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November 6, 2015

Exxon Mobil Investigated for Possible Climate Change Lies by New York Attorney General

By JUSTIN GILLIS and CLIFFORD KRAUSS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-11-06 06:38:15

The New York attorney general has begun an investigation of Exxon Mobil to determine whether the company lied to the public about the risks of climate changeor to investors about how such risks might hurt the oil business. According to people with knowledge of the investigation, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued a subpoena Wednesday evening to Exxon Mobil, demanding extensive financial records, emails and other documents. The investigation focuses on whether statements the company made to investors about climate risks as recently as this year were consistent with the company’s own long-running scientific research. [ read more … ]

More Oil Companies Could Join Exxon Mobil as Focus of Climate Investigations

By CLIFFORD KRAUSS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-11-06 06:38:34

The opening of an investigation of Exxon Mobil by the New York attorney general’s office into the company’s record on climate change may well spur legal inquiries into other oil companies, according to legal and climate experts, although successful prosecutions are far from assured. Many oil companies have funded lobbying efforts and research on climate change, so prosecutors would most likely be able to search through vast amounts of material. The industry has also resisted pressure for years from environmental groups to warn investors of the risks that stricter limits on carbon emissions could have on their businesses, although that appears to be changing. [ read more … ]

Retired generals, admirals call for urgent modernization

Ariel Wittenberg, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-06 06:38:58

A group of 13 retired admirals and generals are calling for “immediate action” to modernize the electric grid in a report on energy security risks. The report from the nonprofit CNA Military Advisory Board finds that the grid is increasingly at risk from a “wide variety of threats” and advocates for the federal government to develop a formal national strategy for strengthening the grid. [ read more … ]

America’s leaders should support, not obstruct, our largest clean energy projects

By Tom Kiernan, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2015-11-06 06:39:20

Last month, America’s business leaders and investors met in Washington to discuss the American Business Act on Climate Change. Now more than ever, we need an electric grid that is up to the task of delivering low-cost wind and solar energy from the resource areas to locations with a demand for clean power. After years of review, the federal government is on the verge of making decisions on the first major interstate transmission lines in the past three decades – the TransWest Express Transmission Project and the Plains & Eastern Clean Line. [ read more … ]

Nebraskans’ quest for wind power is 
far from a breeze

By Henry Cordes, Omaha World Herald  •    •  Posted 2015-11-06 06:39:41

Drive across Iowa, passing wind turbines by the hundreds, and it doesn’t take long to see the Hawkeye State is blowing Nebraska away when it comes to wind power. “Are the people in Iowa that much brighter than we are?’’ asked State Sen. Rick Kolowski of Omaha. “It’s baffling to me.’’ [ read more … ]

Poll Finds Global Consensus on a Need to Tackle Climate Change

By SEWELL CHAN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-11-06 06:39:58

As world leaders prepare to gather in Paris next month to address global warming, their populations generally agree on the need to curb greenhouse gas emissions, but the countries that emit the most carbon dioxide per person are also the ones least worried about climate change, according to a poll released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. [ read more … ]

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