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California Lawmakers Put Fossil Fuel Companies in the Hot Seat

Union of Concerned Scientists

For decades, the fossil fuel industry downplayed the reality of climate change while deliberately spreading disinformation about the damage its products cause to people and the planet. The lawsuit contends that the companies “did not simply produce fossil fuels.

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Fossil Fuel Obstruction Brought Us the Climate Crisis: Hard Questions Big Oil CEOs Should Answer

Union of Concerned Scientists

Director of Strategic Climate Analytics Erika Spanger-Siegfried pulls no punches as she imagines what she'd ask the fossil fuel executives who will be questioned about their role in climate change at a House Oversight and Reform Committee meeting.

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Aggregating the Harms of Fossil Fuels

Legal Planet

The decision at the Glasgow climate conference to phase down fossil fuels is an important step forward — and not just because of climate change. We think of fossil fuels as a source of climate change, but that’s only a one part of the problem.

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Essity's Journey to Net Zero: Fossil Fuel Free Production

3BL Media

DESCRIPTION: Going fossil free in an industry that is traditionally energy intensive is one of our most important and challenging tasks in becoming net zero emitters by 2050. It is the world’s first largescale tissue facility with fossil CO2 emission-free production." SOURCE: Essity.

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As War Rages in Ukraine, Policymakers Must Reject Fossil Fuel Industry Spin

Union of Concerned Scientists

Deputy Policy Director Julie McNamara urges policymakers to see calls from the fossil fuel industry to invest more in their operations--in response to market instability because of the war in Ukraine--as an opportunistic attempt to lower their costs and increase their profits, at great cost to us.

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Scientists Ask COP27 Marketing Firm to Drop Fossil Fuel Clients

Environment + Energy Leader

The post Scientists Ask COP27 Marketing Firm to Drop Fossil Fuel Clients appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. More than 400 scientists sent a letter to communications company Hill+Knowlton Strategies ahead of the UN climate summit.

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Clean Energy Saw as Much Investment as Fossil Fuels for the First Time in 2022

Yale E360

trillion in investment globally last year, matching investment in fossil fuels for the first time ever, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Solar, wind, electric vehicles, and other clean energy technologies saw a record-high $1.1

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Renewable Energy Advocates Must Support Fossil Fuel Workers for a Just Transition

Union of Concerned Scientists

Science Network guest blogger Keeley Bombard lays out the economic and social concerns of those whose livelihoods have depended on a thriving fossil fuel industry, and makes the case for a transition to renewal energy that won't leave these communities behind.

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UN Net-Zero Guidance Calls for End of Fossil Fuels Financial Support

Environment + Energy Leader

The post UN Net-Zero Guidance Calls for End of Fossil Fuels Financial Support appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. Other topics include fighting greenwashing and supporting climate regulations.

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Victory! Canada ends financing for international fossil fuel projects

Enviromental Defense

Earlier this month the Government of Canada delivered on a key climate promise and released new rules which end public funding for fossil fuels abroad, starting January 1, 2023. That alone would rule out any new fossil fuel project. .

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Colorado’s Fossil Fuel Industry Wants to Buy Your Friendship. Don’t Be Fooled.

Union of Concerned Scientists

Climate Change Energy Scientific Integrity climate change impacts disinformation fossil fuel companiesA new UCS report found that the oil and gas industry has spent massive amounts of money in Colorado to buy political influence and block public health and environmental safeguards.

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Report from COP27: The Fossil Fuel Industry Continues to Block the Path to Climate Justice

Union of Concerned Scientists

The destruction caused by climate change is directly linked to human activity, primarily burning fossil fuels. This dangerous delay in action is largely due to the fossil fuel industry continuing to increase carbon emissions and standing in the way of change. .

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Storm Elliott Knocked Out Fossil-Fuel Power. We’ve Been Here Before.

Union of Concerned Scientists

Utilities and grid operators prepared for the storm as it was coming down the pike, but they still underestimated the energy demand it would trigger, as well as the number of outages at fossil fuel power plants—mainly natural gas-fired, plus some coal-fired plants.

