Ask anyone on the East Coast of Canada or the US recently about their air quality, and they will tell you the same story. They will tell you that the acrid choking air from Canada’s wildfires has made their lives miserable over the last few weeks, with residents experiencing the worse air quality in years.
The data does not lie. Climate scientists are deeply concerned about rocketing sea and air temperatures, occurring even before a predicted El Nino event in the Pacific, which normally fuels temperatures even further.
Imagine, for a moment, that you are a prominent environmental defender sentenced to five years in prison on false tax charges by a country that is increasingly trying to silence activists and academics.
“By voting for a dirty deal that fast-tracks the Mountain Valley fracked gas pipeline and guts bedrock environmental laws, Congress betrayed people and the planet."
Next week, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation is likely to consider a $500 million guarantee to help Polish oil and gas company PKN Orlen increase its imports of U.S. LNG, violating Biden’s commitment to end public finance for fossil fuels by the end of 2022.
Although we are only in May, it has already been a brutal fire season in the Pacific Northwest of Canada and the USA. In Canada, millions have already endured record-breaking temperatures in excess of 90F (32 degrees) this month.
International environmental NGOs sent letters to the CEOs of BP, Chevron, Exxon, and Shell, warning the companies against investing in ReconAfrica's controversial drilling activities in the Kavango Basin in Namibia and Botswana.
"This is a manufactured crisis designed specifically to hurt working people, and our leaders don’t have to participate in this deadly charade. Congress should reject these poison pills that have no relation to the debt ceiling and pass a clean increase," said Collin Rees.
The Biden administration's claims that the Mountain Valley Pipeline would help Europe or benefit national security — in Europe, in the United States, or anywhere else — are wildly unfounded.
"Instead of laws that strip communities of their power to decide what happens in their backyards, we need laws that put people before polluters," said Allie Rosenbluth.