Climate Liability

The world is already feeling the impacts of climate change. As the consequences of climate neglect grow more intense, the world will be looking for answers. Our work at The Climate Investigation exposes the culprits responsible for the current climate crisis and how it was able to get this far.  

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Climate Lawsuits in Baltimore and Rhode Island & New Climate Files Documents

Climate Lawsuits in Baltimore and Rhode Island & New Climate Files Documents

Since Climate Investigation Center’s last climate liability update there have been multiple developments, some favorable to plaintiffs, others less so. As the legal battles progress, CIC continues to uncover and curate primary documents on its Climate Files portal. In the last two months, we’ve added documents to our Exxon, Shell, and trade association collections that further

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Climate Files Update: Shell, Exxon, and Early Denial

Document Updates As climate change impacts grow more serious everyday, documents housed on Climate Files preserve the crucial history of who knew what, when they knew it, and what they did next. Recently released documents include: 1996 remarks from former ExxonMobil CEO, Lee Raymond; 1994 edition of ABC’s Nightline television program reporting on corporate funding

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Climate Lawsuits: Depose Lee Raymond and Rex Tillerson

As we have been saying…lots of climate lawsuits are landing in State and Federal courts nationwide. As these suits move forward, there is a short list of people who ought to be deposed first. Former ExxonMobil CEOs, Rex Tillerson and Lee Raymond, top the list. Rex Tillerson worked at Exxon for his entire corporate career

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Climate Change Lawsuits Fueled by Industry Documents

The news on climate change lawsuits keeps churning. On May 25, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge W. Alsup kept City of Oakland v. BP, et al. in court, opening four of the five defendants to discovery as it relates to jurisdictional issues. Meanwhile, multiple developments have progressed in cases throughout the world:  most recently King

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Internal Shell Climate Documents Revealed

Newly uncovered internal documents from Royal Dutch Shell/Shell Group provide new insights into what they knew about climate change and when they knew it. Documents unearthed by Jelmer Mommers of De Correspondent were published today on Climate Files, a project of the Climate Investigations Center.  These documents date back to 1988 and show intense interest in climate

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Documents From Exxon and API Bring New Revelations: More to Come

In the last two months, February and March 2018, multiple climate change accountability lawsuits moved forward: the New York Attorney General’s argument against Exxon was bolstered by the Second Circuit Citizen’s United decision, the Federal Government’s writ of mandamus was rejected in favor of the children plaintiffs in the Juliana case, and in The People

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NY Attorney General: Phony CO2 Accounting, Extensive Document Destruction by ExxonMobil

Former ExxonMobil CEO and now-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson personally approved a scheme for accounting for the financial impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the company’s business that deliberately misled investors, one that continued right through ExxonMobil’s May 31st shareholders’, according to an explosive court filing by the New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman. Schneiderman claims that

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Steve Milloy climate denier’s ExxonMobil shareholder proposal goes down in flames

Steve Milloy’s decades long war on climate change science and policy continued today at the ExxonMobil Annual General Meeting for shareholders. There Milloy forwarded shareholder proposal on “Nuisance Shareholders” with an attack on environmentalists, shareholder activists and the Exxon management. Milloy’s proposal got a lame 1.5% of shareholders’ votes, while a climate change proposal linked to

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Manufacturers’ Group Attempts 11th Hour Escape from Kids’ Climate Lawsuit

In a last-minute legal maneuver, the National Association of Manufacturers is trying to extricate itself from a closely-watched federal climate lawsuit 18 months after it won a legal battle allowing it to intervene in the case. NAM’s motion to withdraw from the Our Children’s Trust lawsuit came on May 22nd, just as it was about

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Climate Lawsuit Demands Rex Tillerson’s “Wayne Tracker” Emails

Petroleum industry knowledge of global warming in the Arctic, where ExxonMobil, shown here working on a massive drilling platform with Russian oil giant Rosneft near Sakhalin island, has long been a pioneer in oil exploration, is among evidence being sought in the Our Children’s Trust case.  Lawyers in the Our Children’s Trust climate lawsuit are

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Trump Administration Pressing for Appeal, Dismissal of Climate Lawsuit

The Trump administration is asking an Oregon federal judge in the Our Children’s Trust case to let a higher court review her decision to permit a historic climate change lawsuit to proceed, and to halt the case pending the outcome of that review. In 2015, a group of 21 young plaintiffs aged 9 to 20

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Big Oil Stalls Questioning of ExxonMobil’s Tillerson in Climate Lawsuit

A maverick climate lawsuit few legal authorities thought would survive more than a few months came within two days of questioning the world’s most powerful oil executive under oath. But that prize remains tantalizingly out of reach after a federal magistrate judge in Oregon yesterday put an 11th-hour hold on the deposition of Rex Tillerson,

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Why won’t Exxon publish its 2015 denial funding?

For some reason, ExxonMobil has delayed publishing its corporate giving report this year, well beyond the normal timing.  Is the report undergoing new internal scrutiny due to the investigations launched by several states? Normally, by this time of year, Exxon has published what it calls its Worldwide Giving Report , as part of its Corporate

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Top Ten Documents Every Reporter Covering ExxonMobil Should Know

If you are a reporter covering ExxonMobil and the unfolding #ExxonKnew investigations underway in several states, the story can get very complex.  Exxon is claiming it did nothing wrong.  Exxon’s paid accomplices are martyring themselves and screaming about the First Amendment. We thought we would take it back to basics – the source documents. We created

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Competitive Enterprise Institute NYT Ad Signatories Got $10 Million from Exxon

This week, the Competitive Enterprise Institute ran a full page ad in the New York Times complaining that the undersigned groups were being attacked in the course of several state investigations into Exxon’s campaign of climate denial.  Not wanting to give the CEI broadcast any oxygen, but what really caught our eye is the list

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Lawsuit Against ExxonMobil Ties Climate Policy to Local Oil Hazard

A Massachusetts conservation group says it will sue ExxonMobil for failing to protect the Boston harbor area from an old, leaky oil terminal that spews toxic material into nearby rivers, charging that the company’s dual role of climate change expert and denier makes it uniquely culpable. The landmark action by the Conservation Law Foundation is

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DCI Group Subpoenaed on Exxon Climate Denial Fraud Case

Now this is getting interesting… PRWatch just revealed that DCI Group was subpoenaed by the US Virgin Islands as part of the ExxonMobil fraud investigation. This Climate Investigations post contains some things we know about Exxon and DCI Group and its work on climate change. First, we know there was a contract.  DCI Group was

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Exxon Mimics Big Tobacco’s First Amendment Plea

ExxonMobil’s claim last week in a Texas court that the First Amendment bars an attorney general’s investigation into its history of climate denial is probably a loser. Big Tobacco tried to use the First Amendment defense to shield itself when the U.S. Department of Justice sued the cigarette makers for conspiring to mislead the public

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Strong Optics at Attorney General’s Climate Conclave but Weak on Details, Litigators

The announcement Tuesday that two more attorneys general are investigating whether ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel companies misled the public about the reality of global warming raised more questions than it answered – particularly as to whether this round of attorney general activism really has goals – or resources – like those of the state

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It’s not just what #ExxonKnew, it’s what #ExxonDid next

In the wake of Inside Climate News and the Columbia University/LA Times investigations into ExxonMobil’s history on climate science, the company has been terribly busy telling the world that it stands by its scientific work. In a classic example of Public Relations 101, ExxonMobil’s lead spokes, Ken Cohen, has been huffing and puffing and standing up

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