There's a lot of rhetoric and extremism out there around almost every issue, including energy policy. With all the noise, it can be hard to separate the fact from folly.
Grounded in Fact is for people who are looking for a more balanced, reasonable discourse on issues ranging from divestment to the “Keep It in the Ground” movement.
A Washington state appeals court threw out the conviction of “valve-turner” Ken Ward ruling, “the trial court erred in preventing Ward from introducing evidence in support of his necessity defense,” thereby violating his constitutional rights.
But according to The New York Times, that’s not entirely true, because unless people are going to carry their groceries home in their hands, the paper or cloth bags they use instead are actually worse for the environment, as counterintuitive as that may sound.
Residents of New York’s economically depressed Southern Tier—which “by some metrics, hasn’t recovered from the Great Recession”—are desperate for the high-paying energy jobs and economic growth that Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier enjoys.
Both the substance and the handling of a new Colorado bill to overhaul oil and natural gas regulation is raising concerns amongst Colorado voters.
SB 181, introduced last Friday by Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg, House Speaker KC Becker, and Governor Jared Polis—all Democrats from Boulder—would dramatically change the functioning of the oil and natural gas industry in Colorado.
The recent ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissing a petition to overturn FERC’s approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline was more than just a victory of common sense over “Keep It in the Ground” activism. It highlighted the enormous disparity between how pipelines—and our current energy infrastructure—are judged (focus on the costs while minimizing the benefits), versus how the Green New Deal is being judged (focus on the benefits while ignoring the costs).
Porsche recently announced that “owners of the upcoming Porsche Taycan will get three years of free charging at hundreds of Electrify America public stations,” according to Axios. It sounds like a nice gesture, but is actually emblematic of the flaws in providing electric vehicle subsidies, benefits, and goodies—they disproportionately benefit the rich.
The KIITG movement’s anti-industry rhetoric may be helpful in their perpetual fundraising efforts, but it is doing harm to the environment and our collective efforts to address climate change.
The biggest news to come out the 2018 midterm elections is the meteoric rise of Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her Green New Deal. But if you scratch the surface, you’ll find that the Green New Deal is neither new nor “hers.”
Here are four facts you need to know about the Green New Deal.
The “Keep It in the Ground” activists behind Juliana v. United States—the “trial of the millennium”—are also the driving forces behind the “necessity defense” trials of the “valve turners” and other eco-terrorists—the “holy grail of climate activism.”
Within hours of the stunning ruling, The Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by McKibben in which he declared “our political system is not working” and called for “climate civil disobedience” to address climate change.