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Santa Barbara’s Refugio oil spill earns pipeline company a slap on the wrist

On April 25, Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge James Herman Plains sentenced Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. to pay $3,347,650 in total fines and penalty assessments for the massive 2015 Refugio Oil Spill in Santa Barbara County that killed marine mammals, protected sea birds, and other marine life and temporarily closing fishing and other recreation along the pristine coast. By Dan […]

April 29th

Tiny Scottish offshore wind farm continues trolling Trump

File this one under P for Proof that karma is a bitch. The Trump* Organization’s ill-fated legal action against a relatively small, 11-turbine offshore wind farm in Scotland took yet another twist last week when the country’s Court of Sessions ruled that Trump’s company and the Trump International Golf Club in Aberdeen are on the […]

March 4th

Court slapps down big oil’s nuisance lawsuit against young climate activists and City of LA

In a victory for environmental justice, a California appeals court on February 15 dismissed the California Independent Petroleum Associations’s lawsuit against youth organizations from South Los Angeles and Wilmington, the Center for Biological Diversity and the city of Los Angeles. By Dan Bacher Judge Terry A. Green of the California 2nd District Court of Appeals reversed a previous order by the L.A. Superior […]

February 18th

SCOTUS tells ExxonMobil to stop whining and deliver the documents

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey got some good news yesterday when the Supreme Court decided not to hear ExxonMobil ’s complaint about Healey’s request for documents regarding the company’s climate research and funding of climate denial organizations. By Climate Denier Roundup In a statement, Healey’s spokeswoman reiterated their position that “the public deserves answers from this company […]

10 years after the TVA disaster, coal ash remains a giant mess

It’s been 10 years since the tragic coal ash spill in Roane County, Tennessee. On Dec. 22, 2008, the impoundment at the TVA Kingston coal plant failed, releasing 1 billion gallons of toxic coal ash onto 300 acres of land and into the Emory and Clinch rivers. And not enough has changed –  the threats […]

January 4th

James Hansen: Climate change, the gathering storm

“Young people today confront an imminent gathering storm. They have at their command considerable determination, a dog-eared copy of our beleaguered Constitution, and rigorously developed science. The Court must decide if that is enough.” That is the final paragraph of my (thick) Expert Report written more than a year ago for the climate change lawsuit Juliana […]

December 27th

Drain the Swamp: As one Trump deregulator is indicted, another is nominated to one step below the Supreme Court

On Tuesday, an Alabama grand jury indicted Trey Glenn, the man Trump chose to lead the Southeast region’s EPA office, on charges of violating state ethics laws concerning public officials taking gifts from lobbyists.   By Climate Denier Roundup Glenn is charged with breaking Alabama’s Ethics Act on multiple counts, stemming from his time as a lobbyist […]

November 17th