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Fossil Fuel Dependence Disastrous for Economy and Environment

Fossil Fuel Dependence Disastrous for Economy and Environment

It’s become a cliché to say that out of crisis comes opportunity. But there’s no denying that when faced with crises, we have choices. The opportunity depends on what we decide to do. What choices will we make when confronted with the fact that 2014 will likely be the hottest year on record? According to […]

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    100+ Arrested at Beyond Extreme Energy’s Week-Long Protests at FERC

    100+ Arrested at Beyond Extreme Energy’s Week-Long Protests at FERC

    As the participants in the Great March for Climate Action ended up in Washington, DC, on Nov. 1 after a six-month trek across the country, they joined with other environmental groups to launch a week of action under the banner Beyond Extreme Energy. The actions revolved around a series of blockades at the DC headquarters of the […]

    IPCC Report: Fossil Fuels Should Be ‘Phased Out by 2100’

    IPCC Report: Fossil Fuels Should Be ‘Phased Out by 2100’

    Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)—the world body for assessing the science related to climate change—released the final component of its Fifth Assessment Report, the Synthesis Report in Copenhagen, Denmark. “The scientific case for prioritizing action on climate change is clearer than ever. We have little time before the window of opportunity to stay within […]

    Sen. Whitehouse Proposes Carbon Tax to Repay Citizens for Pollution Costs

    Sen. Whitehouse Proposes Carbon Tax to Repay Citizens for Pollution Costs

    Delivering a keynote address at the New York University Institute for Policy Integrity’s fall conference, in which he noted “The world has just set some dubious records. 2014 is on pace to tie or become the hottest year on record,” U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse announced that he plans to introduce legislation creating a carbon pollution fee […]

    Celebrities Tell Millennials #GoVote

    Celebrities Tell Millennials #GoVote

    Young people are the demographic most passionate about protecting the environment and addressing climate change, perhaps because they’re the one who will have to live with it the longest. The problem is they’re also the least likely group to vote. That means that their voices and their concerns are often drowned out by the well-funded […]

    Washington Post Editorial Board Damns Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

    Washington Post Editorial Board Damns Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

    In light of a new study finding that particulates kicked up by mountaintop removal (MTR) are connected to the lung cancer epidemic in the regions where this form of coal mining is rampant, the Washington Post‘s editorial board added up all the evidence and came out with a powerful editorial damning the practice for its […]

    Big Coal Tries to Control Global Energy Debate

    Big Coal Tries to Control Global Energy Debate

    There is a growing drumbeat being played by the coal industry around the idea that their product will “save” developing African and Asian regions that are deprived of a reliable energy source or what is known in policy circles as energy poverty. New global marketing campaigns like “Advanced Energy For Life” have projected the fantasy […]

    Exxon: Destroying Planet Necessary to Relieve Global Poverty

    Exxon: Destroying Planet Necessary to Relieve Global Poverty

    The fossil-fuel divestment movement has been on a roll lately to the tune of $50 billion, but one of its biggest successes happened last month: The world’s most profitable oil company squirmed. ExxonMobil’s vice president of public and government affairs published a critique of divestment that concluded by saying that destroying our planet’s climate by recklessly extracting and burning […]

    Future Investments in Fossil Fuels Look Dim

    Future Investments in Fossil Fuels Look Dim

    Like most central bank governors, Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, chooses his words carefully. So the financial community—and government policy makers—sat up and took notice earlier this month when Carney, addressing a World Bank seminar on corporate reporting standards, said he was concerned about investments in fossil fuels. Investors are being repeatedly told […]