G20 energy ministers’ meeting in Beijing this week failed to come up with a deadline and concrete plans for eliminating fossil fuel subsidies. The meeting followed last month’s commitment by G7 leaders to phase out fossil fuel handouts by 2025. The pos… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: G20 ignores global public’s call to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies
Anytime the oil barons and baronesses are smiling for the cameras with NGOs and politicians, we should at least be interested, if not outright worried. Was the release of Alberta’s new climate change strategy just an occasion for the oil execs to ham it up for the cameras pretending all is well or do they […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Climate and competitiveness in the tar sands
The Guardian has published two articles that blame climate change, or most of it, on a few corporate fat cats. One claims just 90-companies cause two-thirds of global warming emissions. The second item is a companion piece with a graphic showing which fossil fuel companies are the most blameworthy.
How do we blame fossil fuel . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Don’t Blame Them. Blame Yourself Too.
Chesapeake Energy, a company that is no stranger to financial scandals, has found itself on the front page of the financial papers again. This time, the subject is taxes. Or how Chesapeake barely pays them.
Over its 23-year history, Chesapeake Energy, the second largest producer of natural gas in . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Bloomberg Stunner: How Chesapeake Energy Paid Less Than a 1% Tax Rate On $5.5 Billion in Profits
DeSmogBlog has obtained the final negotiating text that will emerge from the Rio+20 Earth Summit and it is an utter disappointment to anyone who hoped that world leaders would pull together a meaningful global agreement on ending fossil fuel subsidies or other needed steps to protect future generations from resource depletion . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Breaking: Leaked Rio+20 Earth Summit Final Agreed Text – Utterly Inadequate Response to Global Crises
350.org has teamed up with over a dozen other citizen advocacy groups to organize a twitter storm event to coincide with the week of the G-20 summit, followed by Rio+20: As delegates from around the world fly into town for the Rio+20 Earth Summit, the largest environmental gathering in world history, 350.org is teaming up . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Time For An #EndFossilFuelSubsidies Twitter Storm
Check out this article from the Guardian. We all know that the fossil fuel industries continue to be subsidized but did you have any idea of just how much money the oil, gas and coal industries are receiving from governments the world over? It’s a lot.
In fact, the International Energy Agency estimates that fossil . . . → Read More: earthgauge: Fossil fuel subsidies vs renewables: WTF?
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The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as covered previously by DeSmogBlog, is the "Trojan Horse" behind mandating that climate change denial ("skepticism," or "balance," in its words) be taught in K-12 classrooms.
Well, ALEC is at it again, it appears. Facing an IRS complaint filed by Common Cause, one of the leading advocacy . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: ALEC Launches Assault on Renewable Energy Industry
While I’ve been traveling in southern Ontario this past week, with little time to spend on the internet, it seems that I and my fellow Canadians have fallen down the rabbit hole. With the warmest March on the record books coming to a close after decades of scientific warnings about global heating from the global . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Harper’s Budget: Fossil Fuel Subsidies Maintained, Conservation Groups Targeted
In September 2009, at the G20 summit, Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined world leaders in committing to end government handouts to climate polluters. But the Harper government is still paying Canadian taxpayer’s money to the richest corporations in the world, at the rate of $1.38 BILLION per YEAR, which works out to $3.78 MILLION per . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: The Harper Government’s “Friends With Benefits”