Guardian: How the gas industry capitalized on the Ukraine war to change Biden policy

The Russian tanks and armored vehicles had barely begun to roll into Ukraine before the fossil fuel industry in the US had swung into action. A letter was swiftly dispatched to the White House, urging an immediate escalation in gas production and exports to Europe ahead of an anticipated energy crunch….

Six months on from the letter, Russia’s invasion has stalled and in places retreated, but the US gas industry has achieved almost all of its initial objectives. Within weeks, Joe Biden’s administration adopted the gas industry’s major demands as policy. They paved the way for new pipelines and export facilities, established a new taskforce to boost gas exports to Europe and approved $300m in funding to help build out gas infrastructure on the continent.

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Three Congressional Hearings on Climate Disinformation Bring New Industry Documents to Light

This week was a big one for climate hearings! Rep Katie Porter and her Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has been looking into PR firms and their role in warping the public discourse on climate. She had a hearing on that subject this week. Rep Jamie Raskin and his Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Liberties focused the third of his free speech hearings on attacks on environmentalists last week and reps, Carolyn Maloney, and Ro Khanna focused the third of their climate disinformation hearings this past week on climate justice and shared some explosive new documents that their investigation has uncovered.

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The past two years have proven anew that when the rich get richer it doesn’t ‘trickle down’.

The world’s richest 1 per cent increased their wealth until they owned more than the bottom half of the world’s entire population.

The world’s billionaires saw their wealth increase by nearly 70 per cent during the pandemic.

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Explainer: What are Canada’s worst tax loopholes? | Canadians for Tax Fairness

The Canadian government loses over 40 billion dollars every year because of tax loopholes.

Most of that money ends up in the pockets of large corporations and very rich people, whose wealth would continue to grow even if those loopholes were closed.

Meanwhile, the public services we all benefit from such as healthcare, education, public transport, and protecting the environment, remain underfunded.

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Degrowth is the only path to a sustainable future – Owen Schalk in Canadian Dimension

There is no time left. Entire regions of the Earth’s surface bake at regular intervals, killing thousands in brutal and now-routine heat waves. The immolation of incomprehensibly large swathes of woodland is going on, somewhere, right now. Climate refugees are already a reality, as the floods in Pakistan demonstrate. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change asserts that “any further delay in concerted anticipatory global action on adaptation and mitigation will miss a brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all.”

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‘A new way of life’: the Marxist, post-capitalist, green manifesto captivating Japan

The message from Kohei Saito, an associate professor at Tokyo University, is simple: capitalism’s demand for unlimited profits is destroying the planet and only “degrowth” can repair the damage by slowing down social production and sharing wealth.

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Kai Heron, The Great Unfettering — a valuable review of critiques of degrowth and capitalism

In a recent contribution to Sidecar, Matthew Huber claims to present a ‘Marxist alternative’ to the ‘mish-mash ecologism’ and dead-end ‘utopianism’ that he says afflicts parts of the climate left. Finding evidence of these maladies in two recently published books – The Future is Degrowth by Aaron Vansintjan, Andrea Vetter, and Matthias Schmelzer, and Half-Earth Socialism by Drew Pendergrass and Troy Vettese – Huber makes an impassioned plea for the left to walk away from utopian arcadias and embrace the more realistic option of a ‘socialist eco-modernist… transformation of production’.

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Is a sustainable ocean economy realistic?

The world’s oceans face many crises, largely caused by humans, including warming waters, alarming rates of pollution, overfishing and the loss of more than half of all living coral reefs. These risks are acute for coastal communities that depend on the seas for their livelihoods, but healthy oceans are also critical for the security of future generations, say environmental advocates and policymakers. Regulations to reverse the damage to marine areas and mitigate the effects of climate change remain hard to enforce given limited public resources, piecemeal governance and commercial entities motivated by profit. Some international institutions and policymakers support a “blue economy,” which aims to develop the oceans in a sustainable way to produce more food and clean energy to support the world’s growing population. Others — including environmentalists and citizen groups — are skeptical, saying a blue economy is likely to degrade the marine environment even further. The oceans and their ecosystems are resilient, but can humanity leave them alone long enough to recover?

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Tree Thieves: Crime and Survival in North America’s Woods | Climate & Capitalism

Forests are one of the world’s most important biological reserves. They suck about a third of humanity’s carbon emissions out of the atmosphere each year. According to the United Nations, forests also “contain 60,000 different tree species, 80 percent of amphibian species, 75 percent of bird species, and 68 percent of the world’s mammal species.” Despite this importance, tree cover is being lost at an alarming rate, and as Lyndsie Bourgon’s new book details, significant damage to our forests comes from the illegal trade in wood, driven by the poaching of trees.

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Shifting to EVs is not enough. The deeper problem is our car dependence | CBC News

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an announcement highlighting Budget 2022 investments in electric vehicle infrastructure in Victoria in April. Electric vehicles will be part of the solution, writes Paris Marx, but meeting the challenge of climate change will require taking on the dominance of cars. (Ken Mizokoshi/CBC)

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