February 26, 2020

BP to Pull Out of Trade Groups Over Climate Policies

BP is expected to withdraw from at least two trade groups over climate policies, a move that comes after the company vowed to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The oil giant is pulling out of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers and the Western States Petroleum Association, the Washington Post reports.

Energy Department Sued Over Light Bulb Efficiency Rollback

Environmentalists and consumer protection groups on Tuesday sued the Department of Energy over its move to block a measure requiring more efficient light bulbs. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and the Consumer Federation of America, among others.

February 25, 2020

BP’s Bold Climate Plan Doesn’t Add Up to Net Zero

After months of planning, BP's new CEO Bernard Looney made his big green pitch: Europe's second-largest oil company will cut its emissions to net zero by 2050, he said earlier this month. But the plan doesn't fully include the greatest source of emissions tied to its business, Bloomberg reports.

February 24, 2020

Quarter of All Tweets About Climate Crisis Produced by Bots, Study Says

The social media conversation over the climate crisis is being reshaped by an army of automated Twitter bots, with a new analysis finding that a quarter of all tweets about climate on an average day are produced by bots, the Guardian reports. The findings show the extent to which automated accounts are spreading climate denialism and distorting the discourse online.

February 21, 2020

The Oil Industry Is Quietly Winning Local Climate Fights

Three years ago, after Donald Trump's election, climate activists and environmental leaders turned their attention to state and local politics. But activists have not been alone in switching focus to local politics: The oil industry has also pivoted—and has occasionally beat back climate-friendly policies in at least 16 different states.

America’s Coal Country Isn’t Dead—It’s Preparing for a Comeback

At least five of America's coal producers went bankrupt in 2019, and prices for fossil fuels have plummeted. But make no mistake: The fight against climate change hasn't killed off Coal Country yet. The nation's largest coal producers say they're hoarding cash to weather what they see as an impermanent storm, Bloomberg reports.

Two New Studies Add Fuel to the Debate Over Methane

Researchers this week released two new studies about methane, the powerful, climate-warming gas that scientists say promises an expeditious target for controlling global warming in the coming decades. Both reports are likely to trigger more debate about the sources of methane and what's to blame for them.

February 20, 2020

EPA Proposes Additional Rollback to Obama-era Coal Ash Regulation

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced a new proposed rollback to an Obama-era regulation dealing with toxic waste from coal-fired power plants known as coal ash. The proposal would ease regulations for the liners that coat the bottom of coal ash pits, which help prevent groundwater contamination.

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