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Jim Crow and the Fossil Fuel Industry

Legal Planet

This being Black History Month, I thought it would be worthwhile looking at the fossil fuel industry’s racial history. The post Jim Crow and the Fossil Fuel Industry appeared first on Legal Planet.

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G20 still paying billions in fossil fuel subsidies

A Greener Life

Two-thirds of the G20’s public finance for energy went to fossil fuels in 2019–2020. In total, 63% of the G20’s public finance for energy went to fossil fuels in 2019–2020. The countries with the highest total subsidies for fossil fuels were China, Indonesia and the UK.

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Trane Charmes Transitioning Away From Fossil Fuels With Innovative Heat Pump Technology

3BL Media

KEYWORDS: Trane Technologies, NYSE:TT, fossil fuels. Green Infrastructure Energy Trane Technologies NYSE:TT fossil fuels

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Court Case in Hawaii Against Fossil Fuel Companies Passes Major Milestone

Union of Concerned Scientists

Fossil fuel companies must now disclose internal documents. Climate Change climate accountability Climate Litigation Hawaii

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5 Anti-Climate Practices Elsevier Must Cease: Scientists Call out Publisher’s Ties to Fossil Fuel Industry 

Union of Concerned Scientists

Earlier this year, The Guardian ran a powerful article exposing the ties of Elsevier, one of the world’s largest academic publishing companies, to the fossil fuel industry. Elsevier/RELX aids the fossil fuel industry.

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Five Grid Plans to Cut Fossil Fuel Dependence

Union of Concerned Scientists

Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy from wind and solar will depend on upgrading the electric power grid, which is currently plagued by planning delays and gridlock.

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Shifting the Burden of Proof: Why It's Now On the Fossil Fuel Industry to Defend Itself

3BL Media

SUMMARY: After many decades of research and advocacy, the climate movement has carried its burden of proof in showing how detrimental the fossil fuel industry has been. The Burden of Proof Is Now on the Fossil Fuel Industry. By: John A. Lanier. SOURCE: Ray C.

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Explainer: Putting the fossil fuel industry into reverse

A Greener Life

To many in the climate movement, the fossil fuel industry is the enemy. But what to do with the fossil fuel industry? After all, fossil fuel companies have unrivalled experience in delivering enormous projects. By Jeremy Williams.

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Bitcoin Miners Resurrect Fossil Fuel Power Plant, Drawing Backlash From Environmentalists

Yale E360

A cryptocurrency-mining operation in central New York has reopened a shuttered fossil fuel power plant to power 15,300 computer servers used to unlock bitcoins, raising concerns among environmentalists, the Associated Press reports.

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Phasing Out Fossil Fuel With Renewables and Grid Changes

Union of Concerned Scientists

A new law in Illinois will prod utilities and grid operators in the right direction. Energy clean energy Renewable energy

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Fossil Fuels vs Renewables in the Race to Net Zero

3BL Media

Public conversations about Net Zero are usually about “fossil fuels vs. renewables” and the impact of each category on climate change. The capital markets are a prime battleground for interests on both sides of fossils vs. renewables.

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Burning Fossil Fuel Reserves Would Use Up Carbon Budget Seven Times Over

Yale E360

If burned, global fossil fuel reserves would release 3.5

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Fossil fuels and Jim Crow

Environment, Law, and History

Dan Farber recently posted at Legal Planet on "Jim Crow and the Fossil Fuel Industry" : This being Black History Month, I thought it would be worthwhile looking at the fossil fuel industry’s racial history.

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Renewables smash fossil fuels at cost

A Greener Life

New research from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) confirms renewables are continuing to outpace fossil fuels on cost. They found that the share of renewable energy that achieved lower costs than the most competitive fossil fuel option doubled in 2020.

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Volvo Plans to Build Cars Using Fossil Fuel-Free Steel

Yale E360

Volvo has announced plans to manufacture cars using fossil fuel-free steel by 2026. The company is partnering with Swedish steel firm SSAB to source steel made with hydrogen. Read more on E360

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EU Aims to Wean Off Fossil Fuels as Energy Prices Spike on Ukraine Invasion

Yale E360

As the war intensifies and sanctions loom, analysts fear disruptions to the supply of fossil fuels.

