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Title: 🎋 Victories Against the 🦕 Hydrocarbon Hellspawn
Post by: AGelbert on July 29, 2021, 09:48:21 pm
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July 29, 2021

( ‘People are Winning’ -- Oil Hub First in US to Ban 🦕 Fossils( (

The Whatcom County Council in Washington state has unanimously passed permanent land-use policies that ban new 🦕 fossil fuel infrastructure, becoming the first in the US to pass such a measure.

The ordinance prohibits the construction of new refineries or coal facilities and places more restrictions on expansion of fossil fuel facilities at Cherry Point, such as requiring offsets for greenhouse gases emitted from any expansions and rigorous environmental review.

Whatcom is currently polluted by two of Washington’s five oil refineries, and five years ago saw the cancellation of the country’s largest planned coal export facility due to concerns from the Lummi Tribe around fishing treaty rights. “What's been happening in Whatcom County for the last 10 years and in the state and Oregon is that people have been saying no to these new proposals coming forward one by one by one,” said Matt Krogh, director of the Safe Cities campaign for “And people are winning.” (,17151
Title: Re: 🎋 Victories Against the 🦕 Hydrocarbon Hellspawn
Post by: AGelbert on July 30, 2021, 12:05:16 pm

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July 30, 2021

Dear Anthony,

With less than a hundred days to Glasgow, it seems the planet is trying to tell us something. Heatwaves, ( forest fires and devastating 🌊 floods occupy the news every day. The record for the highest temperature ever reliably recorded on Earth was broken, again. The climate crisis is upon us, and to credibly address the problem, banks need to come forward before Glasgow with commitments to reduce their fossil fuel financing rapidly.

This is not only our view, but the view of asset managers worth $4.2 trillion, who wrote to banks this month. And it is in line with what Dr. Fatih Birol of the IEA told the UK government last week. Moves like Intesa Sanpaolo's this month, which refer to fossil gas as a "low carbon alternative", are not going to cut it. While their new policy contains some steps forward, we've passed the point where we can applaud baby steps that leave space for financing new fossil fuel projects that will make this crisis worse.

Thankfully, there is a global movement working to get the message across to banks everywhere. Earlier this year, BankTrack launched, a platform that aims to support this movement and profile the many campaigns targeting "fossil banks" globally. Please do get in touch if you have a campaign you'd like us to feature on this platform. Groups and individuals alike can sign up to support our Global Call on Banks ( to rapidly shut down their finance for the 🦖 fossil fuel 👿 industry and finance a just energy transition. (

Also in this month's newsletter, bank ties to companies supporting the military junta in Myanmar are deeper than first thought. And a new dodgy deal on Formosa Plastics' "Sunshine Project" in Louisiana's so-called "Cancer Alley", a textbook case of environmental racism despite the cheerful name.

With best wishes,

The BankTrack Team

BankTrack July News Digest ( (
Title: Re: 🎋 Victories Against the 🦕 Hydrocarbon Hellspawn
Post by: AGelbert on August 10, 2021, 12:33:16 pm

August 10, 2021

Activists ( Halt Mountain Valley 🦕 Pipeline Construction (

Environmental activists temporarily shut down construction of the already over-budget and behind schedule Mountain Valley Pipeline in southwestern Virginia on Monday.

Organizers with the group Appalachians Against Pipelines said 10 people locked themselves to construction equipment to protect native species threatened by the controversial pipeline that would carry fracked gas — primarily methane — more than 300 miles from West Virginia to southern Virginia. “Right now we’re looking at a future with extreme water shortages, accelerating difficulty in growing food, mass human displacement due to natural disasters and manmade disasters caused by pipelines like these,” said Mandy, one of the protesters.

The temporary construction comes as activists across the state are ramping up pressure to block the pipeline. (WDBJ (, WSLS (


Title: “Adding costs to renewables will drive up systemwide cost for consumers without improving reliability.
Post by: AGelbert on August 11, 2021, 01:48:56 pm

By John Engel - 8.10.2021

Texas Governor 🦖😈 Greg Abbot

Corporate leaders ask (( ( Gov. 🦖 Greg Abbott ( to abandon 🦖😈 anti-renewable energy proposals

The letter urges Texas leaders to scrap anti-renewable energy proposals crafted in response to February's extreme winter storm.

