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Trump’s most dangerous attack on the environment: Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court

This week the Trump administration proposed its latest major attack on our national efforts to fight climate change – a reversal of regulations for methane emissions, which are one of the most destructive sources of climate pollution. California Governor Jerry Brown, speaking at this week’s Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, called the proposal “dangerous and irresponsible” – […]

September 14th

Judge agrees with NYC’s climate change lawsuit – but dismisses it

In January, New York City sued 5 major oil companies, claiming their business activities and aggressive climate denial tactics would cost the city billions of dollars in infrastructure expenses to protect its citizens from the effects of climate change. On July 20, federal judge John Keenan granted the motions to dismiss filed by the five defendants. […]

July 23rd

Judges boot climate change suits. Exxon, BP rejoice.

It was a good day for oil companies and a bad day for climate activist local governments in NY, Berkeley and Oakland, as Federal Judges told them the courts were the wrong place to act on climate change. The lawsuits against BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell will not be moving forward. By […]

July 21st

Americans are taking big oil to court over climate change

Despite the panicked desperation of the industry’s PR groups, the legal case against fossil fuels is gaining momentum. Juliana vs. US, in which a group of young people have sued the US for failing to take sufficient climate change action, was recently assigned a court date to argue their case. And this week, another group organized by Our Children’s Trust, ages 10 […]

Paranoid Pruitt withholding docs on polluting coal plants. What’s he hiding?

A coalition of environmental and public health advocates filed suit today to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop withholding critical information about the Trump administration’s swift attempt to roll back safeguards against America’s leading source of toxic water pollution: coal power plants. By Earthjustice Coal plants all over the country dump toxic chemicals into […]

September 28th

VW exec behind diesel cheat gets prison time

James Robert Liang, an engineer at Volkswagen, has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for knowingly working to cover up the fact that the German automaker was cheating on diesel emissions tests. The sentence also carries a fine of $200,000, which was an even steeper punishment than prosecutors had initially requested. By Jo Borrás  “The […]

August 29th

Restore the Delta joins lawsuit against Delta Tunnels project

A coalition of conservation groups is suing the California Department of Water Resources over its approval of the controversial Delta Tunnels project. “Once again Big Ag in the San Joaquin Valley has come begging for more corporate welfare,” said Adam Keats, a senior attorney at the Center for Food Safety. “Only this time it’s at […]

August 26th

DAPL pipeline company sues “eco-terrorist” environmental groups

The pipeline operator Energy Transfer has filed a lawsuit against Greenpeace, Earth First, and a number of other organizations, alleging that attempts to solicit donations and interfere with construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline constituted “eco-terrorism.” By James Ayre  In other words, Energy Transfer alleges that the environmental groups in question engaged in “acts of terrorism” […]

August 25th

D.C. court hands EPA’s Pruitt a defeat over Obama’s methane rule

In case you missed it, a divided three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency-hating EPA administrator, overstepped his authority by delaying enforcement of the standards in a rule designed by the Obama administration to reduce methane emissions from new equipment at oil and gas operations. The court ordered Pruitt to […]

July 5th