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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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US Oil Giants Chevron and Shell Discussed Merger, As S&P Warns of Industry Downgrades

US Oil Giants Chevron and Shell Discussed Merger, As S&P Warns of Industry Downgrades

The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday (paywall) that Chevron and ExxonMobil, the two “descendants” of Standard Oil, held preliminary merger talks early in 2020.  Apparently, the discussions did not continue past their initial phase, but they were serious enough that some of the possible terms were put in writing.

Why This Matters:  The handwriting is on the wall, and it is not hard to read.

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Natural Gas Drilling Begins Upriver from Biodiverse Okavango Delta click button

Natural Gas Drilling Begins Upriver from Biodiverse Okavango Delta

A massive natural gas drill rig has broken ground on an exploratory well just miles upstream of Namibia’s Okavango Delta, one of the world’s largest protected wetlands and a crucial migratory route for the largest remaining elephant population, National Geographic reported.

Why This Matters: ReconAfrica, an oil and gas exploration company with German, Canadian, and American stakeholders, has licensed 13,200 square miles of land in Namibia and Botswana.

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