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Category: Environmental Injustice

Elected officials

Ohio’s bailout of nuclear plants is one of several questionable schemes between lawmakers and energy companies

ENERGY COMPANIES HAVE SPENT BILLIONS ON PROJECTS THAT GO NOWHERE Ohio’s high-profile bailout of nuclear plants is just one of several questionable schemes between lawmakers and energy companies. Akela LacyAugust 7 2020 – in the INTERCEPT FEDERAL AGENTS ARRESTED Ohio State House Speaker Larry Householder last month on racketeering and bribery charges in a $60 million scheme involving a utility-funded political slush fund and a $1.3 billion bailout of two state nuclear power plants. Householder was charged, along with four others, in relation to controlling the slush fund and using it to fund campaigns for himself and his preferred candidates in return for passing the bailout bill, in what federal prosecutors called a quid pro quo. It’s the biggest corruption scandal in Ohio history.RelatedOhio Republicans Balked […]

Environmental Injustice

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 […]

Elected officials

California greenlights ‘Orwellian’ solar-powered fracking scheme

   Elected Officials to Protect America—a group of state and local level office holders pushing for expedient climate action—called for Newsom to stop issuing oil drilling permits in the state. By: Steve Horn | August 6, 2020 Published in the Real News Network California-based multinational oil company Chevron landed two rounds of drilling permits from Gov. Gavin Newsom this summer—evidence, climate advocates say, that Newsom is not committed to tackling the climate crisis. The permits bolster Chevron’s position in the Lost Hills Oil Field, the sixth most prolific field in industry-heavy Kern County, and will shift drilling in the field largely towards using power from solar panels. One critic called the way the permits use climate crisis rhetoric “Orwellian,” incorporating solar power into drilling […]

Climate change

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. […]

Climate change

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 […]

Climate change

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, […]

Climate plans

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 […]