Our Latest Updates – Archive

New Topic: Fracking Top 3 Pros & Cons
2/17/2021 -

Explore the hot topic with an overview, pros and cons, discussion questions, and a new take action section.

Global Oil Prices Recovered from Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic
2/8/2021 -

Global oil prices are back up to over $60 a barrel, the highest level since Jan. 2020. Oil prices have been rising for months in anticipation of Covid-19 vaccination programs.

President Biden Rescinds Keystone XL Pipeline Permit
1/23/2021 -

Biden stated the pipeline “disserves the U.S. national interest.”

New York Says Employee Pension Fund Will Divest from Oil and Gas Companies if Not Aligned with Paris Agreement
12/9/2020 -

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced the New York State Common Retirement Fund aims to be net zero by 2040. To do so, the fund will require that fossil fuel companies have a business plan aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement within four years. If fossil fuel companies fail to accomplish that goal, the $226 billion fund will begin divesting from those companies.

Alternative Energy Site Updated
10/5/2020 -

Find new and updated questions, quotes, and resources on renewable and nuclear energies as well as the fossil fuels they might replace.

California to Ban New Gas-Powered Cars by 2035
9/25/2020 -

Governor Newsom issued an executive order on Sep. 23, 2020.

Big Banks Refuse Funds for Some Fossil Fuel Projects
4/28/2020 -

Citi and Morgan Stanley announced new policies in which the banks will not fund certain fossil fuel projects including oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Circle. Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo have similar policies.

Oil and Electricity Demands Drop during COVID-19 Pandemic
4/15/2020 -

Oil demand is collapsing globally due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, but supply continues to increase an already overabundant stockpile. International electricity use is down about 15% as factories and businesses close during stay-at-home-orders.

EPA Lowers Fuel Economy Standards
3/31/2020 -

The Trump administration’s new fuel efficiency standards aim to hit an average of 40 miles per gallon in passenger vehicles by 2026, compared to a goal of 54 miles per gallon by 2025 set by the Obama-era rules.

Keystone XL Pipeline Oil Spill
11/5/2019 -

Approximately 383,000 gallons of crude oil were spilled from the Keystone XL pipeline beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, affecting about 22,5000 square feet of wetlands in North Dakota. That portion of the pipeline has since been shut down.

Three Mile Island to Close, Site of Worst Commercial Nuclear Accident in US
9/23/2019 -

Three Mile Island stopped producing electricity at noon on Friday, Sep. 20, 2019.

NEW ProCon.org Website! – 2020 Presidential Election: The Candidates and Where They Stand on the Issues
8/29/2019 -

Learn about the presidential candidates’ views on important issues, compare them with a side-by-side chart, find your best match with a fun quiz, track their finances, and so much more on our 2020 Presidential Election website. The New York Times called our previous presidential election site “The most comprehensive tool for researching the candidate’s stance on issues.” Check back monthly for expanded issue coverage.

New ProCon.org Website! – Should Birth Control Pills Be Available Over-the-Counter?
2/21/2019 -

Our new topic explores the pros and cons in the debate over making birth control pills available over-the-counter (OTC). 9.1 million women (12.6% of contraceptive users) use birth control pills, which are the second-most commonly used method of contraception in the United States. Proponents say making the birth control pill available over-the-counter would lower teen pregnancy rates, provide contraceptive access to medically underserved women, and ease access to a health-improving drug with decades of safe use. Opponents say making the Pill over-the-counter would raise the cost of contraception for women, pose a danger to teens’ and women’s health by removing the doctor’s visit requirement, and limit what options are made available.

Our new website presents the top pro & con arguments and quotes, a history of the debate, a video gallery, the prescription status of birth control pills around the world, and a list of drugs switched from prescription to OTC status.

Researcher Wanted at Educational Nonprofit ProCon.org
1/17/2019 -

ProCon.org, a Los Angeles-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity,
seeks an in-house Researcher (full-time with benefits or part-time
without benefits) to develop content for websites devoted to a
nonpartisan in-depth presentation of 70+ controversial issues. Three
items are required for application, as specified in the job notice.

50 Lesson Plan Ideas Using ProCon.org
7/16/2018 -

We’re excited to announce 50 free lesson plan ideas for educators! Visit our Teachers’ Corner for inspiration, including lessons plans about distinguishing fact from opinion, how to write a “call-to-action” letter, and content from our partner Credo Reference.