Study: U.S. Fossil Fuel Subsidies Exceed Pentagon Spending

These subsidies are largely invisible to the public, and don’t appear in national budgets. But according the the IMF, the world spent $4.7 trillion — or 6.3 percent of global GDP — in 2015 to subsidize fossil fuel use, a figure it estimated rose to $5.2 trillion in 2017.  The world would be richer and healthier if the full costs of fossil …

Meet the Guy Who Helped Outlaw Fracking Bans In Colorado (By Banning Fracking)

BY SAM BRASCH | SAM.BRASCH@CPR.ORG APR 8, 2019 A lone pump jack in a field south of Dacono, April 2, 2019. Hart Van Denburg/CPR News The scenario that led Ken Crumb to take on the oil and gas industry probably sounds familiar. An explosion in a city north of Denver. A building destroyed. People suspicious of a connection to nearby fracking operations. Officials conducting …

147 million years of healthy life lost, every year: now info on the sources will be available, from every single power plant in the world, in real-time, via satellite

A nonprofit artificial intelligence firm called WattTime is going to use satellite imagery to precisely track the air pollution (including carbon emissions) coming out of every single power plant in the world, in real time. And it’s going to make the data public. WattTime, a nonprofit that is now a subsidiary of the Rocky Mountain Institute, made a splash earlier this year with Automated …

Chase Bank: “#1 Funder of Climate Disaster” and “Toxic Assets”

Excerpt from Carolyn Fortuna on Clean Technica, 7 May 2019 – Fossil Fuel Complicity No Longer Hidden Behind ‘Fiduciary Duty’ The 2019 Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card points out that JPMorgan Chase was, indeed, the leader in fossil fuel complicity projects between 2016 and 2018 with $196 billion expended. Wells Fargo was a distant second with $156 billion. And JPMorgan Chase supports more …

Industry-backed bills would charge environmental activists who allegedly engage in civil disobedience at oil and gas sites with a second-degree felony.

Pipeline Protesters Could Face 20 Years in Prison Under Bill in Texas House:  Two industry-backed bills in the Texas Legislature would charge environmental activists who allegedly engage in civil disobedience at oil and gas sites with a second-degree felony. Meanwhile, fossil fuel interests can’t hold back the tide:  the renewable energy sector is projected to generate more electricity than coal …

Replace FERC with FREC, the Federal Renewable Energy Commission, as part of a Green New Deal

ACTIVISTS SCALE FERC BUILDING, DEMAND CONGRESS REPLACE IT WITH FREC, by Beyond Extreme Energy, Popular Resistance.  April 18, 2019 | RESIST! Washington DC: Two activists scaled the precarious awning over the front door to FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The action was taken by Beyond Extreme Energy on behalf of millions of affected citizens who are frustrated by years of FERC’s approvals of pipelines …

In at least seven states, the oil industry has backed critical infrastructure bills that criminalize pipeline protests.

An analysis by In These Times found, in at least seven states, the oil industry has backed critical infrastructure bills that criminalize pipeline protests. Sheriff’s deputies arrest Cherri Foytlin (L) and another water protector opposing Louisiana’s Bayou Bridge Pipeline near Bayou Chene on Sept. 4, 2018. Although invited onto the property by a landowner, the two were charged with felony …

CCS deep dive: a very thin slurry of green paint over a fossil fuel tailings pond

Chevron’s Fig Leaf Part 4: Carbon Engineering’s Only Market Is Pumping More Oil, By Michael Barnard in Clean Technica, April 19th, 2019 Carbon Engineering recently garnered $68 million in investment in its air-carbon capture technology from three fossil fuel majors. This is part 4 of the 5 article series assessing the technology and the value of the investment. The first piece summarized the technology …

Eyes in the sky — new satellites identify greenhouse emissions with incredible accuracy

Phil Dzikiy, Elektrek,  Apr. 18th 2019 30 Comments Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Reddit As citizens, governments, and investors alike look for ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, help looks to be coming from a series of new satellites that aim to identify those emissions as they occur. This “new wave” is detailed in a new report from Bloomberg, which says “more than …