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Arizona’s Largest Utility Commits To Be Carbon-Free By 2050

Arizona’s Largest Utility Commits To Be Carbon-Free By 2050

In a surprising turn around, Arizona Public Service (APS) pledged on Wednesday to achieve carbon-free (not just neutral) power by 2050, with an interim target of 65 percent clean electricity by 2030, and by 2031 APS will achieve 45 percent renewable energy as well as close its coal power plants.  Ironically, in 2018, APS spent nearly $40 million dollars to defeat a ballot initiative to switch to renewables in the same time frame that Democratic Presidential candidate Tom Steyer’s organization NextGen America was working to get passed, according to The Washington Post.

 

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Oil Prices Rise — Could This Be the Last Decade of Oil and Gas Industry Growth?

Oil Prices Rise — Could This Be the Last Decade of Oil and Gas Industry Growth?

Oil prices spiked last Friday after the U.S. airstrike last week, finishing the week up 3.6% globally according to MarketWatch, and sparking fears that it could reach $80 a barrel (currently it is at $69/barrel).  But even before this latest price increase, industry experts were beginning to wonder whether “the oncoming 2020s may well go down in history as the decade when the world’s demand for crude peaked for good,” the Houston Chronicle reported.

Why This MattersEnergy analysts see the handwriting on the wall — that, as one put it, “[y]ou can paint a pretty bearish picture that oil demand is going to plateau before 2030.”

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Trump Administration Plans To Open 1.9M Acres of TX Forests and Grasslands to Drilling

Trump Administration Plans To Open 1.9M Acres of TX Forests and Grasslands to Drilling

The Trump Administration is poised to open nearly 2 million acres of land in U.S. national forests in Texas to oil and gas drilling and fracking, which would allow lease holding companies to drill more than 1,000 horizontal wells and 500 vertical wells over a 20-year time period,

Why This Matters:  This is yet another senseless Trump rollback that would do significant environmental damag

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House of Representatives Votes To Protect Sacred Sites and Iconic Landscapes from Mining

House of Representatives Votes To Protect Sacred Sites and Iconic Landscapes from Mining

The Grand Canyon National Park and Chaco Culture National Park both are under threat from nearby mining and drilling developments being advanced by the Trump Administration.  The House of Representatives voted by comfortable margins on Wednesday to protect both Parks from contamination by banning nearby extraction activities, but there is no companion legislation in the Senate so these measures will likely stall now.  

Why This Matters:  The Trump Team is trying to “camouflage” its plans to expand mining near the Grand Canyon as a national security imperative and then pad the pockets of the developers by having the government buy the uranium.  The Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic U.S. Parks and a natural wonder — it is hard to imagine the public would support uranium mining adjacent to the Park — it is a national treasure.  

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Gas Companies Charging Californians More for Gas, New Analysis Finds

Gas Companies Charging Californians More for Gas, New Analysis Finds

Just as Exxon Mobil is on trial for accounting fraud, California Governor Gavin Newsom asked his attorney general’s office to “investigate whether a “mystery surcharge” on gasoline prices in the state was caused by oil companies “misleading and overcharging” their customers,” according to the SF Chronicle. In a letter to California AG Xavier Becerra, Newsom […]

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Exxon Climate Accounting Fraud Trial Begins Today in NYC

Exxon Climate Accounting Fraud Trial Begins Today in NYC

The Attorney General (AG) of New York state sued Exxon Mobil last fall after a four-year investigation into the question of whether the company misled investors on the costs to the company of future regulation of the industry that would be needed to curb greenhouse gas emissions, and that those misrepresentations caused investors to pay more for the stock than they should have — to the tune of  “between $476 million and $1.6 billion.”

Why This Matters:  Investor disclosure laws are strict — and the government alleges that the decisions regarding what they did not disclose went all the way up to Exxon’s CEO at the time, Rex Tillerson, who is expected to testify.  If NY wins, there will be a slew of additional lawsuits to join the other similar ones pending in New Jersey and Texas If the company wins, it will insulate the company and the industry from further climate change legal challenges.

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Nearly 250,000 Students At Risk Due to Proximity To Active Oil and Gas Wells

Nearly 250,000 Students At Risk Due to Proximity To Active Oil and Gas Wells

A Newsy analysis released last week found that more than 600 U.S. schools are located within 500 feet of an active oil or gas well, and more than 1.4 million people across the U.S. live within the 500-foot danger zone. 

Why This Matters:  Kids should not have to go to school near active oil and gas wells with toxic air emissions that put them at higher risk for cancer and respiratory problems.  Research from the Colorado School of Public Health has found that people living within 500 feet of an oil or gas facility have a cancer risk that is 8 times higher than the EPA’s accepted threshold.

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Corn Producers Get A Boost From Trump Proposal to Increase Ethanol Production

Corn Producers Get A Boost From Trump Proposal to Increase Ethanol Production

After starting a trade war with China that hurt midwestern farmers, and giving “small” refineries a free pass on requirements to produce ethanol, the Trump Administration last Friday announced new rules to increase the mandates for ethanol in order to increase the sale of the biofuel beyond the current requirement of 15 billion gallons annually.

Why This Matters:  With so many special interests pressuring the President, it is hard to please everyone. The American Petroleum Institute (API), the lobby for the oil industry, and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, which represents oil refineries, announced that they would challenge the policy.

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Secretary Perry and Rudy Giuliani Entangled In Ukraine Gas Company Scheme

Secretary Perry and Rudy Giuliani Entangled In Ukraine Gas Company Scheme

The Associated Press reported yesterday that Rudy Guiliani was pushing on behalf of clients to get a friendlier management team of U.S. businessmen installed at the top of the ‘”massive” Ukrainian state-owned gas company, Naftogaz.  Coincidentally, Energy Secretary Rick Perry was also lobbying the company to change its top management, which is why he asked President Trump to make the infamous call with President Zelensky.

Why This Matters:  The Trump administration’s corrupt relationship with the oil and gas industry is laid bare by this scandal — it explains why it has been so hard to take meaningful steps to move away from fossil fuels and address the climate crisis. 

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Trump Administration Takes Aim at the Bureau of Land Management

Trump Administration Takes Aim at the Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is a small federal agency but it manages 250 million acres of land around the country, much of it in the West, and recently the Trump Administration announced that it wants to move most of its employees from Washington, D.C. to Colorado and other Western states as part of […]

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Secretary Pompeo’s Arctic Council Climate Denial

At a meeting of Foreign Ministers from all the Arctic Nations held Monday and Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to sign a previously negotiated declaration of support by the nations for their joint strategy and cooperation plan in this key region because it involved working to address climate change impacts in the region.  […]

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Earth Week Exclusive Interview with Carol Browner, Conservation Champion

Earth Week Exclusive Interview with Carol Browner, Conservation Champion

Carol Browner has had a long career in public service on environmental conservation.  She was the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1993-2001 and served as President Obama’s Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, and also served as a member of the Gulf Oil Spill Commission. ODP:  The […]

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