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Over 450 scientists sign letter that calls on PR and ad agencies to drop fossil fuel clients

Advertising and public relations campaigns for fossil fuels must stop or they’ll make the climate crisis worse, say over 450 scientists. By Ramona du Houx January 19, 2022 Over 450 scientists have signed a letter released this morning calling on public relations and advertising agencies to stop working with fossil fuel companies and spreading climate disinformation. This is the first time that […]

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New Jersey becomes nation’s latest clean trucks state-dumping dirty diesel

TRENTON, NJ –  On December 20, 2021, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) adopted the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) rule, moving forward a regulatory path for electrifying everything from delivery vans to tractor trailers in the state. New Jersey is one of several states to move forward with adoption of California’s ACT rule this year. Oregon and Washington recently adopted the ACT […]

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New York state advances clean trucks rule to electrify vehicles

January 4, 2022 State Joins Coast to Coast Movement to Adopt Zero-Emission Regulation in Path to Healthier Communities ALBANY, NY –  On December 30, 2021, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation adopted the Advanced Clean Truck (ACT) rule, moving forward with a regulation that will help to achieve widespread electrification of vehicles ranging from delivery vans to tractor […]

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Water content of California snowpack far above normal levels By KATHLEEN RONAYNEDecember 30, 2021 January 2, 2021 California’s mountain snow holds 160 percent of the water it normally does this time of year, state water officials said it was a strong start to the winter season. However, it’s too early to determine whether California will see enough rain and snow […]

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Extreme weather in USA is getting increasingly deadlier and more expensive

A report on the 2021 weather disasters shows that Latinos were hit the hardest by wildfires, extreme heat, hurricanes, and other extreme weather events. December 23, 2021 WASHINGTON, DC  – A sister who spends Christmas without resignation, a family trying to figure out how to get the money to fix their church after a hurricane, a farm worker trying to decide between risking his life or going to work in the fields, and many others more. Here are the stories behind the numbers in 2021,  a year marked by 538 deaths related to weather disasters and more than $ 100 billion in damage. More destructive, costly and extensive than ever, the extreme weather events of 2021 – which occur as a direct result […]

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Louisiana based Taylor Energy agrees to pay $43 million to clean up longest running oil spill in US history

December 23, 2021 The Justice Department reported that Louisiana-based Taylor Energy has agreed to pay $43 million in civil penalties and damages for a leak and turn over a $432 million clean-up trust fund for an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that has been spilling since 2004. The platform was located roughly 10 miles off the Louisiana coast. […]

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Biden Administration advances equity and opportunity for Black people and communities across the country

DECEMBER 17, 2021• Fact sheet from the White House From the first day in office and every day since, the Biden-Harris Administration has taken a historic approach to advancing racial equity, including directing every agency across the whole of the federal government to address the lasting impacts of systemic racism on Black communities. For generations, entrenched disparities in our society and economy, at times facilitated by the federal government, have made it harder for Black Americans to have a fair shot at the American dream. Centuries of injustice and decades of disinvestment in Black communities not only undermine the American promise of equal opportunity, but also keep our entire nation from reaching its potential. Nearly one year in, the Administration […]

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Statement from White House on Sen. Manchin betrayal pulling out of the Build Back Better Act

December 19, 2021 Statement from White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki: Senator Manchin’s comments this morning on FOX are at odds with his discussions this week with the President, with White House staff, and with his own public utterances. Weeks ago, Senator Manchin committed to the President, at his home in Wilmington, to support the Build Back Better framework that the President then subsequently announced. Senator Manchin pledged repeatedly to negotiate on finalizing that framework “in good faith.” On Tuesday of this week, Senator Manchin came to the White House and submitted—to the President, in person, directly—a written outline for a Build Back Better bill that was the same size and scope as the President’s framework, and covered many of the […]

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Over 60 labor unions, environmental organizations and economic justice advocates urge inclusion of tax credits for EV’s

December 15, 2021 By Ramona du Houx Today, more than 60 labor unions, environmental groups, and faith, consumer, health, and economic justice organizations sent a letter to Senate Democrats urging them to support the inclusion of a bonus tax credit for consumer electric vehicles manufactured in factories where workers are represented by a union, a provision included in the Build […]

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Climate groups blast ALEC for legislation against fossil fuel regulation and divestment

December 13, 2021 On December 3rd, the Center for Media and Democracy reported that the American Legislative Exchange Council voted to support two pieces of model legislation attacking fossil fuel divestment titled the “Energy Discrimination Elimination Act” and “Resolution Opposing Securities and Exchange Commission and White House Mandates on Climate-Related Financial Matters.”  In response, 38 climate organizations sent a letter to the executive directors […]

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President Biden signs Executive Order catalyzing America’s clean energy economy through federal sustainability

The federal government is to phase out the purchase gasoline-powered vehicles and make its buildings powered by wind, solar or other clean energy DECEMBER 08, 2021•From the White House U.S. Government Will Lead by Example to Leverage Scale and Procurement Power to Drive Clean, Healthy, and Resilient Operations December 8, 2021 President Biden will sign an executive order that demonstrates how the United States will leverage its scale and procurement power to lead by example in tackling the climate crisis. The executive order will reduce emissions across federal operations, invest in American clean energy industries and manufacturing, and create clean, healthy, and resilient communities. The President is building on his whole-of-government effort to tackle the climate crisis in a way […]

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What the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will do

This Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will rebuild America’s roads, bridges and rails, expand access to clean drinking water, ensure every American has access to high-speed internet, tackle many aspects of the climate crisis, advance environmental justice, and invest in communities that have too often been left behind. The legislation will help ease inflationary pressures and strengthen supply chains by making long […]

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President Biden greenlights wind farm that will power New York

By Ramona du Houx November 23, 2021 President Biden’s administration gave the go ahead on a major offshore wind project to supply power to New York, as part of a broader push to build out renewable energy and tackle climate change. The federal government’s approval on November 24 of a dozen wind turbines, located off the coast of Rhode Island, will send power to the eastern end of Long Island. The move inches the country closer to the Biden administration’s goal of generating 30 gigawatts of power from offshore wind energy by the end of the decade. Harnessing the Atlantic’s fierce winds is prominent in the president’s plan to wean the U.S. power sector off fossil fuels, which are dangerously warming the […]

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$13.5 Million awarded for projects supporting sustainable offshore wind development

October 14, 2021 The US Department of Energy (DOE) is funding four projects with $13.5 million to obtain critical environmental and wildlife data to support offshore wind development. The projects will inform offshore wind siting and permitting, and help protect wildlife and fisheries as offshore wind deployment increases under the country’s target of installing 30 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030. Two of the selected projects will support wildlife and fisheries monitoring efforts on the East Coast, while two are focused on preparing the West Coast for floating offshore wind development by collecting wildlife distribution data and developing tools to monitor the environmental effects of floating offshore wind energy.  On the East Coast, Duke University and team, awarded $7.5 million, will assess the risk that offshore […]