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#ExxonKnew

Last month, documents revealed that Exxon knew about the risks of climate change decades ago - and has been lying about it ever since. The investigation inspired others to start digging, and it seems that's just the tip of the rapidly melting iceberg. New evidence surfaced showing exactly how much Exxon knew – and how they actively lied to everyone. 
  • Exxon was quietly incorporating climate change projections into the company's planning, reports the LA Times. Executives used that information to adapt the company’s Arctic operations. “If you don’t do it, and your competitors do, you’re at a loss,” said a retired Exxon climate scientist.
                                 
  • We're all suffering the consequences of Exxon's lie, wrote Bill McKibben in The Nation. "Thanks to Exxon’s willingness to sucker the world, that world is now a chaotic mess."
                                 
  • Some think we should launch a federal probe and hold executives responsible, Slate reported. This is just like when big tobacco lied about the public health risk of its product.  

Frack’d up

  • Kern County farmers are facing-off with Big Oil. While farmers own the surface layer land and crops coming out of it, the oil industry owns the rights to the underlying minerals. Farmers aren’t happy with this toxic custody battle – with Big Oil destroying land that was once farmable.
 
  • Mothers living near fracking sites are 40% more likely to give birth prematurely due to exposure to toxic chemicals, according to a new study. And 15 million Americans live within a mile of a fracking well. Yet another thing to add to the stack of fracking's charming attributes.
                                  
  •  Oklahoma school districts are facing a confusing new threat: earthquakes. A state well-equipped for twisters is now adding earthquake drills to their schools' curriculum. But unlike tornadoes, these quakes are not natural – they're a result of nearby fracking.
                                  
  • Natural gas may be a poor bridging fuel between coal and renewables if mitigating climate change is a goal, suggests a new Cornell study.
  • A new study shows 23 of 24 tested fracking chemicals can mimic and inhibit hormones for some pretty important functions - namely those directing the development of sex organs and future fertility.
 
  • Have you noticed how many studies are done on fracking? A new analysis of the studies show a trend – the vast majority conclude that fracking worsens air quality, contaminates water sources and harms public health.
 

 

Phillips 66 project

  • Milpitas adds itself to a growing list of cities in opposition to the Phillips 66 rail spur project that would send millions of gallons of crude oil through several populous California cities on its way to the Santa Maria refinery.
  • San Luis Obispo is hosting derailment simulations to prepare emergency responders. Probably a good move, given the massive calamity that would ensue if something goes wrong. Or, maybe we should say, WHEN something goes wrong.
 
                                                         
 

Oil and water don’t mix

California regulators closed down 33 more oil wells last week after discovering companies were injecting wastewater into aquifers, thus ruining water that could have been used for drinking or irrigation. Because we’re not running low on that stuff or anything.

Greenwash is the new black: A new report and website shows that more than half of the world’s largest 100 companies are actually “obstructing climate change legislation.”
                    
A judge approved a $338 million settlement for the 2013 oil train derailment in Quebec that killed 47 and destroyed much of downtown Lac-Mégantic - $83 million of which will be used for wrongful death claims.
 

#BackToTheFutureDay: Wednesday marked the day Marty McFly visited in Back To the Future II – and begs the question, how are fossil fuels still a thing?

Gov. Jerry Brown dramatically increased California's climate-change goals, committing the state to use renewable energy for half its electricity and to make existing buildings twice as energy-efficient in just 15 years.
                    
BP Pays: After half a decade of legal fighting, the final settlement for the 2010 BP Gulf Coast oil spill was announced. The total comes to a casual $20 billion and binds the oil giant to a vast restoration project. 
North Dakota: too polite to the oil industry? John Oliver offers an in-depth look at all of the oil industry’s loophole gymnastics to sidestep safety measures and fines in North Dakota. The result: 18.4 million gallons of oil and chemicals spilled, 74 employees dead (an average of a death every 6 weeks), and farmland destroyed. 
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