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Oklahoma State Bans Oklahoma Towns From Banning Fracking

An 80-year-old staute allowing local control of drilling was just overturned by state legislators.

Mixing water with hydraulic fracturing fluids to be injected into the ground. Image by Joshua Doubek via Wikimedia Commons

Oklahoma residents have been looking for ways to protect themselves after an alarming and unprecedented number of earthquakes—widely believed to be a direct result of oil and gas drilling operations—have rocked the state over the last year. But now, Reuters reports, state lawmakers are finalizing legislation to actually block towns and cities from enacting their own local bans or regulations on drilling activity.

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In the Energy Wars, It’s Solar Power: 1, Fossil Fuels: 0. For Now.

The U.S. solar industry is expanding at a breakneck pace, though the growth may not be sustainable.

According to a new survey from The Solar Foundation, the U.S. solar industry is expanding at a breakneck pace—so quickly that it’s a major driver of the nation’s economy. One out of every 78 new jobs created in the U.S. since 2013 was part of the solar industry—representing 1.3 percent of all new jobs. According to the survey, solar jobs grew 21.8 percent last year, with 36,000 new jobs on the way for 2015.

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World’s Largest PR Firm Quits the Fossil Fuel Lobby

Shilling for Big Oil has become a hard job.

Edelman PR, the world’s largest public relations firm, has finally relieved themselves of the increasingly quixotic task of representing America’s oil lobby. For more than a decade, Edelman has flacked for the American Petroleum Institute (API), a trade association that, according to their website, “traces its beginning to World War I, when Congress and the domestic oil and natural gas industry worked together to help the war effort.” But here in the 21st century, as the consensus around climate change’s dire reality has calcified into accepted fact, the struggle to portray the oil business in a positive light has become an uphill slog. The relationship between burning fossil fuels and climate change is well documented; the response from petroleum producers has been to fund an entire industry to deny this established connection. In August, a Motherboard piece took on Edelman and API, highlighting the partnership’s underhanded efforts to perpetuate climate change denial:

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Who Can Innovate Us Out of Our Fossil Fuel Rut? The Military

The U.S. military isn't just the greatest fighting force on the planet—it might be the greatest innovating force, too.

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Thank you, fossil fuels. You have truly made us a great nation, driving our prosperity over 150 years, enabling advances in medicine, science, and powering the U.S. military to be the most effective fighting force the world has ever seen. Most Americans would want this to remain the case, but the military is now struggling with the increasing burden of its (and our) fossil fuel dependence, and it’s trying to make a change by addressing what top military leaders define as the greatest long-term threat to our national security.

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Tens of Thousands Take to Twitter to End Oil Subsidies

Despite—or maybe because of—the low expectations for the Rio+20 conference, a Twitter army is asking world leaders to #EndFossilFuelSubsidies.

The Rio+20 conference has been criticized by some activists for its vague and less-than-ambitious goals. Perhaps motivated by the low expectations for the summit, tens of thousands of people took to Twitter yesterday with a very specific demand for the global leaders gathering in Brazil: End fossil fuel subsidies.

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Moving Planet: A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels

Our good friends at 350.org just announced the plan for their next big global day of climate action. Get the details here.


Our good friends at 350.org just announced the plan for their next big global day of climate action. On September 24th, people in countries literally all around the world will organize thousands of events with a common theme: moving the world beyond fossil fuels. It's called Moving Planet.

Now you might be asking: Wasn't Power Shift just a couple weeks ago? Didn't we do this last year? And the year before? Does the world really need another climate change action?

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