Category Archives: Energy & environment

FBI Director nominee removed reference to case involving Russian government from law firm bio

By Andrew Kaczynski, CNN, 6/20/17

(CNN) Donald Trump’s nominee to be the director of the FBI, Christopher Wray, represented an American energy executive in 2006 who was being criminally investigated by the Russian government.

The detail, which was included on Wray’s biography on the website of the law firm King and Spalding dating back to 2009, was removed in 2017, according to a KFile review of the Web Archive.

A copy of Wray’s biography from the law firm King and Spalding archived in December 2016 noted that Wray had represented “an energy company president in a criminal investigation by Russian authorities.” By June of this year, that information had been removed….

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Demonstrators rally against Mariner East 2 pipeline

by Bill Rettew, Daily Local News, 6/13/17

WEST CHESTER >> Typically, demonstrators wave protest signs and chant outside the Historic Courthouse, but on Tuesday it was a different story.

About three dozen peaceful demonstrators rallied prior to a Commonwealth Court hearing across the street from the Justice Center, three blocks west of the Historic Courthouse.

Supporters of West Goshen’s ordinances raised their voices against the Sunoco Mariner East 2 pipeline, while supporting the suit. Pipeline construction is underway in several Chester and Delaware county municipalities.

A pair of planned 350-mile Mariner East pipelines would zig-zag in the same right-of-way, from Marcellus Shale sites in western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, to the refinery in Marcus Hook. The existing Mariner pipeline was placed in the right-of-way during the 1930s. The pipeline passes near churches, schools, businesses and homes….

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Paris. We’re not giving up

email from Al Gore, 6/1/17. See more in “Why the US Leaving the Paris Agreement Isn’t the End of the World” at Climate Reality Project.

As you know, today the White House announced that the United States would begin the process of leaving the Paris Agreement. Removing the United States from the Paris Agreement is a reckless and indefensible action. It undermines America’s standing in the world and threatens to damage humanity’s ability to solve the climate crisis in time.

But disappointment is not despair.

Make no mistake: if President Trump won’t lead, the American people will.

Civic leaders, mayors, governors, CEOs, investors and the majority of the business community will take up this challenge. We are in the middle of a clean energy revolution that no single person or group can stop. President Trump’s decision is profoundly in conflict with what the majority of Americans want from our president; but no matter what he does, we will ensure that our inevitable transition to a clean energy economy continues.

As proof, just look at how communities like Salt Lake City, Utah and Boulder, Colorado are committing to switch to 100 percent renewable electricity. Just last month, California set a new record for clean energy use in the state, and over the past several weeks and months, major corporations and businesses from around the world reaffirmed their commitment to clean energy, the Paris Agreement, and US leadership on climate. The momentum of clean energy and climate action only continues to build, and ignoring that reality is shortsighted and wrong.

Now it’s up to us to pick up where the White House is leaving off. It’s up to us to keep this progress going full steam ahead. If you’re in the US, commit to pushing your local council or mayor to embrace renewable electricity in your community. If you’re outside the US, commit to pressuring your leaders to fulfill your country’s Paris Agreement pledge and keep the process moving.

My friends, it’s time to fight like our world depends on it. Because it does. And because together we will win.


Al Gore
Founder and Chairman
The Climate Reality Project