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 …

GM, Ford knew about climate change 50 years ago

Just like #ExxonKnew, new documents reveal that two major US car companies also understood the link between climate change and fossil fuels, as early as the 1950s. These findings were published in an investigative report in Energy & Environment News last month. The report couples research and interviews by journalist Maxine Joselow with historical documents unearthed by E&E, CIEL, and …

New Polling Shows Voters Want to Hold Big Oil’s Feet to the Fire. Juliana implications and Maui case.

New Polling Shows Voters Want to Hold Big Oil’s Feet to the Fire (Earther) by Dharna Noor, October 13, 2020 Oil and gas companies have spent decades spewing ungodly amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and there’s ample evidence that oil and gas companies covered up the climate-warming effects of that pollution. New polling shows that Americans want to do something about that. A national …

Taking Aim at ExxonMobil, Connecticut Joins ‘Fast-Growing Wave of Climate Lawsuits’ Targeting Fossil Fuel Giants: ExxonMobil sold oil and gas, but it also sold lies about climate science says AG

September 14, 2020 by Common Dreams “This avalanche of climate litigation is Exxon’s worst nightmare. The public increasingly understands Big Oil’s role in causing and lying about the climate crisis.”by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Climate activists protested outside ExxonMobil’s annual meeting of shareholders in Irving, Texas. (Photo: 350.org/flickr/cc) In a move widely welcomed by climate campaigners and other critics of …

Fives States Have Filed Climate Change Lawsuits, Seeking Damages From Big Oil and Gas: Connecticut targeted ExxonMobil, while Delaware named 31 oil and gas defendants

David Hasemyer on Climate Home News, Sept 15, 2020 Connecticut and Delaware have joined a growing list of states, cities and counties that have filed climate change lawsuits against the fossil fuel industry, claiming oil and gas companies knew their products caused sea level rise and stronger hurricanes and willfully misled the public about those and other dangers related to …

Colorado Governor Jared Polis Moves to Dismiss Himself from Climate Accountability, Turns Back on Duty to Protect Climate, Achieve Environmental Justice in Colorado

This post includes multiple articles and statements on the topic September 10, 2020, by Jeremy Nichols, (303) 437-7663 Denver– Today, Colorado Governor Jared Polis moved (asked) a court to rule that he has no duty to protect the climate, arguing he is not legally required to achieve legislated greenhouse gas reduction goals in the state. “With this court filing, Governor …

Central value in ultimate cost of carbon is about $100,000 per ton

The Universal Cost of Carbon applies over a different timescale than how the social cost of carbon has been calculated. Assuming that the climate impacts from fossil carbon use will persist much longer than any economic infrastructure that we use fossil fuels today to build, the UCC can be seen as a first approximation of our culpability to future generations, …

Exposing the World’s Biggest Carbon Emitters: US oil and gas and trade associations failed the country by ignoring the foreseeable and foreseen impacts of their carbon products, which the industry has been aware of for decades

“Energy accountant” Richard Heede does research needed to hold major polluters accountable for their actions “The industry (particularly US oil and gas companies and trade associations) failed the country by ignoring the foreseeable and foreseen impacts of their carbon products, which the industry has been aware of for decades (Franta 2018; CIEL 2017; ICN 2015), with lobbying for legislative and regulatory relief …