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Cruelly, it’s those places that are already being hammered by the impacts of fossil-fueled development in the “global north”; climate equity advocates argue that larger economies which have benefited from historical processes like colonialism and slavery have the capacity to transition more quickly, and should allow countries and people that have traditionally been exploited the time and capacity to catch up. Throughout Democratic and Republican administrations, the United States’ team of career State 🦕🦖🐍 Department negotiators have spent years stymying calls for more ambitious climate policy, coming most vocally from “global south” countries already experiencing the climate emergency. Climate finance, in particular, has been their bête noire.

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🦀🦕🦖 RICH NATIONS , AFTER DRIVING CLIMATE DISASTER, 🦍 BLOCK ALL PROGRESS AT U.N. TALKS

By Kate Aronoff

December 18 2019, 1:26 p.m.

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LAST WEDNESDAY, over 300 demonstrators at COP25 in Madrid — this year’s 14-day U.N. climate talks, the group’s longest ever — watched from the courtyard of a conference center as a metal wall rose up seemingly out of nowhere, locking civil society observers literally out in the cold. Moments earlier, some had had their entry badges snatched off them by U.N. guards in skirmishes outside the main plenary hall before they were cordoned off. Security prevented them from speaking even to the press; all civil society observers had been barred from entering the conference center. With access to the venue now blocked, protesters marched out the back entrance, where they were greeted by Spanish police.

The protest was intended to call out the widespread lack of ambition coming from some of the world’s biggest emitters of heat-trapping greenhouse gasses, calling on countries in the “global north” to provide support for climate mitigation, adaptation, and recovery, plus excise loopholes that would give polluters a way out to keep on with business as usual. Demonstrators’ credentials were restored a few hours later, but the talks had done little to address their concerns. By Saturday afternoon — two days after talks were set to end — there was little agreement as to what would come out of them. “There is no one issue that is completely resolved,” Harjeet Singh, who leads up global climate work for ActionAid, told me. By the end of the closing plenary the next day, most major issues had been punted to future meetings. Even U.N. Secretary General António Guterres expressed his dissatisfaction on Twitter.

“There is no doubt: rich countries have been blocking progress across the board,” Singh said.

On that front, not ...

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Meanwhile, back from his Hawaiian holiday and brimming with Christopathic hubris, Prime Minister Fuckstick opines on the most important issue facing Australia.

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🦖 Morrison, an evangelical Christian and a vocal supporter of President 🦖 Trump, finds himself aligned with the U.S. leader on support for the coal industry.

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny leave after attending the inauguration of Indonesian President Joko Widodo for a second term, in Jakarta on Oct. 20, 2019. (ADEK BERRY/POOL/AFP/Getty Images)


Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison railed against environmental protesters in a lunchtime speech on Friday, warning of a new breed of radical activism that was apocalyptic  ::) in tone and pledging to outlaw boycott campaigns that he argued could hurt the country's mining industry.

The remarks were made to an audience at the Queensland Resources Council, an organization that represents peak mining interests in the northeastern Australian state. The proposed limits on protest quickly drew condemnation from human rights groups and activists.

From ending slavery to stopping apartheid, boycott campaigns have played a critical role in achieving many social advances that we now take for granted, Hugh de Kretser 👍, executive director of the Human Rights Law Center, said in a statement.

Morrison, an evangelical Christian and a vocal supporter of President 🦀Trump, finds himself aligned with the U.S. leader on support for the coal industry. Australia is one of the largest coal producers on earth, with the industry supplying roughly 50,000 jobs but disproportionately targeted as responsible for greenhouse gas emissions.

During his speech, Morrison said his government was looking at serious mechanisms that can successfully outlaw these indulgent and selfish practices that threaten the livelihoods of fellow Australians.He argued that the right to protest does not mean there is an unlimited license to disrupt people's lives and disrespect your fellow Australians.

Businesses linked to climate change were being refused banking, insurance and consulting services, Morrison said, due to the demands of activists. I think some of our largest corporations should listen to and engage to their quiet shareholders, not just the noisy ones, he said.

The Australian prime minister's remarks took aim at secondary boycotts, in particular the boycotts that target firms that work with the Adani company in opening a controversial new mine in Queensland. In an interview with 3AW radio on Friday, Morrison said that secondary boycotts were targeting decent small businesses who are providing services to the mining industry.

They are being black-banned, and they are being harassed, Morrison said. And this is not something that any Australian should have to put up with.

