Previous Fossil Fuel News 2021

Over 30 Countries Agree to Cut Methane by 30% 10-12-21

In addition to diplomatic efforts, 20 philanthropic organizations committed $223 million in support of the Global Methane Pledge. Read more


College formally announces plan to divest from fossil fuels10-08-21

The announcement of decisions made in the last several years comes after years of student activism. Read more


Three-Fourths of the Worlds Planned Coal Projects Scrapped Since 2015 09-15-21

A new report has found that since the 2015 signing of the Paris agreement, more than 75% of the world’s planned coal plant projects have been scrapped, and 44 countries have no future coal plans whatsoever. Read more


Joe Manchin’s Dirty Empire 09-03-21

The West Virginia Senator Reaps Big Financial Rewards From a Network of Coal Companies With Grim Records of Pollution, Safety Violations, and Death. Read more


Virginia county fends off natural gas plant, but battles continue 08-31-21

A company planning to bring one of two natural gas-fired power plants to Charles City County, VA, said this summer it is abandoning the projects. Read more


Does rural Illinois really need a new gas pipeline? 08-27-21

In this historic Black farming community, some want renewables instead. Read more


Playing Nice With the Fossil Fuel Industry Is Climate Denial 08-09-21

A new report on climate change shows the futility of the Biden administration’s electric vehicle dream. Read more


Big Oil spent $10 million on Facebook ads last year — to sell what, exactly? 08-05-21

A report found that the ads peaked when politicians were poised to act on climate. Read more


Why Texas fossil fuel unions signed onto a climate plan 07-30-21

“We get these narratives that the fossil fuel unions are against climate action. I think it’s a lot more complicated than what we hear.” Read more


Pipelines Leak, Colonial Could Pay For Its NC Damages 07-11-21

Following a massive gasoline leak in Huntersville, North Carolina, Colonial Pipeline could face a daily fine of $200,000 if it doesn’t improve how it detects leaks. Read more


DeSantis’ Big Gift to Big Gas 06-24-21

Cities and towns across Florida can no longer ban fossil fuels and prioritize clean energy projects after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new law. Read more


Keystone XL is history. What about the other pipelines? 06-14-21

Activists say Biden needs to do more on pipelines to uphold his climate promises. Read more


Big Oil wants you to believe a tanker full of fossil fuel can be “carbon neutral” 06-13-21

The latest greenwashing scam tries to rebrand hydrocarbons as carbon-neutral. Read more


Restoring land around abandoned oil and gas wells would free up millions of acres of forests, farmlands and grasslands 06-08-21

President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan proposes to spend US$16 billion plugging old oil and gas wells and cleaning up abandoned mines. Read more


Biden Suspends Drilling Permits in ANWR 06-02-21

Yesterday, the Department of the Interior moved to suspend all oil drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, undoing a highly contested move made by the Trump administration last year. Read more


ExxonMobil’s Shareholder Meeting Drama — Board Seats Contested By Pro-Climate Hedge Fund 05-25-21

A group of investors is attempting to displace four members of the ExxonMobil Board of Directors in the Board election at the annual meeting to be held on Wednesday. Read more


A cultural shift away from coal 05-25-21

Coal-dependent towns and regions are working to not just replace coal, but to build stronger and healthier communities with economies that don’t exploit people or the planet. Read more


ExxonMobil wants you to feel responsible for climate change so it doesn’t have to shoulder the blame 05-13-21

A new study reveals how the oil company used “cutting-edge propaganda” to focus on fossil fuel consumption. Read more


Leaked Docs: Gas Industry Secretly Fights Electrification 05-03-21

In public, Eversource Energy likes to tout its carbon neutrality goals and its investments in offshore wind. Read more


13 U.S. Oil Refineries Release Illegally High Levels of Benzene 05-04-21

A new list from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) shows that last year, thirteen U.S. oil refineries emitted more of the cancer-causing chemical benzene than was permitted by the government. Read more


White House Climate Advisor Sees A Path To A Clean Energy Transition Through Coal Country 04-05-21

For decades now, rhetoric around action on climate change has been about things like saving the planet, or saving polar bears. Read more 


Fossil Fuel Firms Slashed Nearly 60,000 Jobs In 2020 While Pocketing $8.2 Billion Tax Bailout 04-02-21

Last year was $8.2 billion less painful for 77 big fossil fuel companies, thanks to a tax bailout provision in a big pandemic stimulus bill. Read more