Read more ( (

Title: Re: 🎋 Victories Against the 🦕 Hydrocarbon Hellspawn
Post by: AGelbert on September 13, 2021, 12:05:22 pm

September 13, 2021


'A Large Domino To Fall' — Harvard To Shed Fossil Fuels 🦖 Investments( (

Harvard University will divest its $41 billion endowment from 🦖 fossil fuels, citing the financial imprudence of those investments, its leadership announced late last week. The move from the nation's oldest university, with the largest university endowment, is a dramatic turn in the years-long battle between the administration and organizers both on- and off-campus.

The university's statement did not set a timeline, nor use the words "divest" or "divestment," but activists are taking the win. “So long as Harvard follows through, this is divestment,” Connor Chung ’23, a Divest Harvard organizer, told the Crimson. “This is what they told us for a decade they couldn’t do, and today, the students, faculty, and alumni have been vindicated.”

Harvard's announcement could have greater implications than just its sizable endowment. “The fact that Harvard is finally indicating that it is no longer supporting the fossil fuel community is a large domino to fall,” Danielle Strasburger, a 2018 Harvard graduate who co-founded an alumni divestment movement, told the New York Times. "Hopefully this will encourage other universities to put the pressure on those who haven’t yet.” (
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Title: “numerous deceptive acts and unfair practices in connection with their marketing, distribution, and sale of gasoline and
Post by: AGelbert on September 15, 2021, 01:31:59 pm

Sep 14 2021, 7:54 PM By Jackie O'Brien

Attorney General TJ Donovan announces lawsuit against 🦖👿🦕 oil giants ( (


Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan announced Tuesday the state has filed a lawsuit against the ( four largest suppliers of 🦖 fossil fuels in Vermont, arguing the companies have misled consumers about their products’ contribution to climate change.

The state is seeking to force the companies to include stickers or labels at gas pumps warning Vermonters about the products’ impact on the environment, in addition to fines and other measures.

“Here’s the thing: We’re not saying, ‘Don’t sell your product in Vermont.’ We’re not saying, ‘Vermonters, don’t drive,’” Donovan said at a press conference outside Chittenden County Superior Court in Burlington. “We are simply saying that Vermonters have the right to know.”

The consumer protection suit claims that 🦖 Exxon, 🦕 Shell, 🦖 Sunoco and 🦕 CITGO have made “past and ongoing violations” of Vermont’s Consumer Protection Act via “numerous deceptive acts and unfair practices in connection with their marketing, distribution, and sale of gasoline and other fossil fuel products” in the state.

The state alleges that these ( companies have done so in three ways:

👉 through historical knowledge that their products contribute to climate change,

👉 by releasing false advertisements that downplay their products’ impact on the environment and

👉 by “greenwashing” campaigns that suggest they are helping address the problem.

The lawsuit calls for “disclosure at the point of sale,” which could take the form of the stickers or labels at gas pumps, said Peter McDougall, chief of the Environmental Protection Division in the Vermont Attorney General’s Office.

“While the products are legal, they are not innocuous,” Assistant Attorney General Justin Kolber said. “This is no different than any other countless consumer products that carry disclosures with them.” ... ...

The lawsuit alleges that the 🦖 defendants have known their fossil fuels have contributed to climate change since the 1960s. The complaint cites internal reports conducted on behalf of the defendants, such as one from Shell in 1988 that said fossil fuels are “the primary driver of climate change,” and by the time global warming is detected, “it could be too late to reduce the effects.”

Meanwhile, according to the lawsuit, the companies used false advertising to downplay the impact. At the press conference, Kolber shared a 1988 internal memo from Exxon that said the company should 😈 “emphasize uncertainty around climate science and turn it into a debate,” which was followed by such advertisements in the 1990s.

Full article: (

The 🦕🦖 Hydrocarbon 👹 Hellspawn Fossil Fuelers DID THE Clean Energy Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, Government corrupting, human health depleting CRIME. Since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks 🦀, they are trying to AVOID DOING THE TIME or PAYING THE FINE!  Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!  (
Title: "a framework for how we transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean energy ...
Post by: AGelbert on September 16, 2021, 01:16:43 pm


September 16, 2021

LA County Votes To End 🦕 Drilling ( (

Los Angeles County supervisors on Wednesday voted to ban drilling in unincorporated areas and to phase out oil and gas drilling. There are currently 1,046 active wells, 637 idle wells, and 2,731 abandoned wells in unincorporated areas of the nation's most populous county. according to a memo to the board dated June 3, 2021.

