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The environment has had a few successes in the courts (Enjoy them now – they won’t last)

It’s nice to hear that groups protecting vulnerable populations during the coronavirus pandemic could potentially build on legal tactics employed in climate litigation, and (conversely) for those bringing climate lawsuits to learn from coronavirus litigation. By Climate Denier Roundup Last week, Dawn Reeves at InsideEPA reported that ExxonMobil’s lawyers attempted to convince the 10th Circuit Court of […]

Big oil companies talk “net zero” goals (But their actions don’t live up)

What are we doing to keep our planet habitable? Well, the oil industry certainly wants you to think that its continued existence is perfectly compatible with a non-deadly atmosphere, but is it? No, not really. By Climate Denier Roundup That’s a simplified description of findings from a new report from the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), which […]

Bankrupt oil and fracking companies are sucking up billions of coronavirus bailout dollars

This week’s decision by Trump’s Federal Reserve mirrors the Independent Petroleum Association of America’s request to bail out Big Oil. By Dan Bacher Here are all of the details from the Western Values Project: HELENA, MT – Yesterday, Trump’s Federal Reserve opened the floodgates to big oil in a decision that will allow financially unsustainable oil and gas corporations […]

May 2nd

Hawaii sues big oil for climate cleanup costs

Honolulu Files Suit Against Big Oil As Industry Bizarrely Argues The Case is Already Lost Mar 11, 2020 10:55am Eastern Daylight Time by ClimateDenierRoundup, Community 213 On Monday, the city of Honolulu, Hawaii filed a lawsuit against eight major oil companies: Aloha Petroleum, BHP Group, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Marathon Oil, and Shell. This lawsuit, like others, alleges that Big […]

Green New Deal vs Fracking: Big oil wants to scare you with ludicrous numbers (But it just ain’t so!)

On Wednesday, a trio of right-wing groups released a report claiming that, per the Daily Caller, the Green New Deal would cost swing-state households $75,000 a year. If this sounds familiar, that’s because it’s just an update to a similar report they put out last year which found the GND would cost households $70,000 a year. Since we disassembled […]

Big oil doesn’t pay to elect climate deniers (but rewards them once they’re elected)

When it comes to how the fossil fuel industry wields its money in Congress, there are two core theories. One is the “influence” hypothesis, which is the idea that corporations donate to a congressional campaign in hopes that the candidate will then vote in their favor. The other is the “investment” approach, which suggests that […]

February 27th

Big oil in California suffers another big court loss

Environmental justice and conservation groups and local farmers won a significant victory yesterday when a California appeals court ruled that a Kern County oil and gas ordinance — written by oil industry consultants — violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). By Dan Bacher California’s Fifth District Court of Appeals found that a key county analysis failed to disclose the full […]

February 27th

Big Oil doesn’t want to talk about why they’re being sued in California

Last week, two coalitions of California cities argued before the 9th Circuit Court that their cases against the fossil fuel industry should remain in state courts, as they are suing over local issues: the costs of adapting to climate change. More specifically, these cases use the industry’s denial campaigns as evidence that companies were aware their product […]

February 13th

Should big oil be able to drill next to schools, homes and hospitals? California says NO!

Unlike many other oil and gas producing states including Texas, Colorado and Pennsylvania, supposedly “green” California has currently no health and safety zones around oil and gas drilling operations. For example, the state of Texas requires fracking operations to maintain 250 foot setbacks. This is by no means adequate for health and safety protections, but it […]

January 30th

WSJ keeps publishing awful hit pieces against clean energy (thinly disguised as op-eds)

Yesterday, readers of the Wall Street Journal opened the opinion page, only to find an extended advertisement where an op-ed usually lives. Of course, it looked just like an op-ed, and in fact is a normal op-ed, but in reality the piece functions as little more than a Big Oil-commissioned hit piece against renewables. By […]

California’s oil and gas regulators get an “F’ grade in environmental justice report

The California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) today gave the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), the state organization charged with regulating the oil and gas industry, an “F” grade for continuing to neglect the needs of environmental justice and low-income communities in the organization’s  third annual Environmental Justice Agency Assessment for 2018. By Dan Bacher These communities house a majority of […]

June 22nd

Mobil oil company used its charity to push corporate interests (like climate denial)

We often talk about how the fossil fuel industry uses philanthropy as a means to benefit their bottom line by shaping potential regulations and public opinion. And if you don’t believe us, despite the ample evidence, you’re in luck: now we have confirmation, straight from the horse’s mouth. By Climate Denier Roundup In a pair of Guardian stories published Wednesday, reporter Sharon […]