There are many right wing voices that seem convinced “Freedom of Speech” means Freedom to malicious LIE and SLANDER and steal and destroy with absolute disregard for other’s needs/interest, and contempt for future physical reality.
Seems to that considering such minds as self-interested sociopaths and traitors to our society and children is an apt descriptive.
Could go on for paragraphs, but when no one gives a damned, what’s the point?
Might as well simply point,
as the beat goes on.
Fossil Fuels on Trial: Where the Major Climate Change Lawsuits Stand Today Some of the biggest oil and gas companies are embroiled in legal disputes with cities, states and children over the industry's role in global warming. David Hasemyer BY DAVID HASEMYER - April 4, 2018 https://insideclimatenews.org/news/04042018/climate-change-fossil-fuel-company-lawsuits-timeline-exxon-children-california-cities-attorney-general? State Attorneys General Investigate Exxon The attorneys general of New York, Massachusetts and the U.S. Virgin Islands launched investigations of Exxon in 2015 and 2016. Prosecutors want to see if the company lied to the public about the risks of climate change or to investors about how such risks might hurt the oil business. The investigations drew a quick, fierce response from Exxon. The company went on the legal offensive to try to shut down the probes, employing an army of aggressive, high-priced lawyers and a strategy of massive resistance. The attorney general of the Virgin Islands capitulated and ended his investigation just three months after issuing subpoenas. Since then, Exxon has been waging a relentless fight ... Key Events: Nov. 4, 2015: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issues first Exxon subpoena. Feb. 29, 2016: Schneiderman announces formation of AGs United for Clean Power coalition. April 4, 2016: Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker issues subpoena to Exxon and the Competitive Enterprise Institute in a climate change investigation. April 13, 2016: Exxon sues to block enforcement of Virgin Islands subpoena. April 19, 2016: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey serves Exxon with civil investigative demand (similar to a subpoena). June 15, 2016: Exxon goes to federal court in Texas to block Healey's civil investigative demand. June 16, 2016: Exxon goes to state court in Massachusetts to block Healey's civil investigative demand. June 29, 2016: Virgin Islands withdraws Exxon subpoena and Exxon agrees to dismiss its related lawsuit. Oct. 13, 2016: Texas federal judge orders Massachusetts' attorney general to submit to deposition by Exxon. Oct. 17, 2016: Exxon seeks injunction in Texas federal court to block New York attorney general's investigation. Nov. 7, 2016: Exxon challenges ruling that an accountant-client privilege in Texas law does not apply in New York and that its auditor, PricewaterhouseCooper, must turn over documents. Nov. 17, 2016: Texas judge orders Massachusetts Attorney General Healey to appear in Texas for deposition. Dec. 12, 2016: Judge issues order cancelling deposition of Healey. Jan. 11, 2017: Massachusetts state court rules Exxon must comply with attorney general's civil investigative demand seeking climate change information. March 29, 2017: Texas federal judge transfers Exxon's lawsuit to New York federal court. May 19, 2017: Investigators disclose former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson used a secret alias email under the name "Wayne Tracker." June 2, 2017: New York's attorney general calls Exxon's climate accounting a "sham" under Tillerson. Sept. 12, 2017: New York highest court denies Exxon's request to keep PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting records secret. Jan. 12, 2018: Exxon seeks to amend its federal case against Healey and Schneiderman. March 29, 2018: Federal judge rejects Exxon's attempt to derail Healey's and Schneiderman's investigations. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Cities Sue Over Sea Level Rise Faced with the possibility of devastating consequences brought by rising sea levels, six cities and three counties in California, along with New York City, filed civil lawsuits against several oil and gas companies. The lawsuits make a public nuisance claim and, in some cases, allege negligence. Essentially the lawsuits say the oil and gas companies have known for decades that burning fossil fuels is one of the biggest contributors to global warming. Instead of acting to reduce harm, the cities charge, companies attempted to undermine climate science and mislead the public by downplaying the risk posed by fossil fuels. Key Events: July 17, 2017: San Mateo County, Marin County and Imperial Beach file separate lawsuits in California Superior Court seeking damages from 37 fossil fuel companies over sea level rise. Sept. 19, 2017: San Francisco and Oakland file lawsuits in California Superior Court seeking damages from five fossil fuel companies over sea level rise. Dec. 20, 2017: Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz County file lawsuits in California Superior Court against 29 fossil fuel companies, seeking compensation for climate change-related damage. Jan. 8, 2018: Exxon asks a Texas court to grant a discovery order allowing the company to question officials in counties and cities suing. Jan. 9, 2018: New York City files suit in federal court against five fossil fuel companies over climate change-related costs. Jan. 22, 2018: City of Richmond files lawsuit in California Superior Court against 29 fossil fuel companies. March 16, 2018: Federal judge rules some of the cases should be tried in state court, creating a conflict with another judge who ruled similar cases belong in federal court. March 21, 2018: Federal judge overseeing the San Francisco and Oakland cases hosts a climate change tutorial for the court. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Children's Climate Lawsuits The next generation will likely have to manage the physical, ecological and economic fallout of climate change. And some of those young people are at the forefront of lawsuits that claim the federal government, and several state governments, are responsible for preventing and addressing the consequences of climate change. The litigation, ignited by Our Children's Trust in 2015, relies on the public trust doctrine—a legal canon that stresses the government's hold on resources such as land, water or fisheries as treasure for the people. The children's lawsuits extend that principle by asserting the government also is a trustee of the atmosphere. ... Key Events: Aug. 12, 2015: Our Children's Trust youth plaintiffs file lawsuit asserting the federal government is failing to protect them from climate change. Nov. 12, 2015: American Petroleum Institute (API) and other pro-fossil fuel groups seek to intervene in Children's Trust case. Nov. 17, 2015: Federal government requests dismissal of the case. Jan. 14, 2016: Federal judge gives standing to API and other pro-fossil fuel groups to intervene in the case. Nov. 10, 2016: Federal court in Oregon denies a government request to dismiss the lawsuit. June 28, 2017: API and two other pro-fossil fuel groups are allowed to withdraw as interveners. Nov. 16, 2017: Federal appeals court agrees to hear arguments on whether the case against the government can go to trial. March 7, 2018: Federal appeals court rejects government's pleas to halt Children's Trust case.Moral of this story? Better start enjoying your todays for all they are worth, because we got genuine Hell on Earth heading our way, consider the blind madmen we've entrusted our country and future to.