Thwarted by the Law, Climate Activists Turn to the Courts

Thwarted by the Law, Climate Activists Turn to the Courts

The “Keep It in the Ground” activists behind Juliana v. United States—the trial of the millennium”—are also the driving forces behind the “necessity defense” trials of the “valve turners” and other eco-terrorists—the “holy grail of climate activism.”

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The "Keep It in the Ground" Movement -- New Look, Same Mission

The "Keep It in the Ground" Movement -- New Look, Same Mission

Two years ago, “Keep It in the Ground” activists clashed violently with law enforcement in a futile effort to shut down construction of the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. During weeks of violent #NoDAPL protests, anti-pipeline activists shot at police; pelted them with rocks, bottles, and Molotov cocktails; and burned vehicles and construction equipment.

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Despite Losses, “Keep It in the Ground” Folks Have High Hopes for Judicial Activism

Despite Losses, “Keep It in the Ground” Folks Have High Hopes for Judicial Activism

When it comes to legal strategy, the “Keep It in the Ground” folks are taking their cue from Frank Sinatra’s hit song “High Hopes” about a “silly old ram [who] thought he’d punch a hole in a dam.”  Against all logic and multiple courtroom losses, they keep launching the same fatally flawed argument—that the courts should dictate climate policy—hoping to bust through that “billion-kilowatt dam.”

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Walking the Walk but Still Flying the Flights: The Fatal Flaw of the Keep It in the Ground Movement

Walking the Walk but Still Flying the Flights: The Fatal Flaw of the Keep It in the Ground Movement

Therein lies the fatal flaw of the Keep It in the Ground movement: the goal of keeping all oil and natural gas “in the ground” is pure fantasy because we simply cannot live in modern society without the tremendous benefits they provide.

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Electric Vehicle Subsidies Are Unfair Burdens for Working Americans

Electric Vehicle Subsidies Are Unfair Burdens for Working Americans

Working-class Americans are seeing their state and federal tax dollars subsidize the purchase of electric vehicles by their wealthier neighbors; their gas tax dollars covering EV drivers’ highway and HOV lane usage; and now are facing higher utility bills to help make charging more convenient for EV drivers.

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The Climate Change Lie that Wouldn’t Die Just Did

The Climate Change Lie that Wouldn’t Die Just Did

Proponents of the #ExxonKnew conspiracy theory—the driving force behind nine (and counting) multi-billion-dollar lawsuits filed by U.S. cities against the world’s leading oil companies—have had an awful month.

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No Tanks! The Problem with Arnold’s Impractical Campaign Against Oil Producers

No Tanks! The Problem with Arnold’s Impractical Campaign Against Oil Producers

And by ignoring the billions of us carbon “emitters” who benefit greatly from oil and natural gas products, anti-industry activists like Arnold—who literally commuted from L.A. to Sacramento on his private Gulfstream jet every day for years—can accuse the industry of “first degree murder” without a hint of irony.

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