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The DeSmogBlog team is led by Jim Hoggan, founder of James Hoggan & Associates, one of Canada's leading public relations firms. By training a lawyer, by inclination a ski instructor and cyclist, Jim Hoggan believes that integrity and public relations should not be at odds – that a good public reputation generally flows from a record of responsible actions. His client list includes real estate development companies, high tech firms, pharmaceutical, forest industry giants, resorts and academic institutions. He is also a Board Member of the David Suzuki Foundation.

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DeSmogBlog: Relaxed Environmental Regulations Heighten Risk During Natural Disasters

Read time: 6 minsBy Brian J. Gerber and Melanie Gall, Arizona State University

Heavy rains following Hurricane Florence have raised concerns over the release of toxic materials. Ash from coal-fired power plants stored at a landfill has spilled out and the state of North Carolina has said dozens of sites have released hog waste or are at risk of doing so.

These types of events not only…

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DeSmogBlog: Top EPA Watchdog Since 2010 Announces Departure

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By Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch. Reposted with permission from EcoWatch.

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) internal watchdog organization announced plans to leave for a job outside the federal government Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.

Arthur A. Elkins Jr., who has held the position of Inspector General since he was appointed by former president…

2018-09-19 12:15   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: The Fracking Industry’s Water Nightmare

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has clearly documented the multiple risks — despite repeated dismissals from the oil and gas industry — that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) poses to drinking water supplies. However, the tables may be turning: Water itself now poses a risk to the already failing financial model of the American fracking industry, and that is…

2018-09-18 12:48   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Charitable Donor Pulls Funding for Climate Science Denying Global Warming Policy Foundation

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Climate science denial campaign group the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has apparently been left with a hole in its finances after a major donor did not renew its funding.

The Atkin Charitable Foundation had given the GWPF £20,000 each year between 2012 and 2016. But the foundation pulled its funding in 2017, its latest accounts filed with the Charity Commission…

2018-09-18 08:28   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Trump Admin Accelerates Push to Export Fracking to Argentina

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By Joseph Siess

In June, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry traveled to Bariloche, Argentina, for a G20 Summit where he expressed his desire to help Argentina become more like Texas, his home state.

“The technology that has allowed for the shale gas revolution in America, we want to make available to Argentina,” Perry said.

At the summit, which was intended to focus on a…

2018-09-17 16:00   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Climate Damages and Deception: Panel Reviews California Legal Actions Against Fossil Fuel Industry

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By Kaya Axelsson

In San Francisco this week, Fossil Free California hosted a panel discussion on the most recent municipal litigation against the fossil fuel industry.

Last year, San Francisco and Oakland sued the world’s five largest investor-owned fossil fuel producers over predicted climate change costs to these cities.

Tags: californiaclimate liability

2018-09-13 22:43   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Pipeline that Exploded in Pennsylvania Part of Push to Build Fracking-Reliant Petrochemical Network

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Just before dawn Monday morning, Chuck Belczyk thought a jet had crashed near his home roughly 25 miles outside Pittsburgh – until he heard the sound of hissing gas.

“And that’s when it all hit us what was happening,” Belczyk told NPR’s State Impact. “You knew the pipeline went.”

Tags: plasticspetrochemicalschemicalsfrackingMarcellusexplosionRevolutionEnergy Transfer Partners

2018-09-13 00:32   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Buried, Altered, Silenced: 4 Ways Government Climate Information Has Changed Since Trump Took Office

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By Morgan Currie, Stanford University and Britt S. Paris, University of California, Los Angeles

After Donald Trump won the presidential election, hundreds of volunteers around the U.S. came together to “rescue” federal data on climate change, thought to be at risk under the new administration. “Guerilla archivists,” including ourselves, gathered to archive federal websites…

2018-09-12 21:14   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Report: 90 Percent of World’s Largest 200 Industrial Firms Are Using Trade Associations to Oppose Climate Policy

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Nearly all of the world’s largest 200 industrial companies have directly or indirectly opposed climate policy since the landmark Paris Agreement was signed three years ago, according to new research.

