Testifying before a federal judge, Nicolas Zambrano, a former Ecuadorean judge who ordered a $19 billion pollution ruling against Chevron Corp., rejected the company's allegation that he had outside help in writing his ruling, Bloomberg reports.
Biographer Robert Caro wrote of Lyndon B. Johnson in his "Master of the Senate" that Johnson had a "genius for studying a man and learning his strengths and weaknesses and hopes and fears," and a gift "for using what a man wanted, to get from him what he wanted, to sell the man on his point of view."
While there is no LBJ among today's climate change activists, they may be getting some traction in applying Johnson's principles. They are trying to get Wall Street's attention by talking about how global warming will hit stock portfolios.
A federal judge overseeing Chevron's fraud case against Ecuadorians who won a $19 billion pollution judgment heard testimony from a lawyer who helped finance the initial pollution case before leaving over concerns over how the case was being run, Bloomberg reports.
A former Ecuadorian judge who issued a $19 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. for alleged pollution testified in federal court that he and a fellow judge had taken bribes from the plaintiff's lawyers, Bloomberg reports.
Louisiana regulators reported that more than 3 million pounds of "oily material" were found on the state's coast this year, compared to just 200,000 pounds cleaned up over the same period last year, Reuters reports.
Burford Capital CEO Christopher Bogart, a financier of an environmental lawsuit that won a $19 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. for alleged pollution in Ecuador, told a judge of his regret when he learned the settlement may have been won by fraud, Bloomberg reports.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials are trying to determine if Tesoro Corp. knew about potential problems with a pipeline that leaked more than 20,000 barrels of crude oil in a wheat field in the northwestern part of the state.
Dominion Resources has filed papers with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asking for a start to the review process for the proposed 550-mile natural gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline, The Associated Press reports.
Federal agencies have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent compared to levels in 2008, according to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, but they also remain vulnerable to the effects of climate change in different ways, National Journal reports.
As part of their fight to become the top-ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey and Rep Anna Eshoo of California have raised and distributed more than $1.2 million to their colleagues during this election cycle, National Journal reports.
Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working on a technique using lasers that would more accurately measure greenhouse gas concentrations, E&E reports.
News of production increases in the U.S. and among OPEC members weighed on oil prices Friday. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery finished the Nymex session down 58 cents to $80.54 a barrel, a drop of 12 percent over the whole of October, while in London Brent lost 38 cents to settle at $85.86, Bloomberg reports.
Increased demand is leading SolarWorld Americas to spend $10 million expanding its solar modules plant, and the company announced it will be hiring 200 additional workers as well, The New York Times reports.
To encourage the development of advanced nuclear reactors – anticipated to be more efficient – the Department of Energy is spending $13 million to help major companies including AREVA, GE Hitachi and Westinghouse in their research of the technology, The Hill reports.