UCLA’s Ann Carlson quoted on climate lawsuits, California emissions standards battle

October 8, 2019

Ann Carlson, co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law, was interviewed for several media segments and stories on climate change.

On MSNBC, Carlson spoke about the growing number of lawsuits filed against oil and gas companies to hold such companies financially liable for damages caused by climate change because they knowingly sold products that contributed to the crisis.

Carlson explained why the companies are fighting hard to have the lawsuits dismissed: “One reason is they don’t want to pay the money. A second reason is they don’t want their executives having to testify about what they knew, when they knew it, and what they did about it. As oil companies were funding these campaigns of disinformation, they spent their own resources to fortify their own assets against what they knew was going to happen.”

Carlson was also quoted extensively about the Trump Administration decision to revoke California’s authority to set tailpipe emissions standards that are more stringent that federal standards. She was interviewed for stories in the Washington PostBuzzFeedPolitico, ForbesPopular Science and Gizmodo and on KPCC-FM.