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The World Has Passed A Dangerous CO2 Pollution Threshold, But Climate Deniers Still Push U.S. Inaction

The month of September 2016 marks the first time in human history that CO 2 levels in the atmosphere topped 400ppm in all recorded areas. In fact, CO 2 levels have not been that high since dinosaurs ruled the earth. And that’s not even the bad news. Show More Summary

As EU Prepares to Ratify Paris Climate Deal, U.S. Sees Bipartisan Push for Climate Action

Just one month after the United States and China, two major greenhouse gas emitters, committed to the Paris climate agreement, the European Union has promised to follow suit and ratify the agreement, which aims to limit global temperature...Show More Summary

Obama Takes Action, Says Climate Change Must Be Factored Into National Security Assessments

Nearly eleven months ago, Senator Bernie Sanders stated plainly in the first Democratic Presidential debate that climate change was the number one national security threat to the United States (every other Democratic contender said ISIS ). Show More Summary

Could the International Criminal Court Start Prosecuting Climate Crimes?

The International Criminal Court at The Hague ( ICC ) has released a new set of proposed rule changes that could open the door to prosecuting individuals, governments, and perhaps even corporations for environmental crimes against humanity,...Show More Summary

Republican Attorneys General Met Secretly with Exxon Lobbyists to Stop Climate Change Investigations

According to a new report by the watchdog group Center for Media and Democracy ( CMD ), ExxonMobil sent teams of lobbyists to meet with industry-friendly Republican state attorneys general to help stave off a flurry of investigations...Show More Summary

Trump Economic Adviser "Pushing" for Climate Denier and Fossil Fuel Apologist to Head EPA

Stephen Moore — economic adviser for Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign — recently told Politico's Morning Energy that he is “pushing” to have a climate change denier and fossil fuel promoter, Kathleen Hartnett White, named as head of the U.S. Show More Summary

Obama Admin Quietly Enables Oil and Gas Drilling on Public Lands and Waters, Weakens Endangered Species Act

As eyes turned to the most viewed presidential debate in U.S. history, the Obama administration meanwhile quietly auctioned off thousands of acres of land for oil and gas drilling in national forests, opened up 119 million acres for offshore...Show More Summary

New Report by Top Senators Details Financial Ties Between Fossil Fuel Industry and Clean Power Plan Opponents

On September 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments in a major challenge to the Clean Power Plan, West Virginia v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — an enormously high-stakes legal battle,...Show More Summary

Ruling by Little-Known Federal Agency Paves Way for Communities to Say No to Oil-by-Rail

“ The community of Benicia, [California,] in the crosshairs of history, made one of those decisions that will make a difference for the country. They stood up and said the safety of our communities matters.”  That was Yolo County Supervisor...Show More Summary

Climate Science Denialist Myron Ebell Named As Trump Adviser As Debate Skirts Climate

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s energy policy to dig, drill, and frack as much fossil fuel out of the ground as possible only really works by denying two realities. The first reality denied is that there is no global...Show More Summary

Climate Denial Group Global Warming Policy Foundation Books Royal Society Venue for Matt Ridley Lecture

This is a guest post from ClimateDenierRoundup crossposted from Daily Kos. Last week we talked about a group in the UK who tried, but ultimately failed, to use a respected institution as the venue for a denial conference in an effort...Show More Summary

Contractor Behind Positive Dakota Access Pipeline Environmental Assessment Was Working on Connecting Pipeline For Same Company

A private firm that conducted the environmental review for the highly contentious Dakota Access Pipeline was simultaneously working for Energy Transfer, the company behind the project, on a connecting pipeline. A DeSmog investigation...Show More Summary

Trump Touts Drilling's Potential, Botches Facts, at Shale Industry Conference

The shale gas and oil industry gathered in Pittsburgh this week for a major annual East Coast conference, Shale Insight 2016, and to hear the words of presidential candidate Donald Trump, who served as the keynote speaker. “It's great to be with so many of my friends,” Trump began. Show More Summary

As Nations Embrace Paris Agreement, World’s Existing Fossil Fuels Set to Exceed its Goals

On September 21, 31 countries, including Brazil and Mexico, ratified the Paris climate agreement at a United Nations event in New York City. They joined the U.S., China, and 27 other nations which had previously committed to the agreement, bringing the total to 60 and surpassing the first of two thresholds, requiring 55 nations to ratify it. Show More Summary

Pressure Mounts Against Aging Enbridge Oil and Gas Pipeline Through Great Lakes

Public pressure is mounting to decommission two 63-year-old underwater pipelines that rest in an environmentally sensitive waterway between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. About 540,000 barrels of oil and liquid natural gas flow dailyShow More Summary

Take Two: Albany’s Oil-by-Rail Facilities Must Do New Environmental Review

The people of Albany, New York, got some good news last Friday about their port's oil-by-rail facilities. “Global Companies must restart its environmental review process, given the significant new information about the benzene levels...Show More Summary

Federal SEC Launches Investigation Into ExxonMobil's Climate Change Accounting

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission ( SEC ) is investigating how oil giant ExxonMobil calculates the value of its assets in a world looking to force stricter rules on fossil fuel emissions, according to multiple reports. According to the Wall St. Show More Summary

As Dakota Access Protests Escalated, Obama Admin OK’d Same Company for Two Pipelines to Mexico

On September 9, the Obama administration revoked authorization for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline ( DAPL ) on federally controlled lands and asked the pipeline's owners, led by Energy Transfer Partners, to voluntarily halt...Show More Summary

Overloaded: New Rules Allowed for Heavier Bakken Oil Trains

This is the third article in a series looking at why oil trains derail at higher rates than ethanol trains. More ethanol was moved by rail from 2010–2015 than oil, but oil trains derail at a higher rate and with more severe consequences. Show More Summary

Chevron PR Firm's Local "News" Site Draws Attention from Koch Industries, Alarm from Media Watchdogs

In the city of Richmond, California, Chevron Corp. not only processes up to 250,000 barrels of crude oil a day from the largest refinery on the West Coast — it also writes the news. The Richmond Standard, an online paper focused on local...Show More Summary

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