Why fossil fuel companies should be lawyering up

Corporations and governments have mastered the art of dodging the bullet when it comes to tackling climate change. But now they’re in trouble. Climate activists around the world are taking them to court in climate litigation cases– and they’re winning.

We’re destroying our environment at an alarming rate. But it doesn’t need to be this way. Our new channel Planet A explores the shift towards an eco-friendly world — and challenges our ideas about what dealing with climate change means. We look at the big and the small: What we can do and how the system needs to change. Every Friday we’ll take a truly global look at how to get us out of this mess.

0:00 Intro
0:52 Suing governments
3:21 Inaction as human rights violation
5:01 Children suing polluters
6:11 Fossil fuel companies losing
8:37 Climate litigation as a solution?


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1 Response to Why fossil fuel companies should be lawyering up

  1. fgsjr2015 says:

    Governments can tell when a very large portion of the electorate is too tired and worried about feeding/housing themselves or their family, and the devastation left in COVID-19’s wake — all while on insufficient income — to criticize them for whatever environmental damage their policies cause/allow, particularly when not immediately observable. Without doubt, mass addiction to fossil fuel products helps keep the average addict’s mouth shut about the planet’s greatest and still very profitable polluter, lest they feel like and/or be publicly deemed hypocrites. It must be quite convenient for the industry.

    Regardless of which political party, our federal governments consistently prop the already profitable fossil fuel industry. It has a solid foundation when even our mainstream print news-media formally support Canada’s industry. Postmedia is on record as being allied with not only the planet’s second most polluting forms of “energy” (i.e. fossil fuel), but also the most polluting/dirtiest of crude oils — bitumen. [“Mair on Media’s ‘Unholiest of Alliances’ With Energy Industry”, Rafe Mair, Nov.14 2017, TheTyee.ca]
    Furthermore, in late May, Postmedia refused to run paid ads by Leadnow, a social and environmental justice organization, that expose RBC as the largest financer of fossil fuel extraction in Canada.

    Clearly there has been discouragingly insufficient political courage and will to properly act on Canada’s significant fossil-fuel role in the cause-and-effect of manmade global warming and climate change. This includes the most polluting/dirtiest of crude oils — bitumen. Neo-liberals and conservatives are overly preoccupied with vociferously criticizing one another for their politics and beliefs thus diverting attention away from the planet’s greatest polluters, where it should and needs to be sharply focused. Although, it does seem the conservatives don’t mind polluting the natural environment most liberally.

    P.S. I also read that, with all factors considered, the planet’s greatest polluter via fossil-fuel consumption is the U.S. armed forces (planes, tanks, ships, etcetera.

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