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Oil Giants Spend $114M to Obstruct Climate Policy, But That’s Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Oil Giants Spend $114M to Obstruct Climate Policy, But That’s Just the Tip of the Iceberg
“Despite the recent Paris Agreement on global warming, the fossil fuel industry is still systematically trying to stall progress, and using shareholder funds to do so,” warns a new report by London non-profit organisation InfluenceMap. According to InfluenceMap’s research, last year international oil giants ExxonMobil and Shell, along with three powerful industry trade associations, spent US$114 million (£80.8m) in an effort to obstruct climate legislation.
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TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline Resumes Operations Under Supervision After South Dakota Dilbit Spill

TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline Resumes Operations Under Supervision After South Dakota Dilbit Spill
TransCanada received permission from federal regulators to re-start the Keystone Pipeline a week after a 168,000-gallon spill in South Dakota. The pipeline started back up on Sunday morning at a reduced operating pressure. The incident has given ammunition to a group appealing the decision by the South Dakota Public Utility Commission (PUC) to re-certify TransCanada’s permit to build the Keystone XL Pipeline, despite President Obama’s denial of a permit needed to cross international borders.
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Immediate Action Needed to Save Pacific Northwest from Ocean Acidification: Scientists

Immediate Action Needed to Save Pacific Northwest from Ocean Acidification: Scientists
The Pacific coast of North America is becoming more acidic as human-produced carbon dioxide emissions dissolve into the water and communities from B.C. to California must take action now to offset changes that are already affecting West Coast marine life, say leading ocean scientists.
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Investors Urge Oil Companies to Stress Test Portfolios Against Two Degree Scenario

Investors Urge Oil Companies to Stress Test Portfolios Against Two Degree Scenario
Earlier this month Bill McKibben wrote that “Across the northern hemisphere, the temperature, if only for a few hours, apparently crossed a line: it was more than two degrees Celsius above “normal” for the first time in recorded history.”
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Shhhhhhh, DuPont Has Quietly Replaced One Deadly Toxin With Another

Shhhhhhh, DuPont Has Quietly Replaced One Deadly Toxin With Another
In early October 2015, a jury awarded $1.6 million to Carla Bartlett after attorneys presented ample evidence to prove that a kidney tumor that Ms. Bartlett had developed was a result of ingesting a chemical known as C8. The chemical was discharged into the Ohio River by DuPont, and it was used for decades as a chemical in the development of Teflon.
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Peabody Energy, World's Top Coal Miner, Expected to File for Bankruptcy as Stock Price Tanks

Peabody Energy, World's Top Coal Miner, Expected to File for Bankruptcy as Stock Price Tanks
Peabody Energy (BTU), the top miner of coal in the world, may soon file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The news comes as Peabody's stock closed Wednesday at a six-month low of $2.19 per share — a 46-percent fall. Peabody noted its potential bankruptcy in the company's March 16 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Form 10-K.
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Fossil Industry Fuels Presidential Super PAC Funding

Fossil Industry Fuels Presidential Super PAC Funding
One-third of the big donations funding the bloated presidential super PACs last year came from fossil fuel interests. That’s according to campaign finance research by Greenpeace, reviewed by The Guardian. Since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and a subsequent lower court decision in 2010, corporations, unions, and individuals have been allowed to flood elections with unlimited cash.
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BREAKING: $4.2 Million Jury Verdict Against Cabot Oil & Gas PA Water Contamination Lawsuit

BREAKING: $4.2 Million Jury Verdict Against Cabot Oil & Gas PA Water Contamination Lawsuit
A Pennsylvania jury handed down a $4.2 million verdict in a lawsuit centering on water contamination from negligent shale gas drilling in Dimock, PA, a tiny town that made international headlines for its flammable and toxic drinking water.
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Energy Giant BP is the UK's Single Largest Lobbyist in EU

Energy Giant BP is the UK's Single Largest Lobbyist in EU
Energy giant BP is the UK’s single biggest corporate lobbyist in Europe, new analysis by Lobby Facts reveals. As the data released on 7 March shows, BP spent between £2.23 million and £2.3 million (€ 2.75m – € 2.99m) in lobbying European policy makers on energy and climate issues in 2014, the most recent figures available. This represents a substantial increase, almost doubling BP’s declared lobby spend for the previous year, when it spent up to £1.16m (€ 1.5m).
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Fracking Supply Chain a Climate Disaster, Doing Little to Uplift Poor Communities

Fracking Supply Chain a Climate Disaster, Doing Little to Uplift Poor Communities
Two recent studies further call into question the oil and gas industry's claims of the climate benefits and community benefits of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). One of those studies, published in Environmental Research Letters and titled, “Just fracking: a distributive environmental justice analysis of unconventional gas development in Pennsylvania, USA,” concludes that “the income distribution of the population nearer to shale gas wells has not been transformed since shale gas development.”
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