagging when it comes to responding to the climate emergency, both in terms of rapidly slashing globe-warming emissions and planning for climate impacts like increasingly extreme weather.
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Alaska Drilling Project Squashed By Court Decision Was Touted By Oil-Friendly Former Trump Official

Posted December 10, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 11 minsThis week, a federal court overturned the Trump administration’s approval for what would have been Alaska’s first drilling project in federal waters, citing faulty analyses of how the Arctic oil and gas facility would affect the clima…

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