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Cabot’s Sneaky Attack on Pennsylvania Cancer Survivor Reveals Dirty Agenda to Silence Environmentalists

Cabot’s Sneaky Attack on Pennsylvania Cancer Survivor Reveals Dirty Agenda to Silence Environmentalists

By Wenonah Hauter

Cabot Oil & Gas, a company with $765 million in assets in 2017, doesn’t like environmental nonprofits meddling in its dirty business in Pennsylvania. And the company is delivering this message by targeting Ray Kemble—a local 63-year old who just survived his fourth cancer surgery—with a $5 million lawsuit for speaking out about Cabot and […]

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    Newly Elected President of Mexico to Ban Fracking

    Newly Elected President of Mexico to Ban Fracking

    Mexico’s president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he will end the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, once he enters office on Dec. 1. “We will no longer use that method to extract petroleum,” the populist politician said Tuesday at a press conference, as quoted by the Associated Press. This is a setback for the […]

    ‘Privatization Is Not the Answer’: Grave Warnings as Wall Street Vultures Circle Puerto Rico’s Water System

    ‘Privatization Is Not the Answer’: Grave Warnings as Wall Street Vultures Circle Puerto Rico’s Water System

    By Jake Johnson

    Previous attempts by Wall Street financiers and government officials to privatize Puerto Rico’s water system have produced “disastrous results,” but private equity vultures are exploiting the death and destruction caused by Hurricane Maria to plow ahead with yet another privatization effort—one that environmentalists warn could further imperil the island’s public water infrastructure. “While the water […]

    Victory for Whistleblowers in North Carolina: Court Reinstates Constitutional Challenge to ‘Anti-Sunshine’ Law

    Victory for Whistleblowers in North Carolina: Court Reinstates Constitutional Challenge to ‘Anti-Sunshine’ Law

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Tuesday that a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of North Carolina’s anti-sunshine law can go forward, reversing the decision of the federal district court. The law was designed to deter whistleblowers and undercover investigators from publicizing information about corporate misconduct, and a coalition including […]

    ‘Merger From Hell’ Reportedly Approved by DOJ, Pushing Agrichemical Chokehold on Food System

    ‘Merger From Hell’ Reportedly Approved by DOJ, Pushing Agrichemical Chokehold on Food System

    By Andrea Germanos

    Watchdog groups sounded alarms on Monday after the Wall Street Journal reported that the proposed mega-merger of Bayer and Monsanto has cleared its final regulatory hurdle in the U.S. The reported approval from the Justice Department came “after the companies pledged to sell off additional assets,” the Journal reported, and despite concerns raised by hundreds […]

    50+ Groups Back Landmark Effort to Halt ‘Out of Control’ Factory Farming in Iowa

    50+ Groups Back Landmark Effort to Halt ‘Out of Control’ Factory Farming in Iowa

    By Jessica Corbett

    More than 50 groups are demanding that Iowa lawmakers urgently pass landmark legislation to enact a moratorium on factory farm expansion in a state that is home to more than 10,000 of them. “Across the nation, factory farming destroys communities and contaminates drinking water supplies and air quality,” said Krissy Kasserman, the national factory farm […]

    Denver Becomes Latest City to Require Green Roofs

    Denver Becomes Latest City to Require Green Roofs

    Denver is the latest city to mandate rooftop gardens or solar installations on new, large buildings, joining San Francisco, New York, Paris, London and other cities around the world with similar green roof measures, the Associated Press reported. The Colorado capital ranks third in the nation for highest heat island and eighth in the nation […]

    OFF Act Is a Climate Game Changer

    OFF Act Is a Climate Game Changer

    By Mark Schlosberg

    Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (OFF Act) last week. This visionary bill comes as the nation bears witness to the devastation being brought by the climate change-super charged storm Harvey to Texas and Louisiana and braces for Irma’s impacts. Storms like this and other extreme weather events […]