Years of risk-taking and law-breaking at the expense of public safety

Exxon Must Face Suit Over Climate Risks to its Mass. Facility, Judge Rules By Dana Drugmand Litigation |  March 14, 2019 A federal judge denied ExxonMobil’s motion to dismiss multiple climate change-related claims brought by Conservation Law Foundation. The foundation’s lawsuit, filed in 2016, alleges that Exxon violated the permit requirements for its oil storage terminal in Everett, Mass. by failing to consider …

Gus Speth: After 40 Years of Government Inaction on Climate, Have We Finally Turned a Corner?

Policy expert Gus Speth talks about Our Children’s Trust’s lawsuit and how the US government has endangered future well-being, violated the government’s public trust responsibility and citizens’ constitutional rights, explaining the U.S.’s longtime knowledge of climate change even as it pushed fossil fuels. But now we’ve got a fighting chance. By Fran Korten, Yes! Magazine, posted Feb 22, 2019 In 2015, 21 young people …

Can Fossil Fuel Companies Be Held Responsible for Human Rights? Recent cases and opinions equating environmental protection and human rights

Can Fossil Fuel Companies Be Held Responsible for Human Rights? By Isabella Kaminski, Climate Liability News, International |  November 8, 2018 The possibility of holding companies legally responsible for human rights violations was the latest aspect discussed in the Philippines Commission for Human Rights’ investigation into the fossil fuel industry’s role in climate change. At the latest evidence session at the London School …

As Himalayas melt, US kids in Juliana case, Youth v. Gov, demand a climate recovery plan, and in the interim, an injunction against fossil fuel permitting

Fossil fuels produced on federal land, which is overseen by the Interior Department resulted in 23% of the nation’s emissions in 2014, and production has increased significantly since then. The Juliana v. United States (#youthvgov) lawsuit charges that the federal government is violating the plaintiffs’ Constitutional rights to life, liberty and property by promoting an energy system that exacerbates climate change the …

Just 90 companies are to blame for most climate change: Over half of global industrial emissions since 1988 can be traced to just 25 corporate and state producers

Carbon Disclosure Project, 2017:  ‘Carbon Majors’ research finds 100 active fossil fuel producers including ExxonMobil, Shell, BHP Billiton and Gazprom are linked to 71% of industrial greenhouse gas emissions since 1988. Carbon Majors Database is the most comprehensive dataset of historic company greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions ever compiled; 100 active fossil fuel producers are linked to 71% of global industrial …

Twice Burned, Once Shy—Why Californians Should Be Wary of Bailing Out PG&E Again

Publicly owned utilities in Missouri, Texas and Vermont have already deployed 100 percent renewable electricity systems.  And industry reliability data shows that the public power system tends to have better reliability, in large part because public owners don’t shortsightedly scrimp on maintenance for better quarterly returns.  Instead of investing billions in building and maintaining vulnerable transmission infrastructure, a publicly owned …

How climate change, obesity, and malnutrition are related. Want to fix obesity and climate change at the same time? Make Big Food companies pay: A new report says food companies are pursuing profit at the expense of public and environmental health

A new report, published Sunday in the Lancet, implores us to think about the possibility of big, systemic fixes for these interrelated scourges. Overnutrition, undernutrition, and global warming share common causes: powerful commercial interests that promote overconsumption, “policy inertia,” and weak governance, according to the report, led by the University of Auckland in New Zealand, George Washington University in the US, and …

Fight Against Climate Change Heating Up as Colorado Faces Aridification and Steep Declines in Cost of Renewable Energy

Gov Polis told our government that it’s time to get to work, calling on the Department of Transportation and other agencies to repair and electrify our dirty transportation system.  Polis’ push couldn’t come at a better time. For the past few months the wind has been at the back of the Colorado environmental movement. There’s been so much promising Colorado news …

Utilities Knew: Documenting Electric Utilities’ Early Knowledge and Ongoing Deception on Climate Change From 1968-2017

Download report: Utilities Knew: Documenting Electric Utilities’ Early Knowledge and Ongoing Deception on Climate Change From 1968-2017 From Energy and Policy Institute Scientists had begun to warn electric utilities about climate change by 1968, and by 1988 the industry’s official research and development organization had acknowledged that, “There is growing consensus in the scientific community that the greenhouse effect is real.” Despite this early …

Legal Strategies Abound as Climate Liability Trend Becomes a Wave

Legal Strategies Abound as Climate Liability Trend Becomes a Wave, Dana Drugmand, 11 Jan 2019 Dutch Court Decision. Credit: Chantal Bekker 2018 was the year when the climate liability trend became a wave, with actions from New York City to France to the Philippines and Colombia putting the fossil industry under pressure to take responsibility for the climate impacts of …