What Year Is It? BBC Rehashes #ExxonKnew Using the Same Old Sources

The BBC is the latest legacy media institution that’s done a deep dive into the “Exxon Knew” campaign and churned out a 10-part podcast series that features very little in the way of new reporting but includes plenty of biased voices looking to smear the energy industry. Instead, the series merely rehashes prior reporting that’s

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Four Things to Know About Washington D.C.’s New Climate Lawsuit

Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine sued ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, and Shell today for allegedly misleading District consumers about the role the companies’ products play in causing climate change. In a move that suggests close coordination, the legal action comes just one day after Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a very similar lawsuit. This

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Three Things to Know About Minnesota’s New Climate Lawsuit

On Wednesday, Minnesota became the latest state to file a climate lawsuit against the energy industry. This marks the first lawsuit of this kind to be filed after the failure of the New York Attorney General’s case against ExxonMobil last fall.  At a press conference, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced that his office was filing a civil consumer protection lawsuit against ExxonMobil, the American Petroleum Institute (API), and Koch Industries, as well as

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Texas Court Criticizes Climate “Lawfare” Against Energy Producers

On Thursday, an intermediate appellate court in Texas reluctantly denied a petition filed by ExxonMobil that sought pre-suit discovery of attorney Matt Pawa and the California municipalities bringing public nuisance lawsuits against the company for the alleged damages caused by climate change. Although the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth ultimately dismissed the petition,

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Latest Orphan Well Report Overestimates Number of Wells and Cost of Plugging

Orphaned wells have been making headlines recently as a potential source of methane emissions. The oil and natural gas industry and regulatory agencies have collaborated on identifying the number of these wells and finding solutions to the unique challenges they present, particularly since most of them were drilled in the 1800s and early 1900s. Most

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Natural Gas Is Fundamental To Emissions Reduction Efforts

The Rocky Mountain Institute has campaigned in favor of electrifying everything – forcing people to use exclusively electric appliances under the false promise of solving CO2 emissions and climate change. In RMI’s latest installment, part of its ongoing series focused on electrification, the “Keep It In the Ground” group argues that residential electric heat pumps

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EPA Update Would Prevent Misuse of CWA On Infrastructure Projects

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it would update Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, helping to accelerate and promote the construction of critical infrastructure projects. Across the country, New York and other states have misused Section 401 of the Clean Water Act as a means to block and delay oil and

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Reminder: Massachusetts Case Likely Faces Same Fate as New York

U.S. District Judge William Young issued an opinion today on his March decision to remand Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s lawsuit against ExxonMobil to state court. While some environmental activists touted today’s issuance of Young’s opinion as “another loss in court for Big Oil” (despite the ruling actually taking place several months ago), this narrow

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Climate Activists Are Attacking BP For Warning the Public About Climate Change

It’s been five years since anti-energy activists created the “____ Knew” campaign attacking energy companies for allegedly conspiring to hide climate change from the public, and in that time they’ve managed to rack up a stunning losing streak in the courts. Their latest stunt attempts to flip the script, alleging that “BP Knew” about climate

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U.S. Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Declined Amid Economic Growth In 2019

Energy-related CO2 emissions declined by 2.8 percent from 2018 to 2019, according to data recently published by the Energy Information Administration. The emissions drops in 2019 are significant when looked at beside the broader U.S. context: despite an energy consumption decline of 0.9 percent in 2019, gross domestic product increased by 2.3 percent in the

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U.S. Power Sector Meets Climate Targets 11 Years Ahead of Schedule

The U.S. electric power sector has surpassed the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan emissions reduction targets 11 years ahead of schedule, according to a new report by the Carbon Tax Center. The CPP aimed to cut carbon emissions from electricity generation by 32 percent of 2005 levels by 2030. But in 2019, the power sector

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New Report Highlights U.S. Pipeline Safety

U.S. pipeline incidents have fallen more than 35 percent in the last five years, despite a 10 percent increase in miles of new pipelines constructed, according to a recent report by the American Petroleum Institute in collaboration with the Association of Oil Pipelines. During this time, oil and natural gas production was at an all-time

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Scientists Disagree With Key Findings In New Univ. of Rochester Methane Study

A new University of Rochester study claiming methane emissions from fossil fuel activities are higher than previously estimated is encountering criticism from the scientific community because of significant limitations and the fact that it is at odds with existing research. Contrary to headlines that gave the impression the study’s findings are written in stone, even

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