Want To Stop Climate Change? Take The Fossil Fuel Industry To Court

Want To Stop Climate Change? Take The Fossil Fuel Industry To Courtwrites Dan Zegart at The Nation. A recent study concluded that 990 companies are responsible for nearly two-thirds of the world’s CO2 and methane emissions. Just like big tobacco, these companies can be brought to court to be held accountable. Major green legal firms are taking notice.

“You really need the science to do anything legally,” says Sharon Eubanks, the former head of the Justice Department’s “tobacco team,” … [but] “You need a legal theory that fits the facts and can survive attack in a real courtroom.”


Big Carbon is thought to be taking this very seriously, too: a federal appeals court found in 2005 that US cities and even individuals suffering damages from climate change had standing to sue under the National Environmental Policy Act. Time to balance those scales of justice!

OO Landmark Ruling: Fracking Company Must Pay $3 Million To Sickened Family

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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