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County in Washington State First in U.S. To Ban New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Yale E360

A county in Washington state has become the first such jurisdiction in the United States to ban new fossil fuel infrastructure, following a lengthy battle over the impact of oil refineries on the local community.

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Student Campaigners at Five Major Universities File Legal Complaints Against Fossil Fuel Investment

Yale E360

Student climate groups at Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and MIT have filed complaints with attorneys general in their respective states arguing the schools have violated state law by investing in fossil fuels.

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UK’s fossil fuel bonanza

A Greener Life

Gone are the net-zero promises and focus on a rapid clean energy transition, and in its place is a new narrative that more fossil fuels will solve the country’s energy crisis. The government believes that opening up new fossil fuel areas for production will boost energy security.

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Let’s Make Fossil Fuel Polluters Pay—Five Ways to Thwart Their Smokescreen

Union of Concerned Scientists

A new proposed bill would finally set a precedent for fossil fuel companies to pay for the pollution they cause–which means they'll fight it with everything they've got.

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Fossil Fuels Received $5.9 Trillion In Subsidies in 2020, Report Finds

Yale E360

Coal, oil, and natural gas received $5.9 trillion in subsidies in 2020 — or roughly $11 million every minute — according to a new analysis from the International Monetary Fund. Read more on E360

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$18 billion to fossil fuels: Breaking Down the Numbers

Enviromental Defense

million for other categories of support to fossil fuels. A recent report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance found that the Government of Canada raised its level of support to fossil fuels by 40% from 2015–19 — the second-largest increase among the G-20.

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As COP26 begins, 40 UK fossil fuel projects are awaiting approval 

A Greener Life

As COP26 begins in Glasgow, a study carried out by Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland (EWNI) and the New Economics Foundation has revealed that fossil fuel companies are preparing to seek approval for 40 new UK coal, oil and gas extraction projects by 2025.

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Breaking Up with Fossil Fuels

Legal Planet

FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY: About what? I just started realizing that people call you “fossilfuels for reason. Our relationship is starting to feel fossilized. The post Breaking Up with Fossil Fuels appeared first on Legal Planet.

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Fossil Fuel Lobbyists at Climate Talks: What Are They Trying to Achieve?

Yale E360

An examination of delegation lists by the human rights group Global Witness found that fossil fuel companies and their trade associations have more than 500 representatives registered at the climate conference, more than the biggest national delegation, Brazil.

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Guterres: The Ukraine war cant let us fall in love with fossil fuels again?

A Greener Life

Following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia , in the name of energy security countries have sought to increase the use of fossil fuels again, and one could be forgiven for thinking that the climate crisis has somehow disappeared. Photo credit: United Nations. By Anders Lorenzen.

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Hospitals Use Less Fossil Fuel but Energy Use Hasn’t Slipped Much

Environment + Energy Leader

Over the past 25 years, hospitals have overall decreased fossil fuel use, but electricity use isn’t declining as much. The post Hospitals Use Less Fossil Fuel but Energy Use Hasn’t Slipped Much appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Hospitals Use Less Fossil Fuel but Energy Use Hasn’t Slipped Much

Environment + Energy Leader

Over the past 25 years, hospitals have overall decreased fossil fuel use, but electricity use isn’t declining as much. The post Hospitals Use Less Fossil Fuel but Energy Use Hasn’t Slipped Much appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Amid Troubles for Fossil Fuels, Has the Era of ‘Peak Oil’ Arrived?

Yale E360

For years, analysts have predicted that rising world oil consumption would peak and start declining in the coming decades. But with a recent string of setbacks for big oil companies and the rapid advance of electric vehicles, some now say that “peak oil” is already here. Read more on E360

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European banks continue to fund fossil fuels?

A Greener Life

Barclays and HSBC are two of the major banks which continue to fund fossil fuel investments. A report by ShareAction has delivered a damning verdict on European banks connection to fossil fuel investments. Major European banks at the heart of continued fossil fuel support.