Big Oil Loses in Supreme Court! U.S. Dems Want Easier Renewable Energy Permitting, The Climate Daily Reforestation Campaign!

by | May 1, 2023 | Podcasts, The Climate Daily

Big Oil Loses in Supreme Court! U.S. Dems Want Easier Renewable Energy Permitting, The Climate Daily Reforestation Campaign!



Following a series of unanimous lower court rulings against Big Oil, Fossil fuel companies and industry allies had petitioned the United States Supreme Court to review rulings against the industry in lawsuits brought by communities in Colorado, Rhode Island, Maryland, Hawaii, and California. Well, that petition just failed. According to a press release from the Center for Climate Integrity, the U.S. Supreme Court denied fossil fuel industry requests to review lower court rulings that allow climate accountability lawsuits against ExxonMobil and other companies to proceed toward trial in state courts across the country. 

It’s a major victory for communities fighting to put Big Oil companies on trial for their climate lies. Today the Supreme Court denied all those petitions. Richard Wiles, president of the Center for Climate Integrity, released the following statement: “Big Oil companies have been desperate to avoid trials in state courts, where they will be forced to defend their climate lies in front of juries. The high court’s decision is a major victory for communities across the country that are fighting to hold Big Oil accountable and make them pay for the climate damages they knowingly caused.”

Why does this ruling matter to us? Since 2017, the attorneys general of 15 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, have filed lawsuits in state court to hold major oil and gas companies accountable for deceiving the public about their products’ role in climate change. Two cases — from Honolulu and Massachusetts — are already in pretrial discovery, with others close behind.  

the high court’s action clears the way for dozens of lawsuits that state and local governments have brought against fossil fuel companies in state courts to continue advancing toward trial.

DEEPER DIVE: Center for Climate Integrity, ExxonKnews



According to a report in The Hill, House Democrats last week released their permitting reform proposal after House Republicans advanced an energy bill that included measures aimed at streamlining the approval process for projects. Their preliminary draft focuses primarily on electricity infrastructure, renewable energy and including local communities in the process. 

Why does this draft proposal matter to us? Building up electricity transmission is particularly important for getting carbon-free energy onto the grid. As the  proposal’s co-sponsor Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL), said in a statement, “There are nearly 2000 gigawatts of clean cheap energy stuck in the queue that we can’t currently connect to consumers. That’s almost twice the total US electric generating capacity that could cut our bills and clean up our air.”  

The draft also incorporates efforts to take steps to reach out to local communities and consider the combined impacts that multiple infrastructure projects may have on one area. It also seeks to bolster renewable energy by creating community solar programs, requiring the designation of “priority” areas for solar, wind and geothermal energy on public lands and saying that greenhouse gas emissions should factor into the wholesale costs of fossil-powered electricity. 

DEEPER DIVE: The Hill, Roll Call



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DEEPER DIVE: 50/100 Campaign, Trillion Tree Project