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Freedom of Information Act Findings Reveal Covert Incinerator Lobby Blitz

WASHINGTON – FOIA documents uncovered by Friends of the Earth confirm that an incinerator industry campaign, led by waste management giant Covanta, is attempting to potentially co-opt billions of dollars in climate funding under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Incineration industry giants tout waste incineration energy as “sustainable” when… Read More

Debt Ceiling Bill Spells Disaster for People and the Planet

WASHINGTON – Congress has released its debt ceiling agreement, which includes a slew of problematic provisions. In addition to attacking bedrock environmental laws like the National Environmental Policy Act, the legislation also forces the completion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a gas project previously denied… Read More

Friends of the Earth groups reject investigation into environmental and human rights violations by Indonesian palm oil company

Today, Astra Agro Lestari (AAL) planned and then canceled a kick off meeting for their flawed investigation into the company’s environmental and human rights violations in Central and West Sulawesi, Indonesia, despite repeated concerns from environmental groups and impacted communities. Read More

Federal Lawmakers Expected to Sneak Dirty Deal into Debt Ceiling Bill

WASHINGTON – Today, lawmakers are reportedly close to reaching a deal on so-called “permitting reform” amidst ongoing debt ceiling negotiations. If implemented, the deal would substantially weaken the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which enforces commonsense environmental impact reviews for energy projects. Previously pedaled by Senator Joe… Read More

Democracy Coalition Follows Gov. Cooper in Calling for Independent Regulatory Commission

Following comments from Governor Cooper about the need for an independent regulatory commission to secure equitable voting throughout North Carolina, a diverse group of people and organizations that reflect the state’s demographics are pushing for elected officials to meet Cooper’s call. Read More

New York Lawmakers and Environmental Advocates Urge Assembly to Stop Funding Climate Destruction

Liberian Goldman Prize Winner, Alfred Lahai Gbabai Brownell Sr, joined lawmakers and advocates in Albany today to urge the New York Assembly to pass The New York Tropical Deforestation-Free Procurement Act (S.4859/A.5682). Read More

Groups Pressure Japan to Stop G7 Push to Finance Fossil Fuels and False Solutions; Urge Biden to Oppose Global LNG Expansion

Ahead of the G7 summit, climate and environmental organizations gathered at the Japanese embassy to pressure officials to stop the G7 push to finance Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) expansion. Read More

Genetically Engineered Mosquito experiment in California’s Central Valley halted

Biotech corporation withdraws permit request in a win for agricultural communities threatened by risky insect mass release Read More

EXIM approves support for oil refinery in Indonesia despite Biden climate pledges

Today the U.S. Export-Import Bank approved almost $100 million in support for the expansion of the PT Kilang Pertamina Balikpapan Petroleum Refinery in Indonesia Read More

Friends of the Earth Condemns Senate Attack on Endangered Species Act

WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate passed a resolution under the Congressional Review Act that removes essential protections for the lesser-prairie chicken, a key species that serves as an important indicator of healthy prairies and grasslands, across five Western states. If implemented, the federal government could not reissue protections for… Read More