June 29, 2020

Oil Giant BP Exits Petrochemical Business in $5 Billion Deal With Ineos

The fossil fuel producer BP has sold its petrochemicals business to Ineos in a $5 billion deal that will boost the oil company's stressed balance sheet. The sale comes as a historic decline in oil prices, triggered in part by the coronavirus pandemic, has damaged the finances of oil producers around the world, accelerating BP's need to cut costs and restructure.

Energy Department Aims to Boost Coal With $120 Million Innovation Program

The Energy Department on Friday announced that it is investing $122 million to help create new uses for coal and develop new methods to extract critical minerals from it, arguing the move will benefit both coal-producing states and the overall economy. Opponents of the plan say that money should be used to move the economy away from the fossil fuel industry, which has been in decline for decades.

Floods in India's Assam Force a Million People From Their Homes

Heavy flooding triggered by monsoon rains has forced more than a million people to flee their homes in the northeast Indian state of Assam, authorities said on Monday, warning that the crisis was becoming more critical by the hour. The Brahmaputra River, one of the largest rivers in the world, which flows from Tibet into India and then into Bangladesh, burst its banks in Assam over the weekend.

June 26, 2020

June 25, 2020

Farm Group Calls EPA a 'Barrier' for Emissions Reduction in Biofuels

The president of the National Farmers Union said in a Senate meeting that the EPA is the main obstacle to "a lot of additional success that we can have in the reduction of greenhouse gases in ethanol technology." Ethanol is a tricky issue for the Trump administration which puts two key groups in his base at odds: the oil industry and farmers.

June 24, 2020

Whistleblower Says DOJ Investigation Into California Auto Emissions Standard Was Politically Motivated

A Department of Justice investigation into California's efforts to reduce vehicle emissions appeared to be politically motivated, a DOJ whistleblower wrote in testimony to lawmakers that was released Tuesday. The DOJ career employee said the investigation into California's emissions agreements with four automakers was initiated the day after President Trump complained about the deal on Twitter.

Black Households Pay More for Energy Than White Households, New Analysis Found

When it comes to energy bills, Black renters in the U.S. paid $273 more per year and Black homeowners paid $408 more per year than their white counterparts between 2010 and 2017, a new University of California, Berkeley analysis found. Researchers say the study not only shows that communities of color disproportionately bear the brunt of pollution, but also the cost of energy.

Video: Regardless of Results, Kentucky’s Primary Shows Environmental Justice is an Issue for Voters

Tuesday's Democratic primary in Kentucky spotlighted Charles Booker, a 35-year-old from Louisville, who grew up in the polluted neighborhood of Rubbertown. We talk to ICN reporter James Bruggers about Booker's campaign and the long history of environmental activism in Louisville as the city sees renewed calls for action against police violence and the disproportionate impacts of pollution on minorities.

Facebook Creates Fact-Checking Exemption for Climate Deniers

Last year, Facebook partnered with an organization, Science Feedback, that would bring in teams of climate scientists to evaluate the accuracy of viral content. But now Facebook has reportedly decided to allow its staffers to overrule the climate scientists and make any climate disinformation ineligible for fact-checking by deeming it "opinion," Heated reports.

Most Americans Say Government Must Do More to Fight Climate Change

Americans remain divided along partisan lines on the causes and effects of climate change, but two-thirds agree the government should be doing more to combat it, according to new data from Pew Research Center. Majorities of both Republicans and Democrats support a range of initiatives to reduce the climate-related impacts, including implementing carbon pricing and new fuel efficiency standards.

June 23, 2020

Millions of Americans Can’t Afford Water as Bills Rise 80 Percent in a Decade

Millions of ordinary Americans are facing rising and unaffordable bills for running water, and risk being disconnected or losing their homes if they cannot pay, according to an investigation by The Guardian. Looking at 12 U.S. cities, the report found the combined price of water and sewage rose by an average of 80 percent between 2010 and 2018, with many residents unable to afford the bills.

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