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More Climate Risk to Oil Majors in 2 New Lawsuits Reminiscent of Tobacco Litigation

first_imgMore Climate Risk to Oil Majors in 2 New Lawsuits Reminiscent of Tobacco Litigation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:California cities San Francisco and Oakland filed separate lawsuits against five oil companies on Wednesday seeking billions of dollars to protect against rising sea levels they blamed on climate change, according to public documents.The lawsuits, filed in state courts in San Francisco and Alameda Counties, alleged Chevron Corp, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil Corp, BP Plc, and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, created a public nuisance and asked for funds to finance infrastructure to deal with rising sea levels.According to a news release from San Francisco city officials, the lawsuits mirror 1980s-era lawsuits against tobacco companies. They allege the oil giants “knowingly and recklessly created an ongoing public nuisance that is causing harm now and in the future risks catastrophic harm to human life and property.”The lawsuits are the latest in a growing body of legal action against oil companies over climate change. Prosecutors for New York and Massachusetts are investigating Exxon, for example, over the possibility it misled investors in public statements on the risks of climate change.Marin and San Mateo counties and Imperial Beach, California, in July brought similar public nuisance and failure to warn lawsuits alleging climate change impacts. Those three lawsuits sued the same five plus other oil companies and coal producers.The cases are People of the State of California V. BP et al., San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CGC 17-561370, and People of the State of California V. BP et al., Alameda County Superior Court Case No. RG17875889.More: California cities sue big oil firms over climate changelast_img read more

Lady Bulldog Spikers Take 2 Of 3 From Lady Wildcats

first_imgDogs win two of three matches in the Dog Pound.From freshman Coach Erin Trenkamp.Tonight the freshman Batesville bulldogs had their closing game of the season.  We went out looking absolutely amazing, and taking the win in two games.  Game 1 was by far serving that took us to a win.  Sophie Lee served  us 8pts with 5 aces, and Regina Gerstbauer got us 7pts 1 ace.  Solid serving all around.  Our net play was also spectacular.  We worked hard to get to this point and they put it all together.  Game 2 was a great game.  Serving was Katie Shane with 4pts, Faith Tekulve and Regina Gerstbauer with 3pts each, Sophie Lee with 2pts, and Sydnee Schaefer with 1pt.  Bella Shields had some great digs in the back row. Scores were Game 1: 25-8, Game 2: 25-19.   Freshman finish 2-2 in the EIAC and 5-3 overall. Nice finish to the season ladies.From JV Coach Shelly Prickel.The Batesville Lady Bulldog JV team lost a hard fought battle to Franklin County in 3 games. Scores were 25-21, 25-20, and 16-14. Serving was not a strong suit for the match as the team failed to convert on match point in the 3rd set. Shelby Westerfeld led the front row attack with 6 kills in 17 swings, while Katie Bedel was close behind with 5 in her 16 attempts. Kerigan Haskamp and Bedel stepped up to play strong in the back row in the critical 3rd set. The team’s record falls to 12-5.The Varsity match up was less exciting than the JV Match, as Batesville controlled the match in every aspect.  The girls went out focused and played the pass/serve game extremely well.  We had long service runs, multiple aces from different players and hot attacks from across the front line.  41 Kills and 13 Aces pretty much takes care of two of the three sets.  #23 Hattie Westerfeld was the hot hand last night coming out with a 20 Kill Match, followed by # 5 Macy Prickel with 9 kills herself. #5 also had the Ace lead for the night with four as she dominated the last nine points of set 3 taking us form a 16-16 tie to the win.Dogs over Wildcats:  25-10, 25-9, 25-16.  Varsity is now 14-11 overall, and 6-5 in the EIAC.We will travel to rival Greensburg for EIAC tip off on Monday, October 1st.  JV game time will be 5:00, with varsity following.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.last_img read more

COLUMN: Timing of Helton hire raises questions

first_imgUSC’s newest football coach, Clay Helton, may turn out to be a masterful hire. He loves physical football, dedicates coaching time to both sides of the ball, and has that “it” factor with his inspirational speeches. He seems to be a no frills type of coach who just loves football, a model that has worked extremely well for coaches like Nick Saban and Urban Meyer. A manic dedication to the job appears to be essential in the hunt for championships.This is not to say Helton is anywhere near the caliber of coach that Saban and Meyer are, not yet anyway. This alone makes the timing of Helton’s hire questionable.Yes, Helton has shown great leadership skills in times of crisis and for the most part his power running based offensive scheme has paid dividends, but he hasn’t truly wowed anyone with his coaching. After all, the Trojans went 5-2 to end the regular season under Helton. He has made mistakes in terms of clock management, and his penchant for bubble screens continues the Kiffin and Sarkisian lineage. The team is disoriented on offensive plays occasionally, and they play relatively undisciplined.None of these factors should have disqualified Helton from the job, he just should not have been a shoo-in candidate before the season ended. A lot of these mistakes can probably be attributed to his adjustment to head coaching duties midseason, as well as the youth of the team. There is no doubt that coaches can evolve and get better, especially with an offseason to develop and analyze their skills. With Helton’s work ethic, I believe this will be the case.However, understanding that each game Helton has improved as a coach, why wouldn’t the Trojan decision makers want to extend the sample size of games coached, especially two upcoming games with high stakes. Wouldn’t it have made sense to see how Helton has evolved in a big game from his debut against Notre Dame to Stanford?What about how he would do during the dead weeks in between the championship and a potential Rose Bowl or lesser tier bowl? It would have been helpful to see how he improved in that period from the last time he did this two seasons ago. Helton’s performance thus far has been solid and respectable, but certainly not to a tremendous degree that would eliminate any need to continue an exhaustive coaching search.This hire feels rushed, much like the Sarkisian one a few days after the UCLA game two years ago. We all know how that turned out. It is pretty disconcerting to see an Athletics Department failing to learn from its past mistakes and, again, rush into a decision. That’s not to say Helton may not be successful, it just would have made complete sense to wait until after the bowl season and see if there was any interest from prominent coaches.Some might say that USC needs a coach for recruiting purposes, but USC recruits USC. Plain and simple. Even Paul Hackett brought in Carson Palmer and landed a commitment from Matt Leinart. Any coach USC hired would be able to piece together a top class.Locking in on one guy and ignoring everyone else is what landed us an inept and unprofessional coach last time. Helton seems to have more character, but it is still worrisome to see such stubborn and arrogant behavior from the Athletics Department. Learning from mistakes is the only way to prevent them from happening again. USC has so many resources that the right coach turns around the program in an instant. It could have waited one more month to make sure that Helton was the best guy to do that.I sincerely hope Helton does prove to be that guy. He has the raw materials to make it happen, and if he can hone his craft further, he can create a legacy that follows in the footsteps of Jones, Carroll, and McKay. Beating Stanford on Saturday would be a great place to start his journey.Jake Davidson is a junior majoring in accounting. His column, “Davidson’s Direction,” ran Mondays.last_img read more