Previous Fossil Fuel News 2022

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Incentive Structure Keeps Residents Hooked on Fossil Fuels 12-13-22

The federally owned utility company could be leading the clean energy transition. Instead, it’s poisoning the countryside. Read more

Australia rejects forest biomass in first blow to wood pellet industry 12-21-22

On December 15, Australia became the first major economy worldwide to reverse itself on its renewable classification for woody biomass burned to make energy. Read more

Whistleblower: Enviva claim of ‘being good for the planet… all nonsense’ 12-05-22

In first-ever interviews with a whistleblower who worked within Enviva plant management, Mongabay contributor Justin Catanoso has been told that all of these Enviva claims are false. Read more

The fossil fuel origins of ‘gaslighting’ 11-29-22

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year is all about deception. Guess where it comes from? Read more

These 15 meat and dairy companies emit almost as much methane as the EU 11-16-22

Tyson, Nestlé, JBS Foods and other food giants should have stricter emissions tracking, experts say Read more

Coal plant operators shirking responsibilities on ash cleanup, report contends 11-07-22

“Quite simply, most coal plants are violating the law that requires toxic waste cleanup,” said Lisa Evans, a senior attorney with Earthjustice. Read more

‘Our horses are ready’: Native Americans and white farmers form an unlikely alliance to oppose a pipeline in the Dakotas 10-25-22

“Maybe the Native Americans weren’t all wrong,” said Ed Fischbach, a South Dakota farmer. Read more

Chevron’s commercials just got the ‘Don’t Look Up’ treatment 09-30-22

What do cooing babies and frolicking elephants have to do with oil companies? Exactly. Read more

California’s 2030 ban on gas heaters opens a new front in the war on fossil fuels 09-26-22

The first-of-its-kind plan will purge gas from existing buildings, not just new construction. Read more

Carbon capture has a long history. Of failure 09-01-22

Today, over 70 percent of carbon capture projects are, in fact, enhanced oil recovery projects used to produce more oil and/or gas, resulting in yet more greenhouse gas emissions. Read more

How Kentuckians want to hold coal companies accountable for deadly flooding 08-29-22

“They won’t have water for six months. The power lines are down.” Read more

‘It’s a deal with the devil’: outrage in Appalachia over Manchin’s ‘vile’ pipeline plan 08-26-22

The deal is a sweet one for the pipeline’s supporters. Read more

The Inflation Reduction Act promises thousands of new oil leases. Drillers might not want them. 08-09-22

The bigger question about Joe Manchin’s fossil fuel provisions is if they’ll succeed on the senator’s own terms. Read more

What happened to the “war on coal” in West Virginia? 07-13-22

The activism spotlight has left the Coal River Valley. But when the battlefield is your home, you don’t give up the fight. Read more

Report sheds light on Fidelity’s little-known fossil fuel ties 06-01-22

Climate is not a priority for the asset manager. Could its owners’ oil and gas company have something to do with it? Read more

Shell consultant quits, accusing firm of ‘extreme harms’ to environment 05-30-22

A senior safety consultant has quit working with Shell after 11 years, accusing the fossil fuel producer in a bombshell public video of causing “extreme harms” to the environment. Read more

Shareholders win majority support for climate proposals at Exxon, Chevron 05-26-22

Winning resolutions urged Exxon to disclose climate risks and Chevron to re-evaluate its methane reporting methods. Read more

The war in Ukraine may ramp up pollution in US oil and gas communities 05-26-22

People who live near fracking wells and liquified natural gas terminals are pushing back. Read more

Ohio residents fight to get radioactive oil and gas waste off their roads 05-13-22

At least 13 states allow drilling waste to be used for road de-icing, dust suppression, and maintenance. Read more

Fracking Boom Turns Texas Into the Earthquake Capital of the U.S. 04-29-22

A state not known for earthquakes has been hit so hard, it’s even poised to overtake California and Alaska. Read more

Will Big Oil and major banks face another reckoning from investors this year? 04-25-22

A new season of shareholder climate demands has begun. Here’s what’s coming. Read more

Fossil Fuels Beget Dictators 03-15-22

Americans may think we are powerless as we bear witness to Putin’s war and the bravery of the Ukrainian resistance. We’re not. Read more

‘This is a fossil fuel war’: Ukraine’s top climate scientist speaks out 03-15-22

As western governments untangle themselves from Russian oil and gas, Svitlana Krakovska argues that the roots of the climate crisis and invasion are in fossil fuels. Read more

All-American Oligarchs: The Big Oil CEOs Profiting From War In Ukraine. 03-10-22

Amid the fog of rumor and accusation that has accompanied the war in Ukraine, one thing is clear: Big Oil is absolutely using the resulting run-up in fuel prices to price-gouge and profiteer. Read more

The massive disconnect between Big Oil’s words and actions, in data. 03-07-22

A new study illustrates fossil fuel companies’ greenwashing agenda. Read more

The Biden Administration’s Easiest Climate Win Is Waiting in the Arctic. 03-03-22

The ConocoPhillips Willow oil project threatens to erase the climate benefits of renewables on public lands and waters. Read more

U.S. Oil Industry Uses Ukraine Invasion to Push for More Drilling at Home 02-26-22

The goal is “energy security,” lobbyists said, although clean-energy advocates counter that wind and solar provide more protection from boom-and-bust oil markets. Read more

Study: Maintenance is a major driver of unaccounted-for emissions 02-07-22

We’ve got a lot of old oil and gas infrastructure, and it’s leakier than we thought. Read more

Harvard’s $53 Billion Endowment Is Boosting Its Bets on ‘Climate Solutions’ 02-03-22

University’s fossil-fuel holdings remain at less than 2%. Read more

Abandoned oil well counts are exploding — now that there’s money on the table 01-21-22

$4.7 billion released by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has states rethinking their abandoned oil well tallies. Read more

More than 450 scientists call on PR and ad firms to cut their ties with fossil fuel clients 01-19-22

Scientists and activists are taking aim at Edelman, a public relations giant, and other outfits earning money from companies that fuel climate change Read more

Exxon pledges to cut emissions — but not from its oil 01-19-22

Exxon Mobil’s new net-zero pledge stacks up poorly, even by oil company standards. Read more 

Coal was dying. Then 2021 happened. 01-10-22

The dirtiest fossil fuel is on the rise — and with it, U.S. carbon emissions. Read more