Kids are suing Gov. Rick Scott to force Florida to take action on climate change

By Alex Harris, aharris@miamiherald.com, April 16, 2018 Florida Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t talk about climate change. He notoriously declared “I’m not a scientist” when asked his thoughts on humanity’s well-documented impact on the warming planet, banned the phrase in his administration (a charge he denies) and backed up President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord. On Monday, an unusual group sued Scott for ignoring the …

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled last week (April 2018) that Attorney General Maura Healey has the authority to compel Exxon to turn over records showing whether the oil company’s marketing or sale of fossil fuel products violated the state’s consumer protection law. In its 32-page opinion, the state’s highest court ruled that Healey may proceed with enforcing a civil investigative …

Criminalizing protest, while corporate connections and lobbying get military security firm, Tiger Swan, special consideration

With implications for future protests against the Bayou Bridge pipeline, this week the Louisiana State Legislature introduced House Bill 727, which proposes as a criminal offense the “unauthorized entry of and criminal damage to a critical infrastructure.” The bill seeks to include oil and gas pipelines and their construction sites among the definition of “critical infrastructure.” For those convicted of damaging this infrastructure …

Federal judge rejects Exxon’s claim that its free speech rights were being violated by the state investigations, calls it ‘a wild stretch of logic.’

By John H. Cushman Jr. and David Hasemyer, Inside Climate News, 29 Mar 2018 With a sharp rebuke, a federal judge on Thursday rejected Exxon’s attempt to shut down two state investigations into whether the oil giant misled investors for years about the risks of climate change. U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni dismissed Exxon’s complaint with prejudice, meaning the company can’t refile …

Glyphosate clouds contaminating even more distant fields now, and all popular beer and wine brands tested

By Zen Honeycutt, March 2018 The past few years have revealed some disturbing news for the alcohol industry. In 2015, CBS news broke the announcement of a lawsuit against 31 brands of wines for high levels of inorganic arsenic. In 2016, beer testing in Germany also revealed residues of glyphosate in every single sample tested, even independent beers. Moms Across America released test …

Landmark court rulings could help people get redress where one state’s actions cause damage such as sea or air pollution across country borders

How international law could help victims of environmental degradation By Monica Feria-Tinta and Simon Milnes, The Guardian, Wed 21 Feb 2018   ‘The ecological crisis transcends any one bilateral dispute’. Photograph: Pablo Cozzaglio/AFP/Getty Images Something moved in the machineries of international law earlier this month. A turn in the lock, a small latch releasing a door. How big, how wide, remains to be seen. But …

Exxon tries to sink democracy, sue 30 people associated with climate change lawsuits, alleging conspiracy

Note:  A nationally and internationally known attorney on one of the climate suits in the US says this does not have much chance in court.  It is just designed to intimidate and waste time and resources. Reprinted from Clean Technica, February 22nd, 2018 by James Ayre As a result of numerous organizations filing lawsuits against Exxon in recent times in relation to anthropogenic …