“Was industrialisation worth it?” – California Climate Lawsuit

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Californian local governments trying to sue Chevron, Exxon and other oil majors are facing some entertainingly direct questions from Judge Alsup, as he tries to determine why the plaintiffs think oil companies owe them compensation. Climate Change Judge’s Homework: Was Industrialization Worth It? By Kartikay Mehrotra 25 May 2018, 08:12…

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Maldives Government: Where’s Our Climate Cash?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Maldives Environment Minister Thoriq Ibrahim has warned that unless the Maldives gets its climate cash before 2020, the 1.5C global warming limit will be breached. We need bold action before 2020 to hold global warming below 1.5C Published on 26/04/2018, 9:00am If rich countries fail to live up to their…

Private Firm Attracting Climate Research Funds

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Now the US Federal Government has stopped crowding the market, a private firm is stepping in to fund climate research which might produce commercially useful results, like better Hurricane track prediction. How a small start-up firm wants to revitalize climate change research By Jason Samenow April 9, 2018 at 11:53…

Bangladesh, Ethiopia, China Demand More Geoengineering Money

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Scientists from countries including Bangladesh, Ethiopia and China have demanded more involvement with global climate change geoengineering initiatives, to be funded by cash from other countries. Scientists suggest a giant sunshade in the sky could solve global warming Scholars from developing countries call for greater say in solar geoengineering research,…

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Court Case to Force Shell to “Reinvest” More in Renewables

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Shell’s long term policy of cultivating green friends seems to have come unstuck, with a “Friends of the Earth” lawsuit which insists that Shell re-investing 5% of their profits in renewables simply isn’t good enough. Shell threatened with legal action over climate change contributions … Friends of the Earth Netherlands…

Australia’s Back Door Stealth Carbon Market

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Opposition leaders have accused the Australian government of climate hypocrisy, criticising the opposition for wanting a carbon market while at the same time running their own carbon market, forcing companies to purchase carbon credits for “breaches” of emission pledges. Offsets for emissions breaches prove Australia has a carbon market, Labor…

Aussie Bureau of Meteorology Staff Accused of Using Work Supercomputers to Mine Cryptocurrencies

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Two IT staff who work for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology are being investigated over allegations they illegally used the bureau’s supercomputers to mine cryptocurrencies. Police question Bureau of Meteorology staff over cryptocurrency operation By Dylan Welch Updated Thu at 1:39pm Two Bureau of Meteorology employees are being investigated by…

The Conversation: Poor Getting Slammed by UK Climate Levy

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Conversation has noticed that climate taxes on energy used for home heating hurts poor people. Poorest households hit hardest by UK climate change levy despite using least energy March 2, 2018 10.58pm AEDT John Barrett Professor of Energy and Climate Policy, University of Leeds Anne Owen Research Fellow in…

Ben Santer Protests Canadian Climate Budget Cut

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to climate scientist Ben Santer, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has so far not renewed “The only dedicated program funding climate and atmospheric research in Canada”. Climate researchers press Trudeau to renew Canadian Arctic research program By Brian Owens Jan. 22, 2018 , 11:45 AM The Canadian government should renew…

World Economic Forum: President Trump Paris Decision Increases the Threat of a Global Environmental Collapse

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to The Guardian, The World Economic Forum, a forum composed of large businesses, is concerned that President Trump is withdrawing from global climate agreements which would have triggered the transfer of vast sums of US taxpayer’s cash to large businesses. US unilateralism makes tacking climate change harder, WEF warns…

Climate Lawsuits Piling Up

Guest essay by Eric Worrall For years many fossil fuel companies seemed content to stay quiet in the face of public vilification, but with big lawsuits looming, this strategy of avoiding public climate controversy is looking increasingly precarious. Four climate change lawsuits to watch in 2018 Did you know it’s possible to take legal action…

Obama Federal Climate Advisory Committee Reconvenes

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Do climate scientists require Federal Government funding? The answer surprisingly appears to be no; President Obama’s former Federal Climate Advisory Committee have secured other sources of funding, to enable them to continue work previously funded by the Obama administration. Climate scientists exiled by Donald Trump to reconvene at Columbia University…

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Climate Policy Refugees: Trump Energy Policies Tempting Foreign Companies to Relocate to the USA

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t JoNova – News has emerged that a high level delegation from Pennsylvania quietly visited Australia this month, offering hard pressed Aussie businesses relocation packages and asylum from Australia’s insane green energy policies. US state of Pennsylvania spruiks power to entice Aussie firms The state of Pennsylvania has sought to…

