UN Finds Dangerous Gap Between Fossil Fuel Production and Climate Goals

UN Finds Dangerous Gap Between Fossil Fuel Production and Climate Goals

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor A new study published by the UN Environmental Program (UNEP) reports that the world must cut its coal, oil, and gas production by more than half by 2030 to limit global temperature rise and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The world’s fossil fuel industry currently plans to […]

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Over 30 Countries Agree to Cut Methane by 30%

Over 30 Countries Agree to Cut Methane by 30%

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Thirty-one countries have joined the Global Methane Pledge, a US and EU-led global pledge drafted last month by the two nations to reduce methane emissions by 30% by 2030. This news arrives three weeks before world leaders convene for COP26 in Glasgow to determine how to prepare for imminent climate-related disasters and prevent catastrophic warming.   Why This Matters: Methane […]

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Now You’re Cooking Without Gas

Now You’re Cooking Without Gas

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Gas is the largest energy source in the US. Gas stoves aren’t the largest consumer of natural gas in any home, but they’ve become “a focal point in the fight over whether gas should even exist” as an energy source in people’s residences. Burning gas, especially without ventilation like […]

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DeSantis’ Big Gift to Big Gas

DeSantis’ Big Gift to Big Gas

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Cities and towns across Florida can no longer ban fossil fuels and prioritize clean energy projects after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new law. The bill preempts local plans that restrict or prohibit energy planning, nullifying 100% clean energy commitments in cities from Tallahassee to Sarasota. The law takes […]

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Gas Flaring Wastes Energy and Pollutes the Air – Why is it Still Happening? click button

Gas Flaring Wastes Energy and Pollutes the Air – Why is it Still Happening?

Gas flaring was responsible for Texas’s recent increase in oil refinery pollution, but it’s hardly a new problem. We’re less than a decade away from the UN’s goal of Zero Routine Flaring by 2030, but refineries still flare 150 billion cubic meters of natural gas each year, releasing 400 million tons of greenhouse gasses and other pollutants into the atmosphere.

Why This Matters: Companies have historically practiced gas flaring as a convenient and inexpensive way to “dispose of ” gas that was extracted alongside oil, as opposed to storing paying to store it.

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Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Failed Texas, Not Wind Turbines

Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Failed Texas, Not Wind Turbines

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In the chaos following Texas’ severe winter weather, some folks have gotten their wires crossed. Conservative politicians and pundits across the country have taken the power grid shutdown as an opportunity to condemn green energy in Texas and claimed that everything from freezing wind turbines to the Green New Deal […]

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