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FERC Commissioner Rob Powelson Spent Much of His First Months in Office Meeting With the Fossil Fuel Industry

In his first few months at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ( FERC ), commissioner Rob Powelson scheduled the great majority of his meetings with fossil fuel energy companies and utilities, his work calendar shows. The calendar,...Show More Summary

Climate Denier Tim Ball: Trump Approved, But Not Credible Enough To Stand Accountable For Libel

It was gratifying, today, to see a senior justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia denounce the professional “climate change sceptic” Dr. Tim Ball as incompetent, inattentive and, perhaps, indifferent to the truth. But it was...Show More Summary

Judge Dismisses Libel Claim, Climate “Sceptic” Tim Ball Not Credible Enough To Take Seriously

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has dismissed a libel action against “climate change sceptic” Dr. Tim Ball on the basis that Ball’s writing is not sufficiently credible to inflict damage on the reputation of a professional climate scientist. The...Show More Summary

Energy CEO Says Fracking Build-out in New York Not Over, Wants Regulators to 'Lay Down and Approve Every Pipeline'

At a pipeline industry conference in Pittsburgh on January 31, Robert G. Phillips, CEO and President of Crestwood Equity Partners, offered an unusually candid perspective on pipelines, fracking, environmental regulations, and how industry...Show More Summary

Trump, Not Record-Breaking Disasters, Dominated TV News Coverage of Climate Change in 2017

Extreme weather events in the United States seemed ever-present in the media during 2017, with historic wildfires, floods, hurricanes, and droughts receiving national coverage. What was less common, however, was major TV news networks making the connection between these kinds of billion-dollar disasters and climate change for their viewers. Show More Summary

These are the Climate Science Denier MPs Lobbying for a Hard Brexit

Almost 70 MP s have been identified as backing a shadowy parliamentary lobby group pushing for a hard Brexit. In keeping with ideological links previously identified by DeSmog UK, it’s perhaps no shock that there are a number of politicians...Show More Summary

The US Added 38 Percent More Oil and Gas Rigs Last Year

By John R. Platt. Crossposted with permission from The Revelator. The number of oil and gas rigs in the United States has increased an astonishing 38 percent over the past year. That’s according to S&P Global Platts Analytics, whichShow More Summary

How to Use Critical Thinking to Spot False Climate Claims

By Peter Ellerton, The University of Queensland Much of the public discussion about climate science consists of a stream of assertions. The climate is changing or it isn’t; carbon dioxide causes global warming or it doesn’t; humans are...Show More Summary

Fines Against Polluters Drop Sharply Under Trump EPA

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch. Reposted with permission from EcoWatch. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) announced Thursday its annual enforcement and compliance report that boasted $1.6 billion in administrative and civil...Show More Summary

EPA Chief Downplays Global Warming as Unexpected Climate Impacts Stack up

Scott Pruitt, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ), is well-known for his comments denying the established science of climate change, and this week he touted yet another talking point of the climate denial community. “I...Show More Summary

Climate Science Deniers Defend New York’s American Museum of Natural History From Calls to Drop Trustee Rebekah Mercer

With friends like climate science deniers and alt-right megaphones like Breitbart, you have to wonder whether New York’s iconic American Museum of Natural History ( AMNH ) needs any enemies right now. As the New York Times and others...Show More Summary

Spotlight on Kathleen Hartnett White

For more than three months, the Trump administration tried to get climate science denier Kathleen Hartnett White confirmed for a top environmental post in the White House. But last week, the administration officially withdrew its nomination...Show More Summary

Bill Wehrum Once Denied California's Right to Cut Auto Emissions, and Could Do It Again at EPA

More than a decade ago, Bill Wehrum, then acting assistant administrator for air and radiation at the US Environmental Protection Agency, successfully fought to deny the state of California the right to set its own standards on greenhouse...Show More Summary

China Is Financing a Petrochemical Hub in Appalachia. Meet its Powerful Backers.

Over the past year, oil and gas industry plans to build a petrochemical refining and storage hub along the Ohio River have steadily gaining traction. Proponents hope this potential hub, which would straddle Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia,...Show More Summary

This Vigilante Scientist Trekked Over 10,000 Kilometres to Reveal B.C.’s Leaking Gas Wells

If you’d met John Werring four years ago, he wouldn’t have been able to tell you what an abandoned gas well looked like. “ We had no idea whether they were even accessible,” said the registered professional biologist. That was before the summer of 2014, when he headed up to Fort St. Show More Summary

Empowering the Powerless: Here's How To End Energy Poverty

By Jatin Nathwani, University of Waterloo Millions of people die prematurely of indoor pollution and other consequences of energy poverty. But there is a way to empower the powerless: with renewable energy microgrids and decentralized technologies. “...Show More Summary

Obama Alums Are Pushing Fracked Gas Exports. That’s Exactly What Trump Wants

During his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump exclaimed that the “war on American Energy” had ended and that “we are now an exporter of energy to the world.” What Trump did not say, though, is that several former senior...Show More Summary

Fish Farm Lowballed Number of Escaped Atlantic Salmon, Misled Regulator: Report

It’s been a nightmarish year for Washington State’s only active Atlantic salmon farming company — Canada’s Cooke Aquaculture Inc. On Tuesday, a Cooke subsidiary was found responsible for an August 2017 fish farm mishap that releasedShow More Summary

Another Washington State Natural Gas Project Must Account for Its Total Climate Impacts

By Stephen Quirke For the fourth time since July 2013, Washington state is requiring an analysis of the full climate impacts of a major fossil fuel project proposed within its borders. Most recently, the Puget Sound Clean Air AgencyShow More Summary

The Oil Industry and That Amazing Floating Tar Sands Oil

More than seven years have passed since an Enbridge oil pipeline ruptured and spilled more than a million gallons of tar sands oil, also known as diluted bitumen, near a tributary leading to Michigan's Kalamazoo River. Once in the water,...Show More Summary

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