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Tribal plan aims to phase out Everglades oil drilling

The Miccosukee Tribe has put forth a plan to halt oil drilling in the Everglades' Big Cypress National Preserve, which they hold sacred.

Amy Green reports for Inside Climate News.

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Trump and Haley say they would drill more oil. Is that possible?

They allege Biden has hamstrung domestic production, even though both U.S. crude and natural gas production reached all-time records last year.

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The U.S. is pumping oil faster than ever. Republicans don't care

GOP presidential candidates are blaming pump prices on President Joe Biden’s clean energy policies, even though the U.S. is churning out record amounts of oil.
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Ecuadorians reject oil drilling in the Amazon, ending operations in protected area

The Associated Press reports that Ecuadorians voted against drilling for oil in a protected area of the Amazon, an important decision that will require the state oil company to end its operations in a region that’s home to two uncontacted tribes and is a hotspot of biodiversity.

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A growing movement looks to end oil drilling in the Amazon

When leaders of eight Amazon nations gathered recently in Brazil for a summit on deforestation, they also played host to a growing movement by civil society groups to phase out oil and gas development within the world’s largest tropical rainforest. Reported by Nicholas Kusnetz for Inside Climate News.

In a nutshell:

As oil companies and governments aim to counter declining production, they've sought to expand drilling in the region, with existing or planned development covering vast swaths of undisturbed forest. Indigenous groups and activists are leveraging recent events, such as Colombian President Petro's call to phase out Amazon oil development and Brazil's environmental agency blocking offshore drilling, to oppose this expansion. The focus of the movement is on Indigenous rights and the Amazon's crucial role in the global climate, which has prompted calls for a "fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty" to halt production in the region. The outcome of Ecuador's upcoming referendum on halting oil field development within a national park will play a pivotal role in this movement, as activists and Indigenous leaders work to protect the Amazon and shift toward a bioeconomy for sustainable development.

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The big picture:

Indigenous communities residing in the Amazon face an array of health consequences due to the combined effects of oil and gas development and rampant deforestation. Toxic emissions from oil drilling and the destruction of vast forested areas contribute to respiratory illnesses, skin disorders, and infections among the Indigenous population, while contamination of water sources jeopardizes their access to clean drinking water, leading to waterborne diseases that further endanger their well-being.

Read the article at Inside Climate News.

If put under the kind of environmental stress increasingly seen on our planet, large ecosystems —such as the Amazon rainforest or the Caribbean coral reefs—could collapse in just a few decades, reports Brian Bienkowski.

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Here’s the truth about Sunak’s plans for the North Sea: he will sell out the planet to the dirtiest bidders

Despite grave new warnings about the depth of the climate crisis, plutocrats are fighting to keep their profits – and Rishi Sunak is with them, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot

In a nutshell:

As environmental scientists and activists fight for the survival of the planet, the fossil fuel and other polluting industries are fiercely battling for their economic interests. Political leaders, like Rishi Sunak in the UK and Donald Trump in the US are making decisions that prioritize short-term economic gains over the urgent need to address climate breakdown. The consequences of these choices could lead to disastrous effects, from the collapse of crucial ocean currents to severe disruptions in global weather patterns and food production. The pollution paradox, where damaging companies wield significant political influence, perpetuates this dangerous course of action, putting the future of humanity at risk.

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"The most damaging companies have the greatest incentive to invest money in politics (by making donations to political parties, funding lobbyists and junktanks, hiring troll farms and microtargeters and all the other overt or covert techniques). So politics, in our money-driven system, comes to be dominated by the most damaging companies" writes George Monbiot.

The big picture:

Burning fossil fuels releases harmful pollutants and greenhouse gases, contributing to air pollution, respiratory illnesses, and climate change. The resulting smog and fine particulate matter can lead to heart and lung diseases, while the escalating climate crisis threatens to exacerbate extreme weather events and disrupt ecosystems, impacting food security and public health on a global scale.

Read Monbiot's full commentary at The Guardian.

Hurricanes, algae blooms, rising seas and melting ice. How much more before climate denial fades away, asked former EHN columnist Peter Dykstra in 2018.

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British government signals support for oil and gas industry

With a general election expected next year, the government said it would issue new licenses for energy exploration in the North Sea.