Interior Official Violated Federal Ethics Laws

Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C. What he did once in office is to create a foul swamp of ethical violations. President Trump’s Interior Department is plagued by ethical violations. Trump’s first Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke resigned in 2018 amid investigations into his conduct while in office. Current Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has faced investigations into his …

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Fracking Needs More Transparency

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

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 reviewed the 30 biggest …

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Oil and Gas Producers are Setting Us on a Course for Severe Climate Change Disruption

The oil and gas industry intends to invest an estimated $4.9 trillion over the next 10 years to explore for and extract oil and gas from new fields. An analysis from Global Witness concludes that we can't afford any production from new oil and gas fields, much less new fields, if we're to meet the U.N. Paris Climate Agreement goals and avoid moving beyond a critical climate change tipping point.

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The Rapidly Growing Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

A growing divestment movement gains traction worldwide

There is a movement that has the potential to help the world reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That movement is the rapidly growing divestment from fossil fuels. More than 1,000 institutions that represent over $8 trillion in assets have committed to divestment. By the end of 2014, only 181 institutions with $50 billion worth of assets committed to divestment. There are over 43 cities that …

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Trump Signs Executive Orders to Expedite Permitting For Pipelines

Trump fast tracks unnecessary fossil fuel 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, Texas killed one person …

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The Meaninglessness of Earth Day

Finding the real meaning of Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, the one day of the year set aside to celebrate our planet. It’s a curious aspect of human psychology, assigning arbitrary rotations of the planet to construe meaning, focus awareness, and inspire action; as such, the tactic is marginally effective. Every New Year’s Eve we resolve to do better, each birthday passes with renewed hope of a full, gratifying life, another …

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