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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

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

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

Environmental Groups Petition Federal Appeals Court to Stop Extension of Diablo Canyon

Groups including Friends of the Earth filed a petition with the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals challenging the NRC’s unprecedented decision to grant PG&E an exemption from submitting a license renewal application for Diablo Canyon. Read More

Report Reveals YouTube Sows Division, Violates Google’s Climate Disinformation Ad Policy

WASHINGTON, LONDON – A report released today from the Climate Action Against Disinformation coalition found that Google has failed to systematically enforce its policy to demonetize YouTube videos that contain climate disinformation. In… Read More

Civil Rights Complaint Calls For Regulation of Dry Litter Poultry Industry In North Carolina

Friends of the Earth filed a complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Civil Rights alleging that North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality’s (NCDEQ) fails to adequately regulate the dry litter poultry industry illegally discriminates against Native, Black and Latino communities. Read More

New records request targets delayed FOIA of Biden “energy whisperer”

Friends of the Earth filed a follow-up Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request today targeting the State Department’s handling of records related to Amos Hochstein, a former LNG executive and President Biden’s Special Coordinator for Global Infrastructure and Energy Security. Read More

Alaska public records request seeks role of Hochstein protege in $38.7 billion LNG boondoggle

Friends of the Earth has filed an open records request of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), the state entity developing the Alaska LNG Project -- a proposed $38.7 billion LNG project with a potential carbon footprint of 2.7 billion metric tons of CO2, ten times the climate pollution of the recently approved Willow Project. Read More

100+ Organizations Urge Biden Administration to Stop G7 Push for LNG Expansion

Over 100 climate and environmental justice groups sent a letter to the Biden Administration ahead of this week’s G7 climate ministers meeting demanding that U.S. officials reject attempts by fossil fuel industry lobbying and Japanese officials to increase public investments in LNG expansion. Read More