The U.S. government is weighing in as an ally of fossil fuel companies, just ahead of a critical hearing to to determine the fate of two climate lawsuits in California. Justice Department lawyers filed a brief last week supporting the companies, which are asking a judge to dismiss the suits. Read more from ICN about the wave of climate accountability cases.
National Parks Report on Sea Level Rise and Flooding Released, This Time With Mentions of Climate Change
The National Park Service on Friday quietly released a long-delayed final report charting the risks to national parks from sea level rise and storms, this time restoring references to human-caused climate change. Drafts of the report obtained by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting showed that park service officials had deleted every mention of climate change.Read original story
Following through on a veto threat, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has rejected a bill that would have expedited approved of an Enbridge oil pipeline by taking authority away from utility regulators. Supporters of the bill have said regulators are taking too long, which they say is delaying the economic benefits of Enbridge Line 3. Dayton said regulators are best equipped to deal with complex pipeline proposals. Read more from ICN about the controversy over this pipeline.
The Canadian government says it would cover costs of delays in building a controversial tar sands pipeline, which raises the possibility that the government could be propping up a project that hardly anyone wants. The Trans Mountain pipeline has been stalled because of political opposition in British Columbia, and developer Kinder Morgan is considering abandoning the plan. This leaves Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a difficult position.Read original story
Reps. Steve Scalise and Bob Bishop are working on a compromise measure that would allow oil drilling off of the eastern Gulf of Mexico. If the military and the federal government agree to the plan, the next step would be to overcome opposition from Florida lawmakers. Among the key issues is the extent to which drilling would be allowed in shallow waters, with state officials raising concerns that the sight of drilling would be bad for tourism.Read original story
A recent former energy advisor to President Trump is leading a new campaign that seeks to push back against shareholder resolutions urging companies to take action on climate change. George David Banks will argue that large asset managers are yielding too much power in the shareholder resolution process. The resolutions are non-binding but symbolically important.Read original story
A new study shows a potential connection between living in a warm climate and acquiring a drug-resistant infection. The study also shows the people living in densely populated areas are more likely to experience drug resistance. The findings help to broaden researchers' understanding of factors that are increasingly affecting human health.
On Friday, more than 500 people gathered and marched in St. Paul, Minnesota with chants of “Water is Life” and “Stop Line 3.” We stood together for the land. We spoke as one for the water. We demanded bold action on climate change. We honored the treaties. And we asked Minnesota’s elected officials to do the same and reject Enbridge’s dangerous Line 3 pipeline.
The Line 3 pipeline would ship more than 760,000 barrels of dirty tar sands oil across Minnesota waterways and through Anishinaabe treaty lands every day. It would violate treaty rights, endanger Minnesotan livelihoods and threaten water systems—including the Great Lakes, source of one-fifth of the world’s fresh drinking water.
Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has the power to approve or deny the Line 3 tar sands pipeline—and they’re going to make their final recommendation this June. If they don’t hear from us, the PUC may not do the right thing and stop this hazardous project.
If you’re in the area, you can speak out against Enbridge and Line 3 at PUC meetings June 18-19 and 26-27.
From Standing Rock to St. Paul, the fossil fuel industry is playing dirty. But together, we are fighting back for what is undoubtedly right: clean drinking water, Indigenous rights and a safe climate.
We can beat Big Oil here on Anishinaabe and Dakota territory in Minnesota. Line 3 is such a bad idea that even the Minnesota Department of Commerce—a government agency that has never taken a public stance against a pipeline before—recommended the state reject the project. Turns out those jobs and economic benefits Big Oil promises are nothing but talk.
As we strike down oily fictions and stand up for a just transition to clean and renewable energy here in Minnesota, we are also holding hands with Indigenous communities fighting tar sands mega-projects across North America: the TransMountain pipeline in British Columbia and the Keystone XL pipeline in South Dakota, Montana and Nebraska.
This Navy town is in desperate need of solutions as seas rise and flooding worsens. City leaders are now working on innovative policies to pair climate adaptation with economic development, as they hope to prepare the city for what's to come and also lift people out of poverty. What's clear: Some neighborhoods likely cannot be saved.Read original story
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is running up against other parts of the federal bureaucracy as he tries to erase regulations on industry. His office has steadily introduced plans to change regulations but is finding that some of those requests have a difficult time standing up to the scrutiny of the government's review process. One problem is that EPA is citing evidence that turns out to not meet the standards required for use in a rulemaking process. Read more at ICN on Pruitt's deregulatory hurdles.Read original story
President Trump has replaced an executive order by former President Obama that asked federal agencies to reduce buildings' energy use by 2.5 percent per year, among other efficiency goals and guidelines. The new order asks agencies to set their own goals and track their progress.Read original story
An industry coalition, made up of some of the country's largest energy companies, want to change a tax credit for capturing carbon emissions to allow its members to receive the credit without needing to be monitored by EPA to see if captured carbon stays underground.Read original story
A federal court has invalidated a permit for the Atlantic Coast pipeline, a move that gives civil rights advocates more time to build their case against the project. The pipeline, which would carry natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina, would have a disproportionate negative impact on people of color living on its route, opponents say.Read original story
Del Mar, California leaders are considering a policy that would allow for the removal of structures that are threatened by rising water. The idea is controversial in this wealthy coastal community. Some property owners would like to see other options exhausted before even considering a plan that could allow for the taking of houses without the owners' approval.Read original story
The Federal Energy Regulatory Agency has begun a review of a 1978 law that has been used as the basis for clean energy investment in much of the country. The panel is reviewing the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act, or PURPA, a process that is raising concerns about possible changes that could harm clean energy policy. Some utility companies are among those who support the review, saying that competitors are gaming the system to gain unfair benefits.Read original story