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Climate Protesters Push Biden, Congress
Arrests Mount
in Climate Protest

Arrests Mount in Climate Protest

Indigenous, environmental groups push Biden and Congress on fossil fuel projects

(Newser) - Indigenous groups and other environmental activists marched to the Capitol on Friday as they continued a weeklong protest demanding that Congress and the Biden administration stop new fossil fuel projects and act with greater urgency on climate change. Nearly 80 people were arrested on the fifth day of the "...

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Add to Climate Crisis: IMF

Government aid to industry runs $11 million or so per minute, report says

(Newser) - The International Monetary Fund has added up the government subsidies that went to support the fossil fuel industry in 2020: $5.9 trillion, or about $11 million per minute. On top of that, the analysis found that not one country priced its fuels high enough to cover the true supply...

Green Investor Forces Exxon Directors Out

Unprecedented revolt over climate strategy puts at least 2 new members on board

(Newser) - ExxonMobil shareholders backed a hedge fund opposed to the company's approach to climate change issues by replacing board members Wednesday. It's the first such rebellion the company has ever faced, CNN Business reports. The hedge fund, Engine No. 1, won two board seats, and the races for two...

City Is First to Ban New Gas Stations
City's Move on Gas Stations
May Be a Forerunner
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City's Move on Gas Stations May Be a Forerunner

Petaluma, Calif., bans the construction of new stations

(Newser) - The city of Petaluma, Calif., has just done something no other city in the US has done, reports Gizmodo —it banned the construction of new gas stations. And coverage of the decision suggests Petaluma won't be alone for long as a shift continues toward electric cars. Coverage:
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Mnuchin on Greta's Fossil Fuels Comment: Go to College

Treasury secretary takes a jab at Swedish climate activist at Davos

(Newser) - The person from the Trump administration usually criticizing Greta Thunberg is President Trump himself . On Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, however, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin decided to get in on the action with a jab against the 17-year-old Swedish climate activist. The talk had turned to...

20 Firms Are Behind 35% of Emissions
20 Companies
Have a Dirty Secret
new study

20 Companies Have a Dirty Secret

The Climate Accountability Institute says they're responsible for 35% of emissions

(Newser) - Fossil fuel companies emit greenhouse gases—we know. But a new analysis says 20 such companies are responsible for over a third of all greenhouse gas emissions since 1965, the Guardian reports. Conducted by Richard Heede, an authority at the Climate Accountability Institute, the study says 20 companies have released...

'Militia Threats' Force State Capitol to Shut Down

It all stems from a cap-and-trade climate bill

(Newser) - Oregon's state capitol is closed Saturday, and it's no holiday. State senators say they made the move after getting threats from militia groups opposed to a cap-and-trade climate bill, the Washington Post reports. State Senate President Peter Courtney announced the shutdown Friday: "The Oregon State Police have...

Here's Joe Biden's $5T 'Big Idea' on Climate

He says it will get us to net zero emissions by 2050

(Newser) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is pitching a $5 trillion-plus climate proposal that he says would lead the US to net zero emissions of carbon pollution by 2050, the AP reports. Biden's plan calls for $1.7 trillion in federal spending over 10 years, with the rest of the...

Buildings Go Dark Worldwide
Buildings Go Dark Worldwide

Buildings Go Dark Worldwide

As millions celebrate Earth Hour

(Newser) - Cities around the world were marking Earth Hour on Saturday by turning off lights at 8:30pm local time in a call for global action on climate change, the AP reports. Earth Hour, spearheaded by the World Wildlife Fund, calls for greater awareness and more sparing use of resources, especially...

Senate Shuns Green New Deal
Green New Deal
Fizzles in Senate

Green New Deal Fizzles in Senate

But Democrats call it a 'sham' vote

(Newser) - The Senate on Tuesday defeated a proposal to take up the Green New Deal as both parties shunned an opportunity to debate a comprehensive climate change plan offered by Democrats. Majority Republicans forced the vote as they seek to turn the Green New Deal into a wedge issue in the...

