Coal, Oil, and Gas

As the coal industry continues to decline, corporations are doing everything they can to hold on to their power while oil and gas interests continue to dominate American energy policy. The Climate Investigations Center, keeps a watchful eye on the actions and rhetoric of these fossil fuel titans, which more often then not, promote an agenda of climate denial and back door deals.

Kemper Investigations

Ernest Moniz, Southern Company, Climate Change

Former Energy Secretary Moniz, Guru of Kemper “Clean Coal” Debacle, Joins Board of Spendthrift, Climate-Denying Southern Company He Oversaw

Ernest Moniz, an enthusiastic booster of Southern Company’s Kemper “clean coal” power plant on which his Department of Energy spent almost a half billion dollars only to see it abandoned when the technology failed to operate, is joining the board of directors of Southern Company, the utility giant announced late Monday. In a bizarre twist

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The Vogtle 3 and 4 nuclear reactors in June 2014.

Despite Huge Losses and Its own Bungling, Southern Company Wants to Complete Vogtle Plant

With Southern Company’s board voting today to green light the completion of the Vogtle nuclear power plant, the prospect that Georgia utility customers may be on the hook for many billions for a plant that may never be economically feasible becomes very real. Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning has blamed the bankruptcy of nuclear reactor

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Clean Coal Officially Dead in Mississippi as Southern Company Battered by Kemper Fall-Out

Clean coal officially died in Mississippi today as state regulators voted unanimously to issue an official order denying further money for the Kemper coal plant and beginning a settlement process with its builder, Southern Company. The order provides a legal framework for the state Public Service Commission’s June 21st vote proposing the plant continue to

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Peabody Investigations

Peabody’s Five Point Plan for Getting the World to Adapt To Peabody

When a coal company chief executive officer offers a decarbonization plan, it means one of two things. One, he has finally seen the light, and realizes that coal is irremediably dirty. Or two, this is just “green talk” intended to paper over business as usual. Once you know that the CEO in question is Gregory

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Energy Poverty and Coal “All Talk No Action” Australia Institute Report

Ahead of the G-20 meeting in Australia later this week, a new report by an Australian think-tank convincingly punctures coal industry claims that coal is an essential part of the solution to lack of access of electricity in the developing world. Zeroing in on Peabody Energy’s “Advanced Energy for Life” global public relations campaign, which

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Peabody Coal Campaign Uses Solar Supporter as Pitch Man

Huffington Post just rolled out an investigation, based on our research, revealing that the gentleman Peabody Coal and Burson Marsteller recruited as a spokesperson for their new Advanced Energy for Life campaign,  pitching coal, has a day job financing solar projects. Rugigana Kavamahanga or “R.K” is depicted in a video called Africa Switched On as an “Energy Finance Consultant and

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ExxonMobil

Climate Files, Climate Change, Climate Denial

Climate Denial Documents

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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Lee Raymond, Exxon Mobil Climate Change Denial, Lee Raymond, Rex Tillerson

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, Climate Files

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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American Petroleum Institute

Climate Files, Climate Change, Climate Denial

Climate Denial Documents

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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Lee Raymond, Exxon Mobil Climate Change Denial, Lee Raymond, Rex Tillerson

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, king County lawsuit, climate change, climate change documents

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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