Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My Journey Into Kivalina v. ExxonMobil et al.


My Journey Into Kivalina v. ExxonMobil et al.

In 2008, a small Inupiat (Eskimo says Joe) village in Alaska sued ExxonMobil and 23 other fossil fuel companies including Peabody Energy and BP for contributing to the destruction of their homeland, and charged a smaller subset with deliberately creating a false debate around climate change science. You might have heard of the lawsuit—Kivalina v. ExxonMobil et al. The suit was framed by some as a David and Goliath story, with people wondering if it would be the first successful climate change claim.
Joe says - this is of great interest to me as is global climate change, as I have been to many of these coastal arctic villages built upon the permafrost.

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.