Morrison told 3AW that he was considering whether secondary boycotts for environmental reasons could be made illegal. Australia, like the United States, already has laws that ban secondary boycotts run by labor unions. It's not okay for environmental . . . well, they're not environmental, they are activist groups. That's what they are, 🦕 Morrison said.

Over the past year, there has been a surge in environmental demonstrations all around the world, including the Extinction Rebellion protests. Last month, millions of people in all corners of the globe took part in a youth-led protest movement to demand that governments do more to combat climate change. Just last week, there were violent clashes outside a coal conference in Melbourne

Boycotts of businesses are one of many tactics used in the environmental movement. Prominent figures such as South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu are among those who have urged consumers to stop giving money to companies that contribute to climate change.

But Morrison's surprise victory in Australia's general election in May shows support for anti-activist policies, too . The incumbent prime minister, dogged by controversy and poor polling numbers, managed to cling to power, in part by portraying himself as a pro-business, center-right ally of Australia's coal industry.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten, tapped as the likely winner in the election, had proposed that Australia move away from exploiting its large coal reserves and instead take steps to generate half of its electricity from solar, wind and other renewable sources by 2030. The move appeared to backfire electorally especially in Queensland, where voters swung to the government in large numbers.

I hear a lot about progressivism at the moment, Morrison said in his speech. The word sounds lovely and gives you a warm glow, he added. I will tell you what it means, the prime minister continued. Those who claim the title want to tell you where to live, what job you can have, what you can say and what you can think and tax you more for the privilege of all of those instructions that are directed to you.

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Court tosses youth climate case , fire smoke slows down coal production in Australia, & more

Court Throws Out Kids' Climate Suit: An appeals court Friday threw out a landmark case brought by a group of 21 young people charging the federal government with not taking sufficient action on climate change. The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to dismiss the Juliana vs. United States suit, which was originally brought against the Obama administration in 2015, saying that "the plaintiffs’ case must be made to the political branches or to the electorate at large" rather than decided in the courts. Our Children’s Trust, the nonprofit backing the suit, has vowed to appeal the decision, with the Trust's lead lawyer Julia Olson telling the New York Times that the case is "far from over." (New York Times $, Washington Post $, Reuters, AP, Vox, Politico Pro $)


Fossil Fuels' Radioactive Problem: Oil and gas production releases certain radioactive waste products that have led to a slew of cancer cases in workers, according to a new investigation from Rolling Stone. The investigation lays out how runoff from oil and gas wells, known as brine, can contain high levels of radionuclide, which may be an understudied public health risk to workers and communities across the country. The industry claims that radioactivity in the waste is harmless, so workers continue to be unprotected and brine storage facilities largely unregulated. "If I had a beaker of that on my desk and accidentally dropped it on the floor, they would shut the place down," Yuri Gorby, a former radioactivity expert at the Department of Energy, told Rolling Stone about high levels of radioactivity found in brine from the Marcellus shale. "And if I dumped it down the sink, I could go to jail.” (Rolling Stone)
 




Taking A Peek At Upcoming Fossil Fuel Propaganda and Policy on Methane, Gas Bans, Coal and Protests

We hit the ground running this year, so today we’re going to do a bit of stock-taking about what 2020 is going to bring us from the 🦕👹🦖 fossil fuel industry.

Right now, the industry is not exactly in a happy place. Public polling from Yale shows that the “alarmed” portion of Americans is now the largest of the six segments at 31% of the population (compared to just 10% who are doubtful or dismissive of climate concerns). Last week, TIME’s Justin Worland published a piece based on an interview with Shell’s CEO, who’s feeling the pressure from climate activists and the realities of climate science. (Makes sense, given that last week Extinction Rebellion blockaded Shell offices.) The industry certainly has a problem with public perception, particularly but not solely among the youth, as protests from Harvard Law and Oxford, among others, show.   

Step one, then, for the fossil fuel industry is to make it harder for those pesky protestors to shine a spotlight on companies. As the Heartland Institute gratefully reminded us with a timely post last week, back in November of 2019 Wisconsin became the 17th state to criminalize protests with new stronger penalties including a $10,000 fine and six years in jail if protests trespass on energy company property. 

Step two is to pretend like the industry is doing something about pollution, to undercut calls for regulation. That’s the approach the American Gas Association and the Edison Electric Institute are taking for their new Natural Gas Sustainability Initiative, a draft of which E&E obtained. To address the fact that methane emissions are a powerful greenhouse gas, the initiative is completely voluntary, and only working on a reporting protocol. Drillers can choose to report how much they’re polluting, but won’t actually be pressured to do anything. 

