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Fossil fuel industry engages in ‘pervasive fraud’ – threatens global economy

  There is currently no standardized framework or law requiring corporate climate risk disclosure in the United States Article in Nation of Change – Aug 1, 2020By Dana Drugmand Warning of an impending financial implosion driven largely by fossil fuel industry deception, a recent report calls on fossil fuel insiders and other potential whistleblowers to help expose and prosecute this fraud. According to this new report from the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) published July 23, fossil fuel executives’ deception on the financial risks of climate change—to their business and the economy at large—is widespread and is likely actionable fraud, meaning that further securities fraud lawsuits against companies like ExxonMobil should be expected particularly if whistleblowers come forward to work with financial regulators and prosecutors. “In […]

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CA Senate votes not to have protective zones around oil wells

CA Senate committee votes 4 to 5 against bill to create health and safety zones around oil wells Published on August 7th, 2020 in the Red and the Green California, a state that state officials and the mainstream media constantly portray as “green” and “progressive,” still doesn’t have health and safety setbacks around oil and gas wells like Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Dakota and other states do. By Dan Bacher The  Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water yesterday voted 4-5 against AB 345 (Muratsuchi), a bill that would help to create health and safety buffer zones for the nearly 1.8 million Californians who currently reside in highly polluted areas close to oil and gas wells across the state. […]

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Letter from 100+ economists: to rebuild our world, we must end the carbon economy

The carbon economy amplifies racial, social and economic inequities, creating a system that is fundamentally incompatible with a stable future Jeffrey Sachs, Joseph Stiglitz, Mariana Mazzucato, Clair Brown, Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Robert Reich, Gabriel Zucman and others Aug 4, 2020 Published in the Guardian From deep-rooted racism to the Covid-19 pandemic, from extreme inequality to ecological collapse, our world is facing dire and deeply interconnected emergencies. […]

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United Domestic Workers of America backs bill mandating safe distance between oil wells and schools, houses

Published on August 5th, 2020 United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930) has just announced they’ve joined as co-sponsors of an amended version of Assembly Bill AB 345 (Muratsuchi), legislation originally designed to require 2500 foot health and safety setbacks from oil and gas wells in California. Aug 5, 2020 Published in the Red and the Green By Dan Bacher The announcement took place one […]

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Worsening air quality in New Mexico’s Permian Basin ‘cause for concern’

Published in NM Political Report, Aug 3, 2020 By Kendra Chamberlain Jeremy Nichols, director of WildEarth Guardians’ climate and energy program, is concerned about the air people are breathing in southeastern New Mexico. Nichols tracks ozone levels in Eddy and Lea counties, the state’s top oil producing counties in the Permian Basin. In early July, a key ambient air quality […]

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Major news outlets are handing the mic to big business on climate issues

Even as reporters have improved at framing the science, they’ve disproportionately included messages advocating against climate action. By Ula Chrobak August 3, 2020 in Popular Science It may seem that the days of false equivalency in climate change journalism are behind us. It’s rare to see a climate change denier or skeptic framed as an “expert” in an article. And that’s […]

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Cuomo delays New York’s $3 billion environmental bond

Aug 1, 2020   By Ramona du Houx   New York state has postponed plans to place a $3 billion environmental bond on the ballot in November, citing a dire financial situation stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. “It was my proposal. I believe deeply in it, but we need to have financial stability before we do that,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on July 30, during a press conference call. Gov. Cuomo proposed the bond act in January as part of the state’s budget process. The state’s $177 billion budget, passed in April allowed the bond act question to be placed on the Nov. 3 ballot. The bond, if approved by voters, would have allocated funding for habitat restoration, flood reduction, […]

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NJ tool to curb pollution in environmental-justice communities fails

By TOM JOHNSON | JULY 31, 2020 In New Jersey Spotlight There was a last-minute lobbying blitz against the bill by business interests and labor groups. In an unexpected setback, lawmakers yesterday failed to act on a bill touted by Gov. Phil Murphy as key to helping to curb pollution problems in environmental-justice communities. The legislation (S-232) is viewed by advocates as establishing a national model for giving minority and low-income communities more tools to block new projects that could worsen air and other pollution in their neighborhoods. But a last-minute lobbying blitz against the bill by business interests and labor groups led the Assembly to hold off voting planned for Thursday. The bill had been expected to pass and then […]