France24: US Climate Scientists Emigrating to France

Guest essay by Eric Worrall French government broadcaster France24 claims President Macron’s offer of fifty grants is luring climate scientists away from the US to work in France. US researchers flock to join Macron’s climate change project Latest update : 2017-12-13 Eighteen climate scientists, 13 of them based in the United States, were on Monday…

Clean Energy Researchers Recommend More Research Money

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Clean energy researchers have recommended more money, a more reliable supply of money, and less oversight over their work to help save the planet. Clean energy: Experts outline how governments can successfully invest before it’s too late Date: December 6, 2017 Source: University of Cambridge Summary: Researchers distil twenty years…

Climate Talk Crisis: Where’s the Money?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t GWPF – UCS Strategy Director Alden Meyer has accused developed countries of “hiding behind the United States”, refusing to provide firm commitments to use taxpayers funds to pay large climate “damages” to poor countries. Breakthrough eludes climate talks, scientists concerned over US role Developing country negotiators lamented the fact that the…

S&P Backs Renewables: “The Tide has Turned”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Standard & Poor, the credit rating agency which in 2015 paid $1.4 billion to regulators to settle legal action related to its role in the 2008 subprime mortgage fiasco, now thinks that renewable power is the future. ‘Tide has turned’: Global rating agency says climate economics trump politics Peter Hannam…

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India: Third World Needs Green Freebies to Survive

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to Indian External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, the only way to save future generations in poor countries is to give them lots of money and free stuff. Developed world must help less fortunate ones on climate change: Sushma Swaraj UNITED NATIONS: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said the…

Claim: Big Oil Must Pay for Harvey and Irma

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A new study claims that the contribution of big oil companies to hurricane intensity can be calculated with sufficient precision to determine how much fossil fuel companies should pay as compensation for storm damage. Big Oil must pay for climate change. Now we can calculate how much It is possible…

NYT: Lets Help Hurricane Harvey Survivors By Taxing Them

Guest essay by Eric Worrall As Hurricane Harvey survivors struggle with the aftermath, the cleanup, with power outages and portable generators, reporters far away in comfortable offices in New York think they have a solution to their problems; a new carbon tax. We Don’t Deny Harvey, So Why Deny Climate Change? Nicholas Kristof SEPT. 2,…

Invest with Greens or Sinners?

By Mary Brown, I was sipping a soy latte after doing yoga on my recent eco-vacation and I started pondering a question: With the world turning “green”, wouldn’t it make sense to invest in green energy and divest from those evil, sinful companies? I gave it some serious thought and when I got home and,…

Anti-Trump (and attempted prosecution of sceptics) AG Raked In Campaign Donations From An Oil Tycoon With Ties To Putin

US Chris White Energy Reporter   From The Daily Caller His fundraising efforts highlighted various legal challenges against the president have earned Schneiderman $1.7 million in contributions during the first half of this year, Politico reported in July. Schneiderman’s first half of contributions were consistent with the $1.6 million he reported in January. Blavatnik has…

Pakistan: Give Us Climate Cash or We’ll Keep Burning Coal

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Pakistan has noticed their share of the $100 billion per annum climate cash they were promised has not started appearing in their bank accounts. Pakistan needs access to global funds to cope with climate change By Awais Umar Published: August 14, 2017 ISLAMABAD: The world’s geographical history shows that climate…

$50 Million Dollar Massachusetts Renewable Energy Fraud

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t Samuel C Cogar – A couple from Acton, Massachusetts have been charged with defrauding the United States Government of more than fifty million dollars worth of tax free renewable energy grants. Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Massachusetts FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, August 10, 2017 Acton Couple…

Governor Brown Extends California CO2 Cap and Trade Law

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Governor Brown has signed legislation extending California’s Cap and Trade law to 2030. California Challenges President Trump With Cap-and-Trade Law: ‘We Do Not Have to Wait for Washington’ Katy Steinmetz 3:56 PM ET California Gov. Jerry Brown has vowed to lead America when it comes to fighting climate change, as…

Turkey Demands Cash to Ratify Paris Agreement

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t climatereason – Turkey’s authoritarian President Erdogan, who has a track record of demanding cash for Turkey in exchange for cooperation with Western policy objectives, is worried that the US pullout from the Paris Agreement means he won’t get paid. Erdogan says U.S. stance stalls Turkish ratification of Paris climate…

Richard Branson “Baffled” By President Trump’s Paris Decision

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Richard Branson is so shocked by President Trump’s decision to withdraw from Paris, he’s putting his own money into renewables R&D. My question – isn’t this how Capitalism is supposed to work? Richard Branson: Business leaders are ‘baffled’ by Trump on climate change [British] billionaire Richard Branson said business leaders…