Posts Tagged ‘climate laws’

Exxon Must Come Clean in Massachusetts

MA Attorney General Maura Healey

Exxon must release documents related to its knowledge of climate change, representing progress for the state as well as for the national ExxonKnew campaign. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (photo) says the court order “affirms our longstanding authority to investigate fraud.”

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New California Climate Bill Passes First Major Test

Senate Bill 1161, the “California Climate Science Truth and Accountability Act,” passed its first major legislative test on April 20 when the California Senate Environmental Quality Committee voted 5-2 to approve it. The bill by Sen. Ben Allen (Santa Monica) would extend the statute of limitations for companies that knowingly deceive the public about the…

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Rebel with a cause: Jerry Brown and the climate

It may be a stretch to continue calling Jerry Brown a rebel after all these years, but today he did revisit James Dean’s old haunt, the Griffith Observatory—and he shook up the fossil fuel establishment. Brown signed into law a landmark piece of climate legislation, Senate Bill 350, and California is now a bit further along the path…

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SB 185: Looks like we did it…

by Janet Cox …with a little help from Bill McKibben and Tom Steyer, who teamed up to accost the Governor at an event they were all attending. He committed to signing the bill, but he didn’t say when. October 11 is his deadline, so stay tuned this week! There has been a lot of good news…

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Reasons for hope, reasons for action

The climate movement is snowballing! Well, perhaps we should find another metaphor, one that doesn’t melt in the heat. Blossoming? Springing up? Taking off? Whatever your choice of image, there are many reasons to be optimistic about the recent shift in how people perceive climate change. Technological advances are making non-carbon energy cheap and accessible. And political…

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What do we do now, now that we are happy?

Hey, we are happy! Senate Bill 185 has passed the California Senate and the California Assembly. This unprecedented campaign by Fossil Free California and our many allies has leaped over one obstacle after another, and now we are within a whisker or two of total success. When SB 185 becomes law, the two biggest state pension funds in…

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Oil, lies, and video ads

The petroleum industry is running scared. They know that their product is to the 21st Century what buggy whips were to the 20th. So as the California Assembly prepares to vote this week on SB 350, SB 185, and ten other climate bills, Big Oil is deploying some pretty oily tactics. First, the oil companies create and hide…

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New York legislature fixing to eat California's lunch

JULY 7: Today New York state legislators introduced the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act, which would require the Comptroller of the State of New York to divest the Common Retirement Fund’s holdings in the top 200 fossil fuel companies by 2020. The fund is the third largest public pension fund in the country, behind California’s Public Employees Retirement…

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