Posts in US politics
- Regular readers of this blog will not be surprised to hear that the GOP-led Natural Resources committee of the House of Representatives followed the Energy and Commerce Committee’s lead in voting to advance a bill designed to circumvent normal process and force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Even more astute readers will also not...
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- Billionaire Tom Steyer argues that Keystone XL “has become the defining issue in the climate change fight of our times".
- Oil Change International has joined Public Citizen, Friends of the Earth, and Greenpeace in filing a legal complaint against Chevron arguing that a political donation it made during the 2012 election violated long-standing anti-corruption rules.
- The State Department missed the main point about the anti-KXL campaign – which is not about either pipeline or shipping oil by rail, road or tanker – it is about keeping the tar sands in the ground.
- Yesterday history was made. The organisers had hoped for the largest climate rally in history, but even they were amazed at how many people turned up.
- Yesterday, the growing anti-KXL campaign received a boost from what some may see as an unexpected quarter: National Nurses United announced it was now opposed to the pipeline.
- A report from HSBC suggests BP, Shell and Norway’s Statoil could lose some 40 and 60 per cent of their market value if “unburnable carbon” scenarios are put in place.
- Yesterday Barack Obama was officially sworn in for his second term as US president in a small ceremony at the White House, which has to happen on the 20 January. Today there is the official ceremony in Washington with all its pomp and tradition, with tens of thousands expected to join in the celebrations. The...
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- Remember how scared everyone was of Big Oil in this election? Who’s scared now? The top candidate backed by the fossil fuel industry – big oil, gas and coal – just lost the election. The latest data (October 15) from the Center for Responsive Politics, further refined and analyzed by Oil Change International, indicates that...
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- As the world watches with baited breath as to who will become the next President of the US, there are increasingly calls that whoever wins the election must radically tackle climate change. Whilst this election has been widely criticised for its climate silence, Hurricane Sandy may have just been a game changer in the political...
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