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

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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Mississippi Regulators Veto Any More Money for Southern Company’s Kemper Plant in Stunning Vote

In a historic vote this morning, Mississippi state regulators slammed the brakes on the Kemper coal power plant, saying they will refuse to ask utility customers to pay anything for Kemper’s non-functional multi-billion dollar “clean coal” gasification technology and will re-designate the plant as a natural gas facility. In a joint press release explaining their unanimous decision,

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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

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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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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American Petroleum Institute

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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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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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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