As environmentalists celebrated major victories over Big Oil, the empire struck back.
The reputedly climate-change busting Biden administration, taking the baton from the Trump White House, will defend a ConocoPhillips venture to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic.
That bad news followed the election of two climate change activists to Exxon Mobil's board, a court ordering Royal Dutch Shell to slash emissions and Chevron stock holders demanding similar climate change action.
But the Biden administration's betrayal of its climate change efforts shows that the Democratic Party remains as committed to oil drilling as the science-denying GOP.
The Wall Street Journal in an editorial bemoaning the Exxon Mobil vote presented the prevailing view that fossil-fuel dominance will last as the developing world's economy increases.
"Nigeria won't drive Teslas," the WSJ sniffed, ignoring the auto industry's move to electric vehicles, and the declining costs of wind and solar energy. The choice of Nigeria was an arrogant effort at irony; the African nation has suffered major devastation from oil production.
Support of oil drilling counters the recent International Energy Agency warning that petroleum exploration must end if the world has a chance to achieve carbon-emissions goals and survive climate change.
The Conoco-Phillips extraction of oil from the Arctic will blast more emissions into the atmosphere. Biden's support of the project is a distressing capitulation to the oil industry and an assault on his climate-change agenda.