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Texans could get a year in prison for protesting pipelines on their own land

Texans could get a year in prison for protesting pipelines on their own land

Help us raise $35k by 6/8! Every donation matched. .The fight against a Texas pipeline just got a little more challenging. On Monday, the that makes interfering with pipelines and other oil and gas infrastructure a crime punishable by up to a year in prison and $10,000 in fines. And just the “intent to impair or interrupt” operations could still cost you a $4,000 fine and a year behind bars.The new legislation raises the risk for landowners hoping to block construction of Kinder Morgan’s $2 billion, 430-mile natural gas pipeline from West Texas’ Permian Basin to the Gulf Coast. The proposed...

May 22, 2019
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Cash-strapped farms are growing a new crop: Solar panels

Cash-strapped farms are growing a new crop: Solar panels

The Kominek family farm is a green expanse of hay and alfalfa in northern Colorado. The family has planted and raked crops for half a century, but as yields declined over recent years, the farm began losing money. In late 2017, Byron Kominek went looking for more profitable alternatives, including installing solar panels and selling electricity to the utility. But Boulder County’s land-use codes made it difficult to use their 24 acres for anything but farming.So the Komineks found a compromise: a solar array with plants growing beneath, between, and around rows of photovoltaic...

February 26, 2020
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Tackling climate change seemed expensive. Then COVID happened.

Tackling climate change seemed expensive. Then COVID happened.

Climate deniers and opponents of aggressive climate action have long argued that governments can’t afford comprehensive measures to confront the climate crisis. The Green New Deal, for example, has been ridiculed as a “crazy, expensive mess” by the Republican Policy Committee. But then COVID-19 challenged preconceived notions about the limits of government spending. Since August, world governments have pledged more than $12 trillion in stimulus spending to dig their way out of the coronavirus-caused economic downturn — a truly mind-boggling amount of cash that represents three times the...

October 20, 2020
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Renewable energy is taking off — but not in bank boardrooms

Renewable energy is taking off — but not in bank boardrooms

When it comes to investing in a sustainable future, do we really have to pick between fossil fuels and renewable energy?Well, yes. But many of the world’s top banking executives and directors haven’t gotten the memo. At least, that’s what from Bloomberg suggests: Entanglements with major emitters are surprisingly prevalent in the boardrooms of 20 major U.S. and European banks. And even if those banks have publicly announced significant climate commitments, they are also “the most active financiers” for nonrenewable energy projects. The biggest banks, the authors noted, have backed big oil...

June 8, 2020
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For indigenous protesters, defending the environment can be fatal

For indigenous protesters, defending the environment can be fatal

Adán Vez Lira, a prominent defender of an ecological reserve in Mexico, was in April. Four years earlier, the renowned activist Berta Cáceres was in Honduras by assailants taking direction from executives responsible for a dam she had opposed. Four years before that, Cambodian forest and land activist during a brawl with the country’s military police while investigating illegal logging.These are some of the most prominent examples of violence faced by environmental activists in recent years — but, according to a new report, they are not unusual. As police crack down on protests demanding...

June 8, 2020
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This DNC council sees Biden’s climate plan, and raises him — by $14 trillion

This DNC council sees Biden’s climate plan, and raises him — by $14 trillion

Bernie may be out of the primaries, but his $16 trillion climate plan lives on.Last week, a Democratic National Committee (DNC) council that the federal government spend a whopping $10 to 16 trillion addressing the climate crisis over the next 10 years. The group — officially called the DNC Council on the Environment and the Climate Crisis — is chaired by Michelle Deatrick, who was a surrogate for the Sanders campaign during the Democratic primaries.To be clear, the group isn’t aligned with the DNC’s famously moderate leadership. The climate council was in response to widespread frustration...

June 9, 2020
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This ‘solution’ to the plastic crisis is really just another way to burn fossil fuels

This ‘solution’ to the plastic crisis is really just another way to burn fossil fuels

Amid an escalating plastic pollution crisis that threatens “,” the fossil fuel and plastics industries say they have a not-so-surprising solution: recycling.To be more precise, they’re advocating for “chemical” or “advanced” recycling. The American Chemistry Council, an industry lobbying group whose members include ExxonMobil, Dow, and DuPont, has promoted state-level legislation to expand it nationwide. Policymakers have taken note, and bills easing regulations on chemical recycling facilities have already been and introduced in at least five more.But environmental activists say the word...

August 3, 2020
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New York is spending $1 billion to help residents conserve energy — and lower their bills

New York is spending $1 billion to help residents conserve energy — and lower their bills

As converge with a surging pandemic and an impending economic collapse, energy-efficient homes are becoming particularly critical to Americans’ well-being. Millions now face tough choices when it comes to energy usage: The longer they stay home to stay safe from both scorching heat and COVID-19, the higher their .New York’s state government, for its part, is eyeing a long-term solution to this conundrum. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is collaborating with the region’s investor-owned utilities to provide clean and energy-efficient solutions to more than 350,000...

August 4, 2020
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Which states are making the most progress on emissions? Not the ones you think.

Which states are making the most progress on emissions? Not the ones you think.

For over a decade, the U.S. federal government has failed to pursue , leaving most of the hard work of cutting carbon emissions to individual states. But even without national leadership, many states are succeeding at slashing emissions — and fast.According to a new , an international research organization, 41 states managed to cut their carbon emissions between 2005 and 2017, even as their economies grew. (State-level emissions data usually takes more than two years to be reported by the , making 2017 data the latest available.)The states leading the charge might not be the ones you...

August 4, 2020
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Renewables surpass coal in US energy generation for first time in 130 years

Renewables surpass coal in US energy generation for first time in 130 years

This was originally published by  and is reproduced here as part of the collaboration.Solar, wind, and other renewable sources have toppled coal in energy generation in the United States for the first time in over 130 years, with the coronavirus pandemic accelerating a decline in coal that has profound implications for the climate crisis.Not since wood was the main source of American energy in the 19th century has a renewable resource been used more heavily than coal, but 2019 saw a historic reversal, .Get Grist in your inboxAsk your climate scientist if Grist is right for you. See ourCoal...

June 7, 2020
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