Executive liability for knowingly delaying response to risks presented by science

“It was easy to safeguard the plant against tsunami, but they kept operating the plant heedlessly.”  Japanese Prosecutors Demand 5 Years in Prison for Executives Facing Trial for Fukushima Nuclear Disaster by Jessica Corbett, staff writer in Common Dreams Members of the media and TEPCO employees walk in front of the No. 4 reactor building, crippled by the March 11, 2011 …

CIEL: Story of industry knowledge of harms and climate change goes back at least to 1958

In the past year, we’ve uncovered more evidence of the fossil fuel industry’s early knowledge of  climate change. Since the 1950s and 60s — more than half a century ago — companies like ExxonMobil and Shell have been researching climate change and acknowledging climate risks internally. By the 1970s, oil companies were using that knowledge to protect their own investments …

Is Exxon Conning Its Investors?

A New York State lawsuit charges that the oil giant has not properly accounted for the climate risks at the core of its business. By The Editorial Board, Nov. 25, 2018 The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section. In August, a lawyer for Exxon Mobil told a …

Fossil Fuel Companies Kill With Impunity. Why Are Their Leaders Not In Jail?

November 23rd, 2018 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica  Over the course of 2018, I have started emphasizing how the extraction and sale of fossil fuels is like a neighbor who pumps the contents of his septic system onto your front lawn and expects you to pay to clean up his mess. Only under the most absurd economic theory could such antisocial and irresponsible …

Newly found documents from the 1980s show that fossil fuel companies privately predicted the global damage that would be caused by their products.

By Benjamin Franta, Shell and Exxon’s secret 1980s climate change warnings, in The Guardian, Wed 19 Sep 2018   A Royal Dutch Shell logo. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA One day in 1961, an American economist named Daniel Ellsberg stumbled across a piece of paper with apocalyptic implications. Ellsberg, who was advising the US government on its secret nuclear war plans, had discovered a document that …

Attempt by Colorado company to silence critics ends in big win for oil and gas activist: Judge squashes most of subpoenas for communication

Autoplay: BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — An attempt by a major Colorado company to silence critics turned into a big win for anti-oil and gas activists and First Amendment rights. Martin Marietta, a multi-billion-dollar company that supplies construction materials to oil and gas, slapped activists with subpoenas back in July.  The company demanded six well-known activists, including Cliff Willmeng, turn over all communication related …

Bringing forward climate impacts and liability in hearings in September and November in NYC and the Philippines

From Dr. Pedro Walpole SJ Seemingly forgotten public documents and scientific studies are revealing the extent of the fossil fuel industry’s research on climate change as early as the late 1950s along with the warnings from the industry’s scientists, but these were taken over by the cover-ups and misinformation that followed during the 1970s and 1980s.  (For a detailed history …

Philippines leads once again — human rights case against 50 “carbon majors”

November 29, 2015 Yeb Sano, Filipino priests, lay people and Filipino NGOs have filed what is considered the first human rights complaint against “big polluters” – 50 multinational companies that are among the largest emitters of greenhouse gases.  The 40-page petition, signed by 13 environmental groups and 20 individuals, wants the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to investigate so-called “Carbon …

CO2’s Role in Global Warming Has Been on the Oil Industry’s Radar Since the 1960s

Historical records reveal early industry concern with air pollutants, including smog and CO2, and unwanted regulation. By NEELA BANERJEE et al., 13 Apr 2016 Documents reveal that the risks of climate change were being discussed in the inner circles of the oil industry in the 1960s, earlier than previously documented. Credit: Photo of Exxon’s Bayway oil refinery in New Jersey by …

The Climate-Wrecking Industry… and How to Beat It: Insisting that we’re all responsible for global warming lets the biggest corporate polluters off the hook.

The Climate-Wrecking Industry… and How to Beat It: Insisting that we’re all responsible for global warming lets the biggest corporate polluters off the hook. By Jason Mark, editor in chief of Sierra magazine and the author of Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man. This article was co-published with Sierra. Among climate activists, the scene is remembered with a mix …