France Said It Wouldn't Budge on Fuel Tax. It Just Did

Tax hikes have been suspended for several months after violent protests, per PM

(Newser) - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced a suspension of fuel tax hikes Tuesday, a major U-turn in an effort to appease a protest movement that radicalized and plunged Paris into chaos last weekend, French media report. Both Le Monde newspaper and France Info radio said the planned increase, which has...

Arnold Accuses Oil Companies of 'Knowingly Killing' People

Schwarzenegger says he's going after Big Oil for 'first-degree murder'

(Newser) - Like Big Tobacco, Big Oil has been complicit in "knowingly killing people all over the world," due to the global warming caused by fossil fuels, and they're about to be held accountable for it, per one of California's most high-profile ex-governors. Arnold Schwarzenegger recorded a live...

Inside NYC's Billions-Dollar Salvo Against Oil

Says it'll divest $5B from its pension funds, and wants billions more from 5 key players

(Newser) - New York City is putting its money where its mouth is in a fight against "greed"-driven fossil fuel companies. In a move that the New York Times describes as designed to give Mayor Bill de Blasio chops as a climate-change leader (and one made in front of a...

Rick Perry Makes Bold Claim on Fossil Fuels, Sexual Assault

Energy secretary defends expanding export of fossil fuels to Africa

(Newser) - Rick Perry said Thursday that fossil fuels, far from harming people in third-world countries via climate change, can actually prevent sexual assaults, Politico reports. According to the Hill , the Energy secretary was speaking at an event with Meet the Press host Chuck Todd and the CEO of Axios. Perry, who...

ExxonMobil CEO: World Needs Our Oil, 'Like It or Not'

Cutting oil production 'not acceptable to humanity': Rex Tillerson

(Newser) - Keep the oil taps flowing for the good of the people, the CEO and chair of ExxonMobil appealed to shareholders at what the Guardian says was a "long and fractious" annual meeting in Dallas on Wednesday. Rex Tillerson told attendees the oil giant had already pumped $7 billion into...

Pope on Emissions: 'Catastrophic' If Special Interests Butt In

Francis spoke at African UN headquarters in Nairobi on fossil fuels

(Newser) - Pope Francis warned Thursday it would be "catastrophic" if special interests get in the way of a global agreement to curb the fossil fuel emissions blamed for global warming at a climate change meeting next week in Paris. In a speech at African UN headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, Francis...

All Antarctic Ice Would Melt If We Burned All Fossil Fuels

Seas could rise 160 feet: study

(Newser) - If we were to burn all of the planet's fossil fuel reserves, we would be saying goodbye to the entire Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. That's the takeaway from an international study announced today, Reuters reports. "To be blunt: If we burn it all, we melt it...

How Your Coffee Grounds Can Help Save the World

Heating used grounds with potassium hydroxide enables methane storage

(Newser) - As if coffee isn't amazing enough already. A team of researchers—who, yes, got the idea over a cup of coffee—are reporting in the journal Nanotechnology that soaking spent coffee grounds in potassium hydroxide and then heating the grounds in a furnace creates a material that can store...

Young People Sue US Over Climate Change

They say fossil fuels are putting future at risk

(Newser) - A group of 8- to 19-year-olds says climate change will doom the future unless changes are made now—and they're trying to force the government to do just that. Nearly a dozen young people filed a federal lawsuit in Oregon yesterday, arguing that the current consumption of fossil fuels...

Pope Francis' Encyclical Leak: an Inside Job?

Reporter's press credentials suspended; some suspect Vatican conservatives

(Newser) - The "heinous act" of leaking the draft of Pope Francis' long-awaited environment encyclical may have been designed to steal some thunder from Thursday's official launch, Vatican observers say—and some think it may have been masterminded by Vatican insiders, the AP reports. What the news agency is calling...

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