Liebreich: Climate Lawsuits – An Existential Risk to Fossil Fuel Firms?

September 26, 2019, By Michael Liebreich, Senior ContributorBloombergNEF As I fly in to New York for Climate Week (I know, flight-shame, more on that later), I have been reading about the bankruptcy of Purdue Pharma. Over the past 20 years the company has been hit with over 2,600 lawsuits because of the central role its Oxycontin painkiller played in the …

Intergenerational human rights violations underway with climate breakdown

One of the aims of the lawsuits is to make apparent to companies and governments that investing in fossil fuels comes with legal and financial risks, said Ellen Dorsey, executive director of the Washington-based Wallace Global Fund, which has supported work on fossil fuel divestment. Sept 2019, Human rights threats in warming world could speed up climate action, Laurie Goering, …

Federal Court Blocks South Dakota Laws Suppressing Pipeline Protests

By Staff, Aclu.org September 20, 2019 | RESIST! SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A federal court today blocked enforcement of the unconstitutional provisions of several South Dakota laws, including the recently-enacted “Riot Boosting” Act, that threaten activists who encourage or organize protests, particularly protests of the Keystone XL pipeline, with fines, civil liabilities, and/or criminal penalties of up to 25 years in prison. In granting plaintiff’s motion …

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

Climate Liability News, March 2019 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  print By Karen Savage In its latest brief trying to keep alive its …

Why cities suing over climate change want the fight in state court, not federal

InsideClimate News | Nicholas Kusnetz, July 26, 2019. Why cities suing over climate change want the fight in state court, not federal. A wave of lawsuits brought by local and state governments that are trying to hold oil companies accountable for climate change got a boost when federal judges in Rhode Island and Maryland sent two of the cases back …

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 …