Interview with Jason Bordoff, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University click button

Interview with Jason Bordoff, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University

This week, we sat down with Jason Bordoff, who served on the National Security Council staff in the Obama Administration and then founded the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.

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Supreme Court Could Determine the Future of Climate Lawsuits

Supreme Court Could Determine the Future of Climate Lawsuits

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on this issue in BP Plc v. Mayor & City Council of Baltimore, which could determine whether or not oil companies are held accountable for climate change damages to cities and states.

Why This Matters: If SCOTUS rules in favor of BP, future climate litigation will likely be fought in federal courts, which experts say are “less responsive to expansive legal theories,”  and thus less likely to rule in favor of these innovative new climate cases based on state law. Whoever wins this case will have a leg up in future climate litigation.  

 

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Even Big Oil Is Re-evaluating Political Donations

Even Big Oil Is Re-evaluating Political Donations

Following the armed insurrection at the United States Capitol building on January 6, several major oil companies have announced that they will be suspending their political giving and reviewing their future giving criteria.

Why This Matters: Fossil fuel money is shunned by most Democrats. But this could mark the end of a long love affair between the fossil fuel industry and the GOP.

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Dr. Michael Mann’s Plan to Fight Back Against Climate “Inactivists” click button

Dr. Michael Mann’s Plan to Fight Back Against Climate “Inactivists”

This week we sat down with Dr. Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University to talk about his new book The New Climate War in which he examined a century of history to break down science misinformation tactics deployed by industries like tobacco and oil and gas that were used to […]

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ANWR Oil Sale Was a Bust, Lower 48 a Different Story

ANWR Oil Sale Was a Bust, Lower 48 a Different Story

The sale of oil and gas drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) was supposed to bring in upwards of $1 billion, but in the end, the first of the auctions mandated by Congress at the urging of President Trump brought in only $14M.

Why This Matters:  Banks won’t underwrite Arctic drilling, so it is unclear those ANWR leases will be drilled ever.

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Top Ten Stories of 2020: Trump Showers US With Rollbacks

Top Ten Stories of 2020: Trump Showers US With Rollbacks

President Trump will go down in history as having engaged in a fast and furious attempt to roll back decades of progress on environmental laws, particularly in his final few months in office.  Nothing epitomizes these relentlessly punitive rollbacks more than the absurdity of his obsession with undoing water efficiency requirements for toilets, dishwashers, showerheads, and washing machines.

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