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The Latest Propaganda Push From Pro-Pipeline Front Group GAIN

February 15, 2019 - 1:39pm
Read time: 4 mins

This is a guest post by ClimateDenierRoundup.

Although pipelines have been facing a number of setbacks recently, pro-pipeline groups aren’t giving up. One of those is Grow America’s Infrastructure Now (GAIN), which came to our attention because it’s recently begun sponsoring the Washington Examiner’s daily energy newsletter.

GAIN’s website simply describes the group as supporting strengthening infrastructure development and only mentions pipelines as one aspect of its focus, which also includes bridges, roads, etc. But the group’s blogTwitter, and coverage in the media are pretty exclusively dedicated to pro-pipeline messaging. Hmmm, almost like it isn’t an all-around infrastructure group, and perhaps may have some ulterior motive …

Tags: Grow America’s Infrastructure Nowfront groupsInterstate Natural Gas Association of Americaoil and gas pipelinesMidwest Alliance for Infrastructure NowDCI groupTigerSwan

Court Throws out Energy Transfer’s ‘Racketeering’ Claims Against Dakota Access Pipeline Opponents

February 14, 2019 - 8:26pm
Read time: 4 mins

A North Dakota federal judge dismissed Energy Transfer’s racketeering lawsuit against Greenpeace and all its co-defendants in a sharply worded ruling issued today, finding that the pipeline builder’s allegations fell “far short of what is necessary to establish a [racketeering] claim.”

In August 2017, Energy Transfer filed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act civil complaint against Greenpeace and other environmental groups who had opposed the company’s Dakota Access pipeline, claiming that the protests had caused $300 million in damages (and requesting three times that amount from the defendants).

Today’s ruling flatly rejected Energy Transfer’s claims.

Tags: greenpeaceRacketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizationsenergy transferDakota Access Pipeline

Fossil Fuels Are Bad for Your Health and Harmful in Many Ways Besides Climate Change

February 14, 2019 - 3:37pm
Read time: 7 minsBy Noel Healy, Salem State University; Jennie C. Stephens, Northeastern University; and Stephanie Malin, Colorado State University

Many Democratic lawmakers aim to pass a Green New Deal, a package of policies that would mobilize vast amounts of money to create new jobs and address inequality while fighting climate change.

Led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, they are calling for massive investments in renewable energy and other measures over a decade that would greatly reduce or even end the nation’s overwhelming reliance on fossil fuels.

As experts in environmental geography, sociology, and sustainability science and policy, we wholeheartedly support this effort. And, as we explained in a recently published study, climate change is not the only reason to ditch fossil fuels.

Tags: fossil fuelshealth risksSacrifice Zonegreen new dealend fossil fuels

New Report Warns Geoengineering the Climate Is a 'Risky Distraction'

February 13, 2019 - 7:57pm
Read time: 7 mins

A new report makes the case that the fossil fuel industry prefers geoengineering as an approach for addressing climate change because it allows the industry to keep arguing for continued fossil fuel use.

In Fuel to the Fire: How Geoengineering Threatens to Entrench Fossil Fuels and Accelerate the Climate Crisis, the Center for International Environmental Law (CEIL) warns that geoengineering, which includes technologies to remove huge amounts of carbon dioxide and to shoot particles into the atmosphere to block sunlight, potentially offers more of a problem for the climate than a solution.

Tags: geoengineeringcarbon dioxide removalCenter for International Environmental LawSolar Radiation Management

Enbridge Gave Massachusetts Studies by Climate Denier, ALEC Associate in Gas Project Assessment

February 13, 2019 - 2:03pm
Read time: 7 mins

As part of an ongoing health evaluation of a proposed and contested Boston metro area gas compressor station, the energy distribution company Enbridge shared with the State of Massachusetts materials from dubious and controversial sources. As documents obtained by DeSmog reveal, these include studies by a climate change denier and an official associated with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Koch brothers-backed group working to undermine environmental regulations. 

Tags: EnbridgeAtlantic BridgeWeymouth compressor stationMassachusettsAmerican Legislative Exchange Council ALECclimate science denial

Fatal Rail Accident 'Eerily Similar' to Lac-Mégantic Oil Train Disaster

February 12, 2019 - 1:14pm
Read time: 8 mins

The only way to have a rail accident that is “eerily similar” to the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster that killed 47 people and wiped out the small Quebec downtown is if a massive regulatory failure did not address the causes of that 2013 tragedy.

Which is exactly what has happened. And is why a fatal train accident on February 4 in Field, British Columbia, was dubbed “eerily similar” to the one in Lac-Mégantic by Garland Chow, a professor and transportation expert at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.