County Supervisor Janice Hahn praised the plan as "a framework for how we transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean energy and make sure we bring our labor partners with us." The Board also voted to create a program to ensure that wells are properly closed and cleaned up, and to expand the county's task force focused on a just transition for fossil fuel workers and communities. (AP, LA Times, News City Service (
Title: 🎋 Victories Against the 🦕 Hydrocarbon Hellspawn
Post by: AGelbert on October 07, 2021, 12:13:28 pm

October 6, 2021


United Kingdom announces target of 100% clean energy by 2035 (

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that this target could be achieved through investments in offshore wind and other renewable energy sources. (

The announcement comes on the heels of the country’s phaseout of new 🦖 gas car sales by 2030 (, and as it pursues energy independence amid worldwide volatility in energy markets. (BBC (
Title: 🦕 Deniers are upset. 😀
Post by: AGelbert on October 12, 2021, 02:11:34 pm

October 12, 2021

Google and YouTube Take A Small Step Towards Protecting Users From Climate Disinformation, Which May Reduce Anti-Semitism Too (

Last week, Google announced that they would no longer allow climate denial ads , and that YouTube would demonetize climate denial content. This is a small but serious win, particularly for the advertisers who don’t want their ads running next to toxic climate denial content

Deniers( (, of course, freaked out about it. For example, 🦖 Matt Vespa at TownHall wrote climate denial is not “something that truly goes against acts and reality, like Holocaust denialism.”   

Which is funny, because literal Holocaust denier 👿 Peter “Sweden” Imanuelsen, who is increasingly dabbling in climate denial, tweeted that this “climate change censorship” is the “first step,” after which comes “climate change lockdowns” and “finally climate change passports.”  (

Yes, because not being able to make money lying to people is just one small slippery slope away from “climate change passports,” which … aren’t a thing. 

Meanwhile, 🐍 Anthony Watts posted on Friday that he’s holding an essay contest with $1,000 prizes for winners. The catch? Well, because “over the past two years Google has slowly squeezed out most of our ad revenue,” first he has “to raise the funds so we can offer meaningful cash prizes. That means folks like you need to help. Please go to our donation page and contribute as much as you can.” 🙃

What a great deal! First, give as much of your money to 😈 Watts as you can. Then, write a 1,500 word essay with “the best arguments against the theory of man-made catastrophic global warming that would convince your neighbors that there is no climate crisis,” and get a shot at winning your money back! 

Watts may want to have a chat with his fellow deniers though, because over at JunkScience dot com, the website that bears the name of Steve Milloy’s early pro-tobacco lobbying, Milloy actually wrote it off as no big deal, and he may be somewhat right. He says that “if what we were saying was wrong, we would have been laughed off the Internet long ago,” which is sort of true, as one conservative pundit attempted to “gotcha” outlets like PBS, CBS and the Boston Globe for interviewing deniers nine, 11, and 11 years ago. Why nothing more recent? Probably because deniers have been laughed out of mainstream media, for obvious reasons. 

More seriously, ( 🦖 Milloy wrote that “Google’s move will have no effect on climate realist web sites for the simple reason that the ad revenue is pretty trivial. We don’t know of any climate realist ( who blogs for the Google ad revenue.” Again, probably pretty true, because 🐍 deniers like Milloy are paid by the 🦖 industry directly, not ad revenue, and while Watts long (claimed) he wasn’t funded by 🦖 Big Oil, he’s employed by the 🦕 Heartland Institute these days, so while his site might be hurting for ad revenue, we probably don’t need to pass the collection plate around for him quite yet!

Milloy then decided to conclude his post with the claim that deniers like himself are “winning… with or without a few shekels from Google,” because either Milloy thinks ad revenue is payed in the currency of Isreal and he was using the term literally, or he deployed a classic anti-semitic dog whistle because he’s exactly the sort of 👿 person the world would be better off never hearing from again. 

So Vespa may be right, in that climate denial isn’t quite as ghoulish as Holocaust denial. But the Venn diagram of Holocaust deniers and climate deniers may be close enough to a circle to make any distinction meaningless.