February 14, 2020

Earth Just Had Its Hottest January on Record as Climate Change Accelerates

The Earth had its hottest January in recorded history last month, continuing an alarming upward trend as the climate crisis accelerates, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Global land and ocean temperatures in January hit 2.05 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1.13 degrees Celsius, above the 20th century average.

A Case for Optimism?

In the first installment of Inside Clean Energy, InsideClimate News' Dan Gearino discusses the energy transition that may offer reason for optimism; net-zero announcements by BP and Dominion and the rising budgets but shrinking head counts at the federal clean energy office.

Virus Outbreak Blamed for Forecast Fall in Oil Demand

As the coronavirus outbreak spreads in China, the International Energy Agency projects that global demand for oil in the first quarter will drop for the first time in a decade. The impact of the virus on the oil industry will be significant, experts say, as China's oil demand is responsible for more than three-quarters of oil demand growth in the past year, AP reports. 

U.S. Carbon Price Group Boosts Lobbying in Congress, Releases Plan

A group aiming to spur climate change legislation that would tax carbon emissions stepped up efforts by issuing a blueprint on Thursday after previewing it with a group of bipartisan U.S. senators earlier this week. The plan aims to halve carbon emissions by 2035 from 2005 levels with a tax starting at $40 per ton.

February 13, 2020

House Passes Protecting America's Wilderness Act

The House passed legislation aimed at providing additional protections for more than 1 million acres of public land on the West Coast on Wednesday. The package would designate roughly 1.4 million acres in Colorado, California and Washington State as federally protected wilderness, granting it the highest level of protection possible.

Ocasio-Cortez Introduces National Fracking Ban

New York's Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Florida's Rep. Darren Soto, both Democrats, officially introduced in the House a bill that would ban fracking nationwide, which was announced late last month and would accompany a Senate version introduced by Vermont's Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders.

February 12, 2020

EPA Asked to Justify Proposal to Limit Power of Its Science Advisers

Typically when the EPA makes a large proposal, its independent Science Advisory Board is asked to weigh in and give nonpartisan, empirical feedback. But the agency is now proposing to centralize that input process to the board's chair and cut out the other roughly 40 members, raising alarm bells with lawmakers who see the move as retaliatory. 

BP Sets Bold Agenda for Big Oil With Plan to Eliminate Its CO2

Bernard Looney, BP's CEO of just a week, has set out the boldest climate plan of any major oil company, pledging to eliminate almost all of the carbon emissions from its operations and the fuel it sells to customers. BP is now the only major oil company to promise to zero-out all its emissions.

Global Financial Giants Swear Off Funding an Especially Dirty Fuel

Some of the world's largest financial institutions, including The Hartford and BlackRock, said they would no longer fund oil production in the Canadian province of Alberta, home to one of the world's most extensive, and also dirtiest, oil reserves. They're the latest in a flood of banks pulling support from fossil fuels to fight climate change.

Oil Production on Public Lands Exceeds 1 Billion Barrels

Meanwhile, U.S. oil production on public lands hit more than 1 billion barrels last year, a nearly 30 percent increase over production at the end of the Obama administration. The billion barrel figure for fiscal 2019 is the highest the Department of the Interior has seen over the last decade.

February 11, 2020

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