Tags: Lac Meganticoil-by-railTransportation Safety Boardpositive train controlcanada

Energy Transfer Pipeline Projects on Hold in Pennsylvania After String of Violations

February 11, 2019 - 7:47pm
Read time: 9 mins

Plans for a pipeline network to export petrochemical ingredients from fracked gas wells in Pennsylvania hit a major roadblock, as state environmental regulators announced Friday that they were suspending all permit reviews for pipeline builder Energy Transfer until further notice.

“There has been a failure by Energy Transfer and its subsidiaries to respect our laws and our communities,” Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, who has supported fracking in the state, said in a statement when the suspension was announced. “This is not how we strive to do business in Pennsylvania, and it will not be tolerated.”

Tags: energy transferethanepetrochemicalfrackingpipelineexportsNGLNatural Gas LiquidsviolationsPennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Oil Spill Shuts TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline in Same County Where 'Paper-thin' Pipe Found in 2012

February 8, 2019 - 7:23pm
Read time: 6 mins

On Wednesday, February 6, an oil spill in St. Charles County, Missouri, caused the shutdown of two major oil pipelines, one owned by Enbridge and the other by TransCanada, as investigators began searching for the source of the spill.

Today, TransCanada confirmed in a statement that its Keystone pipeline — which has had severe corrosion issues in this area in the past — was the likely source of the oil spill, which Missouri officials initially estimated to have leaked 1,800 gallons. Meanwhile, officials from Enbridge said the company was “highly confident” its Platte pipeline was not the cause of the leak.

Tags: Keystone 1 pipelineTransCanadaleaking oil pipelinesMissouriKeystone Pipeline System

Big Oil Ally Derrick Hollie Dismisses Environmental Justice, Promotes Natural Gas at House Climate Hearing

February 8, 2019 - 12:36pm
Read time: 3 mins

This week, during the House Committee on Natural Resources' hearing on “Climate Change: Impacts and the Need to Act,” Representatives heard about the threats that climate change poses to the safety, prosperity, and general well-being of Americans, and particularly to marginalized communities of color. Multiple experts testified on environmental and climate justice issues. However, one of the Republicans' experts, Derrick Hollie of Reaching America, told a dramatically different story, attempting to argue that climate-friendly policies actually harm low income and minority communities.

During the hearing, Hollie did not disclose his organization's involvement in multiple campaigns funded by the oil and gas industries.

Tags: Derrick Holliereaching americaAPIfueling us forwardHouse Committee on Natural Resources

Are Investors Finally Waking up to North America’s Fracked Gas Crisis?

February 7, 2019 - 6:40pm
Read time: 7 mins

The fracked gas industry's long borrowing binge may finally be hitting a hard reality: paying back investors.

Enabled by rising debt, shale companies have been achieving record fracked oil and gas production, while promising investors a big future payoff. But over a decade into the “fracking miracle,” investors are showing signs they're worried that payoff will never come — and as a result, loans are drying up.

Tags: natural gasfrackingAlbertaChesapeakenatural gas finances

Louisiana and Isle de Jean Charles Tribe Seek to Resolve Differing Visions for Resettling ‘Climate Refugees’

February 5, 2019 - 5:02pm
Read time: 13 mins

After DeSmog broke the news that the Isle de Jean Charles Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe (IDJC) was considering ending its partnership in a $48 million climate change resettlement project, talks have restarted between the Louisiana Office of Community Development (OCD) and the Tribe in an attempt to fix the rift.

On January 24, Pat Forbes, executive director of the OCD, met with IDJC Chief Albert Naquin and local officials. “The door is back open to find common ground,” Chief Naquin told me after the meeting.

At stake is the success of the first federally funded resettlement project meant as a template for coastal communities facing rising sea levels from climate change.

Tags: Isle de Jean Charles Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw TribeLouisianaChief Albert Naquinclimate refugees

Senator John Barrasso Parrots Koch Talking Points to Kill Electric Car Tax Credit

February 5, 2019 - 3:59pm
Read time: 7 mins

This morning, Wyoming Senator John Barrasso published an op-ed in Fox News arguing for an end to the federal electric vehicle (EV) tax credit and a new “annual highway user fee for alternative-fuel vehicles.”

Barrasso, who cashed more money from Koch Industries in the 2018 election cycle than all but two other senators, and has taken in $45,400 from Koch Industries from 2013 to 2018, introduced a bill last October that would immediately amend the tax code to terminate the EV tax credit and calculate a new annual user fee for drivers of cars that aren't powered by gasoline or diesel. A similar bill was introduced at the same time in the House by Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady of Texas, a key Koch ally.

Tags: kochvscleanJohn Barrassokoch industriesEV tax creditManhattan Institute

Fossil Fuel Industry Attacks Budweiser's Pro-Wind Super Bowl Ad

February 3, 2019 - 1:18pm
Read time: 3 mins

By Dave Anderson, crossposted from Energy and Policy Institute

The pro-wind power Budweiser ad that Anheuser-Busch will air during the Super Bowl on Sunday is being attacked by the fossil fuel industry. 

