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New York City Sues Oil Companies

Not to overlook a big part of the story: New York City is not only divesting its pension funds from fossil fuels. We can also add NYC to the list of states and municipalities who are filing legal action against the fossil fuel industry for damages caused by climate change.
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CELDF sanctioned by US District Court over Grant Twp local control ordinance

In a January 8 story, E&E News reports that the US District Court has reprimanded CELDF attorneys and assessed financial penalties, as had been requested by Pennsylvania General Energy (PGE).
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Oklahoma oilmen debate possible groundwater damage from fracking

As reported in the E&E News, a debate has broken out among Oklahoma oilmen as to whether fracking might actually be affecting groundwater after all.
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US Steel agrees to allow fracking at Edgar Thomson works steel mill

There is no public record of a lease or permit application, but the planned well pad is said to be sited at the east end of the plant property, in North Versailles Township.
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PaDEP shuts down Mariner 2 East Pipeline Construction

As reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on January 3, 2018, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has halted construction of the Mariner 2 East natural gas pipeline.


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Gangplank to a Warm Future

An op-ed by Dr. R. Anthony Ingraffea, in the New York Times (July 29, 2013)
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One Thousand Cross-Country Marchers for Climate Action

Starting March 1, 2014, through a non-profit called Great March for Climate Action, 1,000 climateers will begin an 8-month, 3000-mile trek across the nation. This will be the largest coast-to-coast march in American history. It is aimed at inspiring and motivating civil society and elected officials to act now to address the climate crisis.
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Keystone XL will increase green-house gas emissions; State Dept analysis is wrong.

UPDATE: Please also see the letter from Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse

This report from OilChange International disputes the preliminary State Dept. finding on which President Obama seems to be preparing to rely. [See our earlier article Keystone XL: A study in corruption.]

From the summary: State’s analysis is both simplistic and out of date. A closer look at what is actually going on in the North American oil market shows clearly that the project will enable tar sands production to increase and therefore increase emissions.

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Keystone XL: A study in corruption

When President Obama spoke at Georgetown University recently, he declared that "Allowing the Keystone pipeline to be built requires a finding that ... this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. The net effects of the pipeline’s impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go forward. It’s relevant." [Emphasis added] The environmental NGO establishment, predictably, applauded.

But, then, reporting on the President's speech, a Wall Street Journal headline described Mr. Obama's statement as giving "conditional approval" to Keystone XL.

Which President have they been listening to?

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Bloomberg reports fracking relies on 'sealed settlements'

"Drillers Silence Fracking Claims with Sealed Settlements"

Bloomberg notes that "The strategy keeps data from regulators, policymakers, the news media and health researchers, and makes it difficult to challenge the industry's claim that fracking has never tainted anyone's water."
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