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DeSmog Blog 08/22/2019 20:42
Read time: 5 mins. By , Common Dreams. Originally published on under. . Calling the global climate crisis both the greatest threat facing the United States and the greatest opportunity for transformative change, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday that would transition the. U.S. economy to 100 percent renewable energy and create 20 million well-paying union jobs over a decade. Tags:
DeSmog Blog 08/22/2019 12:58
Read time: 6 mins. Four years after New York announced the state was, Tioga Energy Partners,. LLC. has with the state to frack for natural gas, but there's a catch. The company is proposing to swap propane into the industry standard mix that usually calls for water. Environmental advocates consider this application to use liquefied petroleum gas (. LPG. ), and specifically a propane gel, an attempt to circumvent New York's 2015 ban on fracking for fossil fuels. Tags:
DeSmog Blog 08/19/2019 19:59
Read time: 10 mins. Back in 1996, the president of the Charles Koch Foundation laid out a blueprint for the Koch network’s goals of social transformation — a three-tiered integrated strategy to roll back government regulations, promote free market principles, and, in doing so, to protect the industries that turned the Koch brothers into billionaires. More than three decades later, that blueprint is still being followed in a broad-scale effort to serve the Kochs’ free-market libertarian ideology, to prop up the oil and gas industries that pad their fortunes, and to forestall any political action on climate change that they believe would threaten their bottom line. Tags:
DeSmog Blog 08/19/2019 15:56
Read time: 15 mins. In July 2015 workers at the Garden Creek I Gas Processing Plant, in Watford City, North Dakota, noticed a leak in a pipeline and reported a spill to the North Dakota Department of Health that remains as 10 gallons, the size of two bottled water delivery jugs. But a whistle-blower has revealed to DeSmog the incident is actually on par with the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, which released roughly 11 million gallons of thick crude. Tags:
DeSmog Blog 08/16/2019 17:08
Read time: 8 mins. Christopher Leonard’s new book, , begins, appropriately enough, with an. FBI. agent, who is investigating criminal activity by the company, standing in a field with a pair of binoculars, trying to catch a glimpse of the daily operations of a company that prizes secrecy. was under investigation for theft of oil from the Osage and other Indigenous nations.
DeSmog Blog 08/14/2019 10:00
Read time: 8 mins. Climate-changing pollution reached unprecedented levels in 2018. That's both judged against the last 60 years of modern measurements and against 800,000 years of data culled from ice cores, according to the. U.S. government’s State of the Climate , which was published this week with the American Meteorological Society. That pollution creates a greenhouse effect that is over 42 percent stronger than it was in 1990, the report added. And while carbon dioxide hit a new level last year, it isn't the only climate-changing gas that’s on the rise globally. Pollution of the powerful but short-lived greenhouse gas methane also climbed in 2018, showing an increase “higher than the average growth rate over the past decade,” the report.
DeSmog Blog 08/13/2019 14:30
Read time: 6 mins. By ,. The announcement by that it will no longer insure new thermal coal projects, along with a similar announcement by a few months earlier, brings Australia into line with Europe where have broken with coal. U.S. firms have been a little slower to move, but announced a divestment policy in July, and has confirmed it will not insure Australia’s Adani project. Other big firms such as America’s. AIG. are coming . Tags:
DeSmog Blog 08/11/2019 07:06
Read time: 4 mins. Climate science deniers are becoming desperate as their numbers diminish in the face of incontrovertible evidence that human-caused global warming is putting our future at risk. Although most people with basic education, common sense, and a lack of financial interest in the fossil fuel industry accept what scientists worldwide have proven through decades of research, some media outlets continue to publish inconsistent, incoherent opinions of people who reject climate science. Tags:
DeSmog Blog 08/10/2019 15:10
Read time: 7 mins. On August 8, after Geraldine Mayho’s funeral, her body was laid to rest in the St. James Catholic Cemetery in southern Louisiana, across the street from a cluster of oil storage tanks. The tanks are like those that surround the Burton Lane neighborhood in St. James where she had lived, and are emblematic of the type of polluting industry she spent her last years rallying against. Tags:
DeSmog Blog 08/10/2019 03:56
Read time: 5 mins. Funding arrangements for the upcoming. UN. climate conference may be in disarray after local reports suggested contributions from the local mining industry to the Chilean authorities were to be slashed. Chile's Tele 13 Radio journalist Paula Comondari reported on Wednesday that the national Mining Council's expected $10 million funding package for the. UN. ’s 25th Conference of the Parties (. COP25. ) was to be slashed to just $2 million.
DeSmog Blog 08/09/2019 04:40
Read time: 6 mins. After a three year wait, the. UN. ’s official scientific advisory panel’s verdict on land and climate is here. The report is about as glum as you might have come to expect from a body tasked with documenting humanity’s ongoing descent into climate-induced havoc. The. UN. is right to highlight the crucial importance of land in both causing and curbing climate change — it has been neglected for far too long. In particular, the report’s conclusions on just how much our current food system threatens the climate, as well as how much climate impacts threaten our food supply, need a huge and sustained conversation. Tags:
DeSmog Blog 08/07/2019 16:01
Read time: 8 mins. A scheme to abolish the Department of Energy (. DOE. ) helped spur a failed 1980 Libertarian Party presidential bid — and in the process laid the groundwork for — as documents from a newly published archive show. The documents in the new archive include a relatively little-noticed column penned by fossil fuel industrialist for the Libertarian Review in August 1977, in which Charles, who had served as a member of President Carter’s energy task force in 1976, argued against Carter’s energy policy, writing that the “only ‘certainty’ to be associated with governmental planning is that it will not work, will tend to produce results opposite to those intended, and will doom any substantial private long-range planning in energy dev.
DeSmog Blog 08/07/2019 16:01
Read time: 2 mins. The is a new resource library built by DeSmog to assist journalists, academic researchers, and the public to learn more about the backgrounds of individuals and organizations associated with billionaire fossil fuel industrialists and 's free market approach to a broad spectrum of civic issues. The Koch Network Database will chronicle the historical and present deeds and quotes associated with the people and organizations that have helped to advance the Kochs' free market approach to environmental regulations, and the subsequent consequences of such approaches for climate change, public health, and democracy. Tags:
DeSmog Blog 08/06/2019 18:50
Read time: 7 mins. On August 1, for the third time in as many years, Enbridge's Texas Eastern Transmission gas pipeline exploded. This tragic incident in central Kentucky killed a 58-year-old woman, Lisa Denise Derringer, and injured at least five others. Flames towered 300 feet high when the 30-inch diameter pipe ruptured at 1 a.m. and forced at least 75 people to evacuate. “We opened the backdoor and it was like a tornado of fire going around and around and he said we were trapped,” survivor Jodie Coulter, 53,. CBS. News, describing her efforts to flee on foot. Coulter, whose house was within 600 feet of the pipeline, suffered third-degree burns on her arms. “It felt like we were standing next to a blow torch.”This explosion joins a string
DeSmog Blog 08/02/2019 11:39
Read time: 7 mins. “. Look at what is coming into the Parish, instead of saying ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah’—it is time to say ‘No,’” Pastor Harry Joseph told the St. James Parish Council on July 24. He implored councilmembers to consider freshly unveiled public health and economic concerns before they reaffirmed a permit allowing yet another petrochemical plant in a southern Louisiana community fed up with its already rapid industrialization. Joseph, pastor of Mount Triumph Baptist Church in St. James, is one of the plaintiffs appealing the parish council’s permit granted May 20 to Wanhua Chemical, which is planning to build a $1.25 billion plastics factory on the banks of the Mississippi River. During the appeal, new information about the project cau.

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