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False Climate Solutions

We are facing a global emergency.

As the climate crisis intensifies, science and justice demand real, renewable solutions that will protect our planet and communities — not false climate solutions that sacrifice frontline communities and ignore mistakes of the past.

Climate solutions should be clean and just. We cannot continue to rely on false solutions like nuclear, biomass, petrochemicals, and net zero.

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Nuclear

Dirty, dangerous nukes have no role to play in a clean energy future. From start to finish, every segment of the nuclear industry is dangerous to communities and to future generations, from uranium mining to radioactive waste disposal — the most dangerous industrial byproduct in existence.

We are fighting to stop giant nuclear utilities from making electricity more expensive and slowing the deployment of cleaner, cheaper renewables.

Net zero

Big Oil, Big Ag, Wall Street, and many governments call themselves climate leaders after declaring pledges of “net-zero-by-2050” — a practice that is premised on unjust, inequitable, and unscientific processes and assumptions.

Claiming net-zero allows polluting corporations, and their financial backers, to greenwash their operations. This practice simply lets corporations pay to pollute — all while perpetuating environmental racism and undermining communities and food systems.

As the largest historical carbon polluter, the US must actually decarbonize by cutting greenhouse gas emissions — and we must do so much sooner than 2050.

Biomass

Factory farmed methane gas and woody biomass are false climate solutions that risk locking us into decades of dirty energy rather than move into renewable and regenerative sources. These technologies perpetuate environmental injustices and harm rural communities. We are fighting to replace these false solutions and focus on transition to renewable energy sources that lead to a just transition.

Petrochemical 

For the last decade, the growth of fracked natural gas in the United States has fueled a boom in petrochemical production, with industry on track to expand global production by 40 percent. If unabated, this plastics build-out will worsen climate change, harm the health of communities living next to plastics plants, and add to the expanding global problem of plastic pollution.

Friends of the Earth works to end the unsustainable production of plastics in the U.S. through policy advocacy, corporate campaigns and by supporting fenceline communities in holding plastic producers accountable for their health and environmental impacts.

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Environment California, Friends of the Earth and NRDC react to Gov. Newsom’s push to reopen Diablo Canyon

The Newsom administration is circulating a bill to extend the life of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. Legislators should reject it out of hand.

Report: Hydrogen is Big Oil’s Latest Greenwashing Scheme

A new report sounds the alarm on the newly-established federal clean hydrogen standard as Big Oil’s next greenwashing scam.

Active Energy sells proposed woody biomass facility 

The decision to sell is a win for the climate and a loss for false climate "solutions" that would negatively impact local communities.

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Protecting Miami Communities
Protecting Miami Communities

For 40 years, Turkey Point has been contaminating the Biscayne aquifer — the source of most of the drinking water used in South Florida.

Ending Dangerous Nuclear Power
Ending Dangerous Nuclear Power

Since Friends of the Earth was founded 40 years ago, we have been the United States’ leading voice opposing nuclear energy and exposing the real dangers of nuclear power plants.

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Reviewing the Climate & Agriculture provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act
Reviewing the Climate & Agriculture provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is many things at once. The good and the bad all need to be considered together.

Dirty electricity isn’t renewable fuel
Dirty electricity isn’t renewable fuel

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the most important federal policy you have never heard of. It is also undoubtedly the most broken. For 15 years, it has forced dirty corn ethanol into the nation’s fuel supply. 

Biden’s ambitious goals for climate and agriculture require bolder strategies
Biden’s ambitious goals for climate and agriculture require bolder strategies

The need for change is urgent, and the benefits to farmer and worker livelihoods, our climate, natural resources, and public health is immense.

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  • What’s Wrong with Net-Zero by 2050?
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  • FOE USDA Climate Comments
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  • FOE Opposition to Growing Climate Solutions Act
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