Manchin Asks Big Oil CEOs to Help Push Through Dirty Deal as Opposition Grows

Facing mounting opposition from environmentalists, frontline communities, and fellow Democratic lawmakers, Sen. Joe Manchin is reportedly asking oil and gas executives to help him build Republican support for permitting legislation that aims to weaken bedrock environmental laws and ease the review process for dirty energy projects. Bloomberg reported Monday that Manchin’s outreach “has included companies in the mining, utilities, and oil and gas industry,” all of which stand to benefit from a federal permitting overhaul — and all of which donate to the West Virginia Democrat’s political campaigns. “Passing the legislation would mark a big win for the industry and…

UN Chief Slams Fossil Fuel Industry for Using Ukraine War to Boost Profits

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday slammed the fossil fuel industry for trying to use Russia’s war on Ukraine to boost polluters’ profits at the expense of the global climate and all life on Earth. “Fossil fuel interests are now cynically using the war in Ukraine to try to lock in a high carbon future,” Guterres tweeted. “A shift to renewables is crucial to mending our broken global energy mix and offering hope to millions suffering climate impacts today.” Climate action advocates welcomed the U.N. chief’s message — including American author and activist Bill McKibben, who said that Guterres…

IPCC Report’s Analysis of Fossil Fuel Industry Excluded From Policymakers’ Brief

The fossil fuel industry and its influence over policy was the major elephant in the room looming over the release of the third and final report, out this week, from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s leading climate authority. The major source of contention: how do you talk about mitigating climate change without confronting the fossil fuel industry? “It’s like Star Wars without Darth Vader,” says environmental sociologist Robert Brulle, of Brown University. The first two reports, both released over the last year, highlighted the physical science on climate effects and countries’ vulnerability to further warming. But this…

Pro-Highway, Pro-Car Public Transportation Policy Is Fueling Inequality

For decades, the federal government has allocated about four times as much funding to roadways as it has to public transit such as buses and subways. This policy choice has consequences for racial and economic justice, the environment, and more. Here, we focus only on the racial and economic justice questions – whose interests are not served, and who are excluded, by the policy choice to prioritize an ever-expanding roadway system over public transit? When the federal government pours money into highways and starves public transit of resources, an inevitable consequence is that the road network keeps expanding, and public…

Oil and Gas Industry Profits Climbed as Americans Faced High Gas Prices in 2021

The fossil fuel industry experienced a boom in profits during the first nine months of 2021, raking in tens of billions of dollars as Americans faced a jump in gas prices. A new report by Accountable.US shows that 24 top oil and gas companies made $174 billion in profits between January and September, lining shareholders’ and CEOs’ pockets. Sixteen of those companies raised their dividend at least once in 2021, the report found, and most of their CEOs had compensation packages of over $10 million. Companies like Exxon and Chevron have posted high profits in the third quarter of 2021;…

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