CA communities sue Exxon, Shell and 35 other fossil fuel companies over climate change

July 27, 2017 by  
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A trio of California communities are standing up to fossil fuel peddlers and holding them to account for their role in climate change . San Mateo and Marin counties and Imperial Beach filed an unprecedented suit against 37 companies, including major players like Shell, Chevron and Exxon Mobil. The complaint states that these companies have knowingly caused billions of dollars worth of damage and have caused sea levels to climb, putting lives and property in serious danger. The lawsuits state that the 37 defendants are responsible for hundreds of gigatons of carbon emissions – about 20 percent of the total emissions from the mid-1960s to today. The suit alleges that the companies knew about the impact they were having on climate change, and have worked to not just avoid reduce their impact but to deny the threats altogether in a “co-ordinated, multi-front effort to conceal and deny their knowledge of these threats”. Related: Shell predicted the effects of climate change in its own 1991 film California isn’t the first to sue fossil fuel companies. An Alaska community sued after being forced to relocate their village , but the case was dismissed as being a political question, not a legal one. The lawsuits may comprise the first step towards a future that holds fossil fuel companies to account, much like citizens held tobacco companies responsible for their role in peddling dangerous chemicals. Via The Guardian images via Flickr and Depositphotos

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First fully-integrated sustainable smart energy system promises to democratize renewables for all

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Solar might be the future, but few people and businesses can afford to invest in the technology. This is why SolPad’s latest innovation is so newsworthy. The new SolPad Mobile is the first personal, portable solar energy generator capable of providing power anywhere. Developed to “democratize” renewable energy for all consumers, the 25-pound invention has built-in battery storage and output power that exceed any other portable solar device in its class. Additionally, it is capable of providing clean energy to the “untapped market” of home renters, including tiny home dwellers and van-lifers. In essence, the one device makes clean, reliable power accessible to everyone and provides the tools required to collect, store, convert and manage solar energy. SolPad was founded in 2012 with a mission to “disrupt the conventional sustainable energy landscape” by ensuring off-grid power environments and sustainable smart homes have access to quality and cost-effective renewable energy. The company recognized that solar has experienced an average annual growth rate of 68 percent, but fails to be adopted by consumers on a mass level due to economic challenges. Equipped with this knowledge, the minds behind the California-based company decided to develop the first fully-integrated system that can provide an all-in-one, scalable solution to renewable energy . “The reality is that SolPad completely shifts the energy paradigm, delivering comprehensive management and control for daily power usage,” said Christopher Estes, CEO of SolPad. Though the units cost $1,795 (monthly payment options are available for $150), the investment is well worth it. This is because the SolPad Prox X is a permanent solution to obtaining solar energy , and the purchase and installation costs are as least half of other market alternatives. Additionally, the power system generates as much power as one needs and ensures minimal energy is wasted while increasing the available AC power. Because the software integrates solar generation and energy storage, energy management becomes an automated process. From a phone app , you can track, manage and automate your energy usage. SolControl also prioritizes which appliances and items should receive personal solar power based on one’s habit of turning them on and off. The SolPad panels can store both solar and grid energy. According to the press release, “By placing storage at the source of solar collection, inefficiencies in transmission and conversion are reduced or eliminated entirely. Because collection and storage are adjacent within each SolPad Pro X panel, low voltage battery power is used to make the panels safer and more efficient than legacy solar systems.” “Everyone is responsible for their impact on the environment . SolPad Mobile allows people to take energy management into their own hands, reducing carbon footprint and giving access to AC electricity anywhere,” said Jigar Shah, co-founder of Generate Capital, past CEO of Carbon War Room. “Whether you’re in an industrialized nation trying to decrease negative impacts on the environment or in a developing nation looking to save money versus fossil fuels, this disruptive portable panel provides unparalleled access to clean and easy-to-use power.” Related: SolPad residential solar panels come with built-in battery storage and an inverter The unique invention will ensure more people have access to clean, renewable energy and, as a result, will provide innumerable benefits to the environment. + SolPad Images via SolPad

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New bill could cut $135 billion in subsidies to fossil fuel companies

May 13, 2015 by  
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Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders and Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison recently proposed the “ End Polluter Welfare Act ” – a bill that seeks to end the federal subsidies provided to major players in the fossil fuel industry. How extensive are these subsidies? Oil Change International reports that in 2014 alone, US taxpayers provided $21 billion for fossil fuel exploration and production—in a year in which the five largest oil companies posted profits of more than $89.7 billion. Read the rest of New bill could cut $135 billion in subsidies to fossil fuel companies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: baton rouge , bernie sanders , bobby jindal , corporate welfare , end polluter welfare act , exxon mobil , fossil fuel subsidy , gas subsidies , marathon petroleum , oil lobbying , oil refineries , oil subsidies , republican donors , Shell

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Exxon Mobil oil refinery explodes in Los Angeles

February 19, 2015 by  
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An Exxon Mobil oil refinery exploded Wednesday in Torrance, California, injuring four workers and taking out the windows of nearby buildings. The blast occurred at 9 am PST on Wednesday and caused a small ground fire, which was immediately put out. A  gasoline leak caused by the blast was contained. The four contractors that were injured were taken to Long Beach Medical Center to evaluate their injuries, which were apparently minor. The Torrance fire department ruled out any chance of foul play. Read the rest of Exxon Mobil oil refinery explodes in Los Angeles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California oil explosion , Exxon , exxon mobil , Los Angeles , oil explosion , oil refinery , oil refinery explosion , torrance

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Exxon Will Not Pay for Cleanup of 12,000 Barrels of Crude in Arkansas as Leak is Not “Oil”

April 4, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Due to a thirty-year-old law, Exxon will not be paying into the federal fund that will pay for the cleanup of 12,000 barrels of crude oil that leaked from its Pegasus Pipeline in Arkansas . The pipeline , which transports oil from the tar sands region of Canada, ruptured in Mayflower, Arkansas, where cleanup crews have been finding evidence of harm to local wildlife. The loophole that enables Exxon to avoid paying an eight cents per gallon tax into the cleanup fund? Technically the pipeline was not transporting—and did not leak—oil. Read the rest of Exxon Will Not Pay for Cleanup of 12,000 Barrels of Crude in Arkansas as Leak is Not “Oil” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alberta canada , arkansas oil , dilbit , diluted bitumen , environmental destruction , Exxon , exxon mobil , keystone xl , mayflower arkansas , oil spill clean up , oil spill leaks , Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund , oil spills , oil taxes , Oill Change INternational , pegasus pipeline , pipeline leaks , pipelines , tar sands

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Exxon Mobil Pipeline Leaks 80,000 gallons of Crude Oil in Rural Louisiana

May 2, 2012 by  
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Oil Pipeline Image from Shutterstock An Exxon Mobil pipeline serving the nation’s third-largest refinery ‘failed’ over the weekend, spilling 80,000 gallons (1,900 barrels) of crude oil into land in near Torbert, in rural Pointe Coupee Parish in Louisiana. The discovery was made after Exxon Mobil workers closed the 22-inch, 160,000 barrel per day pipeline following a reported loss of pressure. As Exxon Mobil places “focus on clean up of the spill,” the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is monitoring the pipeline and Exxon’s efforts to repair and reopen the artery. This most recent spill has drawn attention back to Exxon Mobil’s rocky record regarding pipeline safety in a state that has tens of thousands of miles of pipeline , including around 3,450 miles of pipeline transporting crude oil. Read the rest of Exxon Mobil Pipeline Leaks 80,000 gallons of Crude Oil in Rural Louisiana Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: crude oil , exxon mobil , gulf coast oil , gulf of mexico oil , gulf restoration network , louisiana environment , louisiana oil , national wildlife federation , Oil environment , oil industry , oil leak , oil pipeline , oil pollution , oil spill , pipeline and hazardous materials , pointe coupee parish , sara grossman

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