by Michael Khoo, co-chair of the Climate Disinformation Coalition

Originally posted in Tech Policy.

As dozens of Texans were dying of hypothermia in a stunning storm this past winter, a Twitter user named @Oilfield_Rando posted a picture of wind turbines being de-iced — blaming the Texas power grid’s failure on…

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by Valeria Paredes, food and agriculture fellow

Every year, 80 million pounds of pesticides are used on U.S. lawns to maintain attractive, lush greenery. In many cities across the country, Latinx immigrant workers are the primary labor force responsible for lawn care. These maintenance and landscape workers, or jardineros, bear the brunt of residential pesticide use. The…

by Jeff Conant, senior international forest program manager

Each year, California spends over $2.5 billion on everything from vehicles and office furniture to snack food and toilet paper. …

Bees are dying. Year after year we continue to see further decline of our vital pollinators. But why are bees dying out? And what can we do to stop it? Scientists have linked bee population decline to a variety of factors. Many of these are interconnected. Year after year, a…

by Kendra Klein, PhD, senior staff scientist

Bees and other pollinators are responsible for one in three bites of food we eat. Without them, a trip to your local grocery store would be a sad affair. Many fruit and veggie bins would be empty, jars of nuts and cans of…

The sad fact is that many pollinators are disappearing before our eyes — especially honeybees and bumble bees. Why are bees dying? Unfortunately, pollinator health points to a few factors including one major one we cannot ignore — pesticides. These toxic chemicals are killing bees outright, weakening bees’ immune systems…

Save the bees is a common plea — not just from Friends of the Earth. You’ve likely seen it plastered on t-shirts, on mugs, and on images online. But why are bees so important?

The simplest answer is that bees pollinate food crops. Pollination occurs when insects — like bees…

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by Sarah Lutz, climate campaigner

Nine conservative Democrats have issued an ultimatum to Speaker Nancy Pelosi: pass the Senate’s anemic bipartisan infrastructure bill before proceeding to the truly ambitious $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.

This is certainly a lot of legislative jargon, and in recent weeks the back-and-forth on infrastructure has become dizzyingly complex. So to…

by Sarah Lutz, climate campaigner

A few weeks ago, ExxonMobil lobbyists were caught on tape bragging about their plans to undermine climate policy in coming infrastructure legislation. The strategy seems to already be paying dividends. Look no further than Senator Joe Manchin’s Energy Infrastructure Act of 2021. …

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by Donna Chavis, senior climate campaigner

The 30th anniversary of the Environmental Justice Summit traces its roots to North Carolina, the unexpected home of environmental justice and the place the term “environmental racism” was coined. As the state grapples with its lengthy history of racial exploitation it must recognize the ways the energy sector has scarred…

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