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Federal Court Dismisses RICO and Defamation Lawsuit Against Greenpeace. “These cases don’t seek justice,” says Greenpeace USA’s general counsel. “They intend to silence free speech through expensive, time-consuming litigation.” By Jessica Corbett, staff writer, Common Dreams, 17 Oct 2017 Greenpeace displayed tweets and images on a truck-mounted screen near the Augusta Convention Center in Georgia, where Resolute Forest Products held its annual …

Denial and delayed shift matter as oil majors opt for profits and accrue responsibility: Top 90 carbon producers account for 43% of emissions rise from 1980-2010. Combustion from the top 20 is 19.6%

Researchers have quantified the contributions of industrialized and developing nations’ historical emissions to global surface temperature rise. Recent findings that nearly two-thirds of total industrial CO2 and CH4 emissions can be traced to 90 major industrial carbon producers have drawn attention to their potential climate responsibilities. Here, we use a simple climate model to quantify the contribution of historical (1880–2010) and recent …

How Does It Feel? The annual increase in GHG forcing is increasing, not decreasing, notes James Hansen. Who are the real criminals?

By James Hansen | 04 October 2017 Columbia University Blog  On a long trip from Helsinki to Cavalier, North Dakota.  As Yogi supposedly said, “you can’t get there from here.”  It’s not so far on a great circle route.  But there are no such flights. How does it feel to be on the way to the trial of a really brave conscientious objector?  Civil disobedience …

“How are we going to pay for this?” agencies ask re: climate change costs?

Whether it is 4½ feet of sea level rise by 2100 that would leave more than 75,000 people in San Francisco and Alameda County vulnerable to inundation, and threaten $100 billion worth of existing property along the California coast… Or 137 large wildfires raging across 7.8 million acres in what might be the worst fire season ever Agencies are asking, …

Exxon spread doubt through weekly public advertorials in the New York Times while internal documents confirmed knowledge that climate change was real

This post also includes the earlier LA Times article at the bottom.  The August 2017 Harvard article overview and excerpt are at the top. Geoffrey Supran1 and Naomi Oreskes. Assessing ExxonMobil’s climate change communications (1977–2014). Published 23 August 2017 Environmental Research Letters, Volume 12, Number 8 83% of peer-reviewed papers and 80% of internal documents acknowledge that climate change is real and human-caused, yet only 12% of …

Like Exxon, Utilities Knew about Climate Change Risks Decades Ago: A new report shows through documents and testimony how utilities researched climate change and determined in the 1970s that it could force a shift away from coal.

Update – 27 August 2017 – ExxonMobil Lied About Climate Change For 40 Years — New Study, August 27th, 2017 by Steve Hanley, CleanTechnica.com  The Attorneys General for the states of New York and Massachusetts are on a mission. They seek to prove in court that ExxonMobil has consistently lied about what it knew about the relationship between burning the fossil fuels it supplies to …

WaPo: This could be the next big strategy for suing over climate change

By Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis, Washington Post, 20 July 2017  A Delta plane lands as a U.S. Airways plane waits to take off at San Francisco airport. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson) Two California coastal counties and one beach-side city touched off a possible new legal front in the climate change battle this week, suing dozens of major oil, coal, and other fossil fuel companies for the …

Exxon and fossil fuel industry try to hide deception, minimize liability

May 31st, 2017 by Steve Hanley, Source: Think Progress, Fossil Fuel Groups Attempt To Flee Our Children’s Trust Lawsuit “API and its members will not come clean on the facts of climate change because they know it exposes them to liability for the damage they too have caused to the global climate system,” Julia Olson, co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit and …