A federal court in Washington, D.C. has struck down the Dakota Access Pipeline, following years of campaigning by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
The Rockefellers divest from fossil fuels. Exxonmobil? “Morally reprehensible”
The Rockefeller family fund confirms it will give up fossil fuels. “It makes little sense—financially or ethically—to continue holding investments in these companies”.
Another era comes to an end. The heirs of John D. Rockefeller, one of the richest men to have lived in the United States and the businessman who owed his fortune to the Standard Oil, officially withdraw all investments in fossil fuels. This process “will be completed as quickly as possible”.
The process already started in September 2014, during the Climate Summit 2014, and was confirmed in these days in a statement released by the foundation that explains its decision in these terms: “While the global community works to eliminate the use of fossil fuels, it makes little sense—financially or ethically—to continue holding investments in these companies. There is no sane rationale for companies to continue to explore for new sources of hydrocarbons”.
We cannot be associated with a company exhibiting such apparent contempt for the public interest
But there’s more. Martha, John, Laurance, Nelson and David Rockefeller said that the conduct of Exxonmobil was “morally reprehensible” since “evidence appears to suggest that the company worked since the 1980s to confuse the public about climate change’s march, while simultaneously spending millions to fortify its own infrastructure against climate change’s destructive consequences and track new exploration opportunities as the Arctic’s ice receded”.
And they added: “Appropriate authorities will determine if the company violated any laws, but as a matter of good governance, we cannot be associated with a company exhibiting such apparent contempt for the public interest”. The signs are evident: from oil-dependent Arab countries that are investing in renewable sources to Shell that last February announced that it will give up “offshore drilling activities in the foreseeable future”.
“But history moves on, as it must”, the note reads. “Indeed, it is past time for all people of good will to do everything in their collective power to make our new path one that recognises the deep interdependence between humanity’s future and the health of our natural systems”.
Featured image David McNew/Getty
The Scottish island of Eigg is self-sufficient for its energy needs, relying almost entirely on renewable sources, especially thanks to a coordinated community effort.
President Magufuli in unmovable in going ahead with the Stiegler’s Gorge dam despite conservationists’ warnings of the damage it will cause the Selous Game Reserve’s ecosystem and wildlife.
A large dam along the Luangwa River in Zambia would have posed a serious risk to local people and wildlife, leading hundreds of thousands to oppose it. A call to which the government responded by halting plans to build it.
The first one megawatt solar power plant in the Chernobyl exclusion zone has become operational. This is the first step in a renewable energy development project promoted by the Ukrainian government in the area.
Gas explosions are frequent in Nigeria, where safety standards are poor. In the latest incident, a gas tanker blast killed 35 people in Nasarawa state.
The largest tidal power plant in the world will be built in the Larantuka Straits. It will serve 100,000 people and help overcome some of the challenges of energy provision in Indonesia.
Robben Island’s solar energy micro-grid project will produce almost one million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, significantly reducing the cost and impact of buying diesel.
The Balikpapan oil spill off the coast or Borneo in Indonesia covers 120 square kilometres. It has caused the death of 5 people, health and economic problems for local communities, as well as threatening wildlife and local ecosystems.