November 30, 2016
The Battle for Climate Change Accountability
Winnie StachelbergCenter For American Progress
Caroline FredricksonAmerican Constitution Society
Doug GanslerBuckleySandler LLP
Veronica EadyConservation Law Foundation
Elizabeth WydraConstitutional Accountability Center
Bevis LongstrethSecurities and Exchange Commission
Neil KinkopfGeorgia State University College of Law
In late 2015 InsideClimate News and the Los Angeles Times laid out groundbreaking reports showing ExxonMobil’s deliberate campaign to spread misinformation about climate science in spite of knowing about the problem since the 1970s. Since then, state and local leaders have initiated investigations and are taking the oil giant to court, seeking justice for investors, communities, and the public.
On Nov. 30, 2016 the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy, the Center for American Progress Action Fund hosted distinguished panelists for a discussion of the legal foundations for seeking accountability from fossil fuel companies, as well as the importance of state attorney general investigations in the face of federal opposition or inaction.
Neil Kinkopf, professor of law, Georgia State University
Bevis Longstreth, former commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Elizabeth Wydra, president, Constitutional Accountability Center