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Why $77 billion a year in public finance for oil, gas, and coal is even worse than it sounds
Why $77 billion a year in public finance for oil, gas, and coal is even worse than it sounds

The headline finding is that from 2016 to 2018 G20 countries provided an average of USD $77 billion a year in public finance for fossil fuels.

Over 260 CSOs call on Chinese actors to ensure COVID-19 financial relief be allocated to high quality, not high-risk Belt and Road investments
Over 260 CSOs call on Chinese actors to ensure COVID-19 financial relief be allocated to high quality, not high-risk Belt and Road investments

The international statement captures growing international concern regarding how Chinese development finance can do its part in successfully addressing the COVID-19 crisis without exacerbating environmental, social, climate, biodiversity, or other risks.

Trump’s Securities and Exchange Commission is trying to gut investor advocacy
Trump’s Securities and Exchange Commission is trying to gut investor advocacy

While most Americans are sheltering in place, homeschooling their kids, or finding ways to support their neighbors through the coronavirus crisis, the Securities and Exchange Commission seems to be taking the opportunity to kneecap investors who care about climate change, labor rights and protecting democracy.

EXIM should not fund detrimental natural gas project in Mozambique
EXIM should not fund detrimental natural gas project in Mozambique

An obscure government agency, the U.S. Export Import Bank (EXIM), will decide this week whether or not to fund a $5 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) investment, the agency’s largest transaction ever.

What North Carolina’s Unfair Political Maps Have To Do With Hurricanes
What North Carolina’s Unfair Political Maps Have To Do With Hurricanes

In the wake of natural disasters, disaster funding is distributed based on the population. The census is also used in drawing redistricting maps for every state. In other words, as we told the Florence survivors we met on the ground, to fight for the census is to fight for every community’s political voice.

H.R. 1: Our environment and the new age civil rights movement
H.R. 1: Our environment and the new age civil rights movement

This bill will serve as an answer to such a need — one which helps get to the core of democracy and equity for communities of color and this nation. H.R. 1 is a revolutionary bill for the people and is just what we need in this crucial time of our democracy. It is time to reclaim our civil rights in 2019 and beyond.

The dubious fanfare about BlackRock’s social purpose
The dubious fanfare about BlackRock’s social purpose

If you look at BlackRock’s actual investments, you could be forgiven for thinking that their purpose is to drive civilization off the climate cliff while profiting from the wreckage.

The City of Angels Funds Some Hellish Fossil Fuel Projects
The City of Angels Funds Some Hellish Fossil Fuel Projects

When Los Angeles voters go to the polls next week, they will decide whether to approve Charter Amendment B, which amends the city’s charter to enable it to take affirmative steps to establish a public bank.

Hurricane Florence: Unearthing man-made disasters
Hurricane Florence: Unearthing man-made disasters

North Carolina has battled against two toxic presences for years: coal ash and hog waste. Hurricane Florence magnifies the hazards presented by these two toxic problems.

Why the US and EU trade models are both bad for people and the planet
Why the US and EU trade models are both bad for people and the planet

If the U.S. and the EU follow through with their commitments, the new trade relationship would mean more fracking in the U.S. and an attack on European standards for genetically modified organisms, chemicals and other sensitive issues. But this should be no surprise, since both sides prioritize corporate interests over environmental and social concerns in their trade policy.