But what about policies that are already being rolled out? To see how the industry is responding to the emerging trend of local municipalities banning natural gas use all together, check out this post from the oil industry’s Energy in Depth. It lays out the four narrative responses the industry will use to these local decisions. 

The first is an implicit admission that they’re a problem, in that they allege that gas bans won’t reduce emissions as much as efficiency measures or methane capture in landfills. (But obviously banning gas hardly means cities can’t also take efficiency measures or capture methane from garbage!) After that, cry crocodile tears for low-income populations by pointing out that electric heat can be more expensive than a natural gas furnace, that consumers appear to prefer gas to electric heat, and that gas is more efficient than electric.

None of this changes the simple fact that natural gas use is incompatible with fighting climate change. 

That’s why the industry is making last-ditch efforts to use their political sway to protect their business. The latest comes from Indiana, which introduced a bill last week to make it illegal to close down a coal plant unless the federal government (but NOT the EPA) gives a direct mandate to do so. The hypocrisy the party of free market worship and “not picking winners and losers” picking the losing coal industry to win legal protection from economic competition could not be more palpable. 

Even if it is eventually signed into law, eventually those plants will close. And when they do, surely the industry will be good neighbors and clean up the mess they left behind, right? 

Obviously not. In Ohio, a new analysis shows that while drilling companies are required to set aside either $5,000 to clean up a spent well, or $15,000 for all of their wells, the average cost of plugging one well is $110,000. Even worse, once the well is plugged, the companies get that money back, leaving the public to pay the rest. That is, if they even bother to clean it themselves. Ohio alone has a confirmed 900 orphaned wells, with potentially another 18,000 hiding away in homes or school gyms or farm fields or basements or anywhere else. When one considers what the costs would be if Ohio was representative of the whole country, it’d mean a price tag of hundreds of billions of dollars.

Which of course begs a question the industry is desperate to keep the public from asking: How are we going to pay for that?

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Jan 23, 2020 02:15 pm By Catherine Traywick, Stephen Cunningham, Naureen Malik and Dave Merrill (Bloomberg)

Gas 🦕 Export’s Dirty Secret: A Carbon Footprint Rivaling Coal’s

The six export terminals currently in operation aren’t yet running at full capacity. At current operating levels, their maximum potential CO2 emissions are equivalent to those of 5.2 coal-fired plants, according to Bloomberg calculations.

In May, while President 🦀 Donald Trump toured a new $10 billion plant designed to prepare natural gas for export, he made a vow. Such facilities would be good for the environment, he said, or they won’t get approved.   The president has greenlit 11 projects […] Read full story...

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If the amount of methane leaked during gas production and transportation exceeds 3.1% over a 20-year period, LNG’s lifecycle emissions become comparable to those of locally mined coal, according to the agency. A 2018 report published in the journal Nature found that leaks across the U.S. now total 2.3% of oil and natural gas production. In the Permian basin, the world’s highest-producing oil field, the largest 🦕😈🦖 producers are 🔥 burning off methane at a rate of 5.1%, according to Rystad Energy.
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Davos 💵🎩 financial 🐍 players pump US$1.4 trillion into🦕🦖 fossil fuels

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Banks and pension funds with CEOs attending the World Economic Forum are collectively exposed to fossil fuels to the tune of US$1.4 trillion. This is the major finding in a new Greenpeace International report “It’s the finance sector, stupid,” based on data from the Banking on Climate Change – Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card 2019 showing the financial sector is as culpable for the climate emergency as the fossil fuel industry. Read more.


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🦖 Exxon to Congress: Lift Cyprus Arms Embargo, There’s Gas Nearby 😈
February 7, 2020



TRNN's Steve Horn and The Intercept's Lee Fang say a bill to lift the arms embargo on Cyprus and promote offshore gas in the region received lobbying support from ExxonMobil, and the pro-Israel and pro-Greece lobbies.

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The Wink to Webster Pipeline is a planned 650-mile (1,046 kilometre) pipeline that would run from the Permian Basin in west Texas to the Gulf Coast near Houston. When completed, the pipeline will carry over one million barrels of fracked oil per day. The project is a joint venture of 🦖 ExxonMobil, 😈 👉 Plains All American Pipeline, 👉 MPLX, 👉 Delek US, 👉 Lotus Midstream, and 👉 Rattler Midstream LP. Operations are planned to commence in the first half of 2021. Read more...


