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    California’s New Fossil Fuel Pledge Is Still a ‘Half-Measure,’ Say Climate Advocates

    California’s New Fossil Fuel Pledge Is Still a ‘Half-Measure,’ Say Climate Advocates

    By Kenny Stancil Climate campaigners on Friday cautiously applauded California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s moves to cut off new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024 and evaluate phasing out oil production by 2045, while also stressing that the timeline still needs to be accelerated. The embattled Democratic governor of the world’s fifth-largest economy directed the state Department […]

    White House Climate Summit: Biden Focuses on Creating Jobs

    White House Climate Summit: Biden Focuses on Creating Jobs

    President Biden closed out the White House climate summit Friday with a focus on how addressing climate change will create an “opportunity to create millions of good-paying jobs around the world.” Whereas Thursday’s session emphasized America’s renewed ambition in the form of its pledge to cut climate pollution by at least 50% below 2005 levels […]

    Greta Thunberg Tells Congress Fossil Fuel Subsidies Must End

    Greta Thunberg Tells Congress Fossil Fuel Subsidies Must End

    Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attacked powerful politicians for ignoring climate change, as she called for an end to government subsidies for fossil fuels such as coal and oil. The 18-year-old was speaking at an online U.S. House of Representatives committee hearing. It was held in honor of Earth Day, to address “The Role of […]

    Now Is Our Last Best Chance to Confront the Climate Crisis

    Now Is Our Last Best Chance to Confront the Climate Crisis

    By Jeff Goodell The Earth’s climate has always been a work in progress. In the 4.5 billion years the planet has been spinning around the sun, ice ages have come and gone, interrupted by epochs of intense heat. The highest mountain range in Texas was once an underwater reef. Camels wandered in evergreen forests in […]

    California Senate Fails to Advance Fracking Ban Bill

    California Senate Fails to Advance Fracking Ban Bill

    A bill that would have banned fracking in California died in committee Tuesday. The bill, SB467, would have prohibited fracking and other controversial forms of oil extraction. It would also have banned oil and gas production within 2,500 feet of a home, school, hospital or other residential facility. The bill originally set the fracking ban […]

    France Moves to Ban Short-Haul Flights

    France Moves to Ban Short-Haul Flights

    France moved one step closer this weekend to banning short-haul flights in an attempt to fight the climate crisis. A bill prohibiting regional flights that could be replaced with an existing train journey of less than two and a half hours passed the country’s National Assembly late on Saturday, as Reuters reported. “We know that […]

    Maine Senator Introduces Green Amendment to Secure Clean Air and Water Rights

    Maine Senator Introduces Green Amendment to Secure Clean Air and Water Rights

    Maine State Senator Chloe Maxmin doesn’t identify as a “traditional Democrat.” She has a good reason for this: “I don’t really trust the government,” she told EcoWatch. “I haven’t trusted our government throughout how it’s responded to COVID and I don’t trust it in terms of how it’s going to respond to the climate crisis.” […]

    Democrats Unveil ‘Build Green’ Infrastructure and Jobs Act

    Democrats Unveil ‘Build Green’ Infrastructure and Jobs Act

    By Kenny Stancil Four congressional Democrats on Friday unveiled the BUILD GREEN Infrastructure and Jobs Act, a bill that would invest $500 billion over 10 years in state, local, and tribal projects to galvanize the transition to all electric public transportation — reducing climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions and health-threatening air pollution while expanding clean mass […]