Leaked: UK £7 billion export credit for fossil fuel industry violates ‘clean energy’ pledge

Between 2011 and 2016 the UK’s export finance agency UKEF provided £109m to underwrite exports of equipment to coal mines in Russia, writes Lawrence Carter – despite the agency’s commitment not to support ‘investment in dirty fossil-fuel energy production’. And that’s just a fraction of the £6.9 billion UKEF has lavished on the corrupt, polluting sector since 2000, while it was meant to be backing the clean energy technologies of the future.
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Pew: Renewable energy enjoys wide support while fossil fuels divide national opinion

Pew Research's “Politics of Climate” survey is a mixed bag for energy industry watchers, revealing a solid chunk of Americans support expanded fossil fuel use, while almost everyone supports renewables.

“One spot of unity in an otherwise divided environmental policy landscape is that the vast majority of Americans support the concept of expanding both solar and wind power,” the think tank said in a blog post. “The public is more closely divided when it comes to expanding fossil fuel energies such as coal mining, offshore oil and gas drilling, and hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas.”

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TTIP: The most dangerous weapon in the hands of the fossil fuel industry

The European Union and the USA have been negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) behind closed doors since 2013. Negotiators kept insisting that their secret talks would work in the best interest of the public and the environment. But since Greenpeace leaked the TTIP draft negotiating documents it became clearer than ever, that this trade agreement could become one of the most dangerous weapons in the hands of the fossil fuel industry in its effort to kill Climate Action for the 21st century. The elephant in the room is here and it is huge: the word “climate” means something totally different in the TTIP papers.
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Denmark reaching its goal to be fossil fuel free through renewable energy

The small country of Denmark is making a big commitment to renewables, aiming to be fossil-fuel free by 2050, writes Laurie Guevara-Stone. A large expansion of mainly offshore wind power features large, along with moves to a ‘smart grid’, high vehicle taxes and energy conservation initiatives. Denmark is well on its way to becoming the energy leader of the EU.
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Climate ‘academics for hire’ conceal fossil fuel funding

Investigative reporters working for Greenpeace UK’s Energydesk have uncovered a nexus of senior academics willing to accept large sums of money from fossil fuel companies to write reports and newspaper articles published under their own names and university affiliations, without declaring the funding. Lawrence Carter & Maeve McClenaghan spill the beans …
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In final push for landmark climate deal, end of fossil fuel era nears

PARIS (Reuters) – At the tail end of the hottest year on record, climate negotiators in Paris will aim on Saturday to seal a landmark accord that will transform the world’s fossil fuel-driven economy within decades and turn the tide on global warming.


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Reclaim the Power! Climate protestors rout security with UK-wide fossil fuel strikes

The fossil fuel industry and its political backers have been left reeling by an unprecedented series of direct action strikes against targets across the country to protest at continuing investment in and official support for fossil fuels, inaction over fuel poverty and the systematic neglect of renewable energy despite the global climate emergency.
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IMF reports: fossil fuel subsidies worth $5.6 trillion per year

A new report from the IMF has quantified the prodigious subsidies doled out to the fossil fuel industries, writes Pete Dolack – an astonishing $ 5.6 trillion per year, over 7% of world product, including direct payments, tax breaks and unpaid environmental costs. The obscene scale of public largesse proves the need for a social movement to challenge global energy capitalism.
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The mirage of fossil fuel wealth – our energy future is green, renewable, decentralised

The fossil fuel industry is increasingly resembling a cargo-cult, writes Vicente López-Ibor Mayor, exemplified by the hysteria over the claimed ‘discovery’ of 100 billion barrels of oil beneath Gatwick airport. Why the desperate efforts to smear lipstick on the fossil energy pig? Because its time will soon be gone, thanks to abundant and ever cheaper decentralised renewables.
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Fighting the ‘Big Club’: blockades, strikes, and the fossil fuel blowback

North America’s environment campaigners face a fearsome enemy in the ‘Big Club’, writes Alexander Reid Ross – the nexus of fossil fuel and infrastructure corporations, government, militarized police, private security contractors, PR agencies, astroturf NGOs and quasi-judicial bodies. But the activists are winning key victories in their battle to halt the industrialization of Cascadia.
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