Analysis by InfluenceMap, a UK-based think tank, examined the lobbying activities of 200 of the world’s biggest companies and 75 of the most powerful trade groups and the links…

2018-09-12 16:00   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Declining Oil and Rise in Renewables Opens Up Possibility for North Sea Transition

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Record-breaking offshore developments and decommissioning infrastructure have sent strong signals that the North Sea is getting ready for a genuine transition away from fossil fuels.

This week saw Shetland port Dales Voe named as the best ultra deep-water port for decommissioning oil rigs and other large infrastructure projects by accountants Ernst and Young. Operated by…

2018-09-12 09:10   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: The 19th-Century Tumult Over Climate Change – And Why It Matters Today

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By Deborah Coen, Yale University

Back in the 19th century, when tractors were still pulled by horses and the word “computer” meant a person hired to carry out tedious calculations, climate science made front-page news.

One European forester remarked in 1901 that few questions had “been debated and addressed from so many sides and so relentlessly” as that of the climatic…

2018-09-11 02:21   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Avenue Capital’s Plans to Revive West’s Largest Coal-Fired Power Plant Spark Protests from Navajo Nation Members

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Protesters arrived outside the offices of a private equity firm run by a billionaire closely tied to the Clinton family on Monday, urging the company to abandon plans to keep a 44 year-old coal fired power plant on tribal lands running five years past its scheduled shut-down.

Tags: coalNavajo Generating StationprotestsAvenue Capital Groupblack mesaBig Mountain

2018-09-10 23:48   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Residents of Louisiana’s Cancer Alley Join Climate Movement In Call For Environmental Justice

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On May 8, “Rise for Climate” events took place in 95 countries around the world, pressing leaders to take action on climate change and other environmental issues, a week before a global summit on climate change in San Francisco.

Thousands turned out at over 800 actions spearheaded by, an environmental advocacy group,

Alaina Boyett, a member of 350 New Orleans, a local…

2018-09-10 19:23   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: How Supreme Court Pick Brett Kavanaugh Could Return US Policy to the Era of Robber Barons

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As Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination hearings get under way, understanding his appointment’s potential impacts for corporate regulation and the climate means looking back all the way to 1890.

That was when a nearly 50-year stretch known to legal historians as the “Lochner era” kicked off — a time better known in U.S. history as the age of the robber barons.

2018-09-05 18:39   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: South Portland's Ban on Tar Sands Oil Survives Court Challenge

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The City of South Portland, Maine, won a major legal victory at the end of August when a federal judge ruled that the city’s effective ban on tar sands oil did not violate the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The decision, like a similar one in Portland, Oregon, has potentially widespread implications for other communities fighting fossil fuel infrastructure projects…

2018-09-05 16:38   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Scott Pruitt’s Unjustified Personal Security Cost Taxpayers Over $3.5 million: EPA Audit

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You, the American taxpayer, spent over $3.5 million providing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt with an unprecedented round-the-clock security detail — and that security force may have been operating both outside of the law and without justification.

That’s the message the EPA’s internal watchdog has for American taxpayers after concluding

2018-09-04 22:13   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: 10 Really Awesome Reasons to Support DeSmog UK

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High quality investigative journalism is scarce, climate change is largely under-reported, and the mainstream media has largely abandoned efforts to do either.

Independent media can be the antidote to this. But it needs support.

That’s why DeSmog UK has launched a crowdfunding campaign, to humbly ask you, dear reader, to give what you can to help us continue our important…

2018-09-04 08:49   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: UK Councils Invest Billions in Fracking, Including Companies Tied to Donald Trump

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Council pension funds across the UK have invested billions in companies involved with fracking, new data claims. Authorities in areas where the controversial practice is set to take place also have millions invested such companies.

Some of the funds also have investments in companies with close ties to members of President Trump’s administration, which is currently embarking…

2018-09-02 23:01   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: The Covert Attack on John McCain’s Climate Leadership by ExxonMobil and the Koch Brothers

Read time: 10 mins

By Kert Davies, originally published on

InsideClimate News’ Marianne Lavelle published a long piece this weekend, chronicling Senator John McCain’s rise and fall as a climate leader. The story highlights a campaign I worked on in 2000, where we asked all the presidential candidates the simple and still pertinent question, “What’s Your Plan?” on…

2018-08-30 22:51   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Trans Mountain Pipeline a Serious Misstep for Trudeau

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In a serious blow to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline project, Canada's federal court of appeal ruled today that the pipeline cannot proceed with construction due to a lack of consultation with First Nations.

