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Bill McKibben, Tom Dispatch, January 19, 2016

When I was a kid, I was creepily fascinated by the wrongheaded idea, current in my grade school, that your hair and your fingernails kept growing after you died. The lesson seemed to be that it was hard to kill something off -- if it wanted to keep going.

Steve Horn, DeSmog Blog, January 3, 2016

Just over a week before the U.S. signed the Paris climate agreement at the conclusion of the COP21 United Nations summit, President Barack Obama signed a bill into law with a provision that expedites permitting of oil and gas pipelines in the United States.

Arthur Neslen, Grist, December 19, 2015

The U.S. military and armed forces of countries around the world will no longer be automatically exempted from emissions-cutting obligations under the U.N. Paris climate deal, the Guardian has learned.

Although the U.S. never ratified the Kyoto Protocol, it won an opt-out from having to fully report or act on its armed forces’ greenhouse gas emissions, which was then double-locked by a House national defense authorization bill in 1999.

API, PR Newswire, December 18, 2015

[So where does this fit into the Paris Agreement? Who cares??]

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Jack Gerard thanked the Senate for ending the '70s-era crude export ban.

Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, December 11, 2015

An undercover sting by Greenpeace has revealed that two prominent climate sceptics were available for hire by the hour to write reports casting doubt on the dangers posed by global warming.

Posing as consultants to fossil fuel companies, Greenpeace approached professors at leading US universities to commission reports touting the benefits of rising carbon dioxide levels and the benefits of coal. The views of both academics are well outside mainstream climate science.

Morgan Adamson, The New Inquiry, December 1, 2015

If human-made climate change is irrefutable, why are we still fracking? What teaches us to believe there is no alternative to oil?

Sharon Lerner, The Intercept, November 3, 2015

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY concluded in June that there was “no convincing evidence” that glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the U.S. and the world, is an endocrine disruptor.

Branden Adams, The New Inquiry, September 1, 2015

The fossil fuel-based economy seems impossible to leave behind, but it’s only as immovable as it is profitable.

Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams, July 29, 2015
PDX blockade

Climate justice campaigners rappelling from a towering bridge and paddling in kayaks have so far successfully blocked Shell Oil's fleet from leaving Portland, Oregon's port to embark on a widely opposed drilling expedition in the Alaskan Arctic.

Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian: Environment, July 27, 2015
Sandy cleanup

America’s biggest cities are at far greater risk of serious flooding in the coming decades than was previously thought, because of a “triple threat” produced under climate change, researchers said on Monday.

A combination of sea-level rise, storm surge and heavy rainfall – all functions of climate change – exposes New York, Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco, San Diego and Boston to a much greater degree, research published on Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change found.

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