Stop the government’s giveaway to Big Oil


America’s national dialogue on energy and the environment increasingly makes little sense. As mentioned here many times, President Obama’s approach is schizophrenic — talking action on climate change out of one side of his mouth while caving to Big Oil on critical issues out of the other. The biggest problem is our Republican Congress — which tilts the scales heavily...

Revealed: Big Oil’s war on climate


Every day, it looks increasingly¬†like the next couple of years are going to bring a pitched battle over the future of our environment — arguably the most pivotal time since the early 1970s, the era of the first Earth Day and the creation of the EPA. Industry is more determined than ever to keep U.S. fossil fuel production at its current historically high rate, to keep prices low and to keep...

Can lawyers help stop global warming?


High-flying tort lawyers have always had a funny relationship to the environment. Let’s be honest, the best plaintiff attorneys tend not to be crunchy-granola, cabin-in-the-woods kind of guys; some of us like our boats and, if we’re hard-working enough and successful enough, our private jets too much to be completely carbon neutral, if you know what I mean. On the other hand, when a...

Stuart H. Smith is an attorney based in New Orleans fighting major oil companies and other polluters.
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