George Mason University, which has received millions of dollars from the Charles Koch Foundation, is reviewing how much influence the university gave the oil magnate over faculty hiring and evaluations. A former student's open-records request turned up agreements that the university president now says "raise questions concerning donor influence in academic matters."Read original story
Power grid operator PJM says it doesn't see any fuel vulnerabilities in the system today, even if three FirstEnergy nuclear plants close. But it plans a "fuel security" study because of increasing use of natural gas.Read original story
Albert "Kell" Kelly, a top aide to EPA chief Scott Pruitt, resigned today amid scrutiny of his financial dealings with Pruitt that also drew attention to his lifetime ban from banking. The Hill reports that Pruitt's controversial head of security, Nino Perrotta, also resigned, one day before he is to testify before a House committee.Read original story
The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to hear a case in which developers of a natural gas pipeline were challenging New York's denial of a water permit for their project. Backers of the Constitution Pipeline had appealed after losing in federal court.Read original story
Meet the woman who is challenging Sen. Joe Manchin in West Virginia's Democratic primary. Paula Jean Swearengin's longshot campaign is based in large part on a rejection of coal. "They've fed us this propaganda that coal miners should be enemies with environmental organizers," she says. "I am a proud coal miner's daughter, but I'm not going to worship that black rock."Read original story
At a meeting of the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), oil-backed groups proposed a resolution opposing state efforts to subsidize electric vehicles. That sparked a battle with utilities, showing how utility interests are diverging from those of the oil and gas sector in an era of low-priced renewable energy and proliferating electric vehicles.Read original story
The Australian government has announced a spending plan to preserve the Great Barrier Reef following extensive damage from marine heat waves. The $379 million plan to improve water quality and expand reef restoration is the most the government has ever spent on the reef.Read original story
Today, 1st May, is International Workers’ Day – a celebration of labourers and the working classes. Thanks to trade union and working class resistance – and people putting their bodies on the line – rights such as the 8-hour working day (or less!) have been won in many countries across the world. As people from different corners of the globe take the day off and go to the streets to festively commemorate, today is also the perfect day to learn more about the history of working class movements; how workers have been fighting for a just transition in the face of the climate crisis and continue to do so; and how climate and labour rights are connected. Below we’ve begun collecting a few resources to kick start a learning list, and we’d love to hear your contributions and ideas too. Tweet .@350europe for other resource suggestions, examples from other places of what the just transition looks like, and ideas for how movements and issues can and do connect.
What is a ‘just transition’?
‘Core to a just transition is deep democracy in which workers and communities have control over the decisions that affect their daily lives.’ – Climate Justice Alliance
Check out this explainer from Carbon Brief for more information:
What does it mean for communities and workers?
Check out this story from the Black Mesa Water Coalition:
Trade Unions for Energy Democracy also just released their latest working paper discussing how worker focused concerns can be integrated into a broad programme for social change that addresses the need for socio-ecological transformation.
Who is working for a Just Transition?
If you’re interested in working more in partnership with trade unions in your campaign, check out this guide from UK-based Campaign Against Climate Change. Please share other links and information you might have yourselves by tweeting .@350europe. And if you’re not yet part of a campaign, join one or start your own!
A draft plan suggests the Trump administration plans to freeze U.S. vehicle fuel efficiency rules in 2021 for five years, and it asserts that California does not have authority to set its own auto standards. Read more from ICN on how this could be Trump's most climate-damaging move yet.Read original story
The elbowing for advantage between ExxonMobil and the California cities and counties suing the oil giant for billions in climate change damages has spread to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Exxon supporters want the SEC to investigate the cities' bond disclosures. The cities are pushing back.Read original story
Pipeline owners such as Enbridge could be forced to refund as much as $18.5 billion in up-front payments the companies had charged customers before the Trump tax changes cut corporate rates. Among the questions for the companies: How quickly must they repay, and under what conditions?Read original story
The largest U.S.-British Antarctic mission in seven decades is headed to West Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier, a massive ice flow that currently drives about 4 percent of global sea level rise. Thwaites sits atop a seafloor "bump" that scientists fear is the last thing holding it in place.Read original story
The Trump administration wants to eliminate some of the changes to drilling safety rules made in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil industry officials argue some of the rules are burdensome.Read original story
Big initiatives are rarely easy, as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seeing in the ongoing battles over a tar sands pipeline through British Columbia and a push for a carbon-pricing system.Read original story
PBS talked with residents in Guayama, home to Puerto Rico's only coal-burning power plant and a giant coal ash dump. They worry about respiratory diseases and other illness from the ash. Read more from ICN about the EPA's proposal to weaken coal ash regulations.Read original story
Following a disappointing quarter, coal producer Cloud Peak Energy said it has high hopes about the possibility of exports to Asia. The Wyoming company is one of several businesses that have a major interest in a proposed export terminal in Washington state, a project that faces many obstacles.Read original story
A Hawaiian Island Got About 50 inches of Rain in 24 Hours. Scientists Warn It's a Sign of the Future
A deluge dumped nearly 50 inches of rain on Kauai in 24 hours, sending rivers through homes and cutting off access to some communities with rockslides that may take months to clear. "Just recognize that we're moving into a new climate, and our communities are scaled and built for a climate that no longer exists," University of Hawaii scientist Chip Fletcher said.Read original story