Oliver Milman
The Tesoro oil refinery in Washington state. Photograph: Kevin Schafer/Getty Images

July 28, 2021

Whatcom county’s council passed measure that bans new refineries, coal-fired power plants and other related infrastructure

A county in Washington state has become the first such jurisdiction in the US to ban new fossil fuel infrastructure, following a lengthy battle over the impact of oil refineries on the local community.

The Energy Mix
Emissions - rasov/pixabay

June 25, 2021

Despite the cascade of hype around hydrogen, the varieties derived from fossil fuel have a higher carbon footprint than coal, while emitting far more climate-busting methane than producing the same amount of energy from natural gas, a leading U.S. fracking researcher warns in an opinion piece for The Hill.

The Energy Mix
Working on solar panels - /Pikist

June 13, 2021

Australia’s fossil-heavy state of Queensland is committing A$2 billion to create what Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk called a “self-reinforcing cycle of investment—a job-generating clean energy industrial ecosystem”.

Justin Mikulka
Main image: Coal power plant Credit: x1klima (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Apr 8, 2021

Global declines in coal powered electricity are being offset by China’s continued plans to build more coal-fired power generation capacity.

Despite drops in energy usage during the pandemic, coal power use only declined by four percent in 2020, according to a new report.

While coal used for power generation dropped 20 percent in both the U.S. and the European Union last year, the same is not happening in China.

Damian Carrington
Overall financing dipped by nine per cent in pandemic-hit 2020, but funding for the 100 fossil fuel companies with the biggest expansion plans actually rose by 10 per cent, a new report finds. Photo by Pixabay / Pexels

 March 25th 2021

This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Sharon J. Riley
According to the Alberta government, mines like this one in the southwestern corner of the province wouldn’t be classified as mountaintop-removal mines because they don't “completely” remove the top of the mountain. Photo: Callum Gunn

Feb 25, 2021

When the government said it would put an ‘outright ban on mountaintop mining,’ many Albertans rejoiced. But Alberta’s energy regulator says that only applies if the top of a mountain is ‘completely’ removed

Alberta’s new ban on “mountaintop-removal” coal mining has very limited, if any, applications in reality, The Narwhal has learned. According to a spokesperson for the Alberta government, the definition of the term is extremely narrow and does not apply unless the top of a mountain is “completely” removed.

Barry Saxifrage
For the first time, Canada has proposed a way to meet its climate targets, but it will take a lot more tough legislation to rein in emissions, writes Barry Saxifrage. Photo from NASA

January 18th 2021

There’s good news and bad news about Canada’s 2030 climate target.

The good news is that for the first time, Canada has proposed a way to meet a climate target. The government’s recently announced Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy (HEHE) plan contains enough new climate policy proposals that, if implemented, will allow Canada to reach its 2030 target.

Primary Author: Matt Price
Bank Building - Unsplash/Pixabay

Dec. 2, 2020

This post by campaigner and Engagement Organizing author Matt Price appeared on The Tyee last week. We’re republishing it in full with permission from both.


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