This week, at an industry conference focused on wooing petrochemical producers to West Virginia, officials from the state and federal government made...
New oil and gas development "will impede the rest of the world's ability to manage a climate-safe, equitable decline of oil and gas production."
"The acknowledgement from the Judge, that climate change is a valid concern for campaigners and councils facing fracking planning applications, is a big win."
And that's the heart of the problem – the rush to make plastics from cheap fracked shale gas in America hasn't been driving more polluting plants out of business, it's been adding to the world's new plastics production.
Yet governments around the world, the same ones which ratified the Paris Agreement, are supporting oil and gas companies as they seek to greatly widen fracking's global footprint.
It may take some time, but eventually investors wake up — or run out of money.
"Oil and gas has already devastated our state's air quality, water quality and flow, and public health. It's clear the Trump administration will stop at nothing to sacrifice public interest for private profits."
And even with the Trump administration rolling back a number of environmental regulations like the rules for methane flaring and venting, the oil and gas industry is looking for still more deregulation from the federal government.
“The bottom line is we want to stop the project, so whatever tools are available to do that — so I’m not ruling out anything.”
“Hiring a revolving door fossil fuel lobbyist to direct their staff on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee completely undermines Democratic party leaders’ stated commitment to addressing climate change.”