The Kentucky Coal Association is among the groups attacking the Budweiser ad, which has already racked up nearly 14 million views on YouTube. Their attack was echoed by the website, a project of a coal-backed group called the Committee for Constructive Tomorrow

“Wind never felt better,” the Budweiser ad says. “Now brewed with wind power for a better tomorrow.” 

Tags: BudweiserAnheuser Buschwind powerKevon MartisAmerican Energy Alliance

Climate Misinformation Researchers Throw Support Behind California Communities Suing Fossil Fuel Companies

February 2, 2019 - 6:00am
Read time: 4 mins

Just in case fossil fuel companies had forgotten when and how much they knew about the impacts their products have had on the climate, a reminder came at them in court this week.

On January 29, six researchers studying climate misinformation filed one of eight friend-of-the-court briefs in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals supporting the California communities suing fossil fuel companies for climate damages.

Tags: naomi oreskesrobert brulleBenjamin FrantaStephan LewandowskyJustin Farrellgeoffrey supran#ExxonKnewclimate liability

BP Backs Shareholder Call to Align its Strategy With Paris Climate Goals

February 1, 2019 - 7:42pm
Read time: 3 mins

By , Climate Home News. This article originally appeared on Climate Home News.

BP will back a shareholder push for it to begin reporting on how its strategy fits with the Paris Agreement’s goals, the British oil and gas major said on Friday.

Tags: bpParis Agreementshareholder resolutionsshareholder activism

150 Congressional Republicans Represent Fossil Fuel Companies Instead of Their Communities

January 30, 2019 - 4:45pm
Read time: 3 mins

This is a guest post by ClimateDenierRoundup.

Last week, we mocked the fossil fuel industry’s use of an outlet it owns to brag about perverting democracy — but we didn’t actually call out the politicians in the industry’s pocket.

Lucky for us, the Center for American Progress Action Fund did just that this week. A new analysis from CAP tallies up the climate deniers in the 116th Congress. As it turns out, there are a lot: 150.

Tags: climate science denialcampaign financefossil fuel fundedKoch brothersJames InhofeMitch McConnell

The Fracking Industry’s Flaring Problem May Be Worse Than We Thought

January 29, 2019 - 1:34pm
Read time: 8 mins

In 2018, the oil and gas industry operating in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale burned off record amounts of natural gas, largely obtained via hydraulic fracturing (fracking). This process, known as flaring, costs the industry money — it literally burns one of the products being pumped out of the ground — but more importantly, the resulting release of globe-warming emissions of carbon dioxide and methane spells disaster for the climate.

And a new analysis of satellite evidence indicates the industry is likely underreporting how much gas it is actually flaring in the Permian Shale, with implications for other oil fields.

Tags: frackingflaringPermian BasinBakken Shalenatural gas

BP's First Global Advertising Campaign Since Deepwater Horizon Accused of Being 'Deceptive and Hypocritical'

January 29, 2019 - 11:55am
Read time: 7 mins

Nearly a decade after being held responsible for the largest marine oil spill in history, BP’s first global advertising campaign in ten years has been denounced as “deceptive and hypocritical”.

The global advertising campaign called “we see possibilities everywhere” aims to showcase BP’s efforts to embrace clean energy and includes a series of short videos profiling the British oil giant’s plan to increase its energy production while lowering its emissions.

Tags: bpBob Dudley

Germany Plans to Quit Coal by 2038 'But There's a Problem'

January 28, 2019 - 7:30pm
Read time: 4 mins

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch. Crossposted with permission from EcoWatch.

In an effort to fight climate change, Germany announced plans to quit coal mining and burning by 2038.

All 84 of the country's coal-fired power plants will be shut down over the 19-year time frame, a government-appointed commission announced Saturday, according to The Los Angeles Times.

It's a significant move as nearly 40 percent of Germany's electricity comes from coal-fired power plants.

Tags: Germanycoal powerParis Agreement

Competitive Enterprise Institute's Climate Denial Efforts Target Media, Cities Filing Liability Suits

January 26, 2019 - 6:47am
Read time: 7 mins

By Karen Savage, Climate Liability News. Crossposted from Climate Liability News.

The conservative think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute has been busily pressing forward with its mission to promote climate denial, using high-profile tactics like full-page ads in major newspapers. But it is also working behind the scenes, filing records requests to dig for information from cities filing climate liability suits and academics studying the topic. 

As the science has grown definitive in tying global warming to the burning of fossil fuels, even oil companies have been forced to acknowledge the overwhelming scientific consensus and back away publicly from climate denial efforts. But CEI continues to double down on their mission to claim the science is not settled.

CEI made a splash this week by purchasing full-page ads in the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal taking issue with Meet the Press host Chuck Todd and NBC for refusing to give airtime to denialists during his Dec. 30 show about climate change.  

Tags: competitive enterprise institutechris hornerExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM)#ExxonKnewclimate liability