Previous Fossil Fuel News 2019

We Need a Just Transition—Because We Should Abandon Coal, Not Coal Workers 10-20-19

The coal industry is dying. But we can’t allow the communities that have been dependent on coal to die along with it. Read more at EcoWatch


Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions 10-09-19

New data shows how fossil fuel companies have driven climate crisis despite industry knowing dangers. Read more at The Guardian


Meet The Coal Town Betting Big On Outdoor Recreation 09-27-19

Standing on the breezy outlook at Flag Rock Recreation Area, Norton City Manager Fred Ramey is taking in the panoramic view of downtown Norton, Virginia. The brick building-lined streets are framed by the verdant, rolling Appalachian mountains. Jagged, brown scars from mountaintop mining operations can be seen in the distance, reminders of the region’s history of coal production. Read more at Resource


GOP Leadership Huddles with Fossil Fuel Industry During Climate Week 09-22-19

YOUTH DEMONSTRATORS stormed streets across the world demanding drastic action on the climate crisis on Friday, following a visit by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg on Capitol Hill last week to press lawmakers to view rising greenhouse gases as an existential problem that requires an immediate response. Read more at The Intercept


Is U.S. shale facing an ‘unmitigated disaster’? 09-19-19

The booming shale industry could be headed off a financial cliff, experts say, and environmental groups are asking who will clean up thousands of wells drilled miles beneath the surface if businesses go bust. Read more at E & E News


University of California Will Divest From Fossil Fuels 09-19-19

The University of California system will dump all of its investments from fossil fuels, as the Associated Press reported. The university system controls over $84 billion between its pension fund and its endowment. However, the announcement about its investments is not aimed to please activists. Read more at EcoWatch


The oil industry vs. the electric car 09-16-19

Electric vehicles could make up nearly half the fleet of passenger cars and trucks by 2040. But oil and gas companies are striking back.

The oil industry is trying to crush the booming electric car movement. Read more at Politico


In Rural Appalachia, Beekeeping Offers a New Path for Coal Miners 09-12-19

Nearly 40 percent of coal jobs disappeared over the past decade. The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective is offering West Virginians a new future. Read more at Civil Eats


America’s mega-emitters are starting to close 08-16-19

When the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona shuts down later this year, it will be one of the largest carbon emitters to ever close in American history. Read more at Energy & Environment News 


Fracking causing rise in methane emissions, study finds 08-14-19

Researchers say boom in shale oil and gas major contributor to climate emergency. Read more at The Guardian


But at What Cost? 08-01-19

The first signs of change came to Belmont County several years ago, as natural gas extraction company trucks rumbled over the roads. Read more at The Columbus Dispatch


Booming LNG industry could be as bad for climate as coal, experts warn 07-02-19

Liquefied natural gas developments on a collision course with Paris agreement, Global Energy Monitor says Read more at The Guardian


The bioenergy delusion 05-21-19

Replacing fossil fuels with bioenergy only takes us backwards, continuing our addiction to burning and extraction, and causing extensive ecological damage. Read more at Ecologist


Puerto Rico got rid of its coal ash pits. Now the company responsible is moving them to Florida. 05-16-19

Earlier this year, Puerto Rico passed legislation establishing the goal of powering its grid with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, which requires giving up coal power by 2028. Read more at Grist


Duke Energy, Dominion Resources, and other dirty energy corporations escape all taxes and even get rebates… 04-29-19

Colin Robertson wonders why he pays federal taxes on the $18,000 a year he makes cleaning carpets, while the tech giant Amazon got a tax rebate. Read more at The New York Times 


How the Media Launders Fossil Fuel Industry Propaganda Through Branded Content 04-03-19

With a headline predicting that natural gas “will thrive in the age of renewables,” the article made the case that there are limitations on solar and wind power and that — as a subhead spelled out in aquamarine type — natural gas “is part of the solution.” Read more at The Intercept 


A Broken Land 04-02-19

Ecological devastation in the American heartland. Fracking has tangible effects on the land and on the people living there and opposition to the industry has emerged, creating new alliances between middle- and working-class Americans. Read more at The Nation


U.S. banks pledged to fund renewable energy, but they still spend way more on fossil fuels 03-30-19

Each year since the Paris climate agreement, major world banks have increased their financing of fossil fuels, pouring $1.9 trillion into the industry from 2016 through 2018. Read more at Grist


More States Crack Down on Pipeline Protesters, Including Supporters Who Aren’t Even on the Scene 03-28-19

South Dakota’s law is the latest as pipeline companies encourage tougher penalties for activists who block oil & gas projects—and for the groups that support them. Read more at Inside Climate News


What We Know About Fossil Fuels 30 Years After The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill 03-24-19

The largely invisible impacts of long-term fossil fuel extraction were beginning to surface. Read more at HuffPost


The Hidden Risk in the Fracking Boom 02-20-19

Are pipeline safety regulations keeping pace with the flood of natural gas?

At 10:40 a.m. on Monday, January 21st, a pipeline carrying natural gas ruptured in rural Noble County, in southeastern Ohio, producing a fireball that engulfed the Noll family home, with 12-year-old son Nash inside. Read more at Rolling Stone


TVA Votes to Close 2 Coal Plants, Despite Political Pressure from Trump and Kentucky GOP 02-14-19

The aging Paradise coal-fired power plant is unreliable, expensive and polluting, TVA data show. The federally owned utility said its decision is based on economics. Read more at Inside Climate News


Atlantic Coast Pipeline delayed to 2020, Dominion adds $1B to cost estimate 02-04-19

Dominion Energy disclosed on Friday that its Atlantic Coast Pipeline project has been delayed and costs are rising, a result of environmental lawsuits that have forced a stop in construction. Read more at Utility Dive