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Majority of US Public Against Drilling in ANWR – December 5, 2017

Oil experts think economics are “suspect”

Republicans may be celebrating their great tax rip off they sneaked through last Friday night, which included the hugely disputed proposal of drilling of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but opening up America’s last true wilderness to oil exploitation is still far from certain.

Caribou in ANWRPhoto by USFWSCaribou graze on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, with the Brooks Range as a backdrop.

Firstly, drilling in ANWR is deeply unpopular with the American public; secondly, it still has to get past the House, where some Republicans are opposed to opening up ANWR; thirdly, even oil industry consultants think drilling now… more

by: Andy Rowell

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The Bosses at TransCanada May Not be Enjoying Their Turkey – November 23, 2017

Bad news piles up for company over Keystone XL pipeline

As millions celebrate Thanksgiving, the bosses at TransCanada will not be in a cheerful, festive mood.

They will be wondering what went wrong over the last week, after they seem to have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

protest sign-windmills not oil spillsPhoto by maisa_nyc/Flickr Every day the pipeline is delayed, investors will get more and more nervous about investing in an increasingly obsolete pipeline.

This time last week, the company was seen to be one regulatory announcement away from completing its highly controversial Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline, which will transport the dirty tar sands of Canada to the Gulf… more

by: Andy Rowell

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Trump Nominates Coal Lobbyist for Top EPA Job Just Days after Puerto Rico Visit – October 9, 2017

Nomination comes as Caribbean scientists calls for urgent climate action in wake of Hurricane Maria

Even a week after his visit to the Hurricane ravaged island of Puerto Rico, President Trump is still having to defend his crass comments and insensitive actions when he was there.

Speaking over the weekend, Trump defended his widely criticized action of throwing paper towels into a crowd, which was an image that was beamed around the world.

photo of Hurricane Maria damagePhoto by Coast Guard NewsLocals were stranded after Hurricane Maria washed out a roads across Puerto Rico. Climate change has been linked to an increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events like Hurricane Maria.

“They… more

by: Andy Rowell

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Portuguese Kids to Sue 47 EU Governments Over Climate Change – September 26, 2017

Children from region hit by country's worst forest fires seek crowdfunding for lawsuit

For the last couple of years in the US, 21 children and young adults, known as the “climate kids,” have been involved in a landmark legal suit against the US Government for failing to act on climate change.

The legal action, which was started against the Obama Administration, is now proceeding against Trump and his climate denying Administration. The later has unsuccessfully tried to stop the case from proceeding.

photo of emissions at German power plantPhoto by mjaysplanet, FlickrA group of Portuguese children are suing EU countires alleging that the governments' collective failure to tackle climate change threatens their right to life.more

by: Andy Rowell

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Hurricane Harvey’s Toxic Legacy – September 5, 2017

How Big Oil amplified the storm's impact on public health and the environment

Yesterday, the Governor of Texas warned that the bill for reconstruction after Superstorm Harvey could be as high as $180 billion. To put this into perspective, this is much worse that Hurricane Katrina.

It also does not include the hidden huge impact on local health and the environment from the toxic release of dozens of chemicals from the state’s petrochemical infrastructure — from refineries, chemical plants, and toxic pits.

photo of hurricane harvey aftermathPhoto by Coast Guard News Texas's refineries pose an added risk to public health and the environment in the event of extreme weather events, which will become more frequent with… more

by: Andy Rowell

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