In their ruling, the court stated that the Canadian National Energy Board’s [NEB], “process and findings were so flawed that the Governor in Council could not…

2018-08-30 22:34   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Will John McCain Be The Last Republican Leader In The Senate To Address Climate Change?

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By Tim Profeta, Duke University

“He was just doing his job.”

When I asked a longtime staffer to Sen. John McCain why the senator battled to address climate change in the early 2000s, that was his answer.

A simple answer, but one essential to understanding how McCain led those early efforts to combat the challenge when no one else would step forward.

Although others had…

2018-08-28 20:51   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: An Alternative to Propping up Coal Power Plants: Retrain Workers for Solar

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By Joshua M. Pearce, Michigan Technological University

The Trump administration announced new pollution rules for coal-fired power plants designed to keep existing coal power plants operating more and save American coal mining jobs.

Profitability for U.S. coal power plants has plummeted, and one major coal company after another has filed for bankruptcy, including the world’s…

2018-08-28 11:00   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: The Environmental Legacy of Senator John McCain, 1936-2018

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By Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch. Reposted with permission from EcoWatch.

As news outlets around the country reflect on Senator John McCain's life and legacy following his death at 81 on Saturday, one strand that emerges is his attempts as a Senator to push bipartisan action on climate change.

In early 2003, McCain joined with then-Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman to introduce the

2018-08-27 23:13   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Greenhouse Hothouse Firehouse: Scientists Set out Pathways for Planet Earth

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By Martin Bush. Reposted with permission from

A scientific paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) is getting a lot of attention. Written in the dry style of systems analysis — and throughout the text referring to the planet as the “Earth System,” it nevertheless brilliantly manages to present the looming dangers…

2018-08-25 10:14   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Trump’s Coal Plan — Neither Clean nor Affordable

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By Daniel Fiorino, American University School of Public Affairs

Is climate change a problem? Consider the evidence: wildfires in California, Sweden, and Siberia; flooding in coastal areas due to sea level rise; droughts in some places and extreme weather and rainfall in others; new and emerging patterns of disease; heat waves; and much more. Yet, looking at the policy changes…

2018-08-24 21:57   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: This Small Branch of Trans Mountain Could Derail Canada’s Pipeline Purchase

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By James Wilt, The Narwhal. Originally posted on The Narwhal.

The vast majority of oilsands crude moving to the West Coast passes through the little regarded Puget Sound Pipeline, which is now heavily entangled in troubled Canada-U.S. relations.

Politicians and industry have long boasted of the ability for an expanded Trans Mountain pipeline to get oil to lucrative Asian…

2018-08-23 20:03   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: First Felony Arrests Near Bayou Bridge Construction Made Under New Louisiana Law Penalizing Pipeline Trespass

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Karen Savage, an award-winning investigative reporter, did not expect to be arrested as she covered Energy Transfer Partners’ controversial construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline through Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin, a river swamp bigger than the Florida Everglades.

“We were on land that the pipeline company doesn’t even claim to have,” she said, adding that she had…

2018-08-22 17:23   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: 5 Virginia Officials Involved in Regulating Dominion Energy Are Invested in the Company

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Five employees of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have financial interests in Dominion, the state’s largest utility and energy company. The officials are involved, in one way or another, in permitting or overseeing the company’s activities, ranging from water discharges to emissions controls on power plants.

According to financial disclosures filed with…

2018-08-21 17:19   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: A Koch-Fueled Attack on Electric Buses Picks up Speed

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Electric buses are replacing existing diesel-fueled fleets at an accelerating rate, and the transition to battery-powered buses is outpacing even the most optimistic projections. In this light, it should come as little surprise that commentators and organizations with ties to the Koch network and the oil industry are attacking a transportation option that yields fewer fossil…

2018-08-21 01:48   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Exclusive: Shell Took 16 Years To Warn Shareholders of Climate Risks, Despite Knowing in Private All Along

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It took oil company Shell more than 16 years to directly warn its shareholders that climate policy posed a financial risk to the company's business model despite knowing — in private and for decades — about the relationship between its products and climate change.

Shell started commissioning confidential work about the impact of burning fossil fuels on the global climate as…

2018-08-21 00:29   Click to comment

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