Energy
Chevron Oil Spill Further Highlights Decades-Long Environmental Injustice

Chevron Oil Spill Further Highlights Decades-Long Environmental Injustice

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This past Tuesday, local residents observed a sheen on the water near the wharf off of Point Richmond in the San Francisco Bay–the result of a 600-gallon petroleum spill from Chevron’s Richmond oil refinery. The refinery, which processes 245,271 barrels of oil per day, was able to contain the […]

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Lessons on Kicking the Fossil Fuel Habit Straight From The Oil Patch

Lessons on Kicking the Fossil Fuel Habit Straight From The Oil Patch

Read this:  The New York Times last weekend published a personal account by Michael Patrick F. Smith of life in the boom and bust oil patch of North Dakota — and what it taught the author about how oil “connects us to each other” and “what we must sacrifice, and what we stand to gain by reducing our reliance on it.”

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An Equitable Energy Transition for the Navajo Nation

An Equitable Energy Transition for the Navajo Nation

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer In December, the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station power plant was demolished after nearly 20 years of activism by tribal members. Now, the challenge is transitioning to clean energy while establishing an equitable relationship between energy and the Navajo Nation. For Diné activist Nicole Horseherder, whose organizing helped close the […]

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Who’s Got Gas? Some Cities Ban It, While States Ban the Bans

Who’s Got Gas? Some Cities Ban It, While States Ban the Bans

Natural gas is the new front on the climate wars.  Many cities have passed bans on new buildings powered by natural gas — from Berkley and San Jose in California to Seattle, Washington (paywall). But many Republican-led states in the South and Midwest have been trying to preempt local governments from banning natural gas. 

Why this Matters:  Gas used to be seen as the clean fuel of the future – no more.  There has been much progress made in limiting the use of natural gas in homes. 

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Biden Finally Pushes Vineyard Wind Project Forward After Years of Delays

Biden Finally Pushes Vineyard Wind Project Forward After Years of Delays

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer In 2018, Vineyard Wind planned to build the first utility-scale offshore wind project near Martha’s Vineyard — a project that could create thousands of jobs and generated enough energy to serve 400,000 households and businesses. However, this project has been riddled with delays, as the project met regulatory hurdles […]

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GM’s Announcement On All EVs by 2035 Is Shaking Things Up click button

GM’s Announcement On All EVs by 2035 Is Shaking Things Up

GM announced last week it intends to make the switch to selling only electric vehicles by 2035 — a surprise move that accelerates the pace of the conversion from internal combustion (IC) vehicles here in the U.S.  It

Why This Matters:  Secretary Pete was confirmed and he is poised to ride the wave of the transportation transformation.  GM’s decision will push the other major automakers to do the same.

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