“People vs. Fossil Fuels”: Over 530 Arrested in Historic Indigenous-Led Climate Protests in D.C.

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. We begin today’s show in Washington, D.C., where over 530 climate activists have been arrested in a historic week of civil disobedience calling on President Biden to declare a climate emergency and stop approving fossil fuel projects. The Indigenous-led protests have been part of a mobilization dubbed “People vs. Fossil Fuels.” On Thursday, Indigenous activists occupied the Bureau of Indian Affairs for the first time since the 1970s. Indigenous leaders issued a series of demands, including the abolition of the Bureau…

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“People vs. Fossil Fuels’’: Winona LaDuke & Mass Protests Call on Biden to Stop Line 3 Pipeline

In response to the completion of the contested Line 3 pipeline, which is now reportedly operational, thousands of Indigenous leaders and climate justice advocates are kicking off the “People vs. Fossil Fuels’’ mobilization, an Indigenous-led five-day action of civil disobedience at the White House to demand President Biden declare a climate emergency, divest from fossil fuels and launch a “just renewable energy revolution.” “This pipeline doesn’t respect treaty rights,” says Winona LaDuke, longtime Indigenous activist and founder of Honor the Earth, a platform to raise awareness of and money for Indigenous struggles for environmental justice. “They’re just trying to continue their egregious behavior. It’s so tragic that, on…

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Fossil Fuel Leaks, Spills, Flaring & Chemical Releases After Hurricane Ida May Be Worst Ever Recorded

Oil and gas investigative journalist Antonia Juhasz says the extent of damage done after Hurricane Ida from the fossil fuel and petrochemical industry from leaks, spills, flaring, ruptures and chemical releases in the Gulf Coast could be among the worst of such events ever recorded. As half a million electricity customers continue to suffer without power, Juhasz also reports New Orleans faces excessively high durations and frequencies of power outages that mostly hit neighborhoods which are majority people of color and low income. Source link

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“Stop This Madness”: Rev. Lennox Yearwood Calls to Divest from Fossil Fuels Amid Climate Disasters

Hurricane Ida and the increasing threats from extreme weather are a wake-up call to divest from fossil fuels that make climate disasters worse and more frequent, says Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr., the president and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, who is originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, and established the Gulf Coast Renewal Campaign after Hurricane Katrina. “We know who is causing these storms. We know who is causing the climate crisis. They’re right there in Louisiana with us: It’s the fossil fuel industry. So we’ve got to stop it,” Yearwood says. Source link

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Revelations show Joe Biden may outpace Donald Trump in greenlighting fossil fuel permits

Support us and go ad-freeDonald Trump was a major cheerleader for fossil fuels as president. His administration even rebranded them “molecules of U.S. freedom”. But new revelations show that, despite Joe Biden placing tackling the climate crisis at the centre of his presidential campaign, he’s on course to outpace Trump in greenlighting fossil fuel drilling. Permits-a-go-go According to analysis by the Associated Press (AP), government data shows that Biden’s administration has approved over 2,100 drilling permits on public and tribal lands since he took office. AP asserted that the current rate of approvals “exceeds monthly numbers seen through most of Trump’s presidency”. In fact, if the speed of…

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Glasgow’s decision to divest from fossil fuels must be backed up with action

The Strathclyde Pension Fund Committee has announced that it’ll no longer invest in firms that don’t meet environmental standards. Its announcement came as a result of a call from Glasgow City Council. This pension fund has around 250,000 members and is worth £24bn. The Council is the fund’s largest employer member. Environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoE Scotland) told The Canary: Councillors supported the idea of divestment from fossil fuel companies in principle. However they did not discuss what standards they would use to decide on who would be divested from, and on what timeline divestment would happen. Therefore they have a lot work to…

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Biden Vows to Cut Emissions, But U.S. Continues to Subsidize Fossil Fuels Amid Climate Crisis

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman. Sign up for our daily news digest email by texting “democracynow” — one word, no space — to 66866 today. Well, the White House is continuing to host virtual summit on the climate crisis today with 40 leaders representing the world’s major economies, including China. On Thursday, President Biden pledged to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half, below 2005 levels, by the end of the decade — that’s nearly double the target set by the Obama administration six years ago. PRESIDENT JOE…

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“A Big Deal”: Bill McKibben on Rutgers Fossil Fuel Divestment & the Future of Climate Justice

Rutgers University has voted to begin divesting from fossil fuels, following a campaign by the student-organized Endowment Justice Collective that grew out of the Global Climate Strike in 2019. The organizing efforts led to a referendum vote in 2020 in which 90% of students supported divestment. About 5% of Rutgers’s $1.6 billion endowment is invested in fossil fuels, and under the terms of the agreement, it will now cease new fossil fuel investment and divest from passive index funds with fossil fuel investments. It said it also plans to invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency and that the school’s investment office will annually report on divestment progress.…

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Victory for campaigners as richest Cambridge college promises to divest from fossil fuels

After four years of student campaigning, Cambridge’s Trinity College has promised to divest fully from fossil fuels in the next 10 years. The college has vowed to end all direct investment into fossil fuels by the end of 2021, and all indirect investment within 5-10 years. Trinity is only the third Cambridge college to promise full divestment. The university as a whole has promised divestment by 2030, with no distinction between direct and indirect investments. HUGE! Congratulations to the students, staff and alumni who have been campaigning over the past 5 years to move the college's £1.5bn endowment fund out of fossil fuels ? Legends ⭐ @ZeroCarbonSoc @TDivestment @TRIScambridge…

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Councils have invested nearly £10bn through pension funds into climate-wrecking fossil fuels

Local governments have invested £9.7bn into fossil fuels through pension funds, according to new research. A report by campaign groups Friends of the Earth and Platform found that despite 75% of councils in the UK declaring a ‘climate emergency’, many were still investing in fossil fuels during 2019/20. West Yorkshire, Strathclyde, and Greater Manchester have made the largest local authority pension fund investments into fossil fuels. ‘Dirty pensions’ Fossil fuels account for 3% of the total value of the Local Government Pension Scheme. For the 6.8m people using the local government pension across the UK, that adds up to around £1,422 invested in fossil fuels per person. Of…

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