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ExxonMobil lawsuit signals turning point in climate shareholder activism

The ExxonMobil lawsuit represents a first of its kind but is happening against the backdrop of a wider pushback against climate activism by energy companies.

Biden slams brakes on new U.S. LNG approvals

The White House said it was freezing permit approvals for all new proposed U.S. LNG export projects, citing a need to overhaul the regulatory process. Climate groups called it a “massive win.”

US LNG

New wave of U.S. LNG could be delayed by Biden

There is commercial momentum for another half dozen U.S. LNG projects, according to analysts. But environmental groups are ratcheting up the pressure on President Biden to halt new permits.

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U.S.-China host methane summit, but fossil fuel phaseout needed

The U.S. and China are holding an event at COP28 on methane emissions. While progress on methane is welcome, experts warn that the reluctance to curb fossil fuel production is making the methane crisis worse.

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U.S. government expands use of social cost of carbon

President Biden ordered federal agencies to expand their use of the social cost of carbon, which could have a big impact on a wide set of federal decisions affecting greenhouse gas emissions.

British Columbia LNG

British Columbia LNG drive may wreck climate targets: report

The Canadian province has a target to cut emissions by 40 percent by 2030. But the scramble to export British Columbia's LNG to Asia could make that impossible.

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Biden steps up scrutiny of U.S. LNG, new projects risk delay

According to The New York Times, the Biden administration is set to announce a major review of how it permits new U.S. LNG projects, potentially delaying more than a dozen proposed facilities for a year or more.

Group of Democrats call on Biden to scrutinize LNG exports

In a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy, dozens of members of Congress criticized the agency’s approval of so many new LNG projects. They called for more rigorous scrutiny, citing negative climate and economic impacts.

Biden breaks campaign promise with federal lands lease sale

Constrained by a court decision, the Biden administration said it would auction off land for new oil and gas drilling. But climate activists see the move as backtracking on climate progress

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LNG expands on Louisiana’s vanishing coastline

Already scarred by climate change, southwest Louisiana is on the frontlines of the rush to build new LNG.

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Canada’s Woodfibre LNG rests on shaky financial prospects

The proposed Woodfibre LNG project has seen costs soar, and is not competitive with larger LNG projects on the U.S. Gulf Coast, despite generous public subsidies. Critics say it will not offer the economic benefit for which British Columbia is hoping.

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Woodfibre LNG in Canada threatens UNESCO reserve

The scenic Howe Sound, in British Columbia, has seen a stunning improvement in marine life. But this “success story” is under threat from the proposed Woodfibre LNG project, critics say.

Texas LNG

Texas LNG buildout rests on unproven CCS claims

A major Texas LNG project is promising to be the “greenest” LNG project in the world. But critics say it rests on ‘speculative’ and unproven carbon capture and sequestration technologies.

Texas LNG

Coastal residents fear South Texas LNG buildout

While much of the Texas coast is inundated with oil and gas infrastructure, the southern coast remains largely untouched by heavy industry. That could change with big plans for Texas LNG export terminals.

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“Cancer Alley”: Louisiana petchems target Black communities

The global plastics and petrochemical industry wants to build toxic facilities in Black communities. But residents of “Cancer Alley,” Louisiana, are fighting back.