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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Rick Perry

CIC Demands Energy Chief Perry’s Travel Records– and Moniz’s with Southern CEO Fanning

In his October 12th congressional testimony about why he cost U.S. taxpayers some $56,000 for travel on non-commercial aircraft, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry suggested that his predecessor, Ernest Moniz, had done essentially the same thing. Indeed, the Secretary may have a point – – but only because some of Secretary Moniz’s travel was highly

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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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Peabody Investigations

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ExxonMobil

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Drilled: The Climate Crime of the Century

A newly released podcast, Drilled, “investigates the crime of the century — the creation of climate denial.” The eight part series takes listeners back in time to the inception of climate change denial. It tells the story of the special interests that launched campaigns against evolving climate science and the momentum created by this science,

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ALEC, american legislative exchange council

ALEC Lost Membership Worth Over $7 Trillion in Market Cap

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative nonprofit whose membership includes state legislators, corporations, and think tanks, is holding it’s 2018 States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, DC this week. ALEC has been called a “corporate bill mill,” helping secure favorable state legislation for some of the largest companies in the country. However, the

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Climate Files, Climate Change

Climate Files Update: Decades of Denial

CIC has recently published twenty-five hard to find documents to our Climate Files portal. The documents added to our collections feature entities who have perpetuated climate denial for decades, including: The Western Fuels Association, a consortium of coal utilities and suppliers, Patrick Michaels of the Cato Institute, ExxonMobil, and The Global Climate Coalition The Western Fuels

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American Petroleum Institute

Lawsuits

Climate Liability Lawsuits Keep Coming in 2019

With the impacts of climate change becoming more visible and more dire, the movement to hold corporations accountable is growing day by day. As readers know, we have been covering the climate liability lawsuits that have been filed of late and 2018 was a banner year as reported by Climate Liability News. Several new lawsuits

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ALEC, american legislative exchange council

ALEC Lost Membership Worth Over $7 Trillion in Market Cap

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative nonprofit whose membership includes state legislators, corporations, and think tanks, is holding it’s 2018 States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, DC this week. ALEC has been called a “corporate bill mill,” helping secure favorable state legislation for some of the largest companies in the country. However, the

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Climate Files, Climate Change, Climate Denial

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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