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May 27, 2021

A Day Of Superlatives For 🍃Climate Advocates And 🦖Big Oil

Outlets and analysts used a variety of words and phrases to describe developments in the oil and gas sector yesterday, but the consensus was clear: rebel shareholders won breakthrough victories over Exxon and Chevron while a Dutch court wrecked . (Some outlets were even more succinct.) All told, it was a breakthrough, no good, very bad, watershed day of reckoning for Big Oil and Gas  . The shareholder wins over Exxon and Chevron show the increasing power of investment managers to force businesses and CEOs to pursue environmental and social goals, and the Dutch court's decision could set a new precedent that oil companies must dramatically change in order to meet Paris Agreement pledges. (CNN, Bloomberg $, The Verge, FT $; Commentary: The New Yorker, Bill McKibben column $)

֍ Little Engine No.1 That Could Hands Exxon Stunning Defeat
ExxonMobil shareholders elected at least two new board members with climate and clean energy expertise, nominated by activist hedge fund Engine No. 1 and opposed by the company's management. BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, supported three of the four nominees put forward by Engine No. 1, joining other institutional investors including multiple state pension funds to send a clear signal to the company’s notoriously climate-unfriendly management. Even with two of the board's 12 seats still undetermined, as of Thursday morning, this is a stunning rebuke of Exxon leadership, who have rejected calls to take climate change more seriously. (New York Times $, Washington Post $, AP, Earther, E&E $, The Hill, CNBC, Bloomberg $, Reuters, The Guardian, FT $, InsideClimate News, Axios; Vote tallies: Bloomberg $)

֍ Dutch Court Gives Shell A Shellacking
A Dutch court yesterday ruled Shell must slash its carbon pollution by 45% by the end of 2030 compared to 2019 levels to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The landmark decision held that Shell's 2050 net-zero goal was too vague and thus failed to meet its duty of care to reduce emissions, which are on par with Russia’s, the fourth largest emitter in the world. Though questions remain about the enforcement of the ruling, which will be appealed, the court's decision could have wide-ranging impacts for oil majors around the world, and the 1,800 court cases challenging them. One of the lawyers on the Shell case told Dutch news site NU, via Earther, that because the company is headquartered in the Netherlands, “a Dutch judge can impose a judgment that should be enforced in the 80 countries where Shell is active.” (New York Times $, Earther, AP, The Guardian, CNN, Reuters, FT $, Axios, The Hill, CNBC, InsideClimate News, Bloomberg $, Reuters, Climate Home, BBC)

֍ Chevron Shareholders Defeat 🦖 Management, Demand Scope 3 Emissions Cuts
 Chevron investors adopted a proposal yesterday — over the objections of management — calling for the company to "substantially" cut climate pollution from consumers' combustion of its products. The resolution calling for Scope 3 emissions cuts, adopted with 61% approval, does not specify a specific size or timeline of the cuts, but its overwhelming support underlines shareholders' frustration with companies failing to sufficiently address climate change. Two other resolutions, one requiring a report on the business impact of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and another requiring lobbying disclosures, narrowly failed with 48% support for each. Chevron has not set any long-term targets for achieving net-zero emissions. (Reuters, Bloomberg $, S&P Global, The Guardian, Seeking Alpha)

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Biden Suspends ANWR Leases
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Biden Suspends ANWR 🦕🦖 Leases

The Biden administration suspended 🦕🦖 oil drilling leases in ANWR. The formal order from DOI Secretary Deb Haaland, if unsurprising, starts what will likely be a lengthy process to undo one of the Trump administration's biggest (anti-)environmental actions. The sale of ANWR leases, described as "absolutely bonkers" by climate advocates at the time it was announced last year, culminated in a hurried and ultimately underwhelming lease sale just days before Trump left office. Those existing ANWR leases could be canceled if the administration determines they were granted illegally by the Trump administration; the Biden administration has defended the legal process by which the Trump administration issues leases elsewhere. Last month, the notoriously pro-oil IEA said all new exploration for oil and gas must end immediately if the world is to limit global warming and avoid the worst and most destructive impacts of climate change.

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From Senator Patrick Leahy <Senator_Leahy@leahy.senate.gov>
Wed, Jun 9, 5:55 PM
 
Dear Mr. Gelbert:

Thank you for contacting me about oil and gas exports.  I appreciate hearing from you about this important issue.

Climate change is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. There is no doubt that climate change is both real and caused by human activity.  What’s more, the United States bears a good deal of responsibility for the climate crisis.  Our 🦖 country has emitted more carbon dioxide than any other country to date.  Since 1751, the United States has emitted 400 billion tons 🚩 of the greenhouse gas, making us responsible for 25 percent of all historical emissions. And in 2020, as we faced the crossroads of both the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States became a net 🦕 oil exporter for the first time in a generation, exporting over 8.5 million barrels per day of petroleum.  I agree with you that we must urgently divest from fossil fuels and invest in a fossil fuel economy, not double down on supplying harmful fuels to international markets.

