Environmental Politics

"Trump EPA Chief's Bid For Top Virginia Environmental Post Likely Doomed"

"Democratic state senators in Virginia are signaling that they have the votes to block Andrew Wheeler, Donald Trump’s controversial second head of the Environmental Protection Agency and a former coal lobbyist, from becoming the state’s top environmental official."

Source: HuffPost, 01/25/2022

"House Panel Broadens Probe Into Climate Disinformation By Big Oil"

"The House Committee on Oversight and Reform has broadened its investigation into the role of fossil fuel companies in misleading the public about climate change, asking members of the boards of directors of ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron and Shell Oil to testify before Congress next month about their firms’ commitments to curbing global warming."

Source: Washington Post, 01/24/2022

"In Parched Beijing, Claims Of A ‘Green’ Olympics May Not Hold Water"

"Barren hillsides broken up by thin strips of white snow are a familiar sight for regular visitors to ski resorts near Beijing. The 2022 Winter Olympics host, which is under 150 miles from the rapidly expanding Gobi Desert, is famous for cold and dry winters."

Source: Washington Post, 01/24/2022

"Shell CCS Plant Emits More Greenhouse Gases Than It's Captured"

"A new report provides some damning new math on one of the oil giant's much-hyped CCS projects."

"Oil companies love to tell the world about the super cool technologies that have that will allow us to keep burning fossil fuels without cooking the climate. But those technologies are largely bullshit.

Source: Earther, 01/24/2022

VP Harris To Announce Wildfire Money In Visit To California On Friday

"Vice President Kamala Harris plans to visit a San Bernardino fire station Friday to announce the federal government will provide California $600 million to help the state recover from a historically severe wildfire season while highlighting plans to spend $5 billion more to address the dangers posed by fires, an administration official said."

Source: LA Times, 01/21/2022

"‘Build Back Better’ Hit a Wall, but Climate Action Could Move Forward"

"A growing number of Democrats in Congress want to move ahead with the climate portion of President Biden’s stalled spending bill, saying the urgency of a warming planet demands action and they believe they can muster enough votes to muscle it past Republican opposition."

Source: NYTimes, 01/21/2022

Exxon Using An Unusual Law To Intimidate Critics Over Its Climate Denial

"ExxonMobil is attempting to use an unusual Texas law to target and intimidate its critics, claiming that lawsuits against the company over its long history of downplaying and denying the climate crisis violate the US constitution’s guarantees of free speech."

Source: Guardian, 01/20/2022

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