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STUDY SHOWS EXXON'S USE OF PROPOGANDA TO FOCUS ON CONSUMERS

A new peer-reviewed study by Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes at Harvard Univerity in One Earth shows how ExxonMobil's advertising in the mid-2000s focused on consumers' use of energy, deflecting the company's responsiblity in producing fossul fuels. In a Vox article about the study Geoffrey Supran said, "Never before has it been proven that fossil fuel propganda is demostrably one source of where this mindset has originated from." 

 

Read the study titled "Rhetoric and frame analysis of ExxonMobil's climate change communications" here: https://www.cell.com/one-earth/fulltext/S2590-3322(21)00233-5

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LARGEST NEVADA NEWSPAPER FEATURES WORK OF THE WOMEN EFFECT FUND

The Las Vegas Review-Journal, the largest daily circulating newspaper in Nevada, interviewed RFF’s Associate Director Lisa Guide and Lenore Palladino, an economist at the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst, about the impacts of the Biden-Harris administration’s proposed American Families Plan on job creation in the state. Lenore studied the impact of the care investments in the plans of “Build Back Better” and found that the investments in child care proposed would create over 83,000 new jobs in Nevada alone.

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FOUR RFF GRANTEES FEATURED IN WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE ABOUT FORMOSA PLASTICS PLANT

The Washington Post ran a long article about the proposed $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics plant that quotes representatives of four Funder Collaborative on Oil (FCOG) grantees—the Louisiana Bucket Brigade (LABB), RISE St. James, the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). 

 

IEEFA recently published an extensive report indicating that the proposed multi-billion-dollar petrochemical facility slated to be built in Louisiana’s cancer alley is not financially viable. The report points out that the project would be built at a time when the market is over-supplied, and prices are low.

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DPI FUND PARTNERS FEATURED IN BLAVITY

The Democracy and Power Innovation (DPI) Fund and its partners were featured in a Blavity article to recognize the effect of Black voter turnout on the results of the November election.

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RFF-INITIATED PROJECT GOES TO SCALE

The Climate & Clean Energy Equity Fund, a project supported by RFF, has grown into a leader in climate and economic justice. Their work continues to address climate and political equity in a number of states in the country. As the organization doubles or triples every year, we commend their work and anticipate they will continue to grow in the coming year. Read more about the Equity Fund in their statement of plans and strategies for 2021.

Updates

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LISA GUIDE PENS OP-ED ON THE CARE ECONOMY:

The Hill published an op-ed by RFF Associate Director Lisa Guide that pushes back on those who argue caregiving investments should not be prioritized for infrastructure improvements. Lisa explains how the care economy is part of the foundation of the economy and has bipartisan support from a majority of voters.

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JULIE FERNANDES ON ALL IN WITH CHRIS HAYES:

RFF Associate Director Julie Fernandes was on All In with Chris Hayes discussing Attorney General Merrick Garland’s announcement of a civil investigation of the Louisville Police Department the DOJ’s efforts of police reform under the Biden administration. Julie was the deputy assistant attorney general in the civil rights division in the Obama administration.

Watch the full clip here: https://youtu.be/eBaAkHbtTHg

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REVENUE DIVERSIFCATION RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NEW MEXICO’S TAX STRUCTURE:

The Funder Collaborative on Oil and Gas partnered with PFM Group Consulting and Kelly O’Donnell to investigate New Mexico’s tax distribution and dependence on oil and gas for revenue. The report offered suggested proposals to stabilize and diversify the state’s revenue and was presented to the state’s Revenue and Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee ahead of the 2021 legislative session.

Read the full report here: https://www.pfm.com/docs/default-source/consulting/state-of-new-mexico-tax-structure-key-issues-and-alternatives-december-2020.pdf?sfvrsn=27050db5_4