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Why we need more transparency in fracking operations. California's Central Valley irrigated with produced water.

Fracking Needs More Transparency

Hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, is a controversial method used to extract natural gas and oil from shale rock formations. It is controversial because it can cause big environmental problems, including poisoning local water wells. A new report looks at companies that use fracking. The joint report by As You Sow and investment advisory firm Boston Common Asset Management…

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Trump fast tracks unnecessary fossil fuel pipelines

Trump Signs Executive Orders to Expedite Permitting For Pipelines

If the Trump administration had an energy motto, it would be “drill, baby drill.” The administration has demonstrated its affinity for fossil fuel companies over and over. Recently, President Trump signed two executive orders that speed up the permitting process for oil and gas pipelines. It’s a decision made just a week after the KMCO chemical plant explosion in Crosby,…

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Cities and states commit to renewable energy with their own Green New Deals

States, Cities, and Counties in the U.S. Commit to 100 Percent Clean Energy

The Green New Deal introduced into Congress is effectively dead, but that does not mean that ambitious plans to tackle climate change are dead in the U.S. States, cities, and counties have developed plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with commitments to 100 percent clean energy.

Coal ash waste pond. Most are unlined and nearly all contaminate groundwater

Toxic Coal Ash Waste Is Contaminating U.S. Groundwater

Over 95 percent of U.S. coal ash ponds are unlined. Nearly all of them are leaking toxins into groundwater that is considered safe to drink by the EPA.

Global Banks’ Fossil Fuel Financing Continues to Lead Us Down the Path Towards Climate Disaster

Thirty-three global banks have financed the fossil fuel industry to the tune of $1.9 trillion since adoption of the U.N. Paris Climate Agreement in 2016. JPMorgan was the fossil fuel industry’s biggest banker overall, while Chinese banks financed more coal mining and power plants than others.

Meeting the commitments of the Paris Agreement by eliminating coal for the electricity generation mix

U.S. Could Meet its U.N. Paris Climate Agreement Emissions Reductions Goals by Eliminating Coal-Fired Power Generation, Researchers Find

Eliminating the use of coal to generate electricity would be the single biggest step the U.S. could take in meeting its U.N. Paris Climate Agreement GHG emissions reductions goals, according a new study from Portland State University. Accomplishing this would require a wholesale shift in the U.S. power generation mix to “natural gas, efficiency, wind, solar power and biofuels.”

U.S. cities tackle climate change, lead in the failure of national government

U.S. Cities are Tackling Climate Change

Although the U.S. pulled out of the Paris climate treaty, cities across the country are doing what they can to tackle climate change. Cities play an important part in limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. That’s the limit that is necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Achieving that goal requires big changes as soon as possible, according…

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