The ‘Green Energy’ That Might Be Ruining the Planet 03-26-21

The biomass industry is warming up the South’s economy, but many experts worry it’s doing the same to the climate. Will the Biden Administration embrace it, or cut it loose? Read more at Politico


Activists Welcome Cancellation of Texas LNG Terminal 03-23-21

Leading U.S. fossil fuel company on Monday announced the cancellation of a planned fracked natural gas terminal in southern Texas. Read more at EcoWatch


Students find obscure law that could make university fossil fuel investments illegal 03-22-21

A new legal strategy could give Harvard the kick it needs to divest. Read more at Grist


This Billionaire Governor’s Coal Companies Owe Millions More in Environmental Fines 03-12-21

The richest person in West Virginia, who is also the state’s governor, owns coal companies that routinely violate environmental laws. Read more at Propublica


As coal dies, the US has no plan to help the communities left behind 03-03-21

Here are two tales of the energy transition unfolding in coal country, USA. Read more at Grist


Here’s why this new fracking ban in the Northeast is a big deal 03-03-21

The Delaware River Basin, a 13,539-square-mile area bisected by a sparkling riverthat stretches from New York’s Catskill Mountains to the Delaware Bay, is officially closed to fracking. Read more at Grist


Decline of Coal shows Gov’t Policy, Renewables crucial to Reducing Carbon Emissions: The Market isn’t Enough 03-02-21

Low natural gas prices nor the adoption of renewable energy significantly reduced the life of coal units. Read more at Informed Comment


The key to making sound climate policy? Rein in (or win over) utilities monopolies. 03-02-21

Now that we’ve had a couple weeks to process all that went wrong in Texas, people are paying more attention to the national electricity landscape, how it functions, and who’s in charge. Read more at Grist


DivestVU, Dores Divest hold an over 30-person protest at Vanderbilt’s Kirkland Hall 02-23-21

Dores Divest’s 14-foot-mystical creature, an orange unicorn, made an appearance on Library Lawn at 2 p.m. CST and marched with students to Kirkland Hall. Read more at Vanderbilt Hustler


150 years of spills: Philadelphia refinery cleanup highlights toxic legacy of fossil fuels 02-16-21

It’s a glimpse of what lies ahead if the United States hopes to wean itself off fossil fuels and clean up the toxic legacy of oil, gas and coal. Read more at Reuters


Appalachia’s Natural Gas Counties 02-12-21

Contributing more to the U.S.economy and getting less in return. Read the full Ohio River Valley Institute Report. Click here to read the full report


How the Fossil Fuel Industry Convinced Americans to Love Gas Stoves 02-11-21

In early 2020, Wilson Truong posted on the NextDoor social media platform—where users can send messages to a group in their neighborhood—in a Culver City, California, community. Writing as if he were a resident of the Fox Hills neighborhood. Read more at Mother Jones


Deaths from fossil fuel emissions higher than previously thought 02-09-21

Fossil fuel air pollution responsible for more than 8 million people worldwide in 2018 Read more at Harvard School of Engineering 


Living with natural gas pipelines: Appalachian landowners describe fear, anxiety and loss 02-03-21

Advocates and experts point to a long-standing pattern of corporate influence on the nation’s ‘go-to source of nutrition advice.’ Read more at The Conversation


PR firms need to dump Big Oil. This guy wants to help them do it. 02-03-21

Since November, Henn has been leading an effort to pressure his colleagues in advertising and PR to drop their petro clients. Read more at Grist


A Thin Green Line 01-31-21

During a decade when Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia flouted carbon emissions goals, activists fighting fossil fuel exports made global impact. Read more at Grist


Coal Communities Across the Nation Want Biden to Fund an Economic Transition to Clean Power 01-26-21

The president promised to create a task force on how best to help the communities. Advocates want that and new jobs, broadband internet and funding for health and education. Read more at Inside Climate News


U.S. cities consider treating fossil fuels like nuclear weapons 01-12-21

For decades, the potential for a nuclear catastrophe felt like a waking threat, just around the corner. Read more at Grist 


Creighton University to divest fully from fossil fuels within 10 years 01-05-21

Creighton University announced it plans to phase out all investments in fossil fuels from its $587 million endowment within the next 10 years and target new investments in sustainable energy. Read more at EarthBeat