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Trump could roll back Obama mpg rules as soon as T...

Washington — The Trump administration is expected to finalize its plan to roll back stringent gas-mileage rules enacted by the Obama administration as soon as Tuesday. The administration’s plan is expected to call for reducing the required annual fleetwide average mpg increases for carmakers for model years 2021-2026 from the original 5% that would have required under the Obama-era rules, to a less-stringent 1.5%. The...

Judge Orders Full Environmental Review of Dakota A...

Nearly four years after massive protests drew worldwide attention to the struggle of indigenous peoples to protect their land from fossil fuel projects, a federal judge has ordered a full environmental review of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Wednesday’s ruling is a long-deferred victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who have been concerned the pipeline will leak where it runs below the Missouri...

The Rich Are to Blame for the Climate Crisis, Inte...

A new international study has pinpointed an enormous chasm in the amount of resources the rich use versus the poor — both within their own countries and compared to an international population, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Energy. The researchers found that the wealthiest tenth of people use up about 20 times more overall energy than the bottom ten percent, no matter where they are, according to...

The Great U.S. Shale Decline Has Already Begun

U.S. shale companies are moving quickly to ax their budgets, hoping to staunch the bleeding as the oil market continues to melt down. It has only been a few days after the OPEC+ debacle, but with oil trading at around $30 per barrel, and with good odds of falling even lower, the entire energy industry has little option but to make deep cuts to their operations. “Most companies will go into maintenance mode,” Pioneer Natural...

Good News Alert: A Huge Win for Ohio’s National Fo...

With all the troubling news recently about the coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s been easy for good news to get lost in the fray. That’s why I couldn’t wait to tell you that we just achieved one of the most significant conservation victories in Ohio history!  The OEC just won its three-year legal battle to protect the Wayne National Forest, Ohio’s only national forest located in Southeast Ohio, by stopping fracking in its...

An Emerging Threat to Conservation: Fear of Nature

What do we lose when natural spaces and species disappear? Increasingly, research has shown that as species and ecosystems vanish, it also chips away at our ability to preserve what remains — because we no longer understand what we’re losing. You probably see it all the time. The neighbor who puts pesticides on his lawn rather than deal with pesky bees. The kid who squirms and runs at the sight of a harmless garter...

Net zero isn’t enough: Congress must fight h...

There’s a new climate buzzword taking hold of Congress: “net zero.”  Net zero climate targets purport to remove as much carbon from the atmosphere as is put in typically by 2050. From the CLEAN Future Act to the American Public Lands and Waters Climate Solution Act, it is becoming the defining goal of national climate legislation.  While net zero may sound good on the surface, the fact that it’s being embraced by the biggest...

The financial services sector stands to lose up to...

The House is returning from its District work period and will reconvene on Tuesday, February 25th. The Senate is scheduled to reconvene on February 24th.It will cost more later. According to a report by the consulting firm Oliver Wyman, the financial services sector stands to lose up to $1 trillion if it does not react to climate change quickly enough and is forced to adhere to policy levers like a carbon tax. The group...

New Study Finds Far Greater Methane Threat from Fo...

A new study published in Nature may have ended a long scientific debate about the key source of rising methane levels in the atmosphere. It found that methane emissions from human activities — mainly fossil fuels — are probably 25 to 40 per cent higher than previously estimated, while natural sources of methane emissions are up to 90 per cent lower than previously estimated.In plain English, that means the fossil fuel...

Editorial: Path to Ohio’s clean-energy future migh...

This editorial represents the opinion of the Dispatch editorial board, which includes the publisher, editor, editorial page editor and editorial writers. Editorials, like opinion columns, represent a particular viewpoint and are not to be confused with news stories. When it comes to building a clean-energy economy, the Ohio Statehouse long has been a black hole of backwardness. In 2019, majority Republicans reached a new low...

Trump Admin Finalizes ‘Atrocious’ Plan...

The Trump administration finalized plans Thursday to open public lands in Utah to the fossil fuel industry. The move completes a process begun in 2017 when the administration announced the largest rollback of land protection in U,S. history: It shrank Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent and its Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by nearly half. Now, the Interior Department is releasing a land-use...

The Permian Basin Is Booming With Oil. But at What...

Though some will reap serious profits, the region’s dealing with skyrocketing rents, overcrowded schools, and potholes as big as VW Beetles. The horizon was thick with iron derricks. All around us, pumpjacks were scattered across the muddy fields like an army of giant iron grasshoppers. They bowed their bulky heads and lifted rich extractions from the earth: a record 3.5 million barrels of crude every day. In fact, half of...

A Call to Action on Climate, Farming, Food, and a ...

Grassroots Rising (Excerpt) Ready to organize and do your part to prevent ecological collapse? Grassroots Rising by Ronnie Cummins is your shovel-ready instruction manual for fixing a broken climate. Educational and inspiring, this new book shows that a worldwide grassroots Regeneration Movement based on consumer activism, farmer innovation, political change, and regenerative finance can offer realistic climate solutions...

A Chance for More Transparency on Oil and Gas Prod...

Today I had the opportunity to testify to Congress on an important bill, The Transparency in Energy Production Act of 2020, that would require energy companies that lease federal land to disclose more about their social and environmental impact. This is an important idea that I have been advocating for over many years and several reports.  My full written testimony is here, and the oral testimony I delivered today is below....

‘Uninsurable and Unhedgeable’: Central Banks Warn ...

A future climate disaster, or “green swan” event, could bring down the global financial system, according to a new report from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), an international financial organization that serves as a bank for central banks around the world. Like black swan events, “green swan” events will be very difficult to predict and will hit with little warning. The potential for a cascading series of...