On April 28, 2021, Senator Ed Markey introduced the Block All New (BAN) Oil Exports Act, S. 1415.  This bill would amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act and reinstate the ban on exporting American crude oil and natural gas abroad.  It has been referred to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, of which I am not a member.  Please know that I will keep your thoughts in mind should this bill come before the full Senate for consideration.

Again, thank you for contacting me.  Please keep in touch.

Sincerely,

PATRICK LEAHY
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Thu, Jun 10, 11:47 AM 

Dear Mr. Gelbert:

Thank you for contacting me about reforming energy leasing.  I appreciate hearing from you about this important issue.

🦖 Fossil fuel extraction on public lands is responsible for nearly a quarter of total U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. The leasing of subsurface rights for federal lands and waters to oil and gas companies can harm local communities by compromising opportunities for outdoor recreation and can lead to irreparable environmental damage on some of our nation’s most precious landscapes.  What’s more, I firmly believe that it is past time to stop investing in fossil fuels and transition to a renewable energy future in order to prevent the worst consequences of the climate crisis.

Senator Jeff Merkley introduced S. 1115, the Keep it in the Ground Act, on April 14, 2021.  This bill would end all new federal leases for oil, gas, or coal extraction on public lands and waters.  Further, it aims to keep over ninety percent of the potential carbon emissions from fossil fuels on federal lands and waters in the ground.  I am proud to cosponsor this important legislation, which has been referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.  Please know that the Keep it in the Ground Act will receive my full support should it come before the full Senate for consideration.

Again, thank you for contacting me.  Please keep in touch.

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 The 🦕🦖 Hydrocarbon 👹 Hellspawn Fossil Fuelers DID THE Clean Energy  Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, 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!   
 
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Chamber of 🦖🐍 Commerce Still Fighting Climate Action , Spurring Call For Companies To Drop Their Membership

Last week, Change the Chamber, a student-led coalition of 100+ youth groups supported by more than two dozen national climate organizations, sent an open letter to companies still paying dues to be part of the Chamber of Commerce, calling on them to leave the trade group if it doesn’t stop lobbying against climate action.

The letter highlights the “two unacceptable risks” created by companies that support the Chamber, given its lobbying on climate. First is the obvious risk the warming planet poses to their bottom line as extreme weather complicates supply chains and drought, fires and other extreme weather events upend years-long corporate plans. The second is the reputational risk posed by their membership in the anti-climate-policy-lobby-group.

Youth, journalists, civil society groups, shareholders, and consumers are increasingly turning their attention to how trade associations play a 😈 key role in diluting science-based climate action. Prominent brands that fund obstructionist lobbying groups,” the letter warns, “will ultimately be held to account.”

But wait, some might say the Chamber has already improved! After all, in the past couple years it’s acknowledged climate change, and totally changed its approach to politics (by subverting democracy and protecting polluters) so shouldn’t they just get the benefit of the doubt?

Mmmm, no, not really- “even Royal Dutch Shell recently critiqued the U.S. Chamber” the letter explains, because the lobby group hasn’t even bothered to state a position on net zero or nature-based carbon-capture policies, or make statements in support of carbon pricing, or against weakening fuel economy standards set by California.

Yes, that's an oil company’s assessment that the Chamber’s supposedly pro-climate position is nothing more than words on a website.

The Change the Chamber letter links to a list of the business lobby’s most recent actions to obstruct climate action. They have 10 different 😈 examples of the Chamber of Commerce filing legal briefs in favor of polluters like Enbridge, pleading for more coal use, lobbying against Biden’s agenda with API, and making statements against climate-friendly decisions.

The kicker is that the 10 examples are all just from the first quarter of 2021. In just a handful of months, the US Chamber of Commerce  🦖🐍 has repeatedly proven its loyalty is to polluters

As such, the letter calls on companies to make their own statements to distinguish themselves from the Chamber’s position. It also requests meetings with the companies to pressure them to support climate action or leave the 🦖👿🐍 Chamber.

And that’s really where it’s headed, because clearly the Chamber is more interested in looking like it’s changing on climate change than it is actually changing its position. So as Senator Whitehouse said, “Change the Chamber or QUIT the Chamber” because “We need climate action NOW.”

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