Taking Aim at ExxonMobil, Connecticut Joins ‘Fast-Growing Wave of Climate Lawsuits’ Targeting Fossil Fuel Giants: ExxonMobil sold oil and gas, but it also sold lies about climate science says AG

September 14, 2020 by Common Dreams “This avalanche of climate litigation is Exxon’s worst nightmare. The public increasingly understands Big Oil’s role in causing and lying about the climate crisis.”by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Climate activists protested outside ExxonMobil’s annual meeting of shareholders in Irving, Texas. (Photo: 350.org/flickr/cc) In a move widely welcomed by climate campaigners and other critics of …

Fives States Have Filed Climate Change Lawsuits, Seeking Damages From Big Oil and Gas: Connecticut targeted ExxonMobil, while Delaware named 31 oil and gas defendants

David Hasemyer on Climate Home News, Sept 15, 2020 Connecticut and Delaware have joined a growing list of states, cities and counties that have filed climate change lawsuits against the fossil fuel industry, claiming oil and gas companies knew their products caused sea level rise and stronger hurricanes and willfully misled the public about those and other dangers related to …

Colorado Governor Jared Polis Moves to Dismiss Himself from Climate Accountability, Turns Back on Duty to Protect Climate, Achieve Environmental Justice in Colorado

This post includes multiple articles and statements on the topic September 10, 2020, by Jeremy Nichols, (303) 437-7663 Denver– Today, Colorado Governor Jared Polis moved (asked) a court to rule that he has no duty to protect the climate, arguing he is not legally required to achieve legislated greenhouse gas reduction goals in the state. “With this court filing, Governor …

Central value in ultimate cost of carbon is about $100,000 per ton

The Universal Cost of Carbon applies over a different timescale than how the social cost of carbon has been calculated. Assuming that the climate impacts from fossil carbon use will persist much longer than any economic infrastructure that we use fossil fuels today to build, the UCC can be seen as a first approximation of our culpability to future generations, …

Exposing the World’s Biggest Carbon Emitters: US oil and gas and trade associations failed the country by ignoring the foreseeable and foreseen impacts of their carbon products, which the industry has been aware of for decades

“Energy accountant” Richard Heede does research needed to hold major polluters accountable for their actions “The industry (particularly US oil and gas companies and trade associations) failed the country by ignoring the foreseeable and foreseen impacts of their carbon products, which the industry has been aware of for decades (Franta 2018; CIEL 2017; ICN 2015), with lobbying for legislative and regulatory relief …

In Setback to Industry, the Ninth Circuit Sends California Climate Liability Cases Back to State Courts: rulings foil oil companies’ efforts to move the lawsuits to federal jurisdiction, where they have prevailed in prior cases

David Hasemyer MAY 27, 2020, Inside Climate News A federal appeals court has delivered a one-two punch to the fossil fuel industry, knocking it back in its fight to stop a series of California lawsuits that seek to hold the industry responsible for damages associated with climate change. The industry setbacks came in two rulings handed down Tuesday by the …

Coronavirus could alter climate litigation. Here’s how

E&E News | Jennifer Hijazi April 8, 2020 Coronavirus could alter climate litigation. Here’s how An anticipated flood of lawsuits related to the novel coronavirus could carry big lessons for attorneys duking it out over the impacts of global warming, but legal experts say the jury is still out as to what degree of influence pandemic-related litigation could have for …

Experts throw support behind newest Juliana push

Experts throw support behind newest Juliana push E&E News | Jennifer Hijazi Law professors, environmental advocates and public health experts said yesterday that a federal appeals court got it wrong when it dismissed the so-called kids’ climate case. While the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals strongly acknowledged the gravity of climate change in its Juliana v. United States opinion, …

Shell’s activities in Ogoniland region of Nigeria have led to polluted air and water as well as decimated natural habitats, violating the rights of the 832,000 people who live there

From Common Dreams, March 2020 350.org surveyed the region of Ogoniland in Nigeria, where Shell Oil has dumped an estimated nine to 13 million barrels of crude oil into the Niger Delta since 1958. “Companies are actively disregarding the right of entire populations to a healthy environment, sufficient and quality food, and a political and social scenario of stability.”—Aaron Packard, …