New Reports Offer Solutions to Protect Against “Recent Surge” of Climate Liability Lawsuits

The U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) recently released two reports examining the impacts of climate liability lawsuits in the United States. Waking the Litigation Monster focuses on the misuse of public nuisance action, while Mitigating Municipality Litigation examines the growing trend of municipalities engaging in costly lawsuits against different industries. The reports detail the ramifications of such

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AGs Dodge Transparency Laws while Seeking the ‘Truth’ on Climate Issues

In recent years, attorneys general in the District of Columbia, New York, Maryland and a handful of other states have sought to burnish their climate credentials by pursuing investigations and litigation against oil companies. In some cases, they have welcomed outside support through a controversial, Michael Bloomberg-funded law program, which was set up to help

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Shale Revolution Helps Prevent More Than 11,000 Deaths Annually

Lower heating costs – brought on by increased natural gas production from the shale revolution – reduced winter mortality rates from 2000 to 2010, according to a new National Bureau of Economic Research paper. As the NBER paper explains, “We find that lower heating prices reduce mortality in winter months. The estimated effect size implies

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CANADIAN BUSINESS GROUPS CONDEMN VICTORIA’S DIVISIVE CLIMATE LITIGATION PUSH

Two associations representing business interests in the Canadian city of Victoria recently wrote letters to the city’s mayor, Lisa Helps, asking her to back away from a resolution calling for a class-action lawsuit from local municipalities demanding payment for climate related damages to local infrastructure. The Victoria lawsuit would have many hurdles to clear and

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#KIITG Activists Take ‘Ban and Delay’ Agenda to the States

A new wave of aggressive anti-oil and natural gas legislation is cropping up in several states, driven by national “Keep It In the Ground” (KIITG) groups that have failed numerous attempts at the federal level to restrict development. Emboldened by the introduction of the “Green New Deal”, KIITG groups have made it clear that nothing

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New Hearing, Old Tricks: #ExxonKnew Takes Debunked Testimony to Parliament

This Thursday, the European Parliament’s (EP) Committee on Petitions and Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will hold a joint hearing on “Climate Change Denial,” specifically focusing on ExxonMobil and the #ExxonKnew campaign. The hearing was scheduled as a result of a petition submitted to the EP by Food & Water Watch Europe, the

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Fact Sheet: Natural Gas Is A Boon to the U.S. Economy…and Environment

The United States leads the world in carbon emissions reductions – a fact that has been widely attributed to the increased use of natural gas made possible by shale production. As EID’s latest fact sheet highlights, these incredible emissions reductions have occurred at the same time that U.S. oil and natural gas production has skyrocketed

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