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Two Major Climate Change Lawsuits Move Forward

Two Major Climate Change Lawsuits Move Forward

By Ken Kimmell A major front in the climate change debate has moved to the courtroom, as I’ve previously discussed. Last week, plaintiffs in two separate cases won significant procedural victories—one against major fossil fuel companies, and a second against the Trump administration. Here are the latest developments and their implications. Bay Area vs. Big […]

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    ‘Disappointing, Backwards Step’: Critics Blast U.S. Exit From Global Oil, Gas Anti-Corruption Effort

    ‘Disappointing, Backwards Step’: Critics Blast U.S. Exit From Global Oil, Gas Anti-Corruption Effort

    The Trump administration has withdrawn from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), an international anti-corruption initiative that requires member nations to report their oil, gas and mineral revenues, and for such extractive companies to report payments made to obtain these publicly owned natural resources. The EITI Standard is implemented in about 50 countries around the […]

    Trump’s Pick for Top EPA Post Under Scrutiny for Deep Ties to Chemical Industry

    Trump’s Pick for Top EPA Post Under Scrutiny for Deep Ties to Chemical Industry

    From Scott Pruitt to Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump has notoriously appointed a slew of individuals with serious conflicts of interests with the departments they oversee. The latest is Michael L. Dourson, Trump’s pick to head the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, the government’s chemical safety program. Media reports reveal that the […]

    California Counties Sue Big Oil for Sea Level Rise Damages

    California Counties Sue Big Oil for Sea Level Rise Damages

    Three California municipalities filed lawsuits Monday against 37 of the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies, including Chevron, Exxon and Royal Dutch Shell. The legal challenges, brought by Marin and San Mateo counties and the city of Imperial Beach, allege that the companies knew about the harm of burning fossil fuels and therefore should pay for […]

    These 100 Companies Are to Blame for 71% of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Since 1988

    These 100 Companies Are to Blame for 71% of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Since 1988

    New research claims that just 100 fossil fuel producers are to blame for 71 percent of industrial greenhouse gases since 1988, the year human-induced climate change was officially recognized through the establishment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Despite the landmark establishment, the oil, coal and gas industry has expanded significantly and has […]

    Exxon, Chevron Join Trump in Opposing Russia Sanctions Bill

    Exxon, Chevron Join Trump in Opposing Russia Sanctions Bill

    ExxonMobil, Chevron and other oil bigwigs have spoken out against legislation that would establish tough, new sanctions against Russia for meddling in the 2016 election. The U.S. oil giants worry that the bill, which overwhelmingly passed the Senate 98-2 last month, could shut down oil and gas projects around the world that involve Russian partners, […]

    Exxon, Chevron Face Judgment Day at Upcoming Shareholder Meeting

    Exxon, Chevron Face Judgment Day at Upcoming Shareholder Meeting

    By Kathy Mulvey In preparation for their annual meetings on May 31, both Chevron and ExxonMobil opposed every climate-related resolution put forth by their shareholders. In a previous post, I wrote that Chevron continues to downplay climate risks while attempting to convince shareholders that the company’s political activities—which include support for groups that spread climate […]

    Chevron Pipeline Spills 4,800 Gallons of Oil on Public Land, Kills Wildlife

    Chevron Pipeline Spills 4,800 Gallons of Oil on Public Land, Kills Wildlife

    Cleanup efforts are underway after a failed Chevron Corporation pipeline released about 4,800 gallons of oil into an intermittent stream on public land in northwestern Colorado and killed some wildlife. The breach happened on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land and was first detected on March 5 by a Chevron consultant. The pipeline was shut […]