Fight or switch? How the low-carbon transition is disrupting fossil fuel politics

GreenBiz

Global fossil fuel and overall energy consumption are still rising. But the new focus on them shows that the end is near. Energy & Climate oil

Pressure on creatives: PR, advertising firms targeted by fossil fuel divestment movement

GreenBiz

Pressure on creatives: PR, advertising firms targeted by fossil fuel divestment movement. And energy providers the world over are rushing to slash their reliance on fossil fuels as the clean energy transition gathers pace. .

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Fossil Fuel Jobs Will Disappear, So Now What?

Andrew Winston

Fossil fuel companies and go-slow politicians predictably chant that this perspective will “destroy the economy” and “kill jobs.” Jobs extracting fossil fuels for energy have a limited future. More people already work in wind and solar than in fossil fuel extraction. As well, asset management company Lazard (not Greenpeace), reports that, on average globally, building solar and wind plants is cheaper than building fossil fuel capacity.

Growth in US green economy dwarfs that of fossil fuel industry

GreenBiz

Clean Economy Energy & Climate Policy & Politics Renewable EnergyData shows the green economy grew by over $60 billion per year between 2013 and 2016.

Indigenous Resistance Instrumental in Stopping High-Profile Fossil Fuel Projects, Says Report

DeSmogBlog

The efforts of Indigenous peoples in North America have helped block or delay a long list of major fossil fuel projects over the past decade, successfully leading to the avoidance of a massive amount of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report.

Only Two in 200 ‘Green Zone’ Events at COP26 Mention Fossil Fuels

DeSmogBlog

The UK organisers of the upcoming COP26 climate summit have come under fire for approving just two events that refer to fossil fuels, the primary driver of climate change, in a programme of public events happening alongside the main conference.

‘Majority of Fossil Fuels Must Stay in Ground to Meet 1.5C Goal’

DeSmogBlog

Fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas are the source of just over 80% of the world’s energy. To avert catastrophic warming, the global community must rapidly reduce how much of these fuels it extracts and burns. Fossil Fuel Rationing.

Extinction Rebellion to Target London’s Financial District Over Fossil Fuel Funding

DeSmogBlog

The environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion (XR) is planning a series of protests targeting the City of London to demand an end to investments in fossil fuels around the world. No New Fossil Fuel Investments’.

NAACP Report: Fossil Fuel Industry Uses Deception to Conceal Damage to BIPOC Communities

DeSmogBlog

The fossil fuel industry continues to use a long list of deceptive tactics to conceal environmental destruction that harms Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and low-income communities. That’s the top finding of a newly released NAACP report titled “Fossil Fuel Foolery.”

Fossil Fuel Industry Given Billions in EU Hydrogen Support, Report Finds

DeSmogBlog

Over €8 billion is being invested in hydrogen and “renewable gas” projects in southern Europe using EU Covid-19 recovery funds, thanks to extensive lobbying by the fossil fuel industry, a new report has found. . For a fossil free recovery, we need fossil free politics,” she said.

Policy, not politics, will change America's meat habits

GreenBiz

Policy, not politics, will change America's meat habits. For all the deceptive messaging funded by fossil fuel companies, coal electricity plants are disappearing in Europe and North America. Jim Giles. Fri, 04/30/2021 - 02:30.

Let’s say we stop burning fossil fuels. What happens next?

Grist

Way back before the Industrial Revolution — when we figured out that we could haul fossil fuels out of the ground, burn them, and use the resulting energy to power machinery on a massive scale — that CO2 figure was more like 280 ppm.

Spend fossil-fuel subsidies on pandemic relief and the poor

Eco-Business

Many developing countries have long maintained fuel subsidies because they are politically impossible to abandon, owing to the sticker shock that the public encounters at the pump as soon as prices are floated.

The ‘Big Con’ Revealed: Report Details Fossil Fuel Industry’s Deceptive ‘Net Zero’ Strategy

DeSmogBlog

“Increasingly, the concept of ‘net zero’ is being misconstrued in political spaces as well as by individual actors to evade action and avoid responsibility,” the report states. By Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams. Originally published on Common Dreams under CC BY–SA 3.0

Decapitalizing the fossil fuel industry (podcast)

Impact Alpha

21 – The failure of the COP25 global climate conference in Madrid left climate-finance practitioners seeking a path forward in the absence of effective political and policy leadership. “The ImpactAlpha, Dec.

Labour and Conservative Councils Criticised Over £7.5 Billion Investments In Fossil Fuel Pensions

DeSmogBlog

billion in fossil fuel shares, a new analysis has found. Environmental campaigners Platform and climate consultancy Transition Economics ranked political parties according to their local council pension fossil fuel investments, finding that Labour-controlled councils hold £3.9

After Pouring Over $1 Trillion Into Fossil Fuel Finance, CEOs of 6 US Banks Testify Before Congress

DeSmogBlog

Combined, the six CEOs lead organizations that have poured over $1 trillion in financing into the fossil fuel industry since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, based on the numbers tallied in a 2021 report from Rainforest Action Network and other environmental advocates.

Are fossil fuel adverts a business risk for media organisations and creative agencies?

Business Green

The business and reputational risks for companies that provide a platform for, or create, fossil fuel advertising are growing. As climate concern has risen among the public, fossil giants have poured money into adverts and sponsored content that showcases their clean energy ventures.

UK Political Conference Season Leaders’ Speeches Sustainability Round Up

Terra Infirma

Being a political nerd, I watch all the major UK party conference speeches to gauge the level and diversity of Sustainability thinking at the top level of British politics. Uncategorised politics

Are fossil fuel adverts a business risk for media organisations and creative agencies?

Business Green

The business and reputational risks for companies that provide a platform for, or create, fossil fuel advertising are growing. As climate concern has risen among the public, fossil giants have poured money into adverts and sponsored content that showcases their clean energy ventures.

Corporate Money in Politics Faces a Reckoning

Andrew Winston

Dozens of multinationals started by pausing all political donations. For Europeans, the move to take money out of politics doesn’t seem impressive. In a 5-4 decision, justices equated political spending with free speech.

Fight or switch? How the low-carbon transition is disrupting fossil fuel politics

AGreenLiving

Global fossil fuel and overall energy consumption are still rising. How the low-carbon transition is disrupting fossil fuel politics. Business Green alternative protein and-overall companies-work fossil-fuel nfl printing-and produce-meat research-labs same shows-how social responsibility the-newBut the new focus on them shows that the end is near. Read more: Fight or switch?

Could the world reverse climate change but still burn all the fossil fuels? Scientists humor the idea.

Grist

Imagine a future when burning fossil fuels remains the norm, even as humanity realizes it has no choice but to stop climate change. But in doing so, they assume the existence of a smooth, top-down political process, where people suddenly agree to take pragmatic steps.

Report: UK Export Finance could create 42,000 jobs if it dumps fossil fuels for clean energy

Business Green

The UK's export credit agency could support up to 42,000 jobs around the UK by 2035 if it switches it support for overseas fossil fuel projects to renewables and clean energy infrastructure, according to a major new analysis from Vivid Economics.

'From laggard to leader': Trinity College Cambridge to ditch fossil fuel investments in net zero drive

Business Green

Trinity College Cambridge has committed to fully divesting from fossil fuels over the next ten years, following a long-running student campaign. We will move rapidly where we can, starting with divestment from all fossil fuel exposure in our public equities this year.".

The Future(s) of Fossil Fuels - 2020

Mr. Sustainability

The time is therefore now to plan an orderly wind-down of fossil fuel assets and manage the impact on the global economy rather than try to sustain the unsustainable. The worst year for oil ever Oil fueled the 20th century. US doubling down on fossil fuels?

Ending Fossil Fuels is Necessary but it Won't be Easy

Green Market Oracle

The fossil fuel industry stands in the way of climate action and they are not going away without a fight. We know what must be done but due to manipulation and obfuscation we do not have sufficient public awareness or bipartisan political will. Ending fossil fuels starts with reigning in the trillions of dollars of subsidies governments provide to the dirty energy industry. We cannot afford to allow the fossil fuel industry to stall climate action any further.

'The sky's the limit': How 'cheap, abundant' renewables could boot fossil fuels from the electricity sector by mid-2030s

Business Green

Solar and wind power could push fossil fuels out of the electricity sector by the mid-2030s and out of the energy supply system altogether by 2050, as clean energy costs continue to plummet and governments pursue policies designed to ditch fossil fuels for cheap, home-grown renewables.

'Get its own house in order': UK urged to end new fossil fuel licensing in North Sea to meet net zero

Business Green

Letter from 50 campaign groups urges government to heed recent advice of International Energy Agency that growing fossil fuel supply is incompatible with a 1.5C

Climate Action Must Include Efforts to End Fossil Fuels

Green Market Oracle

However, Canadians also want fossil fuels. The fossil fuel industry is responsible for the bulk of Canada's anthropogenic GHGs. Our reliance on fossil fuels is contributing to a mass extinction that is destroying species 1000 times faster than the the natural background rate. Tim Gray the Executive Director of Environmental Defense sent an open letter to political leaders telling them to put Canadians ahead of the oil lobby.

Are oil and gas majors starting to explore a future beyond fossil fuels?

Business Green

Investment in clean energy from fossil fuel majors saw a marked uptick during the pandemic in 2020, research suggests. Well, there are a growing signs that some may be at least starting to quietly plot their future beyond fossil fuels.

Creative pressure: Why the advertising and PR industry is in the sights of the fossil fuel divestment movement

Business Green

Agencies facing fresh calls to cut their ties with laggard fossil fuel firms, leaving many in the advertising and PR sector with difficult decisions to make. This is political advertising that they're running to maintain their influence over public policy," he suggests.

Are Progressive Climate Policies a Political Poison Pill?

GreenTechMedia

On this week's episode of Political Climate , we discuss how data is helping decode where the American public stands on progressive issues with Julian Brave NoiseCat, vice president of policy and strategy at the left-wing think tank Data for Progress.

Oil Industry Launches Lobbying Blitz as Congress Targets Fossil Fuel Subsidies

DeSmogBlog

The oil industry has embarked on a lobbying blitz in an effort to derail any attempts by Congress to repeal fossil fuel subsidies as part of a much broader assault by corporate interests on the $3.5 Ties to Republican Politics and Industry.

How Should California Wind Down Its Fossil Fuel Industry?

GreenTechMedia

Any efforts to reduce fossil fuel supply must run parallel to aggressive demand-reduction measures such as California’s push to have 5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030, said Ethan Elkind, director of Berkeley Law's climate program.

Judges Point Dismissed Youth Climate Plaintiffs to Political System Corrupted by Fossil Fuel Cash

DeSmogBlog

government may be harming the nation’s youth through its fossil fuel-based energy policy, but that courts cannot stop that harm. United States youth climate activism climate liability Trump Administration robert brulle fossil fuel lobby

'A moral imperative': Archbishop Tutu and Al Gore call for fossil fuel divestment

Business Green

The veteran political campaigners drew parallels between the climate activism of young people like Greta Thunberg and anti-apartheid activism in the 1980s

Tom Steyer: A Pandemic Is No Time to Pander to the Fossil Fuel Industry

GreenTechMedia

There has been a long-raging dispute in private investing circles over whether investing in fossil fuel energy is either wise from a societal viewpoint or profitable from a private one. And that’s what fossil fuel investing has become over the last 10 years.

Our response to: “why don’t you start a political party?”

Low Impact

There’s a question we often hear: “why don’t you start a political party?” Political parties write their manifestos, that members of the public read (OK, that part is pure fantasy). The post Our response to: “why don’t you start a political party?”

Can we stop stupid politics from ruining carbon farming?

Grist

But there’s still reason for caution: Politics has a way of distorting science. Look back twenty years and everyone was excited about biofuels: Presidential candidates talked about how we could grow green fuel provide new markets for farmers, while freeing ourselves from foreign fossil fuels. Starting in 2005, the government enshrined market mandates to help people start turning crops into fuel.

Another election, another clear climate mandate

Clean Energy Canada

Eliminating fossil fuel subsidies by 2023 and developing a plan to phase out public financing for the fossil fuel sector, including from Crown corporations.

Pressure on creatives: PR, advertising firms targeted by fossil fuel divestment movement

AGreenLiving

Pressure on creatives: PR, advertising firms targeted by fossil fuel divestment movement Michael Holder Mon, 11/30/2020 – 01:00 As fossil fuel companies’ social license to operate becomes increasingly frayed, more industries in their orbit are getting entangled in the reputational quagmire that is now part and parcel of any activity that exacerbates the climate crisis. Between 2008 and 2017, fossil-fuel industry trade associations in the U.S.

Fight or Switch? How the Low-carbon Transition Is Disrupting Fossil Fuel Politics

DeSmogBlog

As the Trump administration works to weaken regulations on fossil fuel production and use , a larger struggle is playing out across multiple industries. As a scholar who focuses on the politics of energy and the environment , I see growing anxiety among corporate elites.