[Free Beacon] The District of Columbia municipal government is exploring an environmentalist lawsuit against oil providers despite buying more than 1 million gallons of gasoline in 2018.
A Washington Free Beacon analysis of invoices obtained by a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for all wholesale purchases for city vehicles found that D.C. paid for more than 1 million gallons of fuel in 2018 alone. The city's consumption of fossil fuels did not stop lawmakers from exploring potential lawsuits against the very companies it purchased fuel from. In March 2019, the district attorney general's office put out a request for bids from outside attorneys to investigate and possibly sue major energy producers such as Exxon for reasons linked to climate change.
The bid alleges "Exxon has failed to inform consumers about the effects of its fossil fuel products on climate change." Steve Berman, one of the attorneys representing New York City in its public nuisance lawsuit against Exxon and other energy companies, was among the lawyers that received the bid. D.C. is just the latest city to go after energy companies. In 2017, the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, along with other smaller governments in California, were the first to file nuisance tort claims against energy companies, asking the court to order the creation of remediation funds to pay for damages.
Since that time, the effort has moved east to government administrations in Baltimore, Rhode Island, and even inland locations such as Boulder, Colorado.
D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser is a leader in the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which filed an amicus brief in support of these lawsuits. The organization passed a resolution in June asking Congress to preserve cities' ability to sue energy producers.
Agree with them and stop all wholesale business in the DC. Watch the sales tax, gas tax, and wages take a nose dive. CA tried to boycott AZ over immigration or some crap, so the AZ Gov announce they would support the boycott and reroute the water and power we sell to CA. All the dumbass politicians changed their tune. Exxon needs to do the same. One million gallons is not even measurable in Exxon's revenue...
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
07/29/2019 15:06 Comments ||
Continuing to do business with a customer while engaged in a lawsuit with said customer over your products would be corporate malfeasance.
"Sorry, we can't sell you no more gas 'til we get this straightened out."
"But that could take years given our clogged court system!"
[PULSE.NG] Secretary of State Wanda Vazquez, Rossello's number two, was set under the constitution to take over on August 2 as interim governor for the island which is gripped by a decade-long recession.
After two weeks of street protests triggered by comments that mocked gays, women and hurricane victims, Rossello confirmed in writing on Thursday that he would quit.
"I would like to underscore that I am not interested in the post of Governor," Vazquez said, in Spanish, on Twitter.
"I do hope that the Governor identifies and nominates a (new) candidate for the job of Secretary of State before August 2. And I have made that clear to him," she said.
While Puerto Ricans rejoiced at Rossello's departure, many wanted completely new leadership for the territory, whose residents are US citizens.
They said those with close ties to Rossello are tainted, and a social media hashtag #WandaRenuncia called for her to resign.
Protest rallies started July 13, when the Center for Investigative Journalism released 889 pages of text chats on the encrypted messaging app Telegram.
In the texts, Rossello and 11 other male administration members made fun of women, gays, victims of Hurricane Maria in 2017, journalists and other politicians.
Among those they made homophobic jokes about was San Juan native pop star Ricky Martin.
The messages were widely seen as the painful last straw for people fed up with years of economic stagnation, corruption, government mismanagement and a slow and sloppy recovery effort after Maria, which killed nearly 3,000 people in September 2017.
It's been some years since I've been to San Francisco. It has some very nice areas but nowhere near as nice as, say, Santa Barbara to the south or even parts of San Diego. Space is limited because it's a peninsula so lot sizes are small and yards are small to non-existent even for the nicer houses and the only way you can afford one is if you have an extremely high paying job. The bay and the bridge are beautiful. But then there are the parts of town where it really does smell like pee and you have to watch your step to avoid the turds and the bums sleeping on the sidewalks. It was the panhandlers who convinced me that I should never return. They're all over the place and tend to be aggressive. Besides that, I cannot fathom how the people of that city continue to elect and reelect politicians like Willie Brown, Diane Feinstein, Gavin Newsom and Nancy Pelosi. That was maybe 10 years ago when I went there for a convention. Then I decided the conventions weren't worth it. Dunno what it looks like now. Don't wanna go see.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
07/29/2019 10:40 Comments ||
Both of the blue cities of San Francisco and Baltimore have suffered under inept leadership. They have been in decline for quite awhile. Sometime back, I saw a story or an ad for a job in SF cleaning up needles human feces for $100K/yr. Trump is not lying about these cities.
Neither district has shown improvement despite decades of representation by these two gargoyles.
In two years, Trump has delivered substantial improvement nationally. Outside of the world of politics, both Pelosi and Cummings would have be fired years ago.
Posted by: Regular joe ||
07/29/2019 13:39 Comments ||
He's teaching them about glass houses and throwing stones. And when the spotlight is comparing the border crisis (that most Americans support, or did when Obama started the policies) with shit in the streets, rats, and crime...). Brilliant strategy.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.