Ireland Passes Fracking Ban – but will import fracked gas from the US

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Trump About to Withdraw from Paris Agreement While Ireland Passes Fracking Ban

It is a historic day on which one nation passes a ban on onshore fracking, while another nation intends to walk away from the Paris climate agreement.

Paris agreement withdrawal makes U.S. a rogue nation

In her statement, Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Europe, roundly condemns Trumps withdrawal from the global climate agreement:

The Paris accord falls far short of the bold, decisive action needed to avert the most serious impacts of impending climate chaos – but it is certainly better than nothing. By choosing to walk away from the table, the United States effectively becomes a rogue nation when it comes to matters of climate change, human rights and global leadership in general. Mr. Trump’s foolish, belligerent decision to abdicate responsibility at the federal level now makes real action on climate at the state and local levels even more critical. For the sake of our planet and future generations, it is imperative that elected leaders at every rung of government – from the smallest town halls to the halls of Congress – do everything in their power to resist fossil fuels and help enable a clean energy revolution.” Continue reading

Report says ExxonMobil stands to gain $1 trillion under Trump administration

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WASHINGTON, U.S. – According to a new report by liberal think tank Center for American Progress, titled “How Exxon Won the 2016 Election,” the company stands to gain nearly $1 trillion from the Trump administration’s energy and environment policies.

The report comes just a day ahead of Donald Trump’s secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson’s grilling during a Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday on possible conflict of interest he faces as a result of the oil and gas giant’s extensive global operations.

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