June 10, 2021

June 9, 2021

Thousands Came to Minnesota to Protest New Construction on the Line 3 Pipeline. Hundreds Left in Handcuffs but More Vowed to Fight on.

Monday’s clashes between protesters and police over Minnesota’s Line 3 oil pipeline were reminiscent of the 2016 Standing Rock protests in North Dakota. As police arrested some 200 activists, Indigenous leaders vowed to keep fighting Line 3. But unless President Biden intervenes, activists worry their efforts in Minnesota will see a similar fate to what happened over the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Shell Says a Court Ruling on Greenhouse Gases Will Speed Up Its Plans to Cut Emissions

Royal Dutch Shell will respond to a recent defeat in a Dutch court by accelerating its efforts to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions, the New York Times reports. In a landmark ruling in May, the Hague District Court ruled that Shell must cut its carbon emissions by 45 percent from 2019 levels by 2030. Shell’s chief executive said the company would “rise to the challenge,” but still plans to appeal the decision.

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After Signing New Reforms Into Law, Texas Governor Declares Power Grid Fixed. Experts Disagree

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared Tuesday that new reforms “fix all of the flaws” that caused February’s deadly winter blackout that left more than 4 million people without power in subfreezing weather, the Associated Press reports. But energy experts disagreed, saying the grid is still vulnerable, and that the reforms don’t go far enough and ignore the realities of climate change.

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June 8, 2021

June 7, 2021

Wealthy Nations Continue to Finance Natural Gas for Developing Countries, Putting Climate Goals at Risk

As the world’s governments try to raise their collective climate ambitions, one of the biggest questions is whether developing countries can expand their access to energy and reduce poverty without driving a sharp rise in greenhouse gas emissions. A new report warns that wealthy nations are still pushing in the wrong direction, by continuing to finance new natural gas infrastructure across the global south.

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In Two Opposite Decisions on Alaska Oil Drilling, Biden Walks a Difficult Path in Search of Bipartisanship

Environmentalists hailed the Biden administration last week after it announced it was suspending oil and gas leasing activities in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. But the praise was coupled with concern over the administration’s decision to advance a massive oil project a few hundred miles away, highlighting another political tug-of-war playing out over President Biden’s climate policy.

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