Young People Seek Court Ruling That US Fossil Fuel-Based System Is Unconstitutional

March 10, 2021 by Common Dreams A win in the case would “hold current and future lawmakers accountable for protecting the rights of youth,” said attorney Julia Olson by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Julia Olson, executive director and chief legal counsel at Our Children’s Trust, stands with some of the youth plaintiffs from the landmark lawsuit Juliana v. United States. (Photo: …

57 GOP State and Local Officials Were at the Capitol Insurrection

57 GOP State and Local Officials Were at the Capitol Insurrection << Christopher Mathias, Reader Supported News: “At least 57 state and local Republican officials attended the Jan. 6 rally in Washington that turned into a deadly insurrection, according to an updated HuffPost tally.  Almost all of them are resisting calls to resign.” Ma Joad’s final lines from The Grapes …

Getting off fossils sooner rather than later saves money

Jan-Feb 2021: ExxonMobil announced a $19.3 billion write-down this week – reducing the value of the assets on its books – a big hit to a company reeling from depressed oil and gas prices and a rapidly changing global energy market. The fossil fuel giant, however, may be understating the financial damage to its assets, according to a former ExxonMobil …

Climate inaction could put utilities in legal peril: New report warns that climate resilience planning could have legal implications for many utility companies

By Niina H. Farah December 22, 2020 Power companies may soon find themselves in legal trouble if they don’t protect their operations and infrastructure against flooding, severe storms and other climate impacts, legal experts say. Not only could utilities face challenges if they fail to account for rising global temperatures in rate proceedings before state commissions, but they could also …

Indigenous Rights under the light of Energy Exploitation

‘Indigenous Rights under the light of Energy Exploitation’ 56 (2013) German Yearbook of International Law 315-350 by Alexandra Xanthaki Indigenous rights at the United Nations: Their impact on international human rights standards’ (2014) 3/4 Europa Ethnica Natural Resources,Community Based Natural Resources Management,Environment and natural resources conservation,Indigenous Peoples Rights,Indigenous rights …more ▾ This article discusses how energy exploitation impacts on indigenous peoples’ rights. …

Big Oil brings another climate case to the Supreme Court

Dec 14 2020, Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News O&G industry attorneys are giving the Supreme Court a new foothold to derail state and local lawsuits asking fossil fuel firms to pay up for climate impacts. In a Supreme Court petition docketed earlier this month, Suncor Energy Inc. and Exxon Mobil Corp. asked the justices to reconsider a 10th U.S. Circuit Court …

How Biden can prevent climate action from failing in court

Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News, November 17, 2020 The U.S. Supreme Court as seen on June 26, 2019. Law experts say there are several ways President-elect Joe Biden can address climate change without risking court challenges. Francis Chung/E&E News President-elect Joe Biden may have to get creative if he wants his climate policies to survive — or avoid — scrutiny by a …