The Public Supports Lawsuits Against Fossil Fuel Companies

CLIMATE NOTE · Jun 19, 2019 By Jennifer Marlon, Xinran Wang, Abel Gustafson, Matthew Ballew, Matthew Goldberg, Seth Rosenthal and Anthony Leiserowitz Filed under: Beliefs & Attitudes Climate science has found that the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) produced by fossil fuel companies is causing global warming. Global warming, in turn, results in more extreme weather, droughts, wildfires, and flooding from sea level rise. Such impacts …

This is how 2020 candidates plan to hold Big Oil accountable for climate change: “Like tobacco companies, these industries have poisoned our air and polluted our planet for decades … They must answer for that.”

E.A. CRUNDEN, Climate Progress, JUN 24, 2019 Cities and states have been actively seeking to hold fossil fuel giants accountable for their role in knowingly contributing to global warming — a movement that is now seeing support from Democratic presidential contenders. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) and Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) have both released climate plans that would see corporations …

Many Texans think fossil fuel companies should pay for climate change, poll finds

Marissa Luck June 20, 2019  Most Americans — even in the oil rich state of Texas — say fossil fuel companies should foot the bill for rising temperatures, worsening natural disasters and other damages spurred by climate change, according to new survey by Yale University. The survey of more than 5,000 people across the county found that 57 percent of Americans …

Younger generations’ rights to life, liberty, and equal protection: Juliana v. US

They’re suing the U.S. government for endangering their future by supporting a fossil fuel-based energy system, despite knowledge of how that would contribute to the current climate disaster. The case would clarify a new fundamental right—the right to a stable climate system that sustains human lives and liberties. The scale of the government misconduct in this case is quite unprecedented. Never before has …

Major global firms accused of concealing their environmental impact: More than 700 companies, including Amazon and ExxonMobil, lack transparency

A $10tn (£7.9tn) investor alliance has accused more than 700 companies, including Amazon, Tesco and ExxonMobil, of failing to reveal the full extent of their impact on the climate crisis, water shortages and deforestation. The major global companies, with a combined worth ofmore than $15tn, lack transparency over their effect on the environment, according to the intervention by some of the …

Climate Liability June 2019 update

Ninth Circuit Judges Appear Skeptical About Courts’ Role in Kids Climate Suit The 21 young people suing the U.S. government for exacerbating climate change finally got one day in court. Their trial remains derailed, but their lawyers did get to urge the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to let it go forward. The three-judge panel understood the urgency of the climate …

Teen activists face US government in crucial hearing over climate trial, which accuses federal government of violating young people’s constitutional rights

Lee van der Voo in Oregon, in The Guardian, Tue 4 Jun 2019 Twenty-one youth activists faced off with the US government in an Oregon courthouse on Tuesday, where their attorneys petitioned a panel of judges to let their climate case go to trial. Until it does, their attorneys argued, fossil fuel development should be halted on public lands. The case of …

New York Says Climate Suit About Protecting Residents, Not Regulating Emissions

Home /Litigation/New York Says Climate Suit About Protecting Residents, Not Regulating Emissions New York City wants to shift the burden of protecting the city back onto the companies it says have overwhelmingly caused the climate crisis. Photo credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images  Litigation |  March 27, 2019 By Karen Savage In its latest brief trying to keep alive its climate liability suit against five …

Can Fossil Fuel Companies Be Held Responsible for Human Rights? The Inter-American Court of Human Rights published an advisory opinion that equates environmental protection with human rights

Many climate liability cases rely on research called the Carbon Majors report to link carbon pollution to particular emitters. That research, spearheaded by Richard Heede of the Climate Accountability Institute, first revealed in 2013 that the majority of carbon pollution could be traced to 100 companies, the Carbon Majors. It was updated in 2017 with data that showed 71 percent of global warming gases …

Monsanto, Scientific Deception and Cancer

By Binoy Kampmark, Dissidentvoice.org, May 28, 2019, | EDUCATE!  MONSANTO, SCIENTIFIC DECEPTION AND CANCER Money may not be able to buy the purest love, but it can buy the best, life-ending cancer.  For Monsanto, giant of rule and misrule in matters of genetically modified crops, known for bullying practices towards farmers, things have not been so rosy of late.  Ever the self-promoter of saving the …