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New report reveals Big Oil’s COVID lobby bonanza

A new report from Friends of the Earth reveals the extent of Big Oil’s lobbying for coronavirus aid. A review of over 130 lobby filings from the first quarter of 2020 shows significant lobbying for tax cuts, royalty relief, and stimulus aid, all using COVID-19 as a pretext.

Trump Exploits COVID-19 Crisis to Advance Corporate Aquaculture Agenda

Today, amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the White House issued a controversial Executive Order to streamline offshore aquaculture permitting and gut other protective regulatory processes. The move threatens our ocean ecosystem, local fishing communities and coastal economies.

Public interest groups unite to form Duke Energy watchdog

A coalition of public interest, social justice, watchdog and environmental groups are joining forces to hold Duke Energy, the largest investor-owned U.S. electric utility, accountable for its policies, which impact almost 8 million Americans in six states – and by extension, impede the nation’s progress toward a clean energy future.

Amid coronavirus crisis, federal approval of genetically engineered mosquito ignores risk

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the release of millions of genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes in Monroe County, Florida and Harris County, Texas.

NEW REPORT: Former energy exec warns Dominion, Duke investors to abandon high-risk gas pipeline

Dominion Energy and Duke Energy should stop trying to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The project is already billions over budget, and construction has been stalled since 2018 by an onslaught of legal and regulatory problems.

Federal Reserve bows to Big Oil

This morning the Federal Reserve announced changes to the so-called Main Street Lending Facility, a $600 billion program established with money from the stimulus.

Coalition of Farmer, Environmental, and Antitrust Groups Urge Mnuchin to Ban Large Agribusinesses from CARES Act Aid

A coalition of 68 farmer, environmental, and antitrust groups across the country sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin today, urging the U.S. Department of the Treasury to ensure that pandemic relief funds do not lead to further consolidation of the food and agriculture industry.

GOP Senators push Fed for Big Oil bailout

Eleven Senate Republicans released a letter today, calling for greater availability of stimulus funds for oil and gas companies. The Senators are specifically demanding that Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chair Powell eliminate the credit requirements for companies whose debt was recently downgraded to “junk.”

Polluters invest in post-COVID lobbying

A new analysis from Friends of the Earth shows a boost in lobbying registrations from the oil, gas and plastic industries as a result of the coronavirus.

New Report: Big Oil’s Money Pit to Reap Stimulus Billions

The Federal Reserve just announced $750 billion in corporate debt-buying as part of funding made available through the stimulus. Big Oil companies stand to reap yet another billion dollar bailout.