Tag: Climate Change

Big Oil Seeks SCOTUS Relief from Climate Change Liability Lawsuits

Thirty Big Oil companies, including Chevron Corp., Citgo Petroleum Corp., Exxon Mobile Corp., and Shell Oil Products Co., have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) to ask for its review of a combined group of climate change liability cases led by San Mateo County, California. The question presented to SCOTUS “encompasses a threshold issue that […]

COP27 News, Agreements, and Future Implications

In November 2022, hundreds of delegates, heads of state, business leaders, activists, and journalists went to Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, for the 27th United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference (COP27) to discuss reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and how to battle climate change impacts.  World leaders made several speeches during the conference, with UN Secretary General […]

Climate Change Insurance Defense Coverage Up in the Air

Who pays for climate change damages? Industry or their insurance carrier? The first cases that will determine the answer to these questions are making their way through the legal system. In the last few years, several state and local governments across the country have filed lawsuits against energy companies for their alleged contributions to climate […]

Biden’s Continued Climate Change Battle

President Joseph Biden Jr. announced a series of executive actions on July 20, 2022, to address the “clear and present” danger to the United States presented by climate change and promised additional upcoming executive actions over the next few weeks to combat “this emergency,” states a White House Fact Sheet. Biden announced the actions at […]

Growing Support for Biden to Declare Climate Emergency

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), representing 7,500 of the EPA’s 14,300 employees, “signaling its dissatisfaction with the White House’s level of action on climate,” will ask the Biden administration to declare a climate emergency, reports Bloomberg Law. “The request represents a marker for the [AFGE] Council 238 when it sits down with the […]

GAO Recommends RMPs Include Climate Risks

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released recommendations on February 28, 2022, indicating the EPA should provide more direction to facilities for including climate change risks in their risk management plans (RMPs). Many facilities that manufacture, use, and store hazardous chemicals are regulated by the EPA and are required to have RMPs in place to […]

2022 Regulatory Watchlist

Political pressure is heating up for the Biden administration to make changes to achieve climate change goals through regulatory action. Unfortunately for President Joe Biden, his Build Back Better (BBB) bill, the centerpiece for his domestic policy plan, is in trouble after Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he would not vote for the bill in […]

Insurance Industry Projected to Take Leading Role in Climate Change Preparation

Insurance companies play a special role in creating climate change resilience—a role that was at the forefront of many discussions at the United Nations’ (UN) climate change summit, Conference of the Parties (COP26), held in Glasgow, Scotland, in November 2021. “The UN’s Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Climate Action Selwin Hart called on insurers […]

CourtWatch: Should Big Oil Be Held Responsible for Contributing to Climate Change?

Vermont joins a long list of states that have sued energy companies with allegations that these companies mislead consumers about the impact their products have on global warming. The lawsuit, filed on September 14, 2021, “alleges past and ongoing violations of Vermont’s Consumer Protection Act for concealing crucial information and disseminating misleading statements and advertising […]

Hurricane Ida Spotlights Critical Deficiencies in Climate Change Preparation (Part 1)

News stories continue to reveal the devastating aftermath from Hurricane Ida, which made landfall in Louisiana on August 29, 2021. The storm’s death toll has reached 84 deaths across eight states, including fatalities as far north as Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey due to severe flooding from the storm. Some areas in Louisiana […]