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Will Amy Coney Barrett, Whose Father Was a Shell Attorney for Decades, Recuse from Climate Suit?

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Amy Coney Barrett

By Karen Savage, The Climate Docket. Originally published on The Climate Docket.

With oral arguments set for next week before the U.S. Supreme Court in a climate liability lawsuit against the country’s largest oil companies, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, whose father was a Shell attorney for nearly three decades, has still not said whether she will recuse herself.

'Biggest Threat Yet' to Arctic Refuge as Trump Readies Last-Minute Lease Sale

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Trans-Alaska pipeline in Alaska

By Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams. Originally published on Common Dreams under CC BY-SA 3.0 US.

“The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge faces its biggest threat yet.”

That's the warning issued by the National Audubon Society on Tuesday — a day before the Trump administration is set to sell oil and gas leasing rights in the refuge's coastal plain, a biodiversity hotspot of critical importance to the Gwich'in people and dubbed America's Serengeti.

12 Trump Attacks on the Environment Since the Election

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Donald Trump

By Tara Lohan, The Revelator. Originally posted on The Revelator.

In the aftermath of the November 3 election, President Donald Trump has tried every trick in the book to avoid facing the reality of his loss. A barrage of lawsuits accompanied by disinformation campaigns has attempted to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.

But a close look at regulatory actions and executive moves shows that, even as Trump makes a show of refusing to concede or transition power to the incoming Biden administration, his team is pushing through a slew of last-minute rules and regulations.

'The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Terrified': Gas Company Sues to Destroy Small Town's Rights of Nature Law

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Defaced sign reading 'construction to begin never' at a mobile home site targeted for water withdrawal for fracking in Pennsylvania

By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams. Originally published on Common Dreams under CC BY-SA 3.0 US.

In a clear signal of how the fossil fuel industry feels about efforts to enact Rights of Nature protections that safeguard communities and the environment from the impacts of coal, gas, and oil development, an energy company has — yet again — filed a federal lawsuit challenging a local law in Grant Township, Pennsylvania.

Campaigners Put Forth 'Cabinet Climate Test' for President-Elect Biden

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Joe Biden

By Andrea Germanos, Common DreamsOriginally published on Common Dreams under CC BY-SA 3.0 US.

Advocacy group released a new guide Thursday to assess how likely President-elect Joe Biden's possible picks for top roles will be “to stand up to the fossil fuel industry to take on the climate crisis.”

New 'No Corporate Cabinet' Campaign Pushes Biden to Pick People Who Will Advance Public Good

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Joe Biden

By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams. Originally published on Common Dreams under CC BY-SA 3.0 US.

With two months until Inauguration Day and President Donald Trump apparently hellbent on lighting more figurative fires on his way out of office, progressive groups on Friday launched the “No Corporate Cabinet” campaign, increasing pressure on President-elect Joe Biden to keep business insiders and industry lobbyists out of his administration.

Biden’s Climate Change Plans Can Quickly Raise the Bar, But Can They be Transformative?

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By Edward R. Carr, The Conversation. Reposted from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.

The day Joe Biden becomes president, he can start taking actions that can help slow climate change. The question is whether he can match the magnitude of the challenge.

Biden Urged to Be #ClimatePresident by Taking These 10 'Game-Changing' Steps in First 10 Days in Office

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Joe Biden at a presidential campaign rally in 2019

By Julia Conley, Common Dreams. Originally published on Common Dreams under CC BY-SA 3.0 US.

With Democrats anxious about the probability that President-elect Joe Biden will be forced to grapple with a Republican-led Senate after taking office in January, a coalition of more than a dozen climate action groups are calling on Biden to take every possible step he can to help solve the planetary emergency without the approval of Congress.

US Now Officially Out of the Paris Climate Agreement

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By Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch. Reposted with permission from EcoWatch.

The U.S. has officially left the Paris climate agreement.

However, the permanence of its departure hangs on the still-uncertain outcome of Tuesday's U.S. presidential election. While President Donald Trump made the decision to withdraw the U.S. from the agreement, his rival former Vice President Joe Biden has promised to rejoin “on day one,” as NPR pointed out. Either way, the U.S. withdrawal has hurt trust in the country's ability to follow through on climate diplomacy initiated by one administration when another takes power.

Book Review | The Crash of Flight 3804: A Lost Spy, a Daughter’s Quest, and the Deadly Politics of the Great Game for Oil

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Khurais Oil Processing Facility Saudi Arabia February 4, 2017

By Frank Kaminski. Originally published by Resilience.

The Crash of Flight 3804 is a triumph on two fronts. First, it’s a comprehensive history of U.S. involvement in the Middle East that manages the uncommon feat of placing this history into its proper context: America’s need for Middle Eastern oil. It also serves as an exciting, moving account of author Charlotte Dennett’s decades-long journey to expose the truth behind her father’s death. Her father, Daniel Dennett, was a U.S. counterintelligence agent stationed in Beirut, Lebanon, during and after World War II, and his job was to protect oil and other American interests from fierce competition from America’s wartime allies. In his daughter’s view, this likely led him to become one of America’s first victims of “the Great Game for Oil,” as she calls it.