The Congressional Review Act: Exxon’s Saga of Empty Rhetoric Continues

May 10, 2021 • Josh Eisenfeld
Two weeks ago the senate passed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution – by a vote of 52-42 – to undo the Trump Administration’s methane regulation rollbacks. If the resolution is passed in the House of Representatives and is signed… More »

NMED action on oil and gas pollution must be swift & bold

May 6, 2021
Background: Last year, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) drafted rules to reduce pollution from oil and gas operations. The rules contained exceptions for tens of thousands of low-producing wells and sites presumed to emit below a certain level–even though they could… More »

Bold action in Texas necessary for Biden to hit climate goals

May 5, 2021
Background: On Tuesday, the Texas Legislature passed HB17, a bill preempting local municipalities from acting to ban or incentivize any type of power source from utilities. This means that a municipality could not favor renewable energy sources over fossil fuels for… More »

Gov Wolf will miss mark on climate commitments unless PA halts fossil fuel expansion

May 5, 2021
Background: Today, Pennsylvania agencies released the 2021 Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment. It projects a nearly 6 degree Fahrenheit temperature increase in the coming decades, and with it rising temperatures and more flooding and heat waves. The state’s 2019 Pennsylvania Climate Action… More »

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The Congressional Review Act on methane is not enough

April 28, 2021
Background: On April 28th, the US Senate passed a Congressional Review Act with bipartisan support to reinstate the Environmental Protection Agency’s Obama-era methane pollution safeguards, following the previous administration’s efforts to weaken the rules. Statement from Lauren Pagel, Earthworks Policy… More »

REPORT: Recycling Electric Vehicle Battery Minerals Can Significantly Reduce Need for New Mining

April 27, 2021
Today Earthworks released a new report demonstrating the potential for recycling to offset demand for newly mined metals (copper, lithium, nickel and cobalt) for electric vehicle batteries. Researchers at the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures prepared the… More »

Exxon’s Climate Strategy: from Denial to Delay

April 23, 2021 • Josh Eisenfeld
For decades ExxonMobil has known the realities of their role in creating the climate crisis. Rather than acting on their own science, they spent a fortune trying to deny it. Today investors, foreign importers, and consumers are calling on major oil… More »

Earth Day Impact: Support Frontline Communities

April 22, 2021 • Sophie Shemas
As vaccines started to roll out this spring, several of our field advocates have been able to safely travel within their states and use our optical gas imaging cameras to make visible the normally invisible air pollution from oil and… More »