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'Watershed Moment for Climate Liability' as Rhode Island Files Historic Lawsuit Against 21 Big Oil Companies

'Watershed Moment for Climate Liability' as Rhode Island Files Historic Lawsuit Against 21 Big Oil Companies

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

In what advocates are calling a "watershed moment" for climate litigation, Rhode Island's Democratic Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced on Monday that the state has filed a lawsuit against 21 major oil companies—including BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Shell—"for knowingly contributing to climate change, and causing catastrophic consequences to Rhode Island, our economy, our community, our residents, our ecosystems."

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I’m pleased my state, RI, is taking this on, and the state’s environment community is on board in supporting this. And while there are some other pro-environment moves in RI, it should be noted our political leaders climate change policies are a mixed bag. Our leaders also supported the energy-intensive sprawl-inducing move of much of Citizens Bank workforce out of the metro area to the woods of the western part of the state; there is a huge new subsidy for car travel; they are not blocking proposed new fossil fuel infrastructure; despite being the “Ocean State” the state isn’t doing anything to protect the oceans from plastic pollution…
So 2 cheers for Mr AF Kilmartin and the team!

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Thank You RI

Speaking Truth to Power Changes the Conversation.

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All is essentially good here, but I must add that the INDIVIDUAL members of the community, each and every motor vehicle driving and owning citizen, not only of RI, but everywhere in the country, bears a heavy responsibility in the scenario. In effect, where were/are their brains and other parts of their awareness in this issue? Poor little victims!

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I’d like to see Josh Stein, the NC AG sign on to this suit.

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Rhode Island is a state? Never heard of it. Is it off the coast somewhere? Does the state have anyone that’s famous or something? We’ll, if it’s ‘no’ to at least two of those questions, then it’s just a publicity stunt by some off name State that will just be wasting taxpayers money trying to look tough and make their inflation rate sky rocket. Big Oil has at least one big bank backing them…maybe two. Good luck Whatever Island, wherever you are.

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Yes, I certainly am/have been lazy in my original response. So, the list on the “change culture” agenda could be expanded enormously. I think one area that could really be impacted/could impact (choose the generator!) are the educational institutions, the teachers, the culture transmitters in the media, etc. May the firebombs of language be loaded , and the instagram/facebook temples of egocentrism be burned to the brain core source of their faith systems.

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Thanks for your compliment. Irony is, the audience/clientelle from your list of venues wouldn’t necessarily “get it” from the “get go”! But thanks for the compliment -

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Those “audiences/clientele” don’t want to “get it from the get go” or forever. Most are partisans who view politics like they view professional sports, with their team always being right and the other team always being wrong…abhoring critical thinking while clinging to groupthink.

The financialization of everything in Murka means that any political party that starts getting enough votes will be purchased by the same corporations that own the Dims and GOP. Unless we can get money out of politics, having political parties is the way forward for the 1% and the way backwards for the 99%.

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Words are “dangerous” little critters, they generate their own momentum. How do you “grab” a child’s attention? Anything and everything works, but with very different consequences for different techniques. The old debate: candy rewards ($$), “affection” rewards (honors, plaudits, media moments, etc.), spanking (economic failure) – you are typing simultaneously - very easy to slip into “ain’t it awful”. Russian society moved its world massively in just one year, 1917. That’s been written about extensively. America needs its own 1917, painful as that might seem. I’m begging off at this point, our conversation does have a limited venue!

The camera operator was asleep?

Greenpeace sure will have it’s hands full taking on big oil. Not one of these Planet poisoner CEO’s were ever locked up. I wishbthem good luck, but can’t count on anything good. We are too corrupt to uphold any law. Remember, we have a liar in cheif who’s way above the law. Just ask him.

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Agreed. At least we have a forum for discussion here as well as the best relevant news. The other site are hacks that steal headlines from each other

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That is one very good reason, among others, to financially support Common Dreams and encourage others to join-in to support responsible truthful community news!

If we all pitched-in and gave a little we will assure the viability of the resource - and home - we have come to rely-on.

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Sue big oil, that’s a knee slapping riot of a laugher. If successful the price of fuel at the pump will skyrocket.

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THANK YOU little Rhode Island! T
The fact that your state bird is the Rhode Island Red Hen—is just wonderful A productive bird in commerce too.NOW lay those eggs and leave all the OILY ones with EGG on their faces.

Some are skeptical----but remember ---- Rhode island was named after the island of Rhodes-----and remember too that ancient land built the COLOSSUS when they won the war and knocked over the giant siege tower. America’s Statue of Liberty idea came from that ancient Colossus statue.
NOW--------- take that siege history and egg America on -----and make America GRATEFUL again for having politicians with nerve and vision to match!

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Not me. I bike to and from electric rail as part of my commute, and my home footprint is a sailboat.

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The fossil fuel industry receives a lot of criticism these days, and rightfully so. But in the final analysis, we are the ones who support the energy industry and it is our standard of living that will need to change. So contemplate what you can do for the cause

Personal Actions
End our love affair with the automobile
Ride more trains and buses
Car pool
Walk and bike more
Turn off the air conditioner in the summer and dial the thermostat down in winter
Become vegetarians or vegans
Refill plastic bottles with tap water
Discontinue using aluminum cans with and without carbonation
Maximize use of reusable bags and products
Recycle junk mail
Forego fast junk food
Go to “slow food”;
Recycle maximally, especially aluminum cans
Drive and accelerate more slowly
Climb more stairs
Plant more trees
Forego use of spray cans
Ride more trains and buses
Repair, mend and alter as much as possible
Buy solar panels
Compost as much as possible
Last person out of the room turn off the lights
Eat and farm organic
Ride more trains and buses
Fly fewer planes
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Use manual tools instead of power tools
Share more
Use rakes rather than leaf blowers
Decrease use of bottled water and refill plastic bottles with tap water
Maximize reusable bags and products
Push rather than power small mowers
Replace lawns with vegetable gardens
Stop fertilizing and mowing lawns
Compost as much as possible
Minimize use of disposables (Pampers);
Maximize high efficiency LED and solar powered lighting;
Limit endless gadgets
Use motion lighting, where appropriate
Decrease consumption
Limit family size

Local Government Actions
Reorganize cities, building taller residences with a smaller footprint (the end of suburbia)
Institute a carbon tax
Promote car pooling subsidize and expand mass transit
Expand bike paths
Have shareable (zip) cars
Ban electric outdoor signs;
Eat and farm organic
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Eliminate approximately 50% of all street lighting and office lighting in unoccupied buildings
eliminate “fast junk food”; go to “slow food
replace

Federal Government Actions
Ban gasohol
Rein in the militaries for defense only and outlaw war
Discontinue night baseball
Make electronics, house wares, furniture, etc to be as durable and long-lived as possible
Recycle maximally
Make appliances to be as energy efficient as possible
Discontinue aluminum cans
Ban electric outdoor signs
Maximize solar and wind power;
Change from petroleum based fertilizers to regenerative agriculture
Reverse deforestation, plant more trees
Restrict spray cans
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Promote zero population growth with free condoms and family planning world-wide
End yearly auto model changes;
Proscribe junk mail
Scrap the mission to Mars
Adjust tax laws to limit family size
Promote limiting world population growth

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Another waste of money for us ri taxpayers. This lawsuit has no chance of winning. Ri needs new leadership and perhaps this ill advised legal action will be rescinded before too much public money is wasted.

Wow, eliminating wanking and texting? You monster!

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