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Grim day for pipelines shows they’re almost impossible to build

by Rachel Adams-Heard and Ellen M. Gilmer, Bloomberg


Highlights

  • Giant pipeline projects such as the Datoka Access Pipeline and the Atlantic Pipeline are being shut down as the fight against fossil fuel infrastructure grows
  • Energy companies Dominion Energy Inc. and Duke Energy Corp. canceled the Atlantic Coast gas pipeline after years of delays and major costs increase from $5 billion to $8 billion
  • Dominion sold nearly all of its gas pipelines and storage business to Berkshire Hathaway and is pursuing net-zero carbon emissions by 2050
  • The closure of the long-contested Dakota Access pipeline will take place by early August, making it the first in-service line to be shut down for environmental concerns
  • Environmentalists have started focusing on blocking pipeline permits instead of oil wells and are seeing success
  • Other large scale pipeline projects are facing cancelation as more environmentalists help block the permits and construction 

Fossil fuel divestment and the transition to 100% clean energy is critical to achieving The Climate Center’s goals under the Climate-Safe California Platform.


Read More: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-06/demise-of-gas-project-shows-u-s-pipelines-becoming-unbuildable

U.S. states have spent the past 5 years trying to criminalize protest

by Naveena Sadasivam, Grist


Highlights

Minnesota has recently been the site of continued protests focused on racial equality and police brutality. The state has also seen many protests concerning the building of new fossil fuel infrastructure such as large pipeline projects. Over the past four years, state lawmakers have introduced ten bills criminalizing protests that include jail time and heavy fines.

  • Various bills were introduced after the murder of Philando Castile by police in 2016 when protesters shut down a major highway. Other bills concerned protests that were against a planned replacement of a pipeline that ran through Alberta, Canada to Wisconsin  
  • Some bills would have allowed protesters to be jailed for up to a year, fined offenders up to $3,000 each, and allowed cities to sue protesters for the cost of police response
  • There are two bills proposed this year:  One would make trespassing on property with oil and gas facilities punishable by up to three years in prison with a fine of $5,000
  • A report by PEN America says that 116 anti-protest bills were proposed in state legislatures between 2015 and 2020 and 23 bills in 15 states became law
  • Minnesota state senator Paul Utke sponsored a bill that would have made training, hiring, or counseling those who end up trespassing on property with a pipeline a felony punishable with up to ten years in prison and a $20,000 fine after the Dakota Access Pipeline protests

The Climate Center’s urgent climate policy goals will only be achieved if we also close the climate gap and ensure that lower-income communities and communities of color get climate justice.


Read more: https://grist.org/justice/states-criminalize-protest-george-floyd-philando-castile-enbridge-dapl

How Amazon is bringing the Keystone XL Pipeline online

by Steve Horn, OneZero


Highlights

  • TC Energy, a Canadian pipeline corporation that owns the Keystone XL pipeline, has partnered with Amazon Web Services 
  • The Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil from Alberta to Nebraska but its permit was recently vacated by a federal judge
  • This announcement comes after Google declared it would not help create artificial intelligence for oil extraction companies
  • Amazon tech employees called on Jeff Bezos to adopt company-wide climate policy which resulted in a climate pledge. However, employee demands for Amazon to cancel its contracts with oil and gas companies went ignored
  • After President Barack Obama denied permitting access to the company for the pipeline, TC Energy faced a financial loss and continues to do so as the price of oil drops significantly
  • Alberta Premier Jason Kenney recently gave the company a $4.2 billion loan to help Keystone XL 
  • Amazon’s technology promises to make pipeline flow operations more efficient and profitable

The failure to consider consumption-based emissions such as the delivery of online purchasing ignores a significant portion of the greenhouse gases we emit out of the boundaries of the area being measured.


Read More: https://onezero.medium.com/how-amazon-is-bringing-the-keystone-xl-pipeline-online-440000803ae9