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Meet the Lobbyists and Big Money Interests Who Ended the Oil Exports Ban

Meet the Lobbyists and Big Money Interests Who Ended the Oil Exports Ban
The ongoing push to lift the ban on exports of U.S.-produced crude oil has come to a close, with Congress agreeing to a budget deal ending the decades-old embargo. Just as the turn from 2014 to 2015 saw the Obama Administration allow oil condensate exports, it appears that history has repeated itself this year for crude oil. Industry lobbyists, a review of lobbying disclosure records by DeSmog reveals, have worked overtime to pressure Washington to end the 40-year export ban — which will create a global warming pollution spree.
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Paris Climate Talks to Fossil Fuel Investors: ‘Get Out Now’

Paris Climate Talks to Fossil Fuel Investors: ‘Get Out Now’
The end of the fossil fuel era is being signalled loud and clear here at the Paris climate conference as ministers enter the final hours of negotiations.It's crunch time and everyone is saying the elements needed for an ambitious deal are still on the table. An essential part of this includes establishing a clear long-term goal to guide investor confidence toward a low-carbon society. And with a 1.5C degree target option currently alive in the text, along with words such as ‘decarbonisation’ and ‘carbon neutral’, the signal couldn’t be clearer.
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Meet Paris Climate Summit Big Energy Sponsor Engie

Meet Paris Climate Summit Big Energy Sponsor Engie
French energy giant Engie is perhaps the most prominent and most promoted corporate sponsor of the COP21 climate talks in Paris. Engie, formerly known as GDF Suez, can be seen everywhere from the launch of India’s Solar Alliance on Monday to a ‘wind tree’ outside the COP21 venue at Le Bourget and the white lock-boxes spread throughout the halls where attendees can charge their devices.
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Are the COP21 Corporate Sponsors as Green as They Say They Are?

Are the COP21 Corporate Sponsors as Green as They Say They Are?
Some corporate sponsors of the COP21 Paris climate talks are failing to properly report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions a new report reveals. The Paris climate conference is sponsored by over 60 companies including big polluters EDF, Engie and BNP Paribas. And while countries continue to negotiate a deal on tackling climate change, what have these corporate sponsors brought to the table?
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Photo Essay: NYC's Solidarity March With Paris COP21

Photo Essay: NYC's Solidarity March With Paris COP21
While peaceful climate change protesters were being hit with tear gas and pepper spray in Paris over the weekend, hundreds marched around New York City city hall in a quiet demonstration of solidarity. The People's Climate Movement of New York organized the march in the Big Apple after French authorities banned the big climate march planned for Sunday November 29, the day before the UN COP21 Climate Talks kicked off.
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Global Leaders Fight for 1.5 Degrees Warming Target at COP21 Climate Talks

Global Leaders Fight for 1.5 Degrees Warming Target at COP21 Climate Talks
A coalition of vulnerable countries is pushing the global community to adopt a new 1.5 degree global warming target at the ongoing climate talks in Paris. The group of countries, known as the Climate Vulnerability Forum, argues current efforts to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius is insufficient to protect many nations from the dangers of climate change. The group came to this conclusion, which was announced on the first day of the climate talks, after two years of expert review and diplomatic consultations.
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Interesting Events You Won’t Want to Miss At The Paris COP21 Climate Conference

Interesting Events You Won’t Want to Miss At The Paris COP21 Climate Conference
The time has finally arrived. We're on the Eurostar heading to Paris for the COP21 climate conference kick-off. On Monday, the world is meeting in Paris to (hopefully) agree a deal that will curb our carbon emissions and avert catastrophic climate change.
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“We Need Not Be Polite” Hears First National Conference On Oil Train Threats

“We Need Not Be Polite” Hears First National Conference On Oil Train Threats
On November 12th, I boarded a train headed to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the first national independent gathering focused on the topic of oil trains. The trip would take me through Philadelphia where an Amtrak train crashed in May resulting in eight fatalities and over 200 injuries.
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InfoGraphics: Coal is Not the Answer to Energy Poverty and Here’s Why

InfoGraphics: Coal is Not the Answer to Energy Poverty and Here’s Why
Worldwide, the coal industry is suffering as the demand for its product weakens in the face of a surge in clean, renewable energy options and a world that can no longer afford to continue to consume this dirty fossil fuel. Here's a series of fact-filled infographics that tell the real story about coal and energy poverty.
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Despite Low Oil Prices, Renewable Power Gaining Traction — Not Fast Enough for the Climate

Despite Low Oil Prices, Renewable Power Gaining Traction — Not Fast Enough for the Climate
The shift away from coal and towards renewable sources of energy is slowly beginning to gain traction, two recently-released reports from American and global energy agencies show. “The biggest story is in the case of renewables,” International Energy Agency executive director, Fatih Birol, told the Guardian as this year's World Energy Outlook was released. “It is no longer a niche. Renewable energy has become a mainstream fuel, as of now.”
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