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Climate Justice Initiative

A CorpWatch program that worked with communities affected by the oil industry in the U.S. and internationally to address the connections between local pollution and global warming.


BRUSSELS:Europe Moves to Make Big Polluters Pay for Emissions
by Stephen CastleThe New York Times
June 4th, 2007
Europe moves towards making significant changes to its emissions-trading system that could force large polluters to pay for most, if not all, permits to produce climate-changing gases.

RUSSIA: In Russia, Pollution Is Good for Business
by Andrew E. KramerThe New York Times
December 28th, 2005
One of the paradoxes of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change is that companies in Russia and other Eastern European countries, which are among the world's largest producers of greenhouse gases, are poised to earn hundreds of millions of dollars through trading their rights to release carbon dioxide into the air.

UK: Oil Firms Fund Campaign to Deny Climate Change
by David AdamGuardian (UK)
January 27th, 2005
Lobby groups funded by the US oil industry such as ExxonMobil are targeting Britain in a bid to play down the threat of climate change and derail action to cut greenhouse gas emissions, leading scientists have warned.

Support Renewable Energy: Protest Xcel Corporation
August 19th, 2004

US: Eight States and N.Y.C. Sue Top Five U.S. Global Warming Polluters
Environmental Media Services
July 21st, 2004

WORLD: Forest Carbon Projects Under Scrutiny
by Vanessa HoulderFinancial Times
November 13th, 2003
An agreement allowing companies to grow trees as an alternative to curbing their use of fossil fuels is becoming one of the most contentious issues in the run-up to next month's Milan conference on climate change.

Russia: Island to Be Turned into Japan's Energy Hub
by Nick Paton WalshThe Guardian
August 25th, 2003
It will be the largest energy project in the world, but ecologists fear that a huge pipeline and three drilling platforms on and around the Russian island of Sakhalin, which borders Japan, may spell environmental disaster. The project is likely to bring a company led by British and Dutch giant Shell hundreds of billions of dollars and the Kremlin $49bn (31bn). Moscow's politicians and oil executives are already counting down to the project's completion in 2007. But ecologists are criticising the "foolish" decision to build the pipeline underground through an active seismic fault in an area considered by many a rare marine reserve.

USA: Environmental Groups Critique Choice of New EPA Head
Environment News Service
August 11th, 2003
Utah Governor Mike Leavitt, a Republican who favors strengthening the power of states over environmental regulation, has been chosen by President George W. Bush to be administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If confirmed by the Senate, Leavitt will replace former EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman, a former governor of New Jersey who resigned in May. Environmental groups reacted to the nomination with disappointment and warnings that the nominee must assure the nation he will not cater to developers. Business organizations were generally pleased with the President's choice.

Alaska: Warming is Disturbing Preview of What's to Come, Scientists Say
by Seth BorensteinKnight Ridder Newspapers
July 31st, 2003
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska is melting.Glaciers are receding. Permafrost is thawing. Roads are collapsing. Forests are dying. Villages are being forced to move, and animals are being forced to seek new habitats.What's happening in Alaska is a preview of what people farther south can expect, said Robert Corell, a former top National Science Foundation scientist who heads research for the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment team.

New Report: Top Greenhouse Gas Emitters Not Diclosing, Acting of Financial Risks of Climate Change
Investor Responsibility Research Center
July 9th, 2003
Most of Americas biggest carbon dioxide-emitting companies including ChevronTexaco (CVX), ExxonMobil (XOM), General Electric (GE), Southern Company (SO), and Xcel Energy (XEL) are not adequately disclosing the financial risks posed by climate change and also are failing to deal with global warming issues in other key corporate governance areas, according to a new study of 20 of the worlds largest companies.

World: Extreme Weather Prompts Global Warming Alert
The Independent
July 3rd, 2003
In an astonishing announcement on global warming and extreme weather, the World Meteorological Organisation signalled last night that the world's weather is going haywire.

USA: EPA Downplayed Climate Change in Environmental Challenges Report
by H. Josef HebertAssociated Press
June 20th, 2003
The Environmental Protection Agency scrapped a detailed assessment of climate change from an upcoming report on the state of the environment after the White House directed major changes and deletions to emphasize the uncertainties surrounding global warming

USA: White House Joins Corporate Houses
by Ross GelbspanDown to Earth
June 3rd, 2003
The Bush administrations agenda aims to savage the United Nations, destroy the foundations of an emerging global community and ignore increasingly shrill alarms from an overstressed natural world.

Bechtel: Oil, Gas and Mining
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
May 1st, 2003
Bechtel has also played a major role in construction for the fossil fuel economy and the mining industry. Today as we lurch into a world where climate change has become a daily reality because of our over-consumption of fossil fuels Bechtel must take a share of the blame having built quite a few of the nation's as well as the world's major oil and natural gas production facilities and pipelines.

US: Global Warming Activists Claim Big Victory
by Jim LobeInter Press Service
April 23rd, 2003
The season of corporate shareholder meetings is just beginning, but already global warming activists have claimed a major victory in the first of a series of 14 anticipated fights with some of the country's largest companies

Indigenous Struggle in Ecuador Becomes a "Cause Beyond Control"
by Kenny BrunoEarthRights International
March 13th, 2003
Ecuador's government recently ruled indigenous opposition to Amazon oil development a "cause beyond control." That leaves the companies free to pull out. It could also be an excuse to step up repression.

Apply for the Climate Justice Corps!
Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative
March 6th, 2003
If you are a young organizer or researcher interested in climate change or environmental justice in the United States, apply to the Climate Justice Corps!

USA: Memo Exposes Bush's New Greenwash Strategy
by Oliver BurkemanThe Guardian
March 4th, 2003
The US Republican party is changing tactics on the environment, avoiding "frightening" phrases such as global warming, after a confidential party memo warned that it is the domestic issue on which George Bush is most vulnerable.

USA: Republican "Clear Skies" Toxic to Democrats
Environmental News Service
February 28th, 2003
The Clear Skies initiative, an air quality plan architected by President George W. Bush, was reintroduced in Congress Thursday. It drew immediate criticism from Democrats who vowed to fight the administration's market centered approach to reducing air pollution from power plants.

USA: Former EPA Chief Blasts "Clear Skies" Emissions Plan
by Christine SuhUnited Press International
February 25th, 2003
A former head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday the Bush administration's Clear Skies initiative to cut power plant emissions could leave children vulnerable to mercury exposure.

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