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Dying oil companies leave millions in cleanup costs

Thursday - When Weatherly Oil and Gas filed for bankruptcy in February 2019, the company was walking away from several hundred Texas wells.

Climate threat in energy regulator's sights

24 Feb 21 - United States federal energy regulators say they will examine threats that climate change and extreme weather events pose to the country’s electric reliability in the wake of last week’s deadly Texas freeze that left millions of people without power.

How corporations gave politicians permission to deny reality

23 Feb 21 - Big companies donated to climate deniers in the US Congress—even while claiming to care about climate change. When those same lawmakers denied the results of the presidential election, the bill came due.

Carbon-free future is in reach for US by 2050

12 Feb 21 - The United States − per head of population perhaps the world’s most prodigal emitter of greenhouse gases − can reverse that and have a carbon-free future within three decades, at a cost of no more than $1 per person per day.

Biden signs sweeping orders on climate change

28 Jan 21 - United States president Joe Biden has unveiled a radical change in direction from the Trump era by halting fossil fuel activity on public lands and directing the United States government to start a full-frontal effort to lower planet-heating emissions.

US promises 'significant' investment in climate action

27 Jan 21 - The United States will “make good” on financial commitments to developing countries struggling with climate change, top US climate envoy John Kerry has told a summit of world leaders.

Biden takes US back into Paris

22 Jan 21 - Joe Biden has moved to reinstate the US to the Paris climate agreement just hours after being sworn in as president, as his administration rolls out a cavalcade of executive orders aimed at tackling the climate crisis.


Biden says he will expose international 'climate outlaws'

10 Nov 20 - United States president-elect Joe Biden promises to usher in a more confrontational era of climate diplomacy, putting a spotlight on major emitters slow-walking climate action

Biden win a pivotal moment for global climate action

9 Nov 20 - Joe Biden is heading to the White House with a promise to overturn four years of US retreat on climate action.

Biden could bring Paris goals 'within striking distance'

9 Nov 20 - The election of Joe Biden as president of the US could reduce global heating by about 0.1C, bringing the goals of the Paris agreement “within striking distance”, if his plans are fulfilled, according...

US election will determine the world's climate future

6 Nov 20 - The race for the White House could take days or weeks to settle, with big implications for prospects of tackling the climate crisis.

US is now out of the Paris Agreement

5 Nov 20 - The United States is now officially the only country in the world refusing to participate in global climate efforts, with the fate of the crisis hanging on the still uncalled presidential election.

Let's cool the ground and keep drilling, says Big Oil

21 Oct 20 - Oil company ConocoPhillips has a problem; it wants to pump 160,000 more barrels of oil each day from a new project on Alaska’s North Slope, but the fossil fuels it and others produce are leading to...

Amy Coney Barrett equivocates over climate change

16 Oct 20 - United States supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett refused to say whether she accepts the science of climate change, under questioning from Kamala Harris, saying she lacked the expertise to know...

‘God intended it as a disposable planet' - the pastor preaching denial

15 Oct 20 - Every so often you come across a piece of writing so extraordinary that you cannot help but share it. One such piece is a sermon on global warming by American pastor John MacArthur.

US could adopt carbon tax under a Biden presidency, ex-Fed chair says

9 Oct 20 - Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said bipartisan concern over climate change could see the United States adopt a tax on carbon emissions, with the proceeds shared with households, if...

Where are US emissions after four years of Trump?

8 Oct 20 - In last week’s United States presidential election debate, Donald Trump claimed: “We have now the lowest carbon. If you look at our numbers right now, we are doing phenomenally.”

Second Trump term would be 'game over' for the climate, says scientist

5 Oct 20 - Michael Mann, one of the most eminent climate scientists in the world, believes averting climate catastrophe on a global scale would be “essentially impossible” if Donald Trump is re-elected.

NextEra overtakes Exxon as US' largest energy company

5 Oct 20 - If you had invested in Florida-based utility NextEra Energy a decade ago, your total return through this week, including dividends